I don't really like talking about myself. I don't find it very interesting - I prefer finding out about other people. Maybe this is an unhelpfully frank explanation, but I already know about myself in the main, so getting to know about other people is more rewarding.
Because I accept I'm an 'unreliable narrator', how about I try you with the fact that several people have suggested I am "like a young Stephen Fry". There are some differences I'd want to highlight - not being gay, not having bi-polar disorder, never having worked with Hugh Laurie - but I'm not sure you go too wildly wrong if you have that in mind. I'm not as posh, but equally it's fair to say that I'm nowhere near as charming either!
Since I'm a bit short on photos including me, to make a rough stab at my appearance I'm also told I look a bit like Dom Jolly. I'm willing to accept that as long we're not recalling that show he made dressed as Tintin.
To round this up as a trilogy, I was chatting to a supermarket security guard the other day. Although English wasn't his first language, we relatively quickly established he was trying to say I look "like a fat Russell Crowe". Which was nice.
Er, I'm also not as obsessed with comparing myself to celebrities as the last 3 paragraphs would suggest. Maybe you see why I don't like talking about myself now ...
Finally, apparently I enjoy doing psychometric tests: being told what I am like. If you dig Myers-Briggs, I understand I'm a fairly typical "INFJ". What more can I say?
Outside of work I play guitar and (on occasion) sing in a band, as well as writing and playing solo. In the band we're playing with quite a lot of influences, from rock to surf-punk and blues. I'd like to think my own singing and songwriting influences are Son House, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits.
I'm fairly sure I read more than average, and I'm going through what may amount to a 'phase' of not owning or watching TV at the minute. In reality that's partly about cashflow having just stepped into a mortgage, but I'd like to think it's also a kind of (mild) exercise in self-control and self-improvement!
I mean, I'm (generally) "really good" at spelling, say, but is that something to boast about? Is that a quality of moral or spiritual depth? Of course not. There's a bunch of things I'm "good" at I guess, it's just that "really" sounds a bit awkward.
I'm fairly sure I'm good at my job, but I expect that's of more interest if you've been unfairly dismissed or overpaid Working Tax Credit than if we were friends or went out.
As explained, I wouldn't say I was "really" good at writing or music, but I've won a few writing competitions (in the past), and I appeared on a (comercially, but locally, produced indie) CD.
I like to think I'm a good listener, too, although it isn't a very difficult skill perhaps. I also think I'm pretty good at cooking, and certainly haven't killed anyone yet.
I guess people notice that I'm kinda tall too, although that isn't necessarily something to be proud of - I didn't do much to earn it.
Films - my top 3 favourite films are "Aliens", "Carry on Cleopatra", and "Love, actually". I accept that I have rubbish taste in films. The next 3 would probably be "The Big Lebowski", "Dr Strangelove", and "Airplane" - which kinda proves my point I guess.
Music - I'm fairly sure everyone 'likes all kinds of music'; not to play into that cliche too deeply, but I have quite a catholic taste. Let's keep the three-is-the-magic-number vibe and say that, currently, my 3 favourite pieces of music would be Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto, Sam Cooke's "A change is gonna come", and "Dark was the Night" by Blind Willie Johnson. I'm sure that sounds a bit pretentious, but perhaps that's a fair comment!
Food - smoking furiously as i do, my taste buds are perhaps a little jaded. I really like Italian and Chinese (or Thai) food, although basically I'll eat anything.
I also have the good fortune to think in musical figures some of the time; that's a very enjoyable way of passing your day.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not exactly an international man of mystery: I'm just genuinely not quite sure what anyone would want me to say here.
Depending on where your interest lies you'll probably want to be prepared to prioritise personality over looks, not mind smoking, and be prepared to tolerate the fact that I talk and write in quite a similar way.