Tom Newman Web Developer

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Hi I'm...

Tom Newman

My job at Luckies involves...

Keeping the websites up and running, and making sure they’re running in the right direction. I’m responsible for making sure the websites look good, work well and are a fun place to be. I built this page that you’re reading right now...and wrote those words...and those ones.

My favourite Scratch Map is...

The Stamp Map. Nothing beats this aesthetic for me – old school and classic. I also love how the minimal details let your own additions become the focus of the map.

X marks the spot.

My most embarrassing/funniest travel story is...

While holidaying with my family in Greece, my Dad was trying to build up a few phrases that weren’t included in his phrase book. He picked up that “kalimera” means good morning, and liberally wished everyone he met a good one with a slightly smug smile. It wasn’t until after he had told a friends about his new favourite Greek custom of bringing a starter of squid to the table at restaurants (like you would bread and oil at an Italian restaurant) that he discovered he hadn’t got his pronunciation down. Kalimari means squid. My Dad had been walking into restaurants and shouting for squid like a demanding Englishman on holiday.

My favourite travel photo I’ve taken is...

It’s between a precarious selfie I took whilst cycling through Central Park, or a shot I got by Niagara Falls. It’s just a waterfall, we’ve got them in England - the arcades in Niagara are some of the most impressive in the world though.

Yes Dad, I will be careful with my phone.
Water feature in the arcade forecourt, Niagara.

My best travel hack/accessory is...

Phrasebook (with a pronunciation guide) and a way of recording your travels – maybe some kind of world map where you could mark where you’ve been …I’m sure I’ve seen something like that somewhere.

The next item off my travel bucket list will be...

Thailand. The whole country looks amazing, even before you get to the coconut milk and curry, and after that the deals sealed. Thailand.

The best place I've ever been to is...

Ithaca. It’s a small Greek island in the Ionian sea. When I visited it was largely untouched by tourists and was quite cut off from the mainland. The whole place looked like a painting - quaint little villages dotted along the coastline with a sea that was an unreal shade of blue. I could have seen a lot more of the island if I’m honest, but once I got into the sea with a snorkel, I realized I was going to spend most of my time chasing fish. I came home with an awesome tan...on my back.

My dream travel destination is...

Jamaica. I want a mango from Bob Marley’s tree.

Nice problems to have.