Meet the team: Niall, a no ordinary Dev, he's a recovering philosopher

Niall's mum makes the best lasagne don't you know...

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Twitter, Facebook or Instagram?

I’m not on Facebook or Instagram. I’m on Twitter, but I barely use it.

Describe your perfect day

Sunrise at the window with coffee. Deep work on something I find meaningful and challenging. A big, long lunch with my nearest and dearest (the washing up magically does itself.) A walk with friends. Chats and dinner over an open fire. A long, cool walk home. Then something surprising. Because what’s better than something positive you didn’t expect?

Tea or coffee?

Coffee and Tea. But coffee first.

How do you unwind after a long day?

I try to minimise screen time: read, stretch, get some exercise.

iOS or Android?

I don’t have a major preference, but I use iOS.

What / who inspires you?

Loads of people inspire me. The traits I most admire are humility, passion, and grit.

Favourite film/book/podcast?

Golly, that’s a tough-un.

Fiction-wise either Will You Please Be Quiet Please or Pastoralia.

Non-fiction-wise probably Knowledge and its Limits.

Film-wise recently I enjoyed You Were Never Really Here.

Podcast-wise, nada since I don’t listen to them.

Morning or night?

Morning, but not too early.

What would your desert island disc be?

Hmm. Madvillainy, since it’s infinitely analysable and, well, I assume I’ll have a lot of time on my hands. Alternatively, Nick Drake’s Pink Moon to match the sombre and lonely mood.

Describe your dream meal

Starter: TGI Friday’s cheesy nachos sans jalapeños served with fresh guacamole and salsa.

Main: Mum’s lasagna. People say it, but her’s is actually the best.

Pudding: Sticky toffee pudding and custard. And pancakes (it’s my last meal, right?).

If you could work anywhere, where would it be?

I feel at home where I am. If I had to move, I’d sit on my Mum’s porch in Raglan, New Zealand.

Curry or Chinese or something else?

Thai (I’ll take a green curry, please).

What did you want to be when you were a child?

A chemical engineer. The other kids didn’t find that cool, strangely.

What's your favourite part of what you do for a job?

Mainly being able to nerd out with other people. Also, I’m constantly reminded of the creativity of others. Seeing an elegant solution to a difficult problem gets me super-excited.

And finally… Bounty – swerve, or accept?

Chocolate? Yes please! :)