Years have flown by and I've enjoyed pretty much all of them.
I have always been optimistic, enjoyed a challenge, and made friends easily. I have rarely fallen out with anyone, except a few irritating individuals, who cared little for the feelings of those around them, or who believed the world owed them something.
I am naturally curious and constantly seek knowledge about this tiny world we inhabit and the utterly inconceivable vastness of the Universe and beyond. I am definitely not over serious, but I'm certainly not a shallow person.
When I was working, I was often asked to present to colleagues in the North West, some of the strategies I used to re-motivate disaffected pupils. This resulted in public presentations at conferences. A natural step was to diversify the subject matter and use my multimedia IT presentation skills to give talks relating to my lifelong interest in Astronomy and Cosmology.
I give my scientific lectures to technically competent audiences who don't usually throw eggs (maybe they are too polite?) but they often ask me back, so I guess I may be quite good at that.
I can use IT tools creatively, and technically.
I'm pretty good at observing the natural world around me. I seem to spot things that others don't notice. It's one reason why my camera is always close by.
I'm also an avid people watcher, which might explain the comment in the next section.
I'm pretty good at knowing how things work, thanks to an engineering father, and enjoying a wide range of music thanks to a musically eclectic mother.
On a lighter note, I've read these several times to children I taught, 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame and 'Elidor' by Alan Garner, who I've met a few times at Jodrell Bank.
Films... I'm not a great film watcher, but If I'm still interested after 10 minutes, I'll probably watch to the end. I like Coppola's reworked version of Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' which became 'Apocalypse Now'. I also love Kubrick's '2001 Space Odyssey'.
I certainly don't share Clint Eastwood's political views, but, a Romantic masterpiece for me, is his 'Bridges of Madison County'. Unpromising title and not anything like a typical Eastwood film, but if you haven't seen it, watch and see if it triggers a few tears.
I also enjoy the satire of 'Vicky, Christina, Barcelona'...a fairly recent (2008) Woody Allen film.
Music is a passion for me. I enjoy all kinds, ranging from Bach, through Classical and Operatic stuff, (especially Wagner and Puccini). I thoroughly enjoy rock and pop music as long as it's not that repetitive, generic (lets make endless variants of our first track) sort of stuff. I love Blues guitar, old and new; Jazz, especially some Miles Davis and most Stan Getz. Maybe it would be easier to inspect my record collection. I have 3 guitars, my favourite being a black USA Stratocaster, which I fondly imagine I can play moderately well. I also have an incredibly complicated, quite rare Roland Synthesizer, that I bought in the early nineties.
Food? Yes I really enjoy food and I love to eat slowly. Most evenings, I enjoy a good meal with red wine, frequently a decent Tempranillo, from La Mancha, and good music... if I'm really lucky, in the company of an attractive, intelligent lady. Sadly, that hasn't happened as often as I would like, in the last two or three years.
I may reveal them to someone who cares enough to ask.