About me

March 15th, 2011

Welcome to the personal web pages of Rob Smallshire. Here you will find a haphazard shifting medley of all things, related to me, my past, present and future. There is no particular order. The only common factor is me.

Potted biography

I was born and grew up in the heart of the industrial Black Country in the English Midlands, and very largely stayed put for the best part of 18 years. I spend the bulk of the 1990s being educating and working in Leeds, Yorkshire before achieving escape velocity in 2000 and for a relatively short sub-orbital hop north of the border into the wilds of Scotland, where I met my future wife Liz. Since 2005 I’ve been living and working near Oslo in Norway with Liz with our son Jacob and daughter Freya Merete.

Hiking on Haraldsfjell with my son Jacob

Hiking on Haraldsfjell south of Asker, near Oslo.


Clearly the main purpose of writing geological software is to fund one’s extra-curricular activities and holidays in some of the most fantastic locations on the planet. I enjoy spending my spare time hiking, cycling and mountaineering both in Norway and the UK and wherever else I can get to. I’ve also been known to spend time tinkering with software and other pieces of complex technology.

This site

The main purpose of this site is to provide the information-age equivalent of a shed at the bottom of the garden – an out-of-the-way on a backwater of the Internet where I can stash all the stuff that, because I might need it one day, I can never bring myself to throw away. More to the point, if I keep my stuff here, I won’t need to take it with me when I move house next. Hopefully, you’ll find what you’re looking for here, and let me know if it was anything interesting or useful.

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