Gazing out of my window on the vista of London the other day I said
to myself, "Self, London is a wonderful city but you have been
avariciously keeping her to yourself for too long. You need to
share her with someone." "B-b-but I have plenty of friends," I said
back out loud knowing no-one would overhear and instantly get me
committed. "You know what I mean," I said back to myself and I was
right, I knew what I meant because I was me despite this brief
moment of internalised self conversation. It was time to meet some
new people, enjoy London and life with them because everything is
that little bit better with two.
What I’m doing with my life
I do an interesting job, I live in a palace in the sky, I see
movies, I write things, I have the odd ridiculous project on the
go. I make, if not the most of London, I make at least 70% of it
which isn't bad. A bit of travel (friends in China and the US get
regular visit plus running around Europe), but mainly distracting
myself from the mundane, and keeping my top notch brain active (top
notch if you consider how many creatures have brains - I am smarter
than every snake I have ever met). And I love doing all of those
things with others...
I’m really good at
watching films, making and drinking cocktails (or at least getting
better at the first, always been ok at the second). I cook, and
importantly enjoy cooking (it soaks up the cocktails). I'm also
really good at teasing a ridiculous argument into sublimely
far-fetched conclusions until dissolving into giggles about how
silly it all was.
The first things people usually notice about me
A slightly wonky eye (hey it works for Thom Yorke). My eyes work
independently (mulit-tasking I think of it) and this occasionally
makes people feel I am not looking at them, avoiding their gaze and
uncomfortable. This passes when they realise which one of my short
sighted or long sighted eyes to look at. It is also a fantastic
excuse to avoid 3D films.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books with a bit of heft to them (weight not necessarily weighty).
Recent favourites have included Doctor Zhivago, The Lies Of Locke
Lamora, and occasionally re-reading my favourite Les Miserables. Of
which the book is the best iteration. I like musical theatre
(except for LM), have a burning desire to see the Carrie musical
one day (wrote a dissertation on plays based on films), but feel I
should get to the theatre more often. I DJ a bit but mainly pop and
these days friends weddings. Am quite excited by the Sugababes
reunion (seems more real than yet another Ned's Atomic Dustbin
revival). I will eat anything safe to eat, I particularly like
tactile cuisines like Ethiopian and Indian where a bread delivery
system is employed. Don't watch much TV except for blowing through
often sci-fi leaning box sets (have you seen Orphan Black yet? And
films are my weakness. I see too many films. Please drag me away
from the cinema, I love its dark embrace... (I produce a Silent
Cinema podcast which is less oxymoronic than it sounds). This
section already feels too long....
The six things I could never do without
A pen & paper, my Oystercard, my passport, satsumas, pork and
my voice. (Is that seven? I'm thinking pen & paper as one
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to make the world a better place, though probably not enough
time doing anything about it. I also spend a lot of time thinking
about what film, play, pub, bar, restaurant, gig to go to, and then
leaving it to the last minute to book, or leave the house.
On a typical Friday night I am
After a day long online discussion with friends about the best pub
in London to go to that night, I'll be there, unwinding,
unravelling and drinking a nice pint of bitter thank you very much.
(Cocktails are for weekends).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The most private thing I'm willing to admit is that Jake Gyllenhall
is gay. (Well it's private to him and completely down to him to
reveal it - though I do think people in the public eye have a
responsibility to be open about their sexuality.)
You should message me if
Any of this made any sense to you