30Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
A few unconnected things about me:

I don't think I've had a TV where I live for six years, but I don't think I've lived without the internet for that length of time either.

I like playing games. Computer, board, public, card, you name it.

Coats with lots of pockets: I think they're a good thing.

When I first went to university, I wanted to be a philosophy academic. I grew out of it. But I still like philosophy academics.

I play the cello and the ukulele. The case for the former can hold the case for the latter, like a stringed marsupial.

I grew up on an island of 700 people. Now I like cities.

I used to have at least six different hats. Now I rarely wear any because of cycling everywhere. That's the only bad thing about cycling. (That and Edinburgh taxi drivers.)

I'm a long-term open relationship. We're both committed to it being an open relationship, and one of the things that makes that work is being up front about it.

Semicolons are my favourite punctuate.

I can't draw.

That'll do.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a freelancer, working in environment and the performing arts (I trained in both). That means that sometimes I'm running youth theatre groups, sometimes I'm hosting events, sometimes I'm planning environmental campaigns, sometimes I'm teaching venue managers how to turn the damn lights off, and so on.

I also write and perform poetry. Which is an awkard thing to put in a profile, because either I leave it like that, in which case perfectly nice people will quite reasonably run a mile, or I explain that I do get things published in journals and perform in competitions and stuff, in which case I look defensive and/or arrogant. All in all, a set of anxieties which neatly encapsulates the how and why of poetry's utterly marginal cultural status.
I’m really good at
overthinking it.
The first things people usually notice about me
I've got a really big smile in a big, expressive face. I'm clearly in love with words. My hair is usually a mess, and so is my accent.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Some writers I like: Patience Agbabi, Nin Andrews, Angela Carter, Caryl Churchill, April De Angelis, Carol Ann Duffy, Umberto Eco, UA Fanthorpe, Brian Fawcett, Robert Garrioch, David Graeber, Donna Haraway, Douglas Hofstadter, Sarah Kane, Bryony Lavery, Ursula Le Guin, Thomas Pynchon, Mark Ravenhill, Phillip Ridley, Neal Stephenson, David Foster Wallace, Jeanette Winterson

Some filmmakers I like: Sylvain Chomet, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Spike Jonze, Miranda July, Richard Linklater, Todd Solondz, Lars Von Trier.

Some music I like: Aesop Rock, Amanda Palmer, Anja Garbarek, Arab Strap, Bjork, Boards of Canada, Busdriver, Caitlin Rose, Camille, Charlles Mingus, Das Racist, Dirty Projectors, The Divine Comedy, Elbow, The Guillemots, Girl Talk, The Handsome Family, Isobel Campbell, Jacques Brel, John Vanderslice, Kaizers Orchestra, Kiki and Herb, Leadbelly, M.I.A., The Magnetic Fields, The Mountain Goats, Nellie Mckay, Nina Simone, Radiohead, Rasputina, Regina Spektor, Robert Johnson, Roots Manuva, Rufus Wainwright, St Vincent, Tom Waits, Wild Beasts, Yoko Kanno
Six things I could never do without
A seed of hope and/or despair for the eventual overthrow of the globalised late capitalist hegemony.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to make things better.
On a typical Friday night I am
trying to remember which day of the week it is.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Now this is an interesting prompt. Because "private" and "publicly admittable" are mutually exclusive, at least if taken literally. So I would guess that I'm supposed to say something that most people in my estimation would be private about, rather than something I'm prviate about. Something to do with sex, or body functions. Something shameful.

Hey, how about this: I suffer from bouts of acute anxiety (as well as bouts of beautiful confidence), and that is why I'm on this website.
You should message me if
you want either an involved and occasionally heated conversation about something or a Hot Date. Take your pick.
The two of us