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.
!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.
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