David Mannion has three degrees in Astronomy and has worked as a teacher for 28 years in schools and colleges in the UK, Austria and Turkey, and has also tutored for the Open University in Physics and Astronomy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, having been elected in 1984 and was a member of its Education Committee 2005 - 2010. Dr. Mannion has given lectures on Astronomy since 1980, run numerous School Astronomy Clubs, and was vice president and a former founder of the Association for Astronomy Education. His other burning interest is weightlifting and was the British Students Champion in 1984. Recently, he won the British Masters Weightlifting competition in the 94 kg class in 2007, 2010 and 2012 and is an International Referee. He wants to continue watching the stars and lifting weights for as long as he possibly can!