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My self-summary
Narrowboating having left (8 years or a lifetime ago) the hurly-burly of London after 26 years working for a university in the centre.

Now I've discovered the joys of not having to work for a couple of years, I want more! So, it's a slow, quiet and cheap life on the canals whilst trying not to have to sell my mind for money.

Altohugh I'm intelligent and practical that's counterbalanced by being cynical and naive. Probably have it down pat about a month after I'm dead.

I am, through years of education (mostly by dint of head-slapping), a gentleman; and am able to hold conversation on most subjects. However, I do also enjoy talking complete rubbish under the influence of a drink or two.
What I’m doing with my life
Absolutely nothing. Apart from putting some miles on the boat and abandoning it in the countryside occasionally to be a charity trustee in London.

Spring is (almost) here and the wanderlust also; currently bimbling south from Ripon and up the Trent to find Birmingham and the Black Country followed by winter in Oxford. The siren call of Yorkshire will be ignored for a couple of years as Bristol is also on the itinerary (not that it will work out like this, but a plan's always a good thing to break).
I’m really good at
Bodging - one should never be far from WD40, gaffertape and a Birmingham screwdriver.
Listening - so much can be achieved by opening one's ears and mind
Travelling - lifelong wanderlust

Plus many and varied other skills, some of which are useful, interesting and remunerative; rather more that probably border on worrying/weird or just downright odd.
The first things people usually notice about me
Apparently my grin and eyes, but I'd put that down to ignoring the hair and beard....
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Pub bands, especially if there's decent ale in the offing are a splendid evening's entertainment.

The radio belongs to the BBC - R4 and Extra for the spoken word during the day, R6 for music in the evening and World Service for night-time.

Music is eclectic, with a leaning to electronica, trance and folk; rock and classical do get a nod but country is beyond the pale. Picked up a secondhand chromecast on the travels and have now discovered Spotify....

Books are usually whatever I can find free on the web for the kindle or can swap in the canalside stashes. I tend to favour sci-fi of the opera, dystopian, cyber- and steam-punk varieties. The death of Iain (M) Banks is a huge loss to all of us.

Being a tad geeky I've cobbled together a PVR from a Raspberry Pi and bits; this allows me not to have to worry about what's on when, just browse, chose and consume when I want to. That said, it's mainly BBC4 on TV - except for the fantastic Wolf Hall over the last few weeks. Having an unlimited dataplan on a mobile also means that iplayer and other downloads get a decent hammering at times.

Games: Backgammon, one of the finest methods of passing time known to mankind; especially if there's tea lurking to sustain. Risk - diplomacy, duplicitousness, daring....

Food: Slowly getting into doing it myself; for many years I've eaten out as a matter of course - but now I've got the time and not the money to do that. And, when I'm out in the countryside, there's no choice unless I can find a talented chef amongst the wildlife along the cut. Which leads to my favourite cuisine - the picnic. Especially as real boiling water is close at hand on-board for proper tea. I am still looking for the plantations that result in Yorkshire Tea. Any help will be gratefully received.
Six things I could never do without
My boat (58' narrowboat) to live in and bimble,

[I did have a bike that was fab for fast travel but it's had to be sacrificed to go full-time cruising on the boat]

Pleas to the weather deities for their indulgence in my favour?

My body and mind - insert obligatory Tim Minchin quote here

My phones and computers - for over the horizon comms; this means I don't have to miss out on R4 wherever I might find myself (huzzah!)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Since I've downshifted, it's a lot more about urban folk and their strange ways.

Other than that, it's the usual round of what needs to come onboard the boat, and what needs to be got rid of; you're a lot closer to everything when it's not piped in or out.
For Summer I'm nomadic, so it's about locating shops in easy reach of the canal to stock up on supplies and making sure that I've got at least some iron rations if that goes terribly wrong; these seem to consist of wine and a pair of Fray Bentos pies....

And, of course, where I'm going next (or planning to!)
On a typical Friday night I am
No such thing as a 'usual Friday night'. Being on the boat and not working 9-5 leads to a rather fluid sense of time which can be marvellous, but is occasionally frustrating when folks ashore fail to comprehend the lack of speed involved in getting from A-B.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I try not to encourage people to downsize and live on the water only because too many taking up a fantastically interesting, involving and active lifestyle would remove the special feeling for it.

But, of myself, that will have to wait. Secrets are just so much more juicy in the flesh.
You should message me if
You're more than merely alive. Or want to be.

Or want to play on a narrowboat cruising for summer...

[and because I'm too cheap to spring for an 'A-list' subscription so likes are invisible!]
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