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I'm a bearded socialist living in North London and training to be a
primary school teacher. I love old cities in Autumn and reading
books in places where there's a very small amount of background
noise. I find silence too disconcerting and distracting. I haven't
seen my unshaven chin in about three years.
I'm polyamorous, which means I have open relationships. If you love
sitting down with a diary and scheduling then you'll love my love
I'm a socialist activist and I take politics seriously. I organise
a branch of a socialist group called Workers' Liberty in North
London at the moment. My life can be quite chaotic, but my studies
are forcing me to be a lot more structured.
I love boardgames, but haven't had the money to buy any. I'm
especially looking forward to picking up Galaxy Truckers and
Twilight Imperium at some point in the near future. Some of my
housemates are working on a game based on the second international,
where social democrats and revolutionaries compete to overthrow
capitalism in the run up to to the first world war. If that sort of
thing is your niche then we will get on famously.
I love loose leaf tea, cocktails when I can afford them and a good,
compelling novel. I love cycling and swimming, but only for a bit
of a potter around in some water.
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm doing a Primary PGCE this year, which means I don't have a lot
of free time, so sorry if I don't respond very quickly.
I'm making more time in my life for reading, at the moment I'm
mostly reading children's fiction alongside pedagogical theory, but
I'm making time to read Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks and
Capital in the 21st Century
I’m really good at
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I'm good with children, which is lucky given the PGCE. I'm good at
baking and cooking and manage to beak bread and cakes at least once
a week at the moment. I can play the bass and flute, though I need
to be more disciplined with them. I'm good at reading out loud to
people and telling stories, so if you would like to be read to get
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Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I read 'House of Leaves' which is an amazing novel and because of
it want to read some more experimental novels. I liked
'Steppenwolf' and would like to read more Herman Hesse. I finished
reading Albert' Camus's novels a little while ago. I especially
enjoyed 'The Plague'. It was his only optimistic one, about the way
people can band together to overcome horrendous tragedies. I love
Victor Hugo. I stayed up late in to the night to finish the last
200 pages of 'Les Miserables' when I was 17 and also enjoyed 'Notre
Dame de Paris'. Hunter S. Thompson's stuff is great. I've been
involved in a few student union elections and 'Fear and Loathing on
the Campaign Trail' gives a pretty clear picture, on a much grander
scale, of the insane world you start to occupy. While we're on
journalistic writing Orwell's 'Road to Wigan Pier' is great. I
loved studying Byron and Old English poetry at university. Right
now my focus is 20th century fiction. I'm kept a promise I made to
a friend a few years ago to read some James Baldwin, 'Another
Country' took a while to get going, but was wonderful and
'Giovanni's Room' was incredibly moving. I got in to Isaac Asimov
in a big way and read the foundation trilogy. Next I finally read
'Catch 22' and loved it.
I want to read some more philosophy. I had a go at Kant a few years
ago, but ground to a halt when I started working. I'm going to give
it another go when I can put aside some time to get in to the
Critique of Pure Reason, maybe over a long holiday.
I read quite a lot of Marxist political theory. I want to read some
more political economy, hopefully Volume 2. of 'Capital' some time
in the next year or two and some classical economics like Adam
Smith and Ricardo. In 2012 I did some reading about the Paris
Commune and loved it. I try to read the Guardian and Financial
Times every day. I went to a really interesting Trotsky reading
group, which gave a good overview of his basic works and a group
discussing Farrell Dobbs's book 'Teamster Rebellion' about a
massive strike in America in the 1930s. It's a much more exciting
read than I make it sound. I'm also meeting a comrade who is
discussing Antonio Gramsci's 'Prison Notebooks' with me. He writes
in a pretty obscure way, but there are some amazing ideas -
everyone is an intellectual, everyone is, in their own way, a
I'm not a massive cinema goer; there are some shocking gaps in what
I haven't seen that I'm looking forward to covering in the next few
years. For TV I'm in to all of that HBO shtick; Deadwood, the Wire,
Game of Thrones. I'm occasionally watching Battlestar Galactica and
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia at the moment. The most affecting
TV show I have ever watched was Twin Peaks. After I finished it I
was worried that I might never see anything else as good
I lost a load of music a while ago when an old laptop gave up the
ghost, so I haven't been listening to much at the moment. I while
back I listened to a load of Kate Bush to help me get through an
article I was writing and wondered why I'd never listened to her
before. I really enjoy Cerys Matthews show on BBC6 on a Sunday. I'm
slowly making a list of artists to get the music of, mostly based
on what one of my housemates listens to.
I love lasagne and pancakes. One of the best moments of my
childhood was learning I could have pancakes on days that weren't
pancake day. I learned how to cook Saag Paneer and want to make a
decent dhaal next.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Books, my friends, sunny weather, my radio, libraries and my
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The world around me, the state of the British left and trade union
movement, my life and relationships with other people, books I'm
reading, places I want to go, things I want to do, occasionally
ideas for poems. I like making grandiose plans for things to do in
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
It really varies. Sometimes I'm out with friends, busy at a meeting
somewhere or at home relaxing and being glad that it's the weekend.
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