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My self-summary
Dear reader,

how nice to meet you (as it were). Let's see, what can I tell you ...

On the plus side, people generally like me, I'm good in a crisis, I have a gentle manner, a strong sense of irony, and a vast pool of wonderful friends in several countries. On the minus side, I am absolutely terrible at directions, and can be disconcertingly frank!

My mind is built of words and anecdotes. Names rarely stick. And when I'm tired I switch words with gay abandon.

Having spent years talking about writing a novel, last year I finally, to my own surprise, bottled down. It's now on draft 3. An adventure story set in ancient Iraq. If it ever makes serious money (it's nice to daydream, no?), the plan is to buy a chateau in France and fill it with friends over the summer.

My favourite travel-spot has to be Naples. The city, the catacombs, the Roman sites, the bay, Capri, the palace at Caserta - ahhh ... simply glorious!

I have a special predilection for people who find life funny.

Yours summarily,

What I’m doing with my life
The job involves lots of thinking, writing, and looking things up. (Surprisingly little reading as such).
I’m really good at
Many things to do with words (except in Scrabble, where I am little short of a catastrophe), seeing the funny side to a situation, listening to friends in distress. And, I guess, what I do for a living.
The first things people usually notice about me
Maybe my voice - not clear how or why this came about, but it sounds hopelessly posh. After that, probably that I use expansive hand gestures à la méditerranéenne.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: we all hate lists, do we not, but to give you an idea -

Foucault's Pendulum (the first half of which is the funniest book I've ever read)
Barney's Version
the Hornblower stories
My Family and Other Animals
the Alexandria Quartet
several speeches from Shakespeare.

A special place for Asterix and Tintin.

A personal foible is that I hate reading translations.

Music: mostly Classical, esp. piano.

Orange is the New Black is amazing (and personally I prefer Piper over Alex, though I am well aware the matter is not universally settled).

Watching the Mentalist was for most of its running almost a spiritual experience. Pity about the final episode - so beneath the characters!

When oh when are they going to continue House of Cards?? [Actually, since I first wrote this, they did, with series four; but the comment still stands]
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The journey back was almost mystical. For here we were treated to one of nature's wonders, a glorious sunset on the sea. For an hour and a half we stood on the boat, looking back at the quicksilvery waters, so playfully spilly that one could never see what colour any given spot was, and the eye had to surrender its inquisition to a never-ending chimeral dance of greys, and golds, and purples. The oily trail left by the boat, frothed up into billions of bubbles, added its own magical sparkle, and from time to time the sea appeared to boil with lumps of red-hot charcoal, hurled upwards by farms of mermaids living beneath. All the while, the heavens grew vaster, and the very act of observing them seemed to pull and stretch the soul, as the reds and oranges grew more brilliant, and the sun-god slew the worm before lapsing into purple slumbers, and allowing the cover of night to steal across the horizon. Night came in a sweeping line of zig-zaggy darkness, pulled over our heads like a hood, the last glimmer of light going when our eyes had already lost sight of the blurry silhouettes of the faraway islands.
On a typical Friday night I am
The unexpected claims quite a large role in my life.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
If I like you, I'll admit anything. Ask away ...
You should message me if
You like words, are interested in people, and find that life is usually fun.

[Thank you for the likes, but I can't see who you are - do message me directly].