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Gender Male
Industry Education
Occupation Teacher of English
Location Devon , United Kingdom
Introduction Full-back, later centre-forward but always captain of my school 2nd team, age 12 to 16. Inside-forward, HMS Royal Albert, the ship's team. (Crew of 12.) Goalkeeper, St John's College, York, 2nd team. Retired at age 22. Fan of Kirkington Hill Home Guards and Bishop Auckland FC.
Interests Houses: in London mainly: assessing when they were built from their style. The result of trying to buy in a seller's market years ago: I had to look at a lot of them.
Favorite Movies I cannot recall the titles but I have enjoyed quite a few foreign films. With sub-titles. Alfred Sisley, an Impressionist along with Monet and Pisarro, is my favourite painter. Died penniless in 1899 and a few years later one of his paintings sold for a fortune .... An Englishman he has probably ended in the background because of not being French enough. His paintings are not dramatic unless painting the underside of a bridge (on canvas) is drama. It is extraordinary that I first saw exhibitions of Impressionist paintings in Tokyo in the 1980s!!
Favorite Music Vernon Hall, music for interview on Radio Tees Wonderful World or Cabaret by Louis Armstrong Perhaps Love by Placido Domingo and John Denver, Innocent when you dream or Downtown Train or Good Old World by Tom Waits, Have you ever seen the rain? by Credence Clearwater Revival, Lah-di-dah by Jake Thackray, Me and Bobby McGee by Kris Kristofferson, California Blue by Roy Orbison, Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan, The Black Velvet Band by The Dubliners, Don’t go breaking my heart by Elton and Kiki Dee, Waltzing Matilda or Pub with No Beer by Slim Dusty (seriously)
Favorite Books By these authors: Alan Furst, Sebastian Faulks, Henning Mankell (in English translation), Ian McEwan, Raymond Chandler, John Le Carré, Brian Moore, Elmore Leonard, Patrick O'Brian, Graham Greene, Thomas Hardy.