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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Government
Occupation Administrator
Location Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Introduction I've known my partner Jenny for over 37 years. Currently working for a voluntary organisation, I was previously a journalist, bookseller and charity worker. I enjoy the company of my partner and friends but I'm not a wild socialiser. I love walking in the country and just quietly reflecting on life. Disillusioned with living in London, Jenny and I moved to Belfast in 2000. We're still in Belfast and we think it's a fabulous city.
Interests Hill-walking, cinema, rock music, politics, psychology, reading, modern art
Favorite Movies American Beauty, Amelie, Manhattan, Annie Hall, Hannah And Her Sisters, Notes on a Scandal, Soylent Green, Duel, Stepford Wives, Two Days In Paris, The Crying Game, Transamerica, The Savages, Juno, American History X, Elegy, It's Complicated, London River, Fauteuils d'orchestre (Orchestra Seats), The Edge of Heaven, The Guard, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, 500 Days of Summer, Little Miss Sunshine, The Lives of Others, I've Loved You So Long, House of Sand and Fog, Revolutionary Road, Blue Jasmine, The Commune, Twentieth Century Women, The Square
Favorite Music Goldfrapp (Felt Mountain, Black Cherry), Bonnie Raitt, Annie Lennox, Pretenders, Catatonia, Natasha Bedingfield, Patti Smith, Buddy Guy, Bob Dylan, Fiona Apple (When the Pawn, The Idler Wheel), Lissie Maurus (Catching a Tiger), Paloma Faith, Dire Straits, Hugh Laurie, Dan Forshaw, Le Butcherettes, Laura Mvula, Neko Case, Grainne Duffy, Joni Mitchell, Sia Furler, Amy Winehouse (Frank), Courtney Barnett, Joanne Shaw Taylor
Favorite Books Therese Raquin by Emile Zola, Any Human Heart by William Boyd, Sweet Caress by William Boyd, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami, Until I Find You by John Irving, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa, On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan, We Have to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, The Post Birthday World by Lionel Shriver, Ten Days in the Hills by Jane Smiley, The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak, Radiance by Shaena Lambert, South of the River by Blake Morrison, The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer, The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuściński, Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant, The Believers by Zoe Heller, Testimony by Anita Shreve, The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam, Terrorist by John Updike, Netherland by Joseph O'Neill, Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne, Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, Hearts and Minds by Amanda Craig, My Driver by Maggie Gee, A Week In December by Sebastian Faulks, A Mountain of Crumbs by Elena Gorokhova, The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas, Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood, The Great Perhaps by Joe Meno, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, Reading Lolita In Tehran by Azar Nafisi, Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman, Capital by John Lanchester, May We Be Forgiven by A M Homes, The World According to Garp by John Irving, Me and Mr Booker by Cory Taylor, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, Middle Age by Joyce Carol Oates, The Wife by Meg Wolitzer, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman, The Children Act by Ian McEwan, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, Jernigan by David Gates, The Age of Invention by Karine Tuil, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, Christodora by Tim Murphy, Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, Outline by Rachel Cusk, Modern Lovers by Emma Straub, Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb