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My self-summary
Living in London for the past few years, after studying in Sheffield. While there I learned to eat chips and gravy, talk to people on public transport and very occasionally call total strangers "duck".

Even after living here since I was ten (except for the six years in Sheffield) I still love the city, and still feel blinded by the lights and sights of London occasionally. In a good way.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm making the most of being back in London and all the gigs I can go to and events I can get involved in. Theatre has been part of my life since around 2008, and has taken me to perform in seven different theatres, including two at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

By day I'm a programmer at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, based in Oxford Circus where I work with people developing games for the PlayStation Vita, PS3 and PS4.

By night I'm a Ceilidh dancer, writer, gamer, or catching up on TV shows or films (with friends, preferably). Occasionally: sleeping.
I’m really good at
...not getting run over around Oxford Circus, which is much harder than it sounds.

Also, there are a few character archetypes I play really well in the theatre. I can also put together a pretty awesome script, given enough time to let my mind go running free.

I've played guitar for 14 years now. This is long enough to not suck at it, as well as long enough to learn not to show off at every conceivable opportunity.
The first things people usually notice about me
My first name is really unusual, so I often get asked about that. I'm named after a fictional detective, though not a famous one (I'm not called Sherlock), and share the name with a Bond villain.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
(I've tried (and failed) to list only one thing in each category. I think it's more interesting this way.)

Films: Probably my favourite film ever made is The Princess Bride. It's funny, has some fantastic characterisation and some beautiful swordplay. The book is also fantastic, but in a slightly different way.

Books: This is much easier to do by author, right? Douglas Adams, without question. It's really easy to own all his books because he's a slow writer, and only managed eight of them. Although The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy his best known series, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is, without doubt, his best book. People should also read Last Chance To See which is basically a book about endangered animals that's really enjoyable. Instead of just making you feel guilty it makes you feel we're all part of an amazing world that we have to be careful with.

Currently reading: Stormlight Archives.

Music albums: My tastes are quite eclectic and cover many genres, depending on my mood. For rock, it's Iron Maiden who still know how to write a good melody; for pop Robbie Williams because I'm a sucker for a cheesy lyric and an anthemic tune, and for orchestral get me some How To Train Your Dragon or Pirates Of The Caribbean soundtracks.

TV Series: Firefly was one of most awesome series ever, until it got cancelled. If you've watched it you'll know what I mean.

Computer Games: I work in the games industry, so picking favourites is really, really, REALLY hard. Portal is the best game ever made, I think. The writing is so tight and the gameplay perfectly paced. I've also played all the Assassin's Creed games and most of the DLCs. My favourite genre is driving games. Race Driver: Grid is a favourite.
The six things I could never do without
Morning trains to great days out.
Mornings in bed, to catch up on sleep.
Days out at whatever events the world has to offer or relaxing in summer sun.
Days in, playing board games.
Evenings out to share drinks with friendly people.
Evenings in to play, write, or similar.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
That song I heard on the morning radio, but which I can't remember the lyrics, title or artist of.

Weird, but awesome, science experiments; the kind of stuff that gets Ig Nobel prizes.

All the small things in life that make it great.
On a typical Friday night I am a pub with friends, ceilidh dancing or getting an early night ready for a busy weekend.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Although I'm not Russian, my name is. An actual Russian man tried to teach me how to pronounce my name properly once. I couldn't do it. (And still can't.)

I sometimes think that no matter how good life is, there'll always be, somewhere, a wish for something more to aim for.
You should message me if
You like showing people new things.
You like discovering new things.
You found a typo, grammar or spelling mistake in my profile.
You didn't find any typos, grammar or spelling mistakes but you were looking for them.
You are my long lost sister, who was adopted, so we can unite and overthrow the evil Galactic Empire.
You want to go to something with someone, but don't know who, but think I'll like it based on things we have in common.

People, your attention! I have hidden five song titles (all more than one word) in my profile. If you can find any of them, give the song title and artist (1 point each), and message me the ones you find. I will then get you one of these prizes:

1-4: A drink from a coffee shop / bar, or similar.
5-7: A cinema or theatre ticket.
8-10: A meal in a restaurant.
More than 10: A secret prize.