Former corporate office drone, I staged a daring escape from London and have fled north to the land of freedom, shortbread and Irn-Bru, where I'm clinging desperately to my youth by becoming a student again. I was actually born in Edinburgh, so I might just be spending my life going round in circles.
I'm an armchair radical, an undercover folkie, and a pretty amateur boulderer. The beard is entirely optional.
I’m really good at
Giving an impression of knowledge and/or competence that may or may not reflect whether I actually know what I'm talking about. I.e. bullshitting.
Remembering utterly useless pieces of information.
I made a Sachertorte once and it was amazing. Totally down to my natural baking talent and not the inherent awesomeness of anything with that much chocolate in it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
All lists subject to change at any time, based on prolonged consideration, my mood, or the weather.
Books - The Waves by Virginia Woolf, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, pretty much anything by Terry Pratchett or Iain Banks (RIP to them both - taken too soon).
Music - Anything but metal. A fair amount of folk, anything Scottish and miserable - so Arab Strap, Frightened Rabbit, Twilight Sad - rockier stuff, a general mess of whatever. Sleater-Kinney, Joanna Newsom, The Mountain Goats, The National, The Hold Steady, Anais Mitchell, a million others.
TV - The Wire and Breaking Bad, because I am the same as everybody else. The West Wing, Six Feet Under, Doctor Who, Arrow, Orange is the New Black.
The six things I could never do without
Music, books, mountains, train journeys, the internet (it's like having the sum total of human knowledge IN YOUR POCKET! Also it has cat videos), pasta.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Science, politics, class, gender, history, Hibs, how to get someone to pay me a salary to sit in a pub and have pointless drunken arguments about deeply obscure things, excuses to go on train journeys, excuses not to get out of bed.
You should message me if
You're impressed I made it as far as this box? Hell, if you made it as far as this box, you should probably go for it - I guess I haven't haven't bored you to death OR grossly offended you yet, so give me a shout; I'll see if I can manage both at once ;-)