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My self-summary
First of all, to understand me, you should know that I am a farmer's son. I worked on the family farm from 11 to 19, hard, exhausting work. I milked cows, delivered milk, laid hedges, drove horses, harrowed, hoed, rolled, scythed, ground, milled and fed cows, pigs, ducks, hens, geese and generally did everything. I know what hard work is. And I don't do it any more - every day is a delight! Even being in the British Infantry was easier than farming...
Through good luck and good schooling I went to a good university and transformed myself into a Knowledge worker (sic). Wonderful!

I am intellectual, physical, and happy
What I’m doing with my life
Enjoying every minute! I only work part-time now and I'm able to set my own hours and days within reason. My part-time job is with a national ex-service charity where I am responsible for solving problems raised by volunteers in Central and North-West London. So quite a lot of travelling, but thankfully out of rush-hour. Apart from this I fix things for people, I'm a Chartered Engineer and a lot of older devices around the house can still be fixed with a little ingenuity and a soldering iron - and, of course, I can put up shelves!
I’m really good at
Research - as in finding out stuff. Solving problems - real problems to do with physical stuff - not imaginary problems that go on in people's minds - that's for psychiatry. Though I have my doubts about psychiatry.
Good at finding my way - I can use a compass, read maps and navigate by the sun and stars (thanks RSM Walker, Beds and Herts Regt). You get to be good at these things by losing your way a few times, believe me....
Being patient with people and problems - it's remarkable how many things clear themselves up if you wait long enough with the problem in mind.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm very short! And that does not mean that I compensate by being angry and over-competitive. Piano-players notice my hands - "Such hands on a man - tell me you play" (Copyright Ricci Horenstein 2008). Sorry Ricci, I've never played and it's too late now....
And when I speak there is something about the voice - difficult to place origins and class - truth be told I had elocution lessons, which left my voice rootless, but ideal for communicating with foreigners who learnt their English through the World Service of the BBC.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
In books - anything by John Irving, Thomas Pynchon, Len Deighton, Le Carre, Richard Feynman ... I've got thousands of books...
Movies - Solaris - the original, not the remake.
Music - Springsteen, Dory Previn, Dido.
Food - Fish, fish and more fish - oh and cheese
Six things I could never do without
High volume hot showers - first discovered in Germany.
Warm clothes in winter.
Comfortable shoes and boots for walking.
A house cat - current incumbent Abigail the tabby.
My freedom pass!!!!
Female company....
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Problems - all sorts of problems - some of them mine, but most of them other people's and mostly about other people's stuff, devices and appurtenances.
On a typical Friday night I am
I am very lucky, I don't have typical Friday night. However two things are certain, firstly I will not be watching or participating in any form of sport. (Been there, done that. moved on). Secondly, I will not be watching television alone - which means I hardly watch at all. So I miss those insider quotations from popular programmes.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Come on, guys! Ok, OK - I live by myself so I sometimes talk to the cat - that way I never get any disagreements or backchat.
You should message me if
You're curious, you need stuff fixing or you like walking....
The two of us