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My self-summary
Hi! I'm Neil:
Fulltime barman, romantic and hopeless optimist.

You'll usually find me: singing extremely loudly to bratty punk (tm), reading, working far too much, and cooking, faffing about online, gaming (mostly on xbox, mostly some form of stealthy game where I can at least pretend to have some sense of balance or coordination).

Music's a big part of my life - listening, playing, gigging...at the moment, spending a fair amount of time playing bass, trying to work out what the hell an arpeggio is. Recently picked up electric guitar.

Bit of a geek when it comes down to it - I read anything, but do have probably more comics than a grown man really should, but anyone who holds the opinion that comics aren't a legitimate form of literature clearly has never read Sandman.

Been working up in Poet for just over an eternity (at least that's what it feels like), where I spend far too much of my time, but they let my make my own cocktail lists, which is nice. I do genuinely love my job, which means a lot of very strange looks, me being a bit too happy when I'm actually working, and a rather pathetic attempt at a wage, but given the choice between a well paid job and one i actually enjoy, I know what I want. I'm currently supposed to be writing my first proper, professional cocktail guide for the bar, but am very easily distracted.

Currently reading Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard Series, the Dune saga, far too much Spiderman and American Vampire, which is genuinely the first decent new take on vampires this century. Apart from Buffy. Though that may have just been Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Anything else?
reach me at daisho@hotmail.co.uk

I am Introverted, Idealistic, and Romantic.
What I’m doing with my life
Working in the Poet in east Belfast/Dundonald. Absolutely love the work (most of the time), and working towards running my own bar one day. Just finished a management NVQ, looking something else to study now, and when I get a spare moment, can be found wasting it learning the tab to just about anything that gets stuck on my head.
I’m really good at
My job (not to be too immodest), breaking things (slightly destructive/clumsy), I'm a good listener according to my female friends.
The first things people usually notice about me
Moderate fuzziness? Well at least I can grow a beard I suppose.

I'll be the first to admit I just don't photograph well - there's maybe three good photos of me in existence. And I think in two of them I am a baby.

On a personal level? Despite being a bit shy, I'm a pretty open, heart-on-my-sleeve sort of person, and am really passionate on things I believe in. It's very easy for me to start a rant on all matter of subjects, generally music, world affairs and work.

Oh, and my slightly twisted sense of humor. Way too much Brass Eye, Monty Python and Blackadder as a kid will have that effect. I blame my parents
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Ooh, this is a big list.

Musically, I listen to pretty much anything... Blood Red Shoes, Pixies, AFI (before they turned emo), Therapy?, Be Your Own Pet, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Blondie, Clash, Lacuna Coil, Send More Paramedics, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Muffs, Juliana Hatfield, Veruca Salt .. the list goes on.
At the mo, I'm mostly listening to The Kills, Gallows, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Kittie, Rilo Kiley and Misfits.

Books - Favourite books of all time are still His Dark Materials and The Dark Magician Trilogy (finally got the new one, thanks to a very good friend). Love pretty much everything Anne Rice, Memnoch still being a fav, cannot count how many times I've read American Gods and Neverwhere (actually, anything Gaiman or even Gaiman inspired.. have the whole Sandman and Lucifer collections). The Night watch series is immense, as is Ring and its sequels. Loved pretty much every Stephen King book I've read (apart from Dreamcatcher), any of the Discworld books and a couple of Robert Rankins (namely, the Brentford Trilogy and Armageddon the Musical).
Oh, and 1984 has the best ending of any book EVER.

Films, I'm pretty open to anything with a good ending - The Shining, Batman Begins, Equilibirum, Donnie Darko, Virgin Suicides, Dune. Anything by Tarantino (esp Kill Bill vol 1), I'll give pretty much any martial arts movie a go - Azumi and A Man Called Hero being personal favourites.
Coraline and Dr Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog would be the best things I've seen recently (that ending was devastating.) Have seen Scott Pilgrim an awful lot, and going through a bit of a horror phase at the mo - Let the Right One in and its American adaption, Let Me In, are both fantastic movies in their own right.

TV - Watching very little at the mo, but when I do I tend towards 30 Rock, House , Bones, Spooks, doctor Who(thank you netflix...), pretty much everything that's over for the season. Still catch myself watching Big Train, Brass Eye and Spaced on occasion.
Will stop ranting about Doctor Who for once, but Chris Eccelston's still the best.

At the mo, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer for what must be the twelfth time, Castle, House, Two Guys, A Girl and A Pizza Place, and very little else because I'm always in work.

Food - can't beat a good steak. Quite fond of Chinese, make a kickass Spagetti Bolognese, and cannot live without Seriously Strong Cheddar.
Six things I could never do without
Well, i could go for the whole friends, family thing, but apart from that:
-my bass
-my books
-my ipod
-my laptop
-my glasses, so I can see the rest of that stuff.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I am quite a deep thinker. I like learning new things and I am interested in what others have to teach me.

I am a serious idealist, and more than a bit naive (or so I've been told). Spend a lot of time thinking about how things fit together and work (still a bit of an engineer in me), and i tend to apply this to everything.
I enjoy teaching others and a big part of my job is training new staff so I love getting the chance to pass on skills snd tricks I've learnt.

If I've seen a movie or read a book with a particularly moving line in it, it'll stick around in my head for days. I believe strongly in the power of words (why I'm not a big swearer - swearing has more of an impact if only used when it's needed), and despise the way certain words are bastardized and used in such ways that negates the original meaning - for example, awesome as in literally 'in awe of' rather than just great.

As I've said, I've a slightly dark sense of humor - still think the drug abuse episode of Brass Eye is the funniest thing ever. Bill Hicks was a big influence on my comedic tastes when I was younger, though having rewatched him recently I've realised he really only had one routine (though the whole MJ Kennan link's kinda cool)
On a typical Friday night I am
Suprise, working. Mostly mixing cocktails, having a laugh with my staff and generally getting others drunk. On the (very) rare occasion I get the night off, I like to go out for a few quiet drinks with friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can get a little tonge tied in group situations- especially if I dont know a lot of the people
You should message me if
You want to. That's what free will's all about.
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