In London, I lived on a canal boat named after Billie Holiday. Yes, I had a shower and the internet and a gas cooker with oven light. I just also had swans and newts for neighbours. Sigh, it was a sad day when I sold the Lady Day - but the views from my 17th floor apartment in Bangkok is kinda making up for it!
I play a good game of pub charades, am into lefty, DIY culture, philosophy, science and art. I used to claim with authority that I could drink more whiskey than you but now that I spend a lot of time in South Asia my alcohol tolerance may have plummeted.
In another life, I ran an emergency homeless shelter in London and Fairytale of New York is still my favorite Christmas carol. It's also why I used to claim to be able to drink more whiskey than you.
One day when the screenplay / novel / Pulitzer winning essay is cracked, I'll chuck some things in the back of a van and take off for a while.
One day I might settle on the coast somewhere sunny, liberal and at least middle income. I would have a terrace with citrus and aromatic herbs and spend my evenings drinking wine and eating swordfish in good company. Oh yes.
I like intelligent, well made films and think the label 'world cinema' is insanely stupid. Anyone know a good indy / art house cinema in Bangkok / Islamabad / Kabul?
Recently I've loved reading Cormac McCarthy, JM Coetze, Chinua Achebe and Michael Chabon. I've also been trying to explore a bit more Asian literature. Didn't rate Kamila Shamsie - and Khaled Hosseini felt like he was writing just for Hilary Clinton - but Daniyal Mueenuddin is great and I've got Nadeem Aslam, Tahmima Anam and Mohsin Hamid on the reading pile. If anyone wants to recommend any SE Asian authors, that would be awesome.
I thought those Luke Jerram glass sculptures of viruses were great and will always have a place in my heart for Claus Oldenburg.
Yes, of course I like music. I have a pulse don't I?
... you want to go for weekend's to the beach or some of Thailand's national parks - if you've got a car then I've got petrol money!