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My self-summary
Curious, open-minded, sensitive and sociable, that's me! Come find out more!
I've lived in France, the UK, USA and Switzerland, recently moving to Geneva and happy to meet new people!

I'm a bookish person, it goes with my training and my job, but I love company, discovery and eager to learn. I've always loved travel, even if it's only for work. I think looking at a snowy mountain is one of the most beautiful landscapes to behold.

I haven't been in a relationship for a while. I am open to something casual or laid-back, but not against getting more serious with time and mutual appreciation. I relate especially well to creative people, and to those with a passion!
What I’m doing with my life
Academic for over ten years: I taught History and International Relations. After moving to Geneva I completed an evening course in marketing, communications and public relations and enjoyed discovering how it could tie up with my previous work. I'm now working at a think tank and started teaching exec courses there too!
I’m really good at
Talking, enjoying the company of the people I'm with. I'm a good listener too.
I love to learn new things, see new places (or plan to do all that!)
I enjoy writing, drawing, photography (trying to be "really good at" those but the pleasure of it is more important).
The first things people usually notice about me
I smile a lot, and am generally in a good mood!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books and movies to do with all periods of history, current and world affairs, sometimes more literary and artsy... I'm a man of eclectic tastes!

Books: among ancient authors: Homer, Thucydides, Xenophon, Polybius, Virgil, Tacitus; modern authors: Stendhal, Charlotte Bronte, Gustave Flaubert, Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf
Historical fiction favorites: Mika Waltari, Mary Renault, Robert Graves, Gore Vidal, Lindsey Davis
Thrillers: Henry Porter, Mark Burnell, Donna Leon, John le Carré, Adrien Goetz
I obviously read a lot of current affairs essays, History (all periods), biography, travel writing, comics (Peanuts for ever!)

Movies: Westerns (John Ford's films, especially Fort Apache, most of the other John Wayne films, especially True Grit; Little Big Man; Soldier Blue; Shane, and its Clint Eastwood remake, Pale Rider; Silverado; Appaloosa; the Coen Brothers' True Grit); War (most of the 50s and 60s classics, and more recently Cross of Iron, A Bridge Too Far, Das Boot, Paradise Road, Warriors, Der Untergang); Epics (classic peplums from The Ten Commandments, Quo Vadis, Ben Hur to more recently Gladiator; The Man Who Would Be King... ); Romance (yeah, Sleepless in Seattle, Brief Encounter, Lost in Translation)... ah the list is too long. Let's switch to actors: I like a lot of movies featuring Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, Liz Taylor, Harrison Ford (OK throw in Star Wars and Indiana Jones), Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Claire Danes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Clint Eastwood, Kirk & Michael Douglas, the Fonda family, Russell Crowe, Michelle Williams, Jean Reno, Bernard Giraudeau, Isabelle Huppert, Ludivine Sagnier, Léa Seydoux, and well this gets too long too! you get the picture, I like flicks!

TV: since a stint in hospital (!), medical series (ER, Grey's Anatomy, Dr House); thrillers (Homeland, Life, Fringe, Revenge); historical fiction (Rome, Masada, the Tudors, Band of Brothers & The Pacific, The Winds of War); some SciFi or fantasy (Game of Thrones way ahead, Babylon 5, the different Star Trek versions more or less); documentaries (travel, current affairs, history)

Music: favorite classical: Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Saint-Saens
jazz: Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker
80s and 90s rock: among others The Corrs, Suzanne Vega, The Bangles, REM, Texas, Indigo Girls, the Cranberries, Dubstar, Sheryl Crow, Savage Garden, Sinnead O'Connor, Soldat Louis; more recently Astrid Williamson, James Blunt, Kathleen Edwards, Avril Lavigne;
Celtic folk music, if it has bagpipes or harp, that might just get me dancing, and that says much; brass band and military marches to whistle along the road on treks

Food: French, Italian, American, Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Indian
Beverages: Sparkling Water, lagers and brown ales, wines of the world, Russian vodka and single malt whisky
Six things I could never do without
My glasses, a book to read, a pen and paper, a camera and pictures of loved ones
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I did become an academic because I like to think about things, and obviously I've devoted a lot to my specialties in History and current affairs.
More privately, I think about other passions: traveling the world, reading good books, my friends and family, relationships...
On a typical Friday night I am
looking to have a good evening however! (and that goes for the rest of the week!)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Ask me privately! It may be the last thing you could think about!
You should message me if
You'd like to know me more! or if you like a decent conversation!
The two of us