42 London, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
Paradoxically sociable and yet circumstantially shy scholar, musician, and mischievous goofball. Random talents for building palatial snow caves, writing silly rhyming poetry, and transcribing music by ear. I'm mad about the life of the mind, how humans tick, and inspired by the wacky and imaginative. Such as: did you know that there's a Cloud Appreciation Society?

By profession and passion, I'm a music anthropologist, specialising in North Africa, particularly music in Algeria (Sufi music as one) and have lived in Algeria and Morocco for a number of years. Before that all started, I worked in multimedia as a music editor and composer for film. Currently play North African stringed instruments (lutes) but once upon a time, used to be a decent pianist.

Being fit has always been important to me. Especially after turning 40, made it a goal to be in the best shape of my life. Having grown up near the mountains, playing in nature has been a big part of my life (hillwalking, mountaineering/climbing, later attempts at sea kayaking). All that said, I strive for balance so plenty of time relaxing, unplugging, and some long, lazy mornings.

Love the cultural diversity and arts in London, live music, dressing up for a classy night out, single malt scotch by the fire (although a newfound taste for port may be overtaking my scotch fascination). I cherry pick from bits of yoga, mindfulness, other spiritual practices, and am into being healthy (besides that scotch by the fire). Staying sane in academia also requires a *very* healthy sense of humour. I love a bit of silliness, often at my own expense. I've been known to devise a good prank or two or the occasional playful dare. You can ask me more over a pint (or carrot juice, coffee).
I’m really good at
Finding humor in most situations, seeing the big picture, making connections between distant ideas and thinking in poetic metaphors, transcribing and learning music by ear, writing, thinking and acting creatively, seeing the "undercurrents" or subtleties in situations, analyzing, listening, empathizing, teaching. Admitting when I'm wrong or have made a mistake.
The first things people usually notice about me
Most commonly my "expressive face" which I suppose means I'd be a lousy poker player.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Here's a sampling that might be telling: Monty Python, Mongrels, The Office (both UK and US), The Daily Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm/Larry David, Zoolander, Waking Ned Devine, Office Space, The Three Amigos (possibly my favorite movie) and similar kinds of humor.
The six things I could never do without
Nature, love, humor, learning, quiet time, music.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Culture, what makes people tick, communication, meaning in life, traveling, music, my next trip abroad.
On a typical Friday night I am
Looking for live music to watch or play along with
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That thing about the thumbtacks. :)
You should message me if
any of this rings a bell