Ok, so what is written below has been cut, and paste, and edited several times over the years so its more of a patchwork than a self-summary. Turns out I'm much better at describing things I have done, and the way I behave than I am able to tell you "who I am". So you will just have to infer as best you can or meet me for a drink, which is generally the easiest way to figure it out. Anyway, below is some stuff (up to date) about me.
I have lived on 2 continents, spent parts of my childhood in the Netherlands & South Africa. My mum is American, my dad is (London) Welsh. I don't feel at home in the English Home Counties; I'm a proper urbanite and I love London (and Barcelona, and New York). I like to spend my weekends at the markets, or walking along the South Bank, or sat in the parks, or at the museums, or wherever really, depending on the company. Cities are the places for me.
I want to travel more, and live in the USA. I've been to Norway, Italy, Spain and the USA (twice) in the last few years; went to the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium last year to see Kraftwerk in the baking heat and Berlin last February experiencing city life in sub-zero, snowed-under conditions.
I collect things and I don't throw stuff out. I amass books, CD's and DVDs, and anything else from wherever I have been, and from whomever I meet. My room is strewn with these things, and adorned with postcards collected travelling, which please me.
I'm ambitious, eager to learn, keen to succeed and I'm restless. I'm looking for someone fun, intelligent and easygoing who shares similar interests and is looking for someone to have fun with in London. I like talkative, opinionated, frustratingly lovable people like myself!
I like to be contrary because I am often contradictory which is normal right? I can be excessive. I can be calm. I have my up-time and my down-time. I enjoy the company of others, and I need my own space. I am not logical, or organised, I work best in moments of fleeting inspiration or deadline inspired panic, but I get by. I have fixations, they pass, and change.
I am a member of no groups or tribes. I like football but I'm not an unreconstructed male. I know nothing about celebrity culture or reality TV, I dress according to no particular fashion. I am not 'cool' (because fitting in is frankly a bit overrated). I am often cynical & apathetic and equally often I am engaged, enthusiastic, dedicated & idealistic, depending on my mood. I like pubs, and occasionally clubs, and drinking (more than occassionally). When drunk: I dance, I get loud, I 'cross the line', I get boisterous. I laugh heartily & become badly behaved.
I quit smoking on 20th April 2009 and stayed quit, which I'm pretty pleased about. Though since October 2010 I smoke socially again, usually after the 5th pint.