Ok, I'm very sensitive, try to be kind, very passionate. I thrive on trying to understand people well. Very silly, cheeky, open-minded, intense, dreamer.
I do like a firm handshake.
Toast. Walking fast, cycling way too fast. Holding hands, winter walks through woodland with dogs, things made out of wood, buttered crumpets, smoked salmon, cowbells, hidden churches, marbles clinking together, and an array of other things. Grass. Herons. The word 'grotto'.
I'm a socialist and this is important so no Tories.
I'm attempting to be a musician and an artist. I used to be good at creative writing... but I need to clone myself since one lifetime isn't going to be long enough
My ongoing quest is to be confident in myself without being arrogant.
One of my main pursuits, since childhood and persisting into adulthood, is listening to music on my headphones and pretending I'm a character in a film- I sometimes get confused about this even when not wearing headphones and accidentally sing to my friends instead of talk.
My bicycles which I built are named Hans, Jackson, Bertand and Matlock. I have a turtle named Karen who is capable of a truly astounding range of facial expressions. Did I mention I'm quite flippant
Lots of crazy fast cycling through wind rain and sun.
Training in classical singing, which is difficult and loud and currently happens in the laundry room. Doing a lot of volunteering at the moment, helping to run music workshops for people with alzheimers. Learning blues on the guitar. Learning middle eastern songs. Nothing makes me happier than songwriting. Finding time to write. Drawings of strange creatures. I am obsessed with making maps of places and routes that lead to the people in my life.
Ridiculously, trying to make money from these things.
Pursuing passions and trying to realise ambitions.
-opening tight jars
-lifting one eyebrow
-saying completely the wrong thing
-observing, listening, contemplating, not talking
-seeing the funny side, being accommodating
-Ruining my clothes. Destroying everything
-Getting fired from jobs
I am indescribably BAD at many things too, including basketball, sewing, table tennis and shot-put.
So instead I'll tell you 6 things about Karen, my pet turtle.
1. As of her last measurement (with tape measure) in March, she was 6.5cm long.
2. She loves to hang from one toenail off her log, bobbing in the water
3. Her middle name is Amphitrite (Greek sea-goddess and wife of Poseidon.).
4. If she could live her life again, she'd be a typographer
5. She likes Bach but not Brahms
6. She was an unplanned adoption, a rescue; and consequently I will never know her age.
UPDATE Karen has expanded and is now 7.3cm long!
UPDATE 8.4cm long
Feb 2014 *9cm. Stop growing please Karen!
....The Atrocity Exhibition by JG Ballard.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?..in fact most things by Phillip K.Dick. I like poetry a lot, especially Mark Doty. I enjoy Sherlock Holmes and detective things in general
Tom of Finland! Gay man porn...
Um. Sociology books, like The Practice of Everyday Life by de Certeau
Art- Neo Rausch, German Expressionism, Caravaggio, Botticelli, Gauguin, yes
John Cage's music scores, and especially fond of Rauschenberg, Schwitters... oh and I am obsessed, definitely in a sexual way, with ancient greek red vases.
I don't have time to watch tv really, but I really like The Bridge (Broen), Forbrydelsen
Taxi Zum Klo
I like sad love films where they're in love and then someone gets paralysed in a car accident or something and everything ends tragically
I grew up listening to classical music so that is my foundation, but I have very eclectic tastes. I like anything from glitchy electro, to dubstep, rockabilly, metal and vintage jazz.
....Billie Holliday, Ella FItzgerald, Opeth, Handel, Chopin, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Led Zeppelin, T Rex, Bjork, Sia, Blonde Redhead, Kraftwerk, Mastodon, ELO, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Rolling Stones, Stravinsky, Bach, Handel, Faure, Satie, Delius, Dowland, Debussy, Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Rimsky-Korsakov, Purcell ... list goes on forever
How to be happy with what I have, fulfilled and independent
Trying to remember I'm small, tiny and insignificant in the universe.
Dragonflies. How does that work?
Escaping from London to the country/ beach / mountains.
Should I become a blacksmith, or a park ranger?
How much I hate humans.
How much I like humans.
My creative projects
Various types of cheese
electronic circuits and architectural drawings and maps
Should I have been a drummer. If I had been a drummer, would I now have big arms?
writing, or feeding Karen.
I'd also like to be in a small backstreet pub with a fire, boardgames and no music so i can hear what my friends are actually saying.
Or I might go to the cinema with my mum and watch something with 3-d glasses.
I'm living in Hackney and would like to make friends who are interested in yoga, swimming, hiking...outdoorsy stuff too.
If you play an instrument and want to 'jam', I am interested in that. If you need a good singer. Someone to get muddy with. A camping buddy. Or if you want to go for a walk. If you'd like to play a board game.
Poets, musicians, cyclists, surfers, board-gamers, artists, mountain goats, nature-lovers, the warm-hearted, dreamers, concert-goers, pub-dwellers, animal-lovers...and nice things I have not yet thought of.