|Hi, my name is Lars Topholm.
I am 39 years old and a viking - living just North of Copenhagen, Denmark,
with my wife and two little kids - a girl aged
three and a two-year old son. I work for an investment bank as an equity analyst
covering food ingredients stocks, among other things, which allows me to spend
hours in the office, allowing me to take a break when the kids are giving me
too hard a time. I used to play face- to-face diplomacy in the distant past,
and then a work colleague introduced me to Dip2000 and I soon became addicted
(thanks to excellent GM-ing by Richard Hucknall and after pulling off a few
good draws in my first two games, only to be subsequently slaughtered by Mr.
Apart from diplomacy, my hobbies include golf, bridge (p.t. taking a break),
and reading - favourite authors include Haruki Murakami, Paulo Coelho, Dai
Sijie (and other contemporary Chinese authors), Margaret Atwood, Carl Hiaasen,
Douglas Coupland. I travel quite a bit, particularly in South East Asia (my
wife is a Malaysian Chinese). My absolutely worst personal characteristic is
that I tend to try to make a joke out of most things - please bear over if
we meet in a game!