Russell Maddicks

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Communications or Media
Location Caversham, United Kingdom
Introduction After 12 years of adventuring in Venezuela I came back to try my luck in the UK. Although I try to visit Venezuela as often as I can it does tug at my heart strings some nights that I am too far from Choroni to hear the tambores on the malecon. Fortunately my job as a journalist in England allows me to follow Venezuelan and Latin American developments and keep my Spanish up to scratch. The UK is also a good place to do research and meet other like-minded Latin-America-philes for proper rum and salsa sessions.
Interests Venezuela, Los Roques, Catatumbo, El Avila, Merida, Roraima, La Gran Sabana, Margarita, Caracas, Morrocoy, Mochima, Santa Fe, Caripe, Cueva del Guacharo, San Francisco de Yare, Cubagua, Coche, Los Llanos, Sinamaica, Canaima, Angel Falls, Choroni, Chuao, Puerto Maya, Colonia Tovar, Tepuyes, Delta, Orinoco, Rio Caura, I'm a keen walker and I love to get outdoors, either hiking up a mountain trail or exploring hard to reach beaches. Cinema is another passion, and I try to keep up with the latest movies from Spain and Latin America. My other hobby is collecting books on Venezuela - especially literature and natural history - the 19th and 20th century explorers who wrote such breathless accounts of their adventures -and anything related to travel.
Favorite Movies Amores Perros, Scarface, In the Mood for Love, Oldboy, The Emerald Forest, Tokyo Paraguaipoa, Sin City, Un Chien Andalou, Nueve Reinas, Rosario Tijeras, Los Olvidados, Apocalypse Now, Pulp Fiction, Alien, La Balandra Isabel Llego Esta Tarde, Raging Bull, Yo Hablo A Caracas, Animal House, Sexo y Lucia, The Last King of Scotland, Atame, 21 Grams, The Motorcycle Diaries, Taxi Driver, For a Few Dollars More, 300, Kill Bill, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Favorite Music Babasonicos, Calexico, Happy Mondays, Zapato 3, Prince Buster, Babylon Motorhome, Aterciopelados, Lee Scratch Perry, Hector Lavoe, K'Naan, Gustavo Dudamel, Molotov, Miles Davis, Amigos Invisibles, Orishas, The Specials, Dimension Latina, Senor Coconut, Damien Marley, Soda Stereo, Bob Marley, Simon Diaz, Desorden Publico, Zapato 3, Oscar D'Leon, John Lee Hooker, Manu Chao, El Carrao de Palmarito, Celia Cruz, Fulanito, James Brown, Juanes, Billy Holiday, The Clash, Ismael Rivera, Amparanoia, ska, reggaeton, musica llanera, salsa, rock en español, Blues, joropo, Los Buitres
Favorite Books The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Peor Que Tu, The Dolphin People, Rosario Tijeras, Animal Farm, In Patagonia, Honey and Ashes, Measuring the World, Wilt, In Trouble Again, Canaima, Money, Illuminatus, The Bradt Guide to Venezuela, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Los Pasos Perdidos, The Raw and the Cooked, El General en Su laberinto