Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Narrowboating having left (8 years or a lifetime ago) the
hurly-burly of London after 26 years working for a university in
Now I've discovered the joys of not having to work for a couple of
years, I want more! So, it's a slow, quiet and cheap life on the
canals whilst trying not to have to sell my mind for money.
Whilst I'm intelligent and practical that's counterbalanced by
being cynical and naive. Probably have it down pat about a month
after I'm dead.
I am, through years of education (mostly by dint of head-slapping),
a gentleman; and am able to hold conversation on most subjects.
However, I do also enjoy talking complete rubbish under the
influence of a drink or two.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Absolutely nothing. Apart from giving my boat some well-deserved
tlc, devoting a few days a month to being a charity trustee in
London, and exploring the West Riding.
Back out on the water for the summer, heading over the mountains
and down to Worcester then back to Wakey in October via Oxford and
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Bodging - one should never be far from WD40, gaffertape and a
Listening - so much can be achieved by opening one's ears and
Travelling - lifelong wanderlust
Plus many and varied other skills, some of which are useful,
interesting and remunerative; rather more that probably border on
worrying/weird or just downright odd.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Apparently my grin and eyes, but I'd put that down to ignoring the
hair and beard....
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Pub bands, especially if there's decent ale in the offing are a
splendid evening's entertainment.
The radio belongs to the BBC - R4 and Extra for the spoken word
during the day, R6 for music in the evening and World Service for
Music is eclectic, with a leaning to electronica, trance and folk;
rock and classical do get a nod but country is beyond the pale.
This week's earwig is the Broadchurch soundtrack - although I
haven't watched the series (or actually intend to).
Books are usually whatever I can find free on the web for the
kindle or can swap in the canalside stashes. I tend to favour
sci-fi of the dystopian, cyber- and steam-punk varieties. The death
of Iain (M) Banks is a huge loss to all of us.
Being a tad geeky I've cobbled together a PVR from a Raspberry Pi
and bits; this allows me not to have to worry about what's on when,
just browse, chose and consume when I want to. That said, it's
mainly BBC4 on TV - except for the fantastic Wolf Hall over the
last few weeks. Having an unlimited dataplan on a mobile also means
that iplayer and other downloads get a decent hammering at
Games: Backgammon, one of the finest methods of passing time known
to mankind; especially if there's tea lurking to sustain. Risk -
diplomacy, duplicitousness, daring....
Food: Slowly getting into doing it myself; for many years I've
eaten out as a matter of course - but now I've got the time and not
the money to do that. And, when I'm out in the countryside, there's
no choice unless I can find a talented chef amongst the wildlife
along the cut. Which leads to my favourite cuisine - the picnic.
Especially as real boiling water is close at hand on-board for
proper tea. I am still looking for the plantations that result in
Yorkshire Tea. Any help will be gratefully received.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
My boat (58' narrowboat) and bike (SV650S) - one to live in and
bimble, one to get to places and people in short order (or not
quite so short if it's the S of France again and it's
My body and mind - insert obligatory Tim Minchin quote here
My phones and computers - for over the horizon comms; this means I
don't have to miss out on R4 wherever I might find myself (huzzah!)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Since I've downshifted, it's a lot more about urban folk and their
Other than that, it's the usual round of what needs to come onboard
the boat, and what needs to be got rid of; you're a lot closer to
everything when it's not piped in or out.
For Summer I'm nomadic, so it's about locating shops in easy reach
of the canal to stock up on supplies and making sure that I've got
at least some iron rations if that goes terribly wrong; these seem
to consist of wine and a pair of Fray Bentos pies....
And, of course, where I'm going next (or planning to!)
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
No such thing as a 'usual Friday night'. Being on the boat and not
working 9-5 leads to a rather fluid sense of time which can be
marvellous, but is occasionally frustrating when folks ashore fail
to comprehend the lack of speed involved in getting from A-B.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I try not to encourage people to downsize and live on the water
only because too many taking up a fantastically interesting,
involving and active lifestyle would remove the special feeling for
But, of myself, that will have to wait. Secrets are just so much
more juicy in the flesh.
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