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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

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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Honour the Past, But Don't Live in It

(0) Comments | Posted 23 November 2013 | (06:44)

Dallas. 22nd November 2013.

The week marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address also played host to the 50th anniversary of John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination in Dallas.

And when I realized that, sitting in a motel room in nearby Austin, a simple thought occurred to me:

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The Only White Man on the Bus

(2) Comments | Posted 20 November 2013 | (01:31)

One ageing Asperger on his way into downtown Orlando, not on Route 66 but rather Link 36 of the local Lynx bus system...

I'm through the worst of the shock of the new, although the fear ghosts through my own system's vitals like an avatar of evil before losing itself...

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Bleached Bones in the Mojave

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2013 | (02:08)

My father told me a story once, of a sergeant in the British Army who'd won two Victoria Crosses in the First World War.

When the Second World War came and the order to move out was received, he went into a cellar and shot himself.

He feared he could...

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Not Romeo and Juliet, but Romana

(2) Comments | Posted 5 November 2013 | (00:39)

No doubt there's frenzied fan speculation regarding The Day of The Doctor, the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special set to air on 23rd November, and endless debate about how John Hurt (Doctor 8.5?) will fit in to the Time War which preceded Who's return to TV in 2005.

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The Pointy-Eared Robot and the Republican

(1) Comments | Posted 26 October 2013 | (20:01)

...And the first part of my title, paraphrased and sewn together from two separate scenes, is pretty much what neuro-typical Captain Kirk called Asperger-like Mr Spock in the most recent Star Trek film, Into Darkness.

Kirk couldn't understand why Spock didn't seem to be responding emotionally to the fact that...

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Dru, Damnation and Downton

(0) Comments | Posted 15 October 2013 | (22:45)

So Julian Fellowes raped Anna the housemaid from Downton Abbey (metaphorically speaking), the nation is up in arms and demands for his execution are being sent to the Tower?

Demands for my own execution will no doubt be next, because I think he did the right thing.

First of all,...

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Mom's Kind Words: Kill Your Autistic Kid

(4) Comments | Posted 21 August 2013 | (02:09)

Over the past few months and amidst other topics, I've tried to make the case that some autistic children and adults have, can and may in the future make great contributions to society.

Newton discovered gravity, Jefferson helped draft the Declaration of Independence, Lawrence helped lead the Arab revolt and...

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The New Buffy Movie - Really

(0) Comments | Posted 4 August 2013 | (20:54)

Regarding a new Buffy movie, Sarah Michelle Gellar recently told E! News that, "if there was ever the right story, we would do it."

While I suspect Ms Gellar has only said this to whip up fan interest in her new comedy series with Robin Williams,

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If We Ruled the World...

(0) Comments | Posted 22 July 2013 | (00:59)

According to the Daily Mail Callie Rogers, Britain's youngest lottery winner, is broke but happy.

I've been broke. I was not happy.

Although I'd be the first to admit I'm a charter member of the grumpy old men's club (special section for particularly mean old fogies...), there are...

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