I generally go by Paul, and not Holger, which I am told is a name that mostly only older Germans have (thank my mum, who liked the name of an Australian and Triple J's or, rather, Double J's first radio DJ called Holger Brockmann, who previously had to work under a pseudonym due to his name being too "foreign"). My preprints and publications will generally have Holger Paul or H. Paul or Paul on them. The inconsistency is mostly due to computer and preprint systems at the research institutes where I have worked, for example, I have to have my name as Paul on preprints at my current institute, but at Inria I had to have Holger or Holger-Paul (which is wrong, but I am cited as H.-P. Keeler at times). My own ambivalence of course also plays a part.

    I hail from Australia where we use ugly words like "girt"* in our national anthem, but somewhat more pleasing words like "hail" in our ballads. I grew up in the eastern states of NSW and QLD, before moving to the city of Melbourne to do my PhD, where I enjoyed very good breakfasts but was surrounded by grey weather. I briefly lived in Sydney in 2011, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

    My general interests include history, general knowledge, world affairs, rock-climbing, and travelling. I am a self-confessed, I mean, reformed pub trivia nerd.

    I have a fondness for words and languages, among other things. I have a terrible habit of living in a country, learning enough of the local language to read the newspaper, but not enough to get good pronunciation or to tell jokes well. I studied Spanish in Ecuador. I then studied French in Paris, which sort of killed my Spanish. More recently I have been trying my luck at German.

    * The past participle of "to gird", which is related to the noun "girdle", a word whose sound and purpose I both find amusing.