54Belfast, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
The tales of yore describe such star-crossed lovers
As history would have us all believe.
What was really present, 'neath such glossy covers?
And where and when for he his darling Eve?
Her knight in shining armour's due her side
As he scrambles to his faithful steed and lusty;
Having quite forgotten that he cannot ride
And that despite his armour's sheen, it may be rusty.

To his soulmate, where located, go his thoughts -
The measure of his love, wrapped in a sonnet:
Not just himself - a humble poet, of sorts,
But his heart and soul - and all that sits upon it.
If she provides the combination - he himself the lock -
Then together they can throw away the code.
A pairing - she for navigation, he for rock -
Will see them right, no matter where the road.

Word and soul his tools - both bard and bared -
He offers up himself to such a world
As experience dictates is best served shared;
Unencumbered - uninhibited - unfurled.
"Carpe Diem" both his reasoning, and creed
He takes delight in life, in love, in victual;
'Steady as a rock' through word and deed -
Tho' Parkinson's now stays his hand a little.

Should such disclosure, scattered as it is
Unto the winds, 'twixt server farm and screening
Be recognised by she who finds that in his
Scribblings there lies a deeper meaning
Then neither have his efforts been in vain
Nor his limited vocabulary stalling.
Her naked laughter, throughout this refrain;
He wants - he needs - he yearns - is that her calling?

And a little something for fans of "Les Miserables" - which I unashamedly admit is my favourite stage musical - nothing else comes close to encapsulating the multifarious vicissitudes of life so concisely, and quite so elegantly.

"Do you hear the people sing?" - see how the score
Soars majestically from voice to voice.
We, the people, triumphant once more,
Our world, our stage, our history - our choice.
Valjean / Javert - the ancient, primal struggle:
Life's never black and white, yet's all we get.
'Midst life and love - such values as we juggle
But who Thénardier, and who Cosette?

A call for 'revolution' strikes a chord
Yet it's peace for which his heart has often prayed.
Despite, and yet because of "The Good Lord"
There's confrontation at the barricade.
He searches for a world of truth and virtue
Of peace - of love - of reconciliation -
Where love can have a bite, but never hurt you;
One life, one love, one people, and one nation.

Finally, a contemporary piece written in response to the appalling act of atrocity committed recently in Woolwich:

Bloody Muslims.

"Butchery" the tabloids scream "Pics!" - queasy.
"Allah hu akbar"'s heard across the 'net.
The "Bloody Muslims" subtext's all too easy
But those WE raise - and then, somehow, forget?

Denmark's "Anders Breivik" - the Far Right's
Not something with which we, perhaps, engage.
A Workers' Youth League camp - and Breivik's sights
Saw sixty-nine of us give up old age.

A drop-out neuroscientist - James Holmes
White, non-terrorist - with no surprises.
Where's Batman when grenade and pistol roams?
As with twelve of us dead, a Dark Knight Rises.

I won't further this catalogue of bloodshed
For it's served a purpose, and I've made my call.
Let's turn the spots - and aim the light we should shed
On the human condition - warts and all.

We need to learn that monsters lie within us -
Blaming those that lie without won't fix the toll.
For we all of us have good and badness in us;
Let's find the trigger - lest more heads should roll...

22nd May 2013 -
"Woolwich machete attack leaves man dead" (BBC headline)

All verse (c) driversoft, 2013
What I’m doing with my life
Currently reinventing myself in Belfast, and always looking for a close match (I'm no perfectionist...) - an intelligent, genuine, self-aware (but not egotistical) partner, or perhaps an inquisitive lady who just wants to see more of the experiences the world can offer - so if you consider yourself open-minded, non-judgemental, and are keen to explore something more interesting than the local Tesco, who knows where we'll go?
I’m really good at
language - a hyperpolysyllabicsesquipedalianist-extraordinaire. I love playing with words - although I've yet to find a perfect match, I've not given up trying to start a fire...
The first things people usually notice about me
I probably appear quiet and introverted if I don't know people, but anyone who knows me even reasonably well will tell you that that's far from the truth (they say the quiet ones are the worst...).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
a) Satire / Comedy / Word play (especially Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde),

Horror (especially Graham Masterton)

Anything thoughtful, provocative and informative, no matter how esoteric (just read Dawkin's "The God Delusion", and an SM work entitled "A Hand in the Bush" - not entirely sure what that says about me, but you've got to keep your hand in...)

b) Peter Greenaway as director,

Generally prefer Art/World Cinema to Hollywood (although I did like Lord of the Rings, and Brain Dead by the same director!)

Anything provocative (yes, I do have THAT infamous movie from the Japanese Guinea Pig horror series, and no, I don't recommend it!)

c) Contemporary / electric folk,

Anything 'rocky' from my era (Queen, etc).
Six things I could never do without
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What makes people behave the way they do, why so many people fail to come to terms with their inner selves, why there are only two days in a weekend, how come the sun's up already when it was evening only a couple of hours ago and I'm only on my third whisky, and why I'm only a 94% match with myself on here...
On a typical Friday night I am
I don't have a long-term typical Friday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Does a naturist holiday count? It was on my bucket list and once the opportunity arose, well, curiosity got the better of me...
You should message me if
You're curious / intrigued, you want to spend all night putting the world to rights over a favourite drink (or two), you're looking for an intellectually stimulating relationship, or you simply want to talk to someone unshockable about absolutely anything.
The two of us