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My self-summary
I'm both a History Graduate and a History Geek, I love my subject and I love studying it. I love museums, historic buildings, and I can even handle art galleries well if there's someone to translate for me. The trouble seems to be finding someone to translate!

And for those who are still here after reading that first paragraph....

Most of the time I'm friendly, polite and generally capable of coming across well in a conversation with just about anyone. On occasion and when pushed I can curse in a manner that Malcolm Tucker would be proud of, just thought it fair to warn you......

And now for the fun bit: I'm Craig, I'm from Scotland, and I may yet tweak this thing to the point that I don't sound like a complete idiot. I think I'm reasonably normal, albeit with a healthy dose of sarcasm and a fairly well balanced head on my shoulders, others may disagree. It's more fun to come to your own conclusion though, isn't it? At any rate, I try to make my way through life without screwing up too much.

I used to be a History student, a subject I'm mildly fascinated with and enjoy a great deal. While I deeply wish I could still be, that part of the grand plan is on hold for a bit. My final year was focussed rather tightly on Irish history, which is a bit odd as I've no connection with the island at all.

Don't let the history geekery put you off though, I absolutely love learning so chances are you know something I'd find interesting. Does make pub quizzes good places to drag me along to, and defeating a team of lecturers in a history pub quiz is something I will be eternally proud of! My knowledge of trivia is wide ranging and varied which can be a little tedious but it does also mean I'm pretty good at holding a conversation with pretty much anyone.

I know that everyone else seems to put it here but I'm rather shy, I never seem to know what to say to kick off a conversation with someone new. Once I manage it, though, getting me to stop can be hard. Around the right people I can happily talk for hours, setting the world to rights over a pint or three or just letting things run, great way to spend time.

That's as much of a summary as I can be bothered producing just now, there'll be more later.

I am deadly handsome, phenominally rich, and might be lying
What I’m doing with my life
Recently finished a masters in museum studies to try and be a little bit more employable than I was as a pure historian. That was a nice theory. Hoping to get funding for a PhD in the near future because I'm insane.

But until the money for the doctorate appears, I'm now working for National Museums Scotland in visitor operations. It feels strange to be in a job I don't hate.
I’m really good at
I like to think I'm alright at studenty things, I can power through books and journals pretty well and make a decent argument out of their contents. Other than that I can throw a model kit together fairly well and I can still shoot fairly well despite being a bit out of practice.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'd like to think that it's my dignified bearing and the premature grey hairs that give me an air of sophistication.

Unfortunately it's more likely to be that I'm a speccy fat barsteward!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love to read so pretty much anything is fair game for me, within reason. My preferred authors are Frederick Forsyth and Bernard Cornwell (mostly just Sharpe though) although I'd never confine myself to just them, in fact I've just gotten into the Discworld novels which is something of a departure from my usual fare but it's still bloody brilliant! I quite like a bit of poetry on the odd occasion, mostly Kipling and Housman but I'm open to anything that isn't crap. I'm not including textbooks in this, many are crap but I'm compelled to read them. Now that I've got a Kindle I'm burning through a lot of the free books on Amazon-not that I don't buy plenty as well!
Edit: the kindle has allowed me to devour the Aubrey-Maturin series so I'm now rather obsessed with Patrick O'Brian.....

I did Film Studies for a couple of years at Uni which has impacted on my tastes a bit: The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep and a whole other pile of old yet brilliant films! The part of my taste that hasn't been polluted by academic snobbery runs along the lines of: Top Gun, Dog Soldiers, The Great Escape, In The Loop, Hot Fuzz, Das Boot, Stardust (I know....) etc etc, basically my tastes are all over the place!

I do love the James Bond films and somewhat controversially I'm convinced Timothy Dalton is the best Bond-feel free to argue with me about that, most people do!

I don't watch a lot of TV but what I do watch is mostly comedy or geeky sci-fi, The Thick Of It, Star Trek (most versions, although I don't love Voyager), Babylon 5 and whatever documentaries I can find oniplayer. I've rediscovered Blake's 7 recently, I'd forgotten how much fun it was on a BBC budget. I've gotten a bit hooked on Elementary lately which is a lot of fun to play off against Sherlock in my mind. Alternative interpretations are a lot of fun.

Speaking of Iplayer, my desire to put off writing essays etc sees me listening to a lot on it: Old Harry's Game, McLevy, all sorts of sketch shows and Newsjack, The Now Show, and the News Quiz. Basically things that start on Radio 4 and end up on Radio 4 extra years later, I can't believe I didn't listen to the radio more before Uni.

My musical tastes are rather varied; I like blasting along the motorway to the Top Gun soundtrack, sitting studying with some Clannad on the go, listening to damn near anything at work, vegging to some Debussy or bringing back the good old days with some Wagner-sixth year would have been rather less fun wihout that. Basically I like most things from the last 40 years and a fair chunk of stuff going back even further. I'm hardly one of those people who are utterly passionate about music though, apart from my oh-so Scottish liking of The Proclaimers and my 70s cheese addiction that is Sailor. For some reason Roxy Music has invaded my life as well, it seems my tastes are unashamedly bizarre!

As my build would suggest anything that's been near a kitchen is fair game, I do love a decent curry though.
The six things I could never do without
Glasses, I'd be stuffed without them.

A good night's sleep, tired Craig is grumpy Craig.

Clean socks and underwear, some of life's essentials.

A decent book to read, I need the escape sometimes. And by extension my lovely new Kindle, lovely bit of kit!

My old friends, I've had them long enough that they're part of the furniture.

A functioning laptop, keeps me occupied.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Lately it's been wondering why the hell the people who put together my course thought that subjects like Phenomenology would be a good thing to include. Other related uni moaning too.

Also, why my left foot still hurts!
On a typical Friday night I am
I work on a rota so I don't get many weekends off. Besides, who needs a typical night?

If I'm not at work I'm usually away somewhere, otherwise I might be hiding from the world with beer and DVDs, meeting friends or in a pub somewhere. About the only place I'm guaranteed not to be is a club, I've been a grumpy old man since I was born apparently o clubs and I have never really gotten along.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a not so secret man crush on Russell Crowe in Master and Commander, to the point of it being a joke among my friends.

I'm mildly terrified of large crowds, I'm always afraid they'll just absorb me and I'll never be seen again.
You should message me if
You've nothing better to do and can put up with my general oddness.

You enjoy heated debates about the actions of people who've been dead for quite a while/like historical arguments in general, or you just like talking nonsense for hours. (not essential though it's a bonus)

Or you think we might get along. There's a good chance of that, I get along with most people once some common ground gets thrashed out.