Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I recently moved to Bangkok to work for a well known NGO. I travel
up to half my time around Asia and so could do with a bit of help
from the tinterweb to expand my social circle beyond work.
In London, I lived on a canal boat named after Billie Holiday. Yes,
I had a shower and the internet and a gas cooker with oven light. I
just also had swans and newts for neighbours. Sigh, it was a sad
day when I sold the Lady Day - but the views from my 17th floor
apartment in Bangkok is kinda making up for it!
I play a good game of pub charades, am into lefty, DIY culture,
philosophy, science and art. I used to claim with authority that I
could drink more whiskey than you but now that I spend a lot of
time in South Asia my alcohol tolerance may have plummeted.
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm something like a conflict adviser for an international NGO. It
means I travel a lot to places I'd otherwise never get to see and
am lucky enough to meet some brave and wonderful people. I am under
no illusions about the aid industry though and far, very far,
possibly too far, from a worthy do-gooder.
In another life, I ran an emergency homeless shelter in London and
Fairytale of New York is still my favorite Christmas carol. It's
also why I used to claim to be able to drink more whiskey than
One day when the screenplay / novel / Pulitzer winning essay is
cracked, I'll chuck some things in the back of a van and take off
for a while.
One day I might settle on the coast somewhere sunny, liberal and at
least middle income. I would have a terrace with citrus and
aromatic herbs and spend my evenings drinking wine and eating
swordfish in good company. Oh yes.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Piloting shallow-drafted boats in high winds, lazy breakfasts, home
carpentry and Getting Shit Done.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Hmm, crap hair cut, poor choice of clothes... has this guy even
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Most TV makes me cringe but I enjoy a few things like Charlie
Brooker, The Wire, Breaking Bad, In the Thick of It, that sort of
I like intelligent, well made films and think the label 'world
cinema' is insanely stupid. Anyone know a good indy / art house
cinema in Bangkok / Islamabad / Kabul?
Recently I've loved reading Cormac McCarthy, JM Coetze, Chinua
Achebe and Michael Chabon. I've also been trying to explore a bit
more Asian literature. Didn't rate Kamila Shamsie - and Khaled
Hosseini felt like he was writing just for Hilary Clinton - but
Daniyal Mueenuddin is great and I've got Nadeem Aslam, Tahmima Anam
and Mohsin Hamid on the reading pile. If anyone wants to recommend
any SE Asian authors, that would be awesome.
I thought those Luke Jerram glass sculptures of viruses were great
and will always have a place in my heart for Claus Oldenburg.
Yes, of course I like music. I have a pulse don't I?
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Being near water, sunlight, the outdoors, sex, science and a sense
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
What it means to live and work in 'other people's countries', all
the connotations of living a good life, the many insanities and
paradoxes of international development.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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Whilst working as a lobbyist for a charity in the UK, I once
accidentally blanked the Prime Minister.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
... you're up for new friends to spend time with at gigs,
exhibitions, films, or something on the Bangkok underground scene
(that you'll have to tell me about) - and know the best bars to
stumble into afterwards for laughing and smashing empty glasses
... you want to go for weekend's to the beach or some of Thailand's
national parks - if you've got a car then I've got petrol money!
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