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James Christie has a vampire for a flatmate and corresponds with a Hollywood star. Born in 1964, he graduated from Crewe & Alsager College of Higher Education with a degree in creative writing as well as College Colours "in recognition of outstanding service to the student body and the college community". After travelling around Australia for a year, he took a postgraduate diploma in library and information studies at Thames Valley University in 1992, catalogued the private library collection of a stately home and worked as a law librarian in Glasgow .

He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2002 and shortly thereafter began to take a focused interest in Drusilla the vampire, a character in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He wrote a trilogy of fan-fiction stories (Drusilla’s Roses, Drusilla’s Redemption and Drusilla Revenant) which further developed the character of Drusilla, sent them to the actress Juliet Landau (who portrayed Drusilla in Buffy) and impressed her so much they commenced an email correspondence.

In 2010, James took a Buffy-themed Greyhound bus trip across America with the support of the National Autistic Society Scotland in order to meet his dear Miss Landau. The story of this, together with descriptions of his difficulties living as an autistic adult in a neuro-typical world, was published by Chaplin Books in 2012.

Entries by James Christie

Fifty Shades of... Dru?

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2015 | (19:17)

Apart from a shared interest in kinky sex, perhaps, you wouldn't think Drusilla (Spike's girlfriend from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) would have that much in common with E. L. James and Fifty Shades of Grey. But from my particular perspective, there are parallels:

E.L. James started out writing...

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Hall and Hebdo in a Huff with Obama?

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2015 | (02:24)

I see President Obama has criticised the scribes and pages of this august paper. "Get informed, he says. [but] not by reading the Huffington Post..."

Well, as one of those scribes I'd say writing a blog for the Post can be a ball, but I approached it more...

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My Moment Meeting Jordan

(1) Comments | Posted 28 January 2015 | (17:43)

I stood next to Katie Price (AKA Jordan) once.

I think it was at Heathrow about April 2004. My mother and I were flying in from South Africa, Katie and her mother were flying out en route to elsewhere. An airport official was explaining something about passenger transfers to me,...

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We Were Warriors Once, and Young...

(7) Comments | Posted 21 January 2015 | (18:13)

It was a wonderful night in Red Lion Square. Conway Hall in Bloomsbury, home to the UK's only humanist and ethical charity and venue for the first autism convention, as opposed to conference.

Elly Badcock, senior events officer for the National Autistic Society (NAS), said:

"The first AutismCon...

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No Farewell to Leicester Square, but Au Revoir to Earls Court

(2) Comments | Posted 14 December 2014 | (01:10)

Standing on a street corner far from Sunset Boulevard, near a stop on the District and Piccadilly lines and north of the Thames, memories of the lives and times which became Dear Miss Landau seem miles and years away. But then my fellow fans and I begin to shuffle forward...

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Iron Rail to Grey Mare's Tail

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2014 | (17:12)

I drove home late along the low road to Scotland some months ago. Like the Night Mail of yore, the car pulled gamely up towards Beattock. A steady climb, the gradient against me but still on time.

In another day and in another way, I might have taken...

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Is There or Is There Not an Actual Job?

(4) Comments | Posted 20 November 2014 | (23:39)

Word reaches me that yet another young Asperger has been sent along that false but winding yellow brick road towards a sunlit city on a hill proclaiming the golden words:

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!

Only to find, upon arrival at the gates of Oz, that there is no job at the end...

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Scotland to Marry England!

(0) Comments | Posted 17 August 2014 | (21:58)

Just received the Scottish Parliament's (I'll be damned if I'll call it the Scottish Government) call to arms re the referendum vote on September 18th, and you're all probably expecting a blast of polemic. Probably from my nether regions.

Well, actually, no.

Not yet, anyway.

I am a professional writer....

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Equality? Diversity? What's the Reality?

