History nerd, working in advertising and moonlighting as a blues musician (they call it moonlighting because you miss sleep a lot). I don't think anything's better than arguing the toss with people who have flair and humour. I'm really into politics, music, and learning the meaning of a new word (the last one I learned was "Bumptious" - if you say bumptious, you often sound quite bumptious).
I'm also crazy about the guitar - I could sit and practice for hours. My idea of heaven is one of those DVDs about improving technique. I play in an electric blues band and it's my favourite thing in the world to do!
What I’m doing with my life
Fretting over CTR and CPA, trying to influence consumers by day; electric blues by night. There seems to be a lot of coffee in there too.
I’m really good at
I suppose the things that I'd be miserable if I wasn't allowed to
do are play music and write. I suppose I'm into history and
international affairs to an extent a lot of people would find
boring. People say I have a good vocabulary?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Anything historical. My favourites would include Avi Shlaim on the Middle East, John Lews Gaddis on the Cold War, and anything Andrew Marr touches. At the moment, I'm reading Christopher Andrew's history of the MI5. Uncovering communist subversion in 1930s London - what a read.
Not a big movie-goer, but I love some classics; Casablanca, Dawn of the Dead, Do The Right Thing. I'm a Spike Lee fan.
As for music, I have a huge love for anything blues-related; anything from my guitar heroes (Clapton, Hendrix and so on) to Percy Sledge, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, and the Beatles , whose greatest achievement was CLEARLY the Abbey Road album. At the moment I'm into Steely Dan and George Harrison a lot.
The six things I could never do without
A grip on current affairs (I start to go nuts), a guitar, something
to read, my friends, my belooved Skoda Fabia, and more coffee than
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Politics. What's worse, right-wing dogma or left-wing social
engineering? Conservative arrogance or liberal self-loathing? Rosy,
mythical versions of the past, or naive ideological utopias?
Unshakeable moral absolutes, or mushy-headed relativism? I wish I
was as certain as some people seem to be.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out somewhere playing music in front of people.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You can't tell anyone this, but I have a portrait in my attic that
ages while I stay eternally youthful.