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My self-summary
Lost for words at the moment but will get round to it........eventually.
What I’m doing with my life
Hello reader....

Well, I've found myself in the classic dillemma of spreading post-Uni social circles, which is why I'm checking in here. I'd like to insert a meaningful quote from some obscure Bolivian poet somewhere, but I'd be unable to do it without appearing a bit pretentious. So I'm just going to take the honest approach and see how that flys.

I'd see myself as easy-going, intelligent and open to a lot of what life has to offer. I have my interests leaning mainly on the the creative side (art, film, literature, and music), and my personality and preferred days out tend to revolve around that. I enjoy old film-n'-paper photography (though it has been a while), creative writing, and trying to tame my fingers into playing bass. I'm currently pursuing my Masters in Publishing, though ironically, it now means I have little time left to actually read a book....

Places I've enjoyed a lot are Edinburgh, Emilia Romagna, New Orleans, London (though these days, I can only handle the Big Smoke in small doses) and New York. Second-hand book hunting in Hay-On-Wye (and rummaging around old, musty bookshops in general), music festivals featuring minor-label, beardy, side-project bands, live-comedy, pokey Arthouse cinemas, and genteel country pubs / sticky indie-hovels also feature somewhere in there. I'm not overly well-travelled, but would like to experience some more of the world with someone who might want to see it with me.

I scrub up OK, but I feel most at home in a t-shirt and jeans. I make a flawless cup of tea (though coffee seems to be winning the hot-drink battle now). I've never been a football nut, but I'm not snobbish about sports. I don't shirk at physical exercise. I can do First Aid. I like chillies. I'm a bit ambidextrous. And I'm admittedly scared of spiders but will never squash one just because it's the easy thing to do.

Above all else, I'm mainly happy to see how things shape up organically if and when the right person might come along.
I’m really good at
Making tea. Breaking things by accident. Laughing at all the wrong moments. Fixing / breaking a cinema projector. Not pretending to be someone I'm not. Making mixtapes (that's the earnest indie-boy muso part coming out). I enjoy cooking and am usually good at it when I'm not messing it up by being distracted by the TV. Finding out completely useless information. Really poor jokes. Not bullshitting people.
The first things people usually notice about me
My glasses, I reckon. Or a distinct lack of panache.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
North African, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, South Indian, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Thali and Balti, etc, etc. I'm likely to enjoy most foods, and nothing's really off-limits except bruised bananas or anything that's still alive on the plate.

I really enjoy live comedy as a night out, and would love to go to the Edinburgh Fringe once again given the chance.
Favourites are probably Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Sean Lock, Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld), Josie Long and think 'The Thick Of It' is the world's greatest TV show.
I threw all this in because the difference between a good conversation and a great conversation always means laughing at the same things in the same way. Rambling and surreal humour (with a small injection of hopeless Dad-Jokes) is what I go for, usually. A bit of knowing, dry, cynical sarcasm is fine (but too much becomes wearing after a while).

Radio 6, Beardy electronica, 60's Garage bands, 80's Art Pop, and Thrash Metal. And Jazz. A pretty wide bunch of stuff. It would be great if you know who Scott Walker is or you spent your earlier years (or now) frequenting indie dive-pubs. As with most interests, it's more important you have a roving, curious and open mind. Whether or not the tastes actually match mine is irrelevant - it's just crucial you have a particular taste to begin with, beyond what's played on TV and Radio 1.

Anything by Werner Herzog or the Coen Brothers. 1970's Thrillers (Klute, The Parallax View, All The President's Men). Sideways (and anything else starring Paul Giamatti). Guillermo Del Toro movies (Pan's Labyrinth etc). Stand By Me (a film that can reduce an SAS Commando to tears). David Fincher and David Lynch. Steve Martin and John Candy movies (yes, even the crappy family ones). Zombie Films. Silent comedies (Buster Keaton etc). Obscure BFI Documentaries. And Radio 5's film reviews with Kermode and Mayo is essential listening......

Steinbeck; Murakami; Bellow; Proust; Cervantes; Hesse; Carver; Iain Sinclair; Auster; Blake. Books on Arctic exploration, Alchemy, Beekeeping, and comedians' autobiographies (they usually always make great writers).
Not a fan of celebrity/sports biographies, or anything written by the presenters of Top Gear. Anything highbrow and unusual (mainly fiction) floats my boat.
Six things I could never do without
1)My book collection.
3)Jalapeno Peppers
4)Family + friends (predictable, but it's a bit cold not to include it just because I'm trying too hard to be quirky on a dating site).
5)Pen and paper.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
...Mice. And how it would be great to invent something and have my own Patent.
On a typical Friday night I am
At home studying, or going out, with the occasional gig or cinema trip.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't like spiders (though I always make the effort to catch and remove, not squash them), I'm ticklish, and I don't like fireworks.
You should message me if
You're easy going, and somewhere between optimist and healthy cynic (so for you, the glass is either half-full, or exactly half-full AND half-empty at the same time).
You have a slightly dry or silly and strange sense of humour.
You like having vast amounts of tea/coffee made for you.
You may or may not have been a party animal a few years ago, but now you're OK spending some of your time with pokey arthouse cinemas, and old-man pubs rather than 48 hour field-raves.
You think digging around in secondhand bookshops is a great way to spend a day.
You don't equate a lack of travelling with a lack of ambition.
You are a little bit left-field, maybe with some creative tendencies, who appreciates similar things in others.
The two of us