GeneralUmm, didn't I mention the classic and thrash metal earlier? Add in cult films, scrumpy, live comedy, Lovecraftian fiction, cycling, and chilling with friends, and that's pretty much how I spend all my waking hours outside of work.
MusicAll too much of my music time is spent listening to CDs for metalteamuk.net. What I always return to is classic metal like Motorhead and Almighty. My enduring fascination is with thrash(the big four, Exodus, Testament, Destruction, Xentrix, Onslaught, Sacred Reich and other 90's mainstays) as well as modern exponents like Evile (RIP Mike), the ever changing The More I See, Carnal Rites and Pitiful Reign (check out my friends list). Live, I catch as many stoner bands as possible. You can't beat UK giants Orange Goblin, or their cohorts Centurions Ghost, both support at Islington to the legendary St. Vitus. I enjoy going to gigs where I can prop up the bar and look young and thin! I've even been known to listen to some new metal! Apart from the US offerings of Soil and Drowning Pool, you can't beat UK stalwarts Panic Cell; modern British Metal Masters who would dominate every stadium if the world rewarded talent and a work ethic. Check out www.paniccell.com for a top metal band. When it comes to festivals, since the inception, I've yet to find one better then Bloodstock Open Air.
TelevisionI don't really watch much beyond QI, Have I Got News For You and Mock the Week; it's a shame that Frankie Boyle's left now. The modern obsession of "reality" and "celeb" TV leaves me cold. Besides, beyond films, my TV's for watching an extensive collection of DVDs like Father Ted, classic Dr Who (Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee era, of course!), Porridge, Black Books, Big Train, and Monty Python.
BooksI have to say, Lovecraftian again, including the Chaosium series, with their constantly collections. F. Paul Wilson's "Repairman Jack" series is also good for a giggle. I don't read too many "real life" stories; I have enough of that with real life! I've collected the graphic novels of Alan Moore too, and await the latest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen updates. However, the book I re-read every year is "W G Grace's Last Case" by Willy Rushton. Classic!
HeroesHero is a word, like genius or legend, sadly overused these days. I've met people who have done genuine heroic deeds, saving lives and risking themselves who have had no recognition. Hell, if I wanted to blow my own trumpet I've pulled people out of burning buildings, talked people out of releasing hostages, and done life saving first aid and CPR, but just get on with it. In the mean time, somebody who kicks a football at a net or mimes in some corporate band gets lauded by the masses! I hear the word "hero" cheapened by having it applied to reality TV personalities who have done nothing but get their faces in the tabloids! Call me a cynic, but in this modern world of instant fame, genuine heroes are few and far between.
About me:I'm an aging metal fan who remembers thrash when it was new! Back in the day I had hair down to my arse and could fit into the obligatory drain pipe jeans that tapered into massive Hi-Tech high tops. Nowadays, my ever greying thatch is a number 2, but I still haunt as many gigs as I can get time off work for, sometimes to review for metalteamuk.net whilst clutching one of my growing collection of digital cameras! Meanwhile my knees are known far and wide from the fact I wear baggy shorts all year round; I even found myself photographed during January's snow showers simply for being in shorts. What can I say? I was comfy. My job makes me dress up smartly in shirt, tie, trousers and polished boots, be responsible, and try and sort out the lives of rejects from the Jeremy Kyle show! In my own time I wear shorts and t-shirts and go looking for the next drink up with friends, laugh, and mosh pit! If I have to dress up smart I've got kilts! I get a giggle turning up in queues for concerts in t-shirts older then most of the audience; I treasure my original 80's metal shirts! Okay, you get the theme: old; thrash; metal; scrumpy; and out for a laugh!
Who I'd like to meet:Beyond my mates, and we meet up when we can, I'll assume "I'd Like to Meet" is a variation on the old "Fantasy Dinner Party." My guests would have to include HP Lovecraft, George Carlin, Willy Rushton, Tom Baker, Kevin Smith, Bill Hicks, Akira Kurasawa, Alan Moore, Steven Fry, a large quantity of scumpy, and my far better half Dr McSquirrell! Sounds like a sausagefest, but the conversation and drinks would flow! The meal would be at Soho's Garlic and Shots, washed down with many cocktails from Temple Lane. I know, one's in London, one's in Dundee, but I split my life between 2 cities, and surely that's the point of a "Fantasy Dinner Party".
- Status: In a Relationship
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: London, I guess
- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: 5' 11" / Some extra baggage
- Religion: Atheist
- Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
- Children: Love kids, but not for me
- Smoke / Drink: No / Yes
- Education: Grad / professional school
- Occupation: Too boring to mention
- Income: $30,000 to $45,000