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  • Fluent in English; learning Arabic, French, Turkish
  • 84, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Retired Antiquarian Bookdealer
  • Studied English Literature, Ancient Greek and Roman History
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About Me


My villa is in Dangedara, Galle. I welcome new visitors to my new home.

To discover the secret of the stars


Studied Tibetan and SE Asian Buddhism for many years. For the last five years, been interested in Islamic sects and Sufism, particularly the poetry of Mervlana Rumi and Enus Emre.

I am now living in Sri Lanka.


Ancient Civilizations, Archaeology. Prehistory.Egyptology, Turkish history; the Ottoman Empire, Greco-Roman history Pre-Christian Religion, Islam,Cosmology, Reading, History, International Affairs, Biography, Conspiracy Theories,Walking,Computers,Photography,Gastronomy
Sufism, Schopenhauer.

  • poetry
  • photography
  • walking
  • reading
  • muslim
  • buddhist
  • history
  • religion

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: Western classical; Mahler, Wagner, Delius,Bach;Beethoven;Copland;Elgar; Richard Strauss;Samuel Barber;Mozart; Hayden;Baroque;Chamber music: Beethoven(late string quartets);Delius;Benjamin Britten;Opera, particularly Italian; Verdi;Puccini;Mozart;Hayden;Vaughan Williams: Wagner: Indian Kavvali music by Nusa Fatih Ali Khan.

Turkish,Kurdish,Arabesque,Folk, Ney,Sufi,Oriental,Persian,Pakistani, Egyptian,World music

Films: Intolerence,Birth of a Nation,2001,La Dolce Vita,Casablanca, Billy Eliott,Brief Encounter, Dancing with Wolves,Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs,Rebecca,The Burmese Harp,The Wicker Man,Apocalypse Now,Valley of the Wolves

Books:Olaf Stapledon:Starmaker,Last& First Men,Odd John. Hermann Hesse: Sidhartha.Camus:The Outsider, The Plague. J.D.Salinger:Catcher in the Rye.Pascal:Penses,Herodotus:Histories.Shakespeare:Sonnets. Mawana Jalal al-Din-al Rumi:Mathnawi.Yunus Emre. Poems.Cafavy:Poems.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Looked across the vast plain of Pagan in the Shan State of Burma and viewed with wonder the hundreds of ruined Pagodas shimmering in the noon sun.

Teach, Learn, Share

Mature, well travelled and open-minded

What I Can Share with Hosts

My life experiences,

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Guam, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Federated States of, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Egypt, France, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Kingdom

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