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To sing jazz in smoky paris nightclubs and to have a wrought iron balcony
I am a generally happy and optimistic person who loves to laugh and have a good time! I like to think of myself as genuine and down to earth and someone who enjoys people for who they are.
I also love to learn and have spent most of the last 10 years travelling and working abroad. Travelling perfectly encompasses many of the things that I love, meeting new people and discovering new places, trying new foods and finding new inspiration. It also encouraged a love of photography,plenty of time is spent in the dark room these days: )
I have many varied interests which take up my time, I love singing and specialise mainly in old Jazz standards, I am an artist and involved in the running of a local studio and gallery!, I love listening to music and collecting records. Love going to markets, love cooking and love having a cold glass of wine on a summers day with friends.
In life,I guess its really important to laugh a lot, and to live in the moment as much as possible.
I have studied theravada buddism and try to apply some of these principles to my life although i dont strictly follow any religious doctrine and try to take the best aspects from all of them. Being welsh, admittedly im a bit of a socialist at heart,am also interested in the ideas of Walter Benjamin, John Berger, and Guy Deboard. Im a hopeless romantic and try to live as poetically as possible often to ridiculous extremes.
In my work it is my aim to create something beautiful amidst the chaos of contemporary living, something both culturally relavant and politically resonant.
I love cities, art,photography, music, world cinema, coffee, wine, storytelling, dreaming, history, culture, colour, old british comedies like the goon show, film noir, banquets,abandoned buildings, maps, prayer flags, birdcages,landscapes, french new wave, graffiti, old photographs, spicy food, situationalism,iconography, martinis, texture, silent films, punk, love and garbage
Music, Movies, and Books
films, again so many particular directors, fellini, Godard,Trauffaut,Vera Chytilova, Wong kar wai,jean Vigo, Maya Deren,Fellini,Kusturica,Bergma n,hitchcock,actual films though to mension a small few, Delicatessen,le ballon rouge, casablanca, closely watched trains, pandoras box, spirit of the beehive, wild strawberries, Dolls, spring, summer, autumn, winter and spring again, 3 colours trilogy, daisies, pandoras box, gilda, double indemnity, strangers on a train, betty blue,the shop on main st, Kontroll, cