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To save the world from myself
As the the world's only Official Living Saint, I might look like an angel but I'm not. I'm actually a High Priest in the Church of Hypocrisy preaching water while guzzling wine.
When not practising heavy drinking for journalists, I am working on a bestseller which will re-write the history of WWII. After that I will re-write the Bible, update the Kama Sutra and correct errors in Einstein's Theory of Relativity.
STRENGTHS: As an ex-fighter pilot, multiple Nobel Prize and Olympic Gold Medal winner, I AM SICK AND TIRED OF BULLSHIT ARTISTS.
WEAKNESSES (if any): far too modest, way too shy, much too humble.
Now if that ain't practising what I preach.
"What good I can do, therefore let me do it, for I shall not pass this way again." French Quaker missionary Stephen Grellet.
"What we know is a drop, what we don't know is an ocean." Sir Isaac Newton
Right thoughts; respect; non-violence and non-materialism. Siddharta Guatama (Buddha)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Recruiting for Alcoholics Anonymous
Have not got my wings yet.
Drinking Earl Grey tea in the morning after a hard night's drinking, reading, talking, relaxing, dreaming, sleeping, making mistakes, learning, etc etc.
Travelling the path less taken/long-distance cycling/avoiding work- it's a complete waste of time. I've got better things to do.
Music, Movies, and Books
- Great voices (Harry Secombe's arias! Maddy Prior, Elvis etc). Calming classical music. Steppenwolf's "Get your motor running." Bagpipes. The sound of railway locomotives.
- Great speeches/rhetoric (Churchill, Kennedy et al).
- Great movies ( Chaplin's "The Great Dictator").
- Great writing (Bertrand Russell on religion, Marc Aurel's "Self Reflections"; Viktor Klemperer's "LTI" (misuse of the German language in the Third Reich) etc etc
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Climbing Mt Everest in a wheelchair with no brakes and a broken arm in 15 kilos of plaster.
Discovering the spice chile in Mexico. With a tad of this atomic herb, I can eat boots, truck tyres and concrete pylons. Chile eyedrops are great too.
Teach, Learn, Share
Great Gurus: Lech Walesa.
I once interviewed Lech Walesa in Gdansk. I asked the great Solidarity leader what he thought of prostitution after his son had been caught in Gdansk's magnificent/infamous three-storey "Bodega" brothel: "We must fight good with evil," said Walesa. Walesa's non-stop barrage of legendary homespun wisdoms had so confused the translator she got his reply back-to-front. But Walesa even confuses himself. As President of Poland, Walesa promised to cut the cost of living by 100%. Against Walesa, communism never stood a chance.