I’m married to a beautiful Scottish woman called Phyllis Buchanan (see the photo on the right), and we have two wonderful daughters together, Anna and Amaia Buchanan-Widmann. The family also consists of Marcel, Charlotte and Léon – Charlotte remained in Scotland and Marcel has moved to London, but Léon is now at a Danish school like his wee sisters.
I hold an MA degree from Aarhus University in linguistics with Japanese and computer science with maths, and I also studied Georgian for a year at Tbilisi University.
In 2002 I got a job at Collins Dictionaries in Glasgow, which is where I met Phyllis.
In 2009 Phyllis and I set up a company together. It’s called Complexli and it offered computional, lexicographic and linguistic consultancy services.
In 2019 I moved to Funen to work as a senior consultant for the Danish Language Board.
As should be clear from this blog, I’m very interested in politics. I’m socially and economically liberal, I’m strongly pro-EU, and I support Scottish independence.