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I am a Uni drop-out who now divides his time between drinking tea, working, walking, cycling, running, juggling, climbing and listening to weird Scottish folk music.
I go everywhere with my partner Sparky, who is very friendly and loves to travel. I also have another bike called Scott, who has been with me over thirteen years. We have done many wonderful miles together, but now Scott is largely just used for getting to work and doing the shopping with. I feel more than a little bit guilty about this.
Update: The family is growing as I now have a mountain bike called Gabriel and a racing bike called Jerry.
I'm usually fairly clean and tidy, can't really cook, I'm vegetarian (since 18 years or so ago, except once when I gave it up for Lent - see www.bennevill.co.uk) and occasionally make attempts at humour.
"There are no perfect men in the world; only perfect intentions"
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
"Frankly, I am suspicious of anyone who has a strong opinion on a complicated issue."
Scott Adams, The Dilbert Blog
"One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person."
"The trouble with being an atheist is that it lets God off the hook. You really want someone to blame."
"What our scientist does not realize is that every time he makes a measurement, the Flying Spaghetti Monster is there changing the results with His Noodly Appendage."
Open Letter To Kansas School Board, Bobby Henderson
"You only had half a second to go and you made that special noise."
Pat Sharp, Fun House
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Started with a bit of surfing myself while travelling and would love to do more...have met a good few people here in Sheffield through Couch Surfing and hosted a few people.
Have done a little bit of couch surfing in France, Belgium and the Netherlands, England and Ireland. Met some fantastic people.
I love cycling, climbing, walking and running - I try to do a bit of everything without taking anything too seriously :)
I like visiting new places, and I find the best way to do this is by bike, so I try to cycle everywhere.
Climbing's really fun, and has helped to build up a bit of strength in my otherwise somewhat neglected arms...
Walking is kind of what got me into everything else - I joined my University's walking club and it started to get me fit and interested in what my limits were...And nothing beats the views from the top of a mountain in clear weather...
Running I started doing out of curiosity to see whether I could.
I also enjoy reading, writing and the odd beer.
- rock climbing
- mountain biking
Music, Movies, and Books
Favourite Music: Folk, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Country...generally anything with people playing real instruments...
Al Stewart, Anne McCue, The Blues Brothers, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dan Patlansky, David Gray, Dire Straits, Elliott Smith, Eva Cassidy, Ex-Wise Heads, Fleetwood Mac, Flogging Molly, Gaia Consort, Gerry Rafferty, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Steinman, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Katkhuda, King Creosote, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen, Lucinda Williams, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Moody Blues, The Mountain Goats, Neil Young, Paolo Nutini, Paul Simon, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, The Proclaimers, Procol Harum, Queen, Sarah McLachlan, Simon & Garfunkel, Sinead O' Connor, Stephanie Kirkham, Steve Harley, Cockney Rebel, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tori Amos, Willie Nelson, Wishbone Ash, ...
Favourite TV Programmes:
Cold Feet, Mr Bean
*Batteries Not Included, Flight of the Navigator, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Short Circuit
Monty Python's Life of Brian
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Good Will Hunting, Vanilla Sky
Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, About a boy, Bridget Jones's Diary
Neil Gaiman - American Gods, Neverwhere, Stardust, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book
Terry Pratchett - Discworld
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
S. Morgenstern/William Goldman - The Princess Bride
Yann Martel - Life of Pi
George Orwell - 1984
Ken Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Jonas Jonasson - The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse 5
Yuval Noah Harari - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Coming around that corner near Broadchalke on the way home from Southampton, to an amazing sunset. And then cycling most of the next 40 miles in darkness.
The first time I managed 100 miles. Now working towards 200...
Climbing the Glacier to reach the summit of the Marmolada. And, just before that, watching the guy who runs the hut at the top run past us.
Teach, Learn, Share
I don't know much, and I'm not a very good teacher at what I do know, but I could attempt to teach you to juggle, or take you climbing...
I'm attempting to learn french. I'm not very good at it.
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Turkey
Countries I’ve Lived In