About Grill

Who are you?

Who I am? Ha! I don’t know. There are few harder things in life than introducing yourself, especially in print where mellifluous vocal nuance can disappear to be replaced by excessive wankery.

I was brought up Jewish, in a proud Northern town, with a Greek surname, and Welsh and Italian grannies. After heading to Oxford, I started a life as a student of politics, but I looked too hard at the polished politicians around me and didn’t feel I belonged. So I left that and went the other way, into laughter and joy, a world of meaningless hedonism expressed and analysed by great minds – the video games industry, a pre-1929 literary circle run by and for children.

Yet one year I woke up. Like an inverted Rip Van Winkle, I found myself grown grey and surrounded by youthful gleaming faces just starting to suckle on the Yixing clay pipe. With reluctance, glancing at the slowly-dulling eyes about me, I’m trying to carry on.

Who do you work for?

I’m strongly freelance. I tend to move on after a couple of articles, try somewhere else. Recently I’ve written for The Guardian, Techradar, Edge, Official Xbox Magazine, RockPaperShotgun, T3, The New Statesman and a few more places. Look at LinkedIn.

My portfolio pages are here. They’re in serious need of an update.

Why Funambulism?

It means ‘tightrope-walking’ and I find myself often doing that. I work in journalism, but have worked in PR. I am regularly, inadvertantly offensive. And, in our industry these days, it takes just one wrong step to fall off that tightrope and never climb back up – never work – again.

How can I get hold of you?

Mail at grill at funambulism dot com
Twitter twitter.com/griddleoctopus
Google Talk / Hangouts daniel.griliopoulos at gmail dot com
MSN iddleyiddle at hotmail dot com

Where else are you online?

Last.fm http://www.last.fm/user/Griliopoulos
Xbox Live OXM Grill
PlayStation Network GR111
Linked In http://uk.linkedin.com/in/grill
DeviantArt http://griliopoulos.deviantart.com/
Pseudonyms: Egon Superb, James King, and others.


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