I'm 42 years old, with blue eyes, blond hair, all my own teeth, etc. I have a degree in maths & I work as an actuary for an insurance company. Do I sound like a crashing bore? Hmm. Well.
During my days at the office I seem to harbour Reginald Perrin style escapist fantasies. Office life is a strange experience. I get through it by trying to be myself as much as possible, although it's not easy. I'm usually the one in meetings who remains stony faced when everyone else laughs at the boss's dreadful corporate humour.
I travel light these days - I think material possessions are often just huge millstones around our necks. I've got rid of most of mine over the last few years. I don't own a television any more, which some people find odd, but I adore the radio. An evening lying on my sofa with Kindle in hand and with BBC Radio 6 Music playing in the background takes an awful lot of beating.
I have a very modest lifestyle too. I'm not really one for glamour or the high life - it just doesn't appeal. Champagne is very nice, but tea is better. Milk and no sugar please. Swanky cocktail bars no, friendly pubs yes (I don't drink very often anyway). Have eaten in plenty of expensive restaurants over the years but I'm just as happy sitting in my car with a sandwich & a cuppa, listening to radio 4, with the sound of the rain rattling on the windscreen. I don't think I'm a tightarse though - I just know what I like!
I enjoy cooking. I particularly enjoy cooking for other people, but I don't get the chance to do it very much (cue violins). On the positive side, I've never poisoned anyone with my cooking and I've never burned my kitchen down, so I guess I must be doing ok really. Cooking with chocolate (making truffles, tempering, etc.) is a recent fascination - although, ironically, I don't particularly like chocolate, so I've mostly given the stuff away to other people. I also made a batch of black pudding recently using a big bucket of fresh pigs' blood from the local abattoir. Funnily enough, that fact seems to polarise opinions about me, but that's ok...
I'm sometimes quite shy when I first meet people, but I think I'm worth sticking with because underneath I think I have a good sense of humour and can be quite charming (for a northerner). Very loving & affectionate with people I trust & care for, but it takes me a while to get there...
I have two children from my previous marriage - they live almost 400 miles away but I visit them regularly & speak to them every day. I love them very much, but two is plenty for me though - I don't want any more!
I've been single for quite a long time after being battered & bruised during a long-winded and difficult divorce. Be gentle with me! I think I have a lot to offer if I meet the right person. I'm not afraid of commitment. I'm not looking for a quick fling. I'm not a married man looking for a "bit on the side". I pretty much do what it says on the tin.
Would love to meet a warm, affectionate, kind-hearted, intelligent girl. But someone with a bit of spirit too. Someone who orders a big rare steak (with all the fat left on) for dinner & eats it with gusto, not someone who orders a green salad ("hold the dressing") and picks at it tentatively while nursing a glass of mineral water & taking the occasional small sip. A liking for offal & other nasty foods would be nice, as would an understanding of the beautiful game of cricket and the ability to tolerate my rough & ready sense of humour and my love of old skool hip hop in all its swaggering glory. Those who prefer shopping, brown rice, tofu, X Factor, God, voting Conservative, astrology or txtspk might want to look elsewhere - I don't think I'm likely to be what you are looking for!