Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I think first of all I should say that most people I meet are
surprised that I am nowhere near as serious or intense as my
profile makes me sound ....
I was born in Africa and attended secondary school in Ireland. I
went to university in Wales and Oxford. I don't feel particularly
like I come from anywhere despite my passport(s) saying my official
nationality. I have a PhD in political philosophy but my interests
are far wider than that and my temperament is rather artistic and
literary (someone on here asked me to do a Myerr-Briggs test and I
I have travelled a lot in Europe and worked in the Czech Republic,
Bulgaria and Romania. I love the Balkans and would like to work in
the Middle East or north Africa. At the moment I am based in
Brussels seven or eight months of the year.
What I’m doing with my life
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I'm currently working on two books and a number of article
projects. I travel as much as I can, although as I am trying to cut
down my CO2 emissions, only in Europe. I'll attend any conference
within easy distance of some good walking. I love long distance
cycling (which I did more in the past than now) and hiking.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Boasting about my abilities (joke).
The first things people usually notice about me
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I'm as as tall as a man can be without looking freakish. Also that
I'm not very tidy, scruffy even. If you think there is nothing
hotter than a guy in a suit then I am probably not your cup of tea.
I can, though, wear uniforms by appointment for those that like
that kind of thing. LOL.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Cervantes, Fielding's "Joseph Andrews", Bohumil Hrabal, Milan
Kundera, Ian McEwan's "The Cement Garden", Italo Calvino, Gabriel
Garcia Marquez, Ivo Andric, Cees Noteboom, Lars Iyer. I do seem to
read rather a lot in translation - wish my languages extended
beyond going to the market - and tend to avoid all the novels that
get talked about in the 'cultural pages' of British newspapers
(Amis, Winterson etc).
I'll read anything in the old black Penguin's World Classics
series, there are some incredible books. It amazes me I can buy for
one or two euros the text of something that five hundred years ago
existed in only a handful of copies. We don't know how rich we are.
I much prefer listening to poetry than reading it for some reason,
maybe the lack of an immediate and innate sense of rhythm. In
philosophy Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Levinas, Blanchot and
Derrida particularly interest me.
All sorts of strange things from Brief Encounter via the Wicker Man
to Otasanek. The former notwithstanding, I guess I like something
with a surreal edge that's not consistently realistic. The Enigma
of Casper Hauser, Aguirre Wrath of God and Remains of the Day are
all favourites as is Lars von Trier's 'The Idiots'. I thought it
was a general parable about the human condition. But then I went to
Denmark and realised it was a desperate cry for help. There are
downsides to the "perfect" Scandinavian societies.
I also like The Big Lebowski and most other things by the Coen
brothers. Withnail & I is amusing in the same way. The
aesthetics of failure, I guess. Superbad is the last film I can
remember laughing aloud at. I like a film for being well made
rather than what it is about or who is in it.
God Speed You Black Emperor, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Stone Roses,
Glasvegas, The Zombies, Ramones. Veronica Falls and King Crimson
are bands I have recently discovered.
I listen to BBC Radio 3 for classical music and BBC Radio 6 for
alternative and new stuff. I miss my LP collection which always
seems to be in a different part of Europe to me. I guess there is a
reason they invented mp3 although I just love the look, feel and
sound of vinyl.
Don't have a TV. I do read the TV reviews in the papers though in
order to know what people are talking about. Occasionally I have a
look at something highly recommended on DVD. Usually I find most
television programmes take a good idea and kill it by spinning it
out too long. The first few episodes of The League of Gentlemen
were amusing in a surreal way but nothing near as good as Blue Jam
on BBC Radio 1.
I love to cook. I'm vegetarian for many years now. My first great
discovery was with cooking curries but I don't cook them as often
now as in the past.I mostly like all kinds of mediterranean and
Balkan cooking as they tend to not be meat orientated and use lots
of fresh ingredients. My major indulgence is cheese.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
It depends for how long. Without exercise I would go mad very
quickly. I think a selection of books gets pretty inevitable after
a few days, probably even hours. Internet connection is also quite
essential although I would love to try and withdraw this cherished
drug in the same way I gave up coffee. Access to some pristine
nature is also very desireable (Belgium is very frustrating for
me). A garden I definitely need in the long term. And sex, although
I think only girls are allowed to say that in this section, and I
do have to do without it far more than I would like :p
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The constant compounding of presence with absence. LOL.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
In the gym. Well, seriously, maybe, they do have a nice sauna.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I was circumcised when I was born.
(I should have added Momus to my music likes).
You should message me if
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* If you like to make the first move.
* You are potentially interested in meeting in person. I spend way
too much time with my computer to want to have long virtual
conversations. It is nice to see a human face while you
* Even if you are not the same as me in outlook. I would find a
mirror image of myself extremely unerotic. I might even have a bit
of an opposite attraction thing.
* You have pony tails and can do a passable Limerick accent.
* You are looking for someone to go walking or cycling with or have
adventurous tastes in music and want to go to concerts.
* You have Telegram and want to chat there.
* You are Australian.
* Go on: if you have read this far you know you want to :)
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