I live on a narrowboat on the Oxford Canal without mains electricity, gas, water, sewage or telephone; it sounds more ascetic than it is, and though I enjoy the rigours of canal life, my boat is very comfortable. In the summer I am outside a lot. In the winter I heave the coal, feed the birds, slide in the mud and retreat to a book, Radio 4, or the wonders of the internet.
Before the boat my home was a rural Oxfordshire village where I raised my children.
I have run the London Marathon, which came as a great surprise to everyone who knew me, and, more than 10 years later, it still seems improbable.
My mother tells me that I ought to mention that my profile picture is recent (taken in June this year) and I haven't lied about my age. Since one should always do as one's mother says, consider it mentioned.