The boat takes a lot of time - there are always jobs to be done, bigger things and standard maintenance, but I also have to move at least every two weeks. There are a lot of things that make it a bit of a tough life, not least being NFA (no fixed address) and the various difficulties you encounter with prejudice and systemic bias, but when I'm at the tiller, or at the side hatch with a cup of tea on a starry night, there's really nothing like it! I really love it.
Other things I love: dancing, travelling, anything to do with palaeolithic archaeology, maps, books, good sci fi (books and tv - more Firefly than Star Trek, though I do love Voyager), dancing, hiking in the countryside/by the sea, going to interesting performances or exhibitions, dancing, singing, blues music, lots of other music, teaching/training, parties/dancing with friends, drinking tea/gin/wine/ale/cider/cocktails, dancing, cooking/eating great vegetarian food (Vietnamese is my current favourite). Did I mention dancing? It's quite a massive part of my life now and that's probably not going to change. Would you like to go dancing?
I love finding random things to do at weekends, like to go for a stomp in the countryside or a visit to somewhere historical/archaeological when I can, go to the Watershed or Cube to see foreign-language/independent/arthouse films, occasionally make it to the Old Vic for plays, read and listen to a lot of music (swing to make me happy, blues and lyrical stuff to help me feel sad or thoughtful – e.g. Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, Anja Garbarek – and classical to help me work).
Otherwise, short, gingerish lefty, a bit mouthy, sometimes grumpy. Maybe a bit of a control freak.
Treme, GoT, The Thick of It, Borgen, The Killing, Friday Night Dinner, Fresh Meat, Dr Who, QI, Black Books, Father Ted, Green Wing, the Mighty Boosh, Flight of the Conchords, Monty Python, Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder, Fawlty Towers, M*A*S*H (Alan Alda as Hawkeye was my earliest crush, which probably explains my soft spot for men in 50s Hawaiian shirts). Radio 4.
Music, see above.
Films – prefer independent/foreign language/animation. Studio Ghibli, Ken Loach, anything with Jaques Tati, Almodovar. Amelie. Easy Rider, The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Sean of the Dead. Classics, anything with Alec Guinness or by Hitchcock. Despicable Me.
Food – vegetarian, preferably non-British (Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Italian, Spanish, Mexican), though I do a pretty good veggie sausage toad-in-the-hole . . .
Or if you're any good with 12v systems/engines/welding. There's always something that needs doing!
Seriously, though, I am looking for someone who likes animals (I have a cat and he's young, so he's going to be around for a while - I don't know about you, yet), likes the actual countryside (not just the pretty bits), has chopped wood/camped/trekked/travelled somewhere they didn't have immediate access to wifi/heating/running water and liked it, thinks/reads, is creative/imaginative, compassionate/kind, practical, physical, thoughtful, conscious, confident, aware of privilege/lack of it and sometimes intellectual/geeky . . . There has to be at least one guy out there like that, right? Right . . . ?
One last thing. If the idea of ever having children has never occurred to you, go and date a 20-something-year-old. Women in their 30s do not have the privilege of not having had to think about it. Society and our bodies have been telling us we're supposed to have them for decades. I am not 'baby-crazy' and I want to get to know someone pretty damn well before breeding with them. But it is something I might like the option of in my future, and if that's not something you ever want, or you want to go on not having to make a decision about it for another 10 years, please fuck off.
I'm pretty sure no one fits all of these things, and am aware that feelings generally confound plans, but guys always go for things they are not qualified for, right (that's how you win presidencies), so I'm banking on receiving your applications anyway . . .