'Explorer, swordsman, linguist, scholar, writer, lover of women and
pursuer of hidden knowledge.' Alas, no one has ever said this about
me. I stole it from a biography of Richard Burton. But it's the
kind of epitaph I'm aiming for...
What I’m doing with my life
Producing brochures and websites for a luxury travel company,
trying to swing the work life balance more in favour of life,
kitting out my new flat in Fulham, figuring out how to build a
villa on the plot of land I bought in Indonesia (it was an impulse
buy), travelling whenever possible, and looking for the next big
I’m really good at
Making people laugh, being objective (I hope), making lists,
planning holidays, over-analysing everything, my job, listening,
The first things people usually notice about me
On a good day, my sparkling whit and intelligent conversation. On
an average day, my sense of humour and my tendancy to wear my heart
on my sleeve.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: A Time of Gifts, Traversa, Emergency Sex, Driving Over
Lemons, Islomania, I Wouldn't Start From Here, Midnight's Children,
From the Holy Mountain, Paradise With Serpents, The Sex Lives of
Cannibals, Jupiter's Travels, The God of Small Things, Papillon,
Shantaram, One Day, Small Wars Permitting, Cloud Atlas, the whole
of The Conquerer series and all 7 Harry Potter books.
Movies: Garden State, Shawshank Redemption, Monty Python and the
Holy Grail, Withnail and I, The Thomas Crown Affrair, Life is
Beautiful, Blood Diamond, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset.
TV shows: Californication, 24, The West Wing, House, Prison Break,
Spooks, Friends, Scrubs, Black Adder, The Big Bang Theory, Top
Gear, Tribe, Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week
Music: Just about anything from classical through to Frank Sinatra
and Amadou & Mariam ... but not R&B, rap or hip hop.
Food: I love all good food and trying new things in particular. If
forced to pick a nationality I'd go with Italian or Indonesian, but
if forced to pick a single dish I'd go with haggis, neeps and
tatties every time! I also cook a mean lettuce soup - trust me,
it's better than it sounds!
The six things I could never do without
A good book
Something to look forward to
Friends that feel like family
Being able to see the horizon once in a while
Another good book
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why we all are the way we are, why my 'to do' list always ends the
day longer than it began it, exciting future travel plans. Oh, and
sex. If I'm honest I do spend quite a bit of time thinking about
sex. But I think that's normal.
On a typical Friday night I am
In the office (cue small violin), at home in front of the telly
with a glass of wine, in the pub, at a restaurant, at a dinner
party, or driving out to the country.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I had three imaginary friends when I was a child, called Dindy,
Bory and Satsats. I left them in a bin in a Little Chef car park on
You should message me if
You like what you've read, like good conversation over great food
and wine and are open to seeing where things might go, be it fun
for now stuff or blimey this might be for life stuff.