I'm a historian by trade, which keeps me busy and infectiously keen on the past. Don't get me started on anything like that, we could be talking for hours..
I love cooking (mainly Italian, Russian and food from other cultures), languages, culture (I speak a couple but I'm currently learning Hungarian after falling in love with it on my second trip there) and history (I do love a good museum). I read a lot and am quite an old fashioned kind of guy, with a modern twist - combining to make something not quite as good as either.
Music I adore and I have been lucky enough to travel around Europe/Asia performing music back in my youth but I'm into such a wide range of styles it's untrue. I used to be in charge of the music for a small chain of student/alternative nightclubs back in the North so I've been exposed to a lot, if you know of an artist I've not heard of please tell me! I'm ever hungry to hear more!
I'm a little obsessed with globetrotting, it's so easy to slip away for a quick break somewhere. Don't be surprised if you need a passport to hand!
Oh and I've got the personal phone number of a European Prime Minister in my address book.