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My self-summary
I am a down-to-earth and friendly guy who enjoys exploring all that London has to offer and getting away from the city whenever I can. Having studied Russian at university I'm always on the lookout for things that have a Russian element involved - and not just vodka!

I am particularly proficient at laughing heartily at the smallest things and spending time with people who are positive and happy. I am definitely a glass half full kind of person and appreciate that quality in others too.

Outside London, I love travelling and hiking - the more adventurous the better, in fact! The world is an inspiring place and I try to see as much of it as I can!
What I’m doing with my life
I work in the metal industry, oddly enough, which I guess is a sign that anything is possible no matter what you study. I spend as much time as I can travelling - the further off the beaten track the better - and enjoy hiking and cycling, particularly where there are mountains involved.
I’m really good at
I went on a cooking course quite recently which has certainly helped to hone my skills in the kitchen! I certainly like to think I can rustle up a good plate of food!

I would also say I'm fairly decent at (in no particular order) skiing, laughing and listening, although I don't think I've ever done all three simultaneously with much success.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have a pleasant smile and positive demeanour and this seems to make a positive first impression on people.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
At the moment I am working my way through the back catalogue of Booker prize winners - White Tiger was particularly good. I am interspersing this endeavour with keeping in touch with Russian literature (Dosteovsky, Solzhenitsyn and Chekhov are particular favourites), and books such as A Hundred Days of Solitude, The Book of Human Skin and The Dream Life of Sukhanov have made a positive impression in recent times. For some light reading, Michael Connelly's crime books always fit the bill.

My film tastes are wide ranging - anywhere from the Shawshank Redemption to Forrest Gump to Jurassic Park. Generally, though, I enjoy films with a bit of oomph about them (in other words, that make a bit of an impression) so The Pianist and A Beautiful Mind fit into that category well.

Musically, I don't have strong preferences for any particular artists or group but certainly don't like rock or heavy metal!

Food is one of the joys of life and I am very open-minded, and am keen to experience more Japanese cuisine in London over the next few months.
Six things I could never do without
Friends and family, my passport, a world map, the great outdoors, a positive attitude and a partridge in a pear tree.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to live life to the full and where to travel next!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a regal title as a result of owning a one foot square plot of land in Scotland!
You should message me if
You are interested in the world around you, are compassionate, generous at heart, spontaneous and adventurous.
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