69Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
I'm struggling with this bit.....

"To begin at the beginning"? No. Rather at the end. I live in remote northern Scotland surrounded, I finally notice, by things needing support; two rejected and formerly maltreated dogs, a tribe of abandoned cats, chickens on a pension while acting as a carer for someone else. Time, as the days grow short, for some ME time, methinks.

Most of my life has been spend in education and some of the remainder in horticulture at which I am, supposedly, qualified though to look at my polytunnel you wouldn't believe it. Sadly vegetables don't do it for me and I long to flower instead.

My real passion and hope is music. I am always transfixed by it's quality. Hope comes from the fact that it is virtually free and a universal human phenomena - a joy to the world. When I retired I began learning the violin - ploughing recalcitrant synaptic pathways to moderate effect.

I try to live ethically and frugally, (the frugality is obligatory), though I have to admit that frugality slips when it comes to CD's. My political beliefs which are important began left and traveled still further left while remaining, at heart, a simple, unregenerate class warrior. All this somewhat overshadowed by the concrete conviction that it's Apocalypse Now, or very soon. Somewhere the virus is incubating in an asian duck or banker's brain that will see us all much reduced. Those and the sadly inevitable climate change. But not at this moment. As I grow older I experience that age epiphany whereby I grow happier and more amazed by the wonder of everything. At the moment my garden is flowering and glows in the evening - I stand fascinated and compelled by it. Skimming through this site it is reassuring to see the diversity, interests, skills and commitment of humanity! So always look on the bright side o life Brian.
What I’m doing with my life
I’m really good at
Analysis and synthesis - at least verbally
The first things people usually notice about me
Well folk say I look "distinguished" which I take to mean old and silver.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love Iranian music and music of the middle east generally. Ditto early music. I also love musicals but recently saw Les Miserables and thought it an appalling travesty of film making; otherwise its classic Noir and British film. One of my all time favourites is the little known Last Hunt - if you've seen it you would know why. Don't often read fiction unless I get seduced by an author and then exhaust their output. Still exhausting Terry Pratchett. About to buy Geoffrey Parker's Crisis of the 17th C. Currently reading The Scottish Road to Socialism, Emily Dickinson and R.S. Thomas Collected Poems. Magazines are New York Review of Books, London Ditto, BBC Music Magazine and Permaculture. Daily paper, when I can get it, The Guardian.

I don't watch much t.v. though not from any elitism - I recognise that this is probably the golden age of t.v. but I have other things to do, sadly one of them is falling asleep, and tend to feel that so little has any connection with me. Having said that I often watch Al Jazeera early in the morning and C4 news in the evening though I often feel the latter needs a swift kick!
Six things I could never do without
music, humour, conversation, porridge, books and glasses.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
mortality and "why" (no connection).
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably in bed - though I am generally up by 5 a.m. (sorry)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
You should message me if
You're open, honest and have no baggage that I'm likely to fall over
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