Heronfromspace
36 Bangkok, Thailand
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My self-summary
I recently moved to Bangkok to work for a well known NGO. I travel up to half my time around Asia and so could do with a bit of help from the tinterweb to expand my social circle beyond work.

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.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm something like a conflict adviser for an international NGO. It means I travel a lot to places I'd otherwise never get to see and am lucky enough to meet some brave and wonderful people. I am under no illusions about the aid industry though and far, very far, possibly too far, from a worthy do-gooder.

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’m really good at
Piloting shallow-drafted boats in high winds, lazy breakfasts, home carpentry and Getting Shit Done.
The first things people usually notice about me
Hmm, crap hair cut, poor choice of clothes... has this guy even shaved today?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Most TV makes me cringe but I enjoy a few things like Charlie Brooker, The Wire, Breaking Bad, In the Thick of It, that sort of stuff.

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?
The six things I could never do without
Being near water, sunlight, the outdoors, sex, science and a sense of perspective.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What it means to live and work in 'other people's countries', all the connotations of living a good life, the many insanities and paradoxes of international development.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Whilst working as a lobbyist for a charity in the UK, I once accidentally blanked the Prime Minister.
You should message me if
... you're up for new friends to spend time with at gigs, exhibitions, films, or something on the Bangkok underground scene (that you'll have to tell me about) - and know the best bars to stumble into afterwards for laughing and smashing empty glasses down.

... 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!
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