41Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
I like to laugh. I appreciate silly things (as opposed to stupid things -- sometimes a pretty fine line) and I enjoy rambling conversations that end up on obscure tangents.

Cheerful optimism tempered by a dash of cynicism make for a pretty good outlook on life, I reckon, so I try to go about things with that in mind.

I am warm, jovial, and laid-back.
What I’m doing with my life
I've recently become a father, which I think will probably be the most important thing I can do with my life. I work in communications for a London borough council, after the financial crisis forced me out of my job as a local newspaper editor early in 2009. The change isn't all bad, though.

I still hope to retire at 55 so I can do some travelling and hopefully get the novel that's meant to be in each of us down on paper, but we'll see how that goes.
I’m really good at
Procrastinating, deep discussions and coming up with random facts relating to whatever topic is currently under discussion; I'm a bit of a trivia sink, I'm afraid!

I've also spent a bit of time practising martial arts, and although I'll never entirely get over my fairly rubbish spatial awareness, I'm pretty handy at a few aspects of it, despite no training in the past couple of years.

Beyond that, I'm not really good at anything. But that doesn't stop me enjoying a wide variety of pastimes.
The first things people usually notice about me
That laugh of mine can be fairly explosive -- it's often audible before I'm in sight, and I use it pretty frequently. You have been warned.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I find it difficult to narrow favourites down to single choices. But books I've come to love include Three Men in a Boat, The Dark is Rising, Watchmen, Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like, The Belgariad, the Sandman series, Pride and Prejudice, The Moon's a Balloon and the Discworld novels (particularly those featuring the Ankh Morpork city watch).

Films I'd happily watch many times include: The Shawshank Redemption, Jerry Maguire, The Seven Samurai, Airplane!, Fight Club, Ghostbusters, A Night to Remember, Bladerunner, Flash Gordon and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I also greatly admired the cinematography of Sin City -- one of the most visually impressive films I've seen -- though the comics are better in terms of story.

I can be a bit more unequivocal about foods -- I enjoy Cantonese, Thai and northern Indian cuisine, but bangers and mash is a perennial favourite. :)
Six things I could never do without
Immediate family, friends, books, internet access, at least one activity that keeps my brain active and at least one form of interesting exercise (although there hasn't been as much time of late for all of them as I'd like).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Several different things at once. This can occasionally lead to a degree of confusion...
On a typical Friday night I am
Doing the weekly shop, and then looking after my young son while my wife gets some rest!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've changed my entry here a couple of times -- basically, nothing that doesn't sound a little angst-ridden, which isn't really me. <:)
You should message me if
As I believe others have said, if the fancy takes you!
The two of us