how nice to meet you (as it were). You want to know some stuff about me? Let's see ...
On the plus side, people generally like me, I'm good in a crisis, I have a gentle manner, a strong sense of irony, and a vast pool of wonderful friends in several countries. On the minus side, I am absolutely terrible at directions, and can be disconcertingly frank!
My mind is built of words and anecdotes. Having spent years talking about writing a novel, last year I finally, to my own surprise, bottled down. It's now on draft 3. An adventure story set in ancient Iraq. If it ever makes serious money (it's nice to daydream, no?), the plan is to buy a chateau in France and fill it with friends over the summer.
My favourite travel-spot has to be Naples. The city, the catacombs, the Roman sites, the bay, Capri, the palace at Caserta - ahhh ... simply glorious!
I have a special predilection for people who find life funny.
Foucault's Pendulum (the first half of which is the funniest book I've ever read)
the Hornblower stories
My Family and Other Animals
the Alexandria Quartet
several speeches from Shakespeare.
A special place for Asterix and Tintin.
A personal foible is that I hate reading translations.
Music: mostly Classical, esp. piano.
Orange is the New Black is amazing (and personally I prefer Piper over Alex, though I am well aware the matter is not universally settled).
Watching the Mentalist was for most of its running almost a spiritual experience. Pity about the final episode - so beneath the characters!
When oh when are they going to continue House of Cards??
But the unexpected claims quite a large role in my life.
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