30 Tottenham, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
Welcome to the world of me. A native Londoner and wanderer with a passion. Sometimes I ride a bicycle (there is more than one, but ssh). Opening up to the notion of 'new things'. I've always kept a wide circle of friends from all walks of life, but also enjoy my own space and time - probably a little too much in the past. I've been through some major personal (and largely positive) changes in the last year or so so I've decided to come "on here" to say hello to some new faces and see what comes of it. 30 is a beginning..
What I’m doing with my life
Hatching together a 5 year plan after 10 years of winging it. Just finished a 5 year spell making a living out of my legs as a cycle courier on the tarmac of central London and loved every day of it, but decided it was time for a change. I'm now skilling up rapidly in a 'baptism of fire' office environment with another stint of university vaguely on the cards - Birkbeck looking most likely. "At home" for now, partly so I can keep tabs on a parent and a cat, but partly because that's a thing people who grew up in London and want to stay here often end up doing because it has all gone batshit in the rental market and there are better uses for the money.
I’m really good at
Feedback suggests that my main skill is confusing strangers into thinking I'm some sort of slightly deranged academic or legal type when.. well, I'm not. The mannerisms and accent are there but it is a sleight of personal brand that is out of my control. My mind is a sponge for huge amounts of incredibly mundane but occasionally useful information - I already have people in my life who I project that on to, so I'll probably spare you. Unless you ask. Prone to geek moments, not in any targeted discipline but just as a person.

In a more remunerative thread, I'm able to pretend to look like I know what I'm doing with an eye-wateringly expensive collection of camera gear. (This ruse has been sufficiently successful that people now occasionally pay me actual money to do so in spite of no formal training). What else? Building bikes. Having the caffeine tolerance of an ox. Posessing a micro-level knowledge of many aspects of the Capital - useful for work. Telling people where things are. Talking with my hands. And sometimes arms.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
JG Ballard, Owen Hatherley. Desmond's. Brass Eye, Jam & Jaaaam. 15 Storeys High. Peep Show, and anything else by those two. I either love or hate Stewart Lee, sometimes at the same time. Occasionally problematic comedians. Louis CK. Comediennes. Books.. I'm not a heavy reader.. recommendations taken. I'm sometimes told I seem well read but I'm not, to an extent that occasionally bothers me. Food? Mixed grills are king. Find me in my native Green Lanes or on Southall Broadway. Musical enjoyment is... broad. I'll only go out to electronic of some sort though, and I don't go home before 5am. Less and less frequently these days..
The six things I could never do without
A bike, a camera, good people, the option to go somewhere on a whim. Whisky. And maybe something stronger yet.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The next recipe I should learn. Places next to water. Places high up. Comfort zones, and stepping out of them. The condition of the Millennial. Learning German on Duolingo, and how I'm not sticking to that.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either in a pub with friends, perhaps defying my atrocious hand-eye co-ordination by slowly learning to play pool, or failing that sitting in the corner with a whisky reading a paper doing some covert people-watching for my own amusement.

If I'm done in from a week in the furnace I'll be unwinding at home with a bottle of wine or Nigerian Guinness and a podcast or documentary of something suitably sponge-worthy.
You should message me if
Radio 4 and 6 Music are/could be the background noise to your life.

You like being outside. Walking/cycling to obscure coastal oddities appeals to you. You know that small talk can lead to great things.

You're into/not against the idea of an interracial relationship. It's a (happy) accident of fate that I've got to the age of 30 without properly dating a caucasian woman, but not a circumstance I've deliberately sought out. I'm on here with an open mind in that regard - don't let your background deter you.

You're looking for someone with a degree of politeness and courtesy - apparently cheeky banter flies better here but I just wasn't raised like that. Prone to change once I've had a couple of drinks down me though..

If you're a fiery spirit who enjoys a calming force around them, or if you are one of those calm people yourselves. We can share the silence in comfort.

You need a location scout for your next film.

Or, failing all that, you've made it this far and just fancy a jabber.