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My self-summary
Single male, with pulse. What more do you need? OK ... genuine, decent, thoughtful, reliable, independent, bit quirky around the edges, anti-Clarksonite. Daft sense of humour, stupidly optimistic, pathologically honest. Quiet and mild-mannered, but sociable, spirited and strong-willed.

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.
What I’m doing with my life
Wasting it? Working, reading, thinking/daydreaming, listening to music/radio, watching TV (though not much these days), going out, faffing on the internet (looking for you?). Used to work in IT, and did some writing, but now freelancing as an editor and proofreader.
I’m really good at
Writing rubbish in these boxes. Planning, organising, making lists. Being there, being responsive, caring, thinking, persisting. I reckon I’ve got some sort of cheeky charm, and a way with words, especially on the odd occasion when they come out of my mouth in the right order.
The first things people usually notice about me
Can't be sure about this one, but I'm guessing it's these big ol' blue eyes.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I read a lot: books (mainly non-fiction, but I'd like to read more fiction, esp Patrick Hamilton and Will Self), magazines (proper ones), and the Independent/'i' when I get round to buying a paper.

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.
Six things I could never do without
People, music, electricity, something to read, silliness, hope.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
A mix of the trivial (where I'll be getting my lunch, the way people keep mispronouncing 'pronunciation') and the heavy (stuff like: the wondrousness of life vs. the grimness of what's going on in the world).
On a typical Friday night I am
Talking bollocks in a pub.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Never you mind!
You should message me if
You'd be happy to find a decent, genuine, honest, good-natured chap, perhaps a little bit different - rather than a he-man, a smoothie, or someone who's dead cool.

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 ...
The two of us