I've got an open and curious mind, always wanting to learn more about what the heck's going on out there. I spent three years in the US, which made me realise that there's more to the world than this funny little island.
I like: intelligence, politeness, eloquence, eccentricity, calmness, wonky music (see below), cricket scorecards, debate (OK, arguing), reading, writing, real pubs, dark beer, seeing new places.
Not so keen on: poseurs, wilful ignorance, laddishness, Tories, bigots, opera, Europop, power ballads, celebrity/tabloid/X-Factor 'culture', coleslaw, attention seekers, flip-flops, football obsessives, cliche merchants, Michael McIntyre's face.
I'm a music fanatic/snob, with the kind of CD collection where Joanna Newsom nestles awkwardly next to the New York Dolls (yes, yes, it's in alphabetical order - how else are you supposed to find anything?). Other faves: the mighty Fall, Beefheart, PiL, Velvets, Bowie, Byrds, Stones, Dylan, Neil Young, Tim Buckley, Patti Smith, Stooges, My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana and stacks more.
TV: QI, HIGNFY, older shows like Father Ted, Fast Show, The Day Today. Sport: mainly cricket and American football (used to be a big football fan, now fed up with it). Music documentaries. Other documentaries as well, but not if they're presented by annoying, attention-seeking buffoons, as nearly all of them are.
Radio: 6 Music, especially weekday evenings. Commercial radio makes me feel violently ill.
Food: Anything tomato-based usually hits the spot.
I like women who are feminine, thoughtful and positive-minded, who think for themselves, who stand out from the crowd in some way, and don't read the Daily Mail. A touch of quirkiness, other-worldliness or plain daftness would be very welcome. If you think normality is overrated and individuality is more valuable, we could be onto something.
And ... I'll probably have to go on a gluten-free diet soon, so if you don't want to have to deal with that hassle, please try someone else instead.
!DISCLAIMER! If I don't reply to a first message: apologies, thanks for getting in touch, please don't be offended, and good luck with the quest.
So you're still reading this? Thanks for that, and all the best ...