I'm generally cheerful, and occasionally irreverent. When not trawling through obscure books or encouraging undergrads to think, I'm probably trying to make someone laugh (with moderate success). Other things: singer, mediocre guitar player, keen hiker, bit of a nerd.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm an academic working on ancient history. At the risk of sounding cliched, I am one of those lucky people who loves what they do.
Outside work, I spend most of my time reading, singing, at the gym, gaming, and catching up with friends and family.
I’m really good at
Bumping into things. Making bruschetta. Keeping conversation going. Practically inhaling coffee. Singing tenor lines badly (I'm really a baritone).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love to read, and generally have a book or three on the go. Some favourites include Persuasion, the Aubrey-Maturin series, Lord of the Rings, Altered Carbon, and various bits of political and historical non-fiction. I've been reading a lot of Tony Judt recently, excellent stuff. My favourite genre is probably historical fiction, but really anything that takes you out of the present and fires the imagination.
Movies - slightly eclectic taste here, tending toward action and sci fi - Master and Commander, Interstellar, The Matrix, The Fifth Element, Top Gun (I know), Skyfall.
TV - BSG, Star Trek, Firefly, Black Books, The West Wing. I really enjoy watching comedy: Eddie Izzard is an all-time favourite, Dylan Moran too, and Louis CK is a recent discovery.
Music - all sorts, soft spots for rock, rap, and folk. Been listening to a lot of Sara Bareilles recently. I do love making music too: I mess around on my guitar most days by way of relaxation, and any time I'm not singing in a choir or in a show I really miss it.
The six things I could never do without
Assuming bare necessities (light, air, etc.) are covered:
family and friends
a fully stocked bookshelf
something worthwhile to do with my days
I spend a lot of time thinking about
When I can reasonably have my next coffee. The ancient world. What the Tory government is going to do next to make me angry. My next meal. Whether I should be trying to improve my languages (I should). Where I can get away with claiming a travel grant to next (I really need to develop a research interest in the Aegean islands...).
On a typical Friday night I am
In the pub with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I own a pair of Star Trek cufflinks.
You should message me if
You want to.