Everything I say about myself is true....... except for the bits that are.... mmm.... exaggerated or creative.
I am: passionate, reliable, tolerant, solvent and heaps and heaps of fun.
I am relaxed, tolerant and gifted, oh, and edible.
I have been very busy recently starting up a new business but I still take holidays very seriously. I am off the Madeira soon and later, in September, I'm planning to go to Paris and from there on to th Med coast by car.
I like: swimming, cinema, theatre, music, art, books, my computer, my website, broadband, walking, driving, pubs, cleaning the bathroom.
I dislike: hypocrisy, violence, racism, so-called political correctness, U2.
Some Favourite Quotations:
"Always forgive your enemies. It's what annoys them most." Oscar Wilde.
�I am not young enough to know everything.� Oscar Wilde
�See the losers in the best bars. Meet the winners in the dives.� Neil Young
�Weasels ripped my flesh.� Frank Zappa
Just to be serious for a minute - a minute is about as much as I can manage - the quotations I would recommend to you, the ones which mean most to me are these:
1. What do you do when you fall far from help?
We wait till we can get up. Then we go on.... and on.
2. If you tremble indignation at every injustice then you are
a comrade of mine.
Ernesto "Che" Guevara
And now in Aberdeen Doric:
Flyke min? Hae'in mince i nicht? Ony quines oot 'ere that ken foo ti mak rowies? Lang may yer lum rik.
And in French:
Esk il faut vraiment faire ceci? J'en ai déjà marre et j'ai envie de dormir. Oh, OK. Je suis toujours en train d'améliorer mon français. Une langue, c'est pour la vie. Pas uniquement pour Noël.
Je voudrais bien trouver des amis francophones. C'est toi? Tu voudrais un copain écossais?
En ce moment, je fais la lecture de Huis Clos de J-P Sartre. Pas terrible Voila.
And in Latin:
Eheu!! O me miserum!!
O fons Bandusiae, splendidior uitro, dulci digne mero, non sine floribus, cras donaberis haedo, cui frons turgida cornibus primis et uenerem et proelia destinat.
Caesar et erat forte.
Brutus ad sum iam.
Caesar sic in omnibus.
Brutus sic in tram.
Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace. Actually, I like that better in the King James Bible English translation: Now, Lord, lettest thou thy servant depart in peace...... It has a sort of ring to it, even to a heathen like me.
And In Mandarin Chinese:
Ni hao. Wode minzi jiao Alan. Wo xuexi Zhongwen. Wo hui shuo Zhongwen hen hao. Wo you Zhongguo de fangzi. Wo zhao congming qizi ba. Women shi gaoxing yiqi. Nimen song dianzi youjian zui wo ba. Xiexie, wode pengyoumen!
I spend a lot of my time swimming and hanging out with my mates down the pub or sitting in front of this screen. Lately, I have been much occupied teaching myself web design. I write a bit too: poetry, short stories and stuff but most of it's crap even though some of it is published.
Mes beaux pieds.
Pedes mirabliles mei.
Sans oublier mes chaussettes roses.
(B)Cabaret/The Usual Suspects/Dr.Strangelove/The Third Man/Incendies/Lincoln/Ed Wood/Anything by Eric Rohmer/Lawremce of Arabia/Robin Hood Dir Ridley Scott/Kingdom of Heaven also Dir Ridley Scott/Les Quatre Cent Coups/L'Amour en Fuite/Love Story(only joking) Ghostworld/Trainspotting/Casablanca/A Night in Casablanca and any Marx Brothers/Gosforth Park/Gorky Park/Heaven's Gate/Leningrad Cowboys Go America/L.A. Confidential/Jackie Brown/Being John Malkovich/Close My Eyes/The Maltese Falcon/Women in Love/Full Metal Jacket
(C)Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Elvis Costello, The White Stripes, The Ramones, Rameau, The Bastard Fairies, Nouvelle Vague, Pink, Randy Newman, Schubert, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Melanie Safka, Dick Gaughan, Janis Joplin, Jane Birkin, Handel, Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel, Mariza, Neil Young, Franco Zapparelli, Hendrix, Dylan, Electric Six. Oh, and The Hives. And PJ Harvey and Patti Smith, and lots more.....
(D)Mince and tatties, sushi, fish, veggies, fresh fruit, pasta, Indian, Chinese and stuff like vegetarian club sandwiches.
2. The sound of sun-warmed breezes whistling through the twisted, dried up limbs of a single, long-dead tree which cracks a desert plain stretching tens of miles, flat and buff, till broken by the jagged line of distant mountain ranges as horizon.