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My self-summary
Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads pretty much sums it up*. I'm astounded but delighted to be here.

Word nerd, Beatlemaniac, editor/teacher, lazy guitarist, rubbish punsmith, wannabe podcaster.

When this site started back in the early 14th century they made you pick three words to describe yourself. I chose vacuous, perspicacious and conflicted, which is still pretty accurate, although now I hate myself slightly less than I did then, so vacuous seems a bit harsh.

I heard this joke recently. If you find it funny we'll probably get along:

Q. How many language pedants does it take to change a light bulb?
A. You *replace* a light bulb.

*Except for the beautiful house/beautiful wife/large automobile. I have none of these things.
What I’m doing with my life
Editing EFL books and semi-reluctantly getting back into EFL teaching. I was in Rome for 4 years (mostly ace), then Bournemouth for 3 years (mostly horrid), now I'm back in London, at least for the time being.

Currently staying at my mum's while I rejig my career and get another qualification. Lame but strictly temporary and at least means I am very keen to leave the house at any given opportunity.

Other than that, I am reading more non-fiction and less fiction than I used to, learning to live with the shame of running in public now I don't live near a gym, and occasionally playing guitar in a rubbish covers band.

At the time of writing I was 4th in the UK at the grammar bit of evil life-sucking trivia app Quizup. More than any exceptional facility with the language, this indicates that I really ought to have more hobbies.

Parts of this profile have remained untouched since about 2006, so I'm also devoting a great deal of time and energy to rectifying that.
I’m really good at
Finicky things like spelling, grammar and punctuation. Pub quizzes. Rubbish animal impressions.
The first things people usually notice about me
I tend to come across as either moody and withdrawn or extrovert and arrogant.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A. Favourite living authors are Nicholson Baker, Anne Tyler, Haruki Murakami and Roddy Doyle. I use Robert B. Parker's detective novels and Patrick O'Brian's sea stories as moderately nutritional fodder.

B. Off the top of my head, 10 of my favourite films are Nikita, Withnail & I, Sex Lies & Videotape, Stealing Beauty, Office Space, Twelve Angry Men, The Exorcist, Die Hard, Shaun of the Dead and Casablanca. The last three films I saw all had Christopher Plummer in, which made me say "No fucking way" out loud.

When I have lazy brain I can happily watch Bruce Willis or a superhero movie, but I find Lovefilm is really good for forcing myself to appreciate the more nourishing end of the cinematic spectrum.

C. Grew up on a diet of British comedy - Python, Fawlty Towers, NTNOCN, HHGTTG, Young Ones. Still like all of that and later things in the same tradition. Just finished inhaling Parks & Rec and 30 Rock from start to finish and am sad there is no more of them. I like the big American dramas that have become semi-obligatory: Sopranos, West Wing, Breaking Bad, OITNB, True Detective. I am dully proficient at highbrow quiz shows.

D. is not exactly scientific, but it says my 20 favourites are: Beatles, Elvis Costello, Belle & Sebastian, Billy Bragg, Rino Gaetano, Jam, Simon & Garfunkel, Bowie, Pixies, Tom Waits, Cardigans, Strokes, Suzanne Vega, Stone Roses, Paul McCartney, Clash, Rutles, Nick Drake, Sugargliders and Teenage Fanclub. That's not completely wide of the mark.

E. Moving to Italy was easy because I like their food. I like most things and have a fondness for warm carbohydrate, but I don't eat anything that comes from the sea except salt.
Six things I could never do without
Mental stimulus, people to bounce off, a warm place to lie, physical pleasures, new smells and unpredictability.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I've got a list of these somewhere. I'll get back to you.
On a typical Friday night I am
Yes, I am.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
A Martha Stewart video showed me how to fold a t-shirt in two seconds. It's honestly the best thing I've learned this year.
You should message me if
You have opinions on style guides and English Lingua Franca. The first is something I like to get my hands dirty with, the second is something I've only recently started thinking about and find fascinating.

You want to see the Kinks musical. I never go to musicals but I really want to go to this one.

You agree that Hounds of Love by the Futureheads is the best cover ever. If not, you have a good argument for something else.

You just fancy a nice drink/chat/whatever. I'm decidedly more carefree than I have been for a while and it would be good to talk to some new people.
The two of us