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My self-summary
Work seems to have completely taken over my life recently - see below. When I escape, I swim and do ashtanga yoga, walking round London as much as possible with an audio book on my headphones.

I like language and philosophy. I used to write a lot and want to get back into it again. So far, this has mainly been poetry, but I'm moving more towards play-writing and novels. First, though, I've promised young relatives a story about a flamingo and a bonobo monkey who pogo down the Limpopo.

I smoke more pot than I probably should, but over-compensate by bolstering the Oxbridge education and intimidating finance career with ongoing literary exploration, cryptic crosswords, compulsive exercise and a host of interesting neuroses.

There's also a strong likelihood I'm too cynical for my own good. I get bored by fluff and prefer to challenge my attention span by finding beauty in intricate and poignant details. I think sad people are far more engaging than happy ones.
What I’m doing with my life
I did a PPE degree and had no idea how to sell out, once I realised I wouldn't get funding for a philosophy PhD*, so I trained as an accountant on Jersey, (this was actually an accident - I thought Deloitte were an investment bank when I applied).

I moved to London a couple of years ago, working in finance for a music major then a TV production company. Now I'm the CFO of a small (international) TV Channel. We make all our own content and play out to about 25m homes. I haven't slept since I started. I'm really enjoying it, but I seem to have quickly assumed responsibility for everything and never actually leave.

*It was going to be really good: taking Mill's assertion that it's better to be a slave than a servant, because at least a slave has freedom of thought, and applying it to the China- Tibet situation; arguing the Chinese army are the oppressors, but have had their freedom of mind destroyed by a government that trains them to shit on command, whereas the shackled Buddhist monks can reach enlightenment through their private mediation.
I’m really good at
Ashtanga Yoga
Making tea
Iambic pentameter
The first things people usually notice about me
It's never the first thing people mention but, before long, everyone always tells me I have small ears.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Anything Nabokov, Beat generation or Vonnegut; political philosophy. Last few books: David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, J G Ballard's Crash, Nick Cave's Death of Bunny Monroe
Poetry: Sylvia Plath, Philip Larkin, Allen Ginsberg, Kate Tempest
Films: Pedro Almodovar, Little Miss Sunshine, Huckabees, Napoleon Dynamite, Rocky Horror
Music: Folk (Nick Drake, John Martyn, Dylan); Britpop, Electronica, Jazz
Food: nuts, berries, seeds, fish
The six things I could never do without
Radio 4
Radio 6
Notebook and pen
Yoga pants
Gin and tonic
A challenge
On a typical Friday night I am
Off the radar
You should message me if
You are generally disillusioned with everyone and often need to take the edge off life, but take great responsibility with a sense of humour and can still be reduced to tears by the sheer wonder of life. Or if you just want to slap me and tell me to get over myself because I could be cute if I wasn't such a melancholic prick.