(0) Comments | Posted 26 July 2014 | (00:03)

It's often the smaller nuggets of news that make it onto the blogger's beat. I'd wondered why the spectre of Scottish independence was making me sick, Glasgow's Commonwealth Games leaving me cold and the latest crisis in Gaza rendering me - I don't know - eyeless?

Perhaps it was because...

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The Ragged Road to Adult Autism Research

(0) Comments | Posted 28 June 2014 | (01:39)

History is seldom neat. More often it's as ragged as Amy Pond oft accused the eleventh Doctor of being; so please excuse this raft of quotes regarding Autistica's new Research Centre for Ageing with Autism at Newcastle University as the inevitable by-product of history's march:

"In Vietnam we...

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"They Don't Know Any Better..."

(0) Comments | Posted 1 June 2014 | (00:42)

A word of thanks to Frederick Forsyth, novelist and columnist occasionally derided for being a bit too right wing. It is courtesy of him and his column in last Friday's Daily Express that I found out Lewis Gill's four year sentence (quite possibly out in two!) for the...

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Operation American Broken Spring...

(0) Comments | Posted 24 May 2014 | (02:07)

In the course of an eventful week which featured a military coup in Thailand and democratic local elections in England, a retired U. S. Army Colonel successfully devised and led "Operation American Spring," which restored the Constitution and freed the American people from their government's "despotic and tyrannical federal leadership."

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Talent, How Not to Train or Keep It...

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2014 | (20:59)

Rifling through the pages of The Times after a fine and fruitful meeting with my publisher at The Fox in Felpham, I found a supplement entitled Employee Engagement & Benefits and some fascinating phrases about problems facing businesses from Andrew Benett, author of The Talent Mandate:

"Amid all the alarms...

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Turning the Garden Shed Into a TARDIS

(2) Comments | Posted 9 May 2014 | (01:05)

I built the garden shed the other day. Actually it took two weeks, I had to uprate the original specifications (if the manufacturer says use a 60 mm screw, use a 70 mm screw..), create a windowsill from scratch and bolster the foundations while the shed itself teetered above my...

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Let Them Not Fall Through Life's Sieve, Those Who Cannot Bob Or Weave

(0) Comments | Posted 5 March 2014 | (15:03)

Last November in Bournemouth, Lewis Gill punched Andrew Young to the ground. Andrew, who (like me) had Asperger Syndrome, cracked his head on the pavement and died in hospital the next day.

Thirteen years ago, a thug in a Lanark street punched me three times to the head,...

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Faith

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2014 | (20:19)

Forty years ago, my parents returned to Scotland to manage a training centre.

They were treated as incomers (and not in a nice way), victimized, assaulted and on one occasion locked out of their place of work. On another occasion, threats were made to evict them from their tied house,...

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Dru Empowered

(0) Comments | Posted 25 December 2013 | (01:23)

I see BBC Radio 4's Front Row is doing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer special on Boxing Day, in which (according to Naomi Alderman's article on the BBC website), many critics and commentators are bemoaning the fact that there have been far too few strong central female characters...

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Lawrence of Asperabia

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2013 | (22:34)

Peter O'Toole has passed away. Like Jeffrey Bernard, he is rather more than unwell; and the news has savaged his fans and followers more acutely than the critics of Macbeth savaged him back in 1980.

I remember him for different reasons, most simply because on the day I...

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The Singer and the Syndrome

(0) Comments | Posted 11 December 2013 | (01:22)

They called her "Susie Simple" and they bullied her in Blackburn when she was but a bairn.

And it took until her middle years for Susan Boyle (SuBo to her millions of fans) to prove them all wrong.

Incorrectly believed to have been brain damaged at birth, Susan Boyle has...

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Getting Hit by a Mack Truck

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2013 | (01:12)

Seventeen days out, over the Arizona border at Needles, and my fate is chasing me.

I'm staying in a motel in the small California town, and a helpful gent has given me a lift to the location of the bridge where the Joads crossed in the 1940 film version of...

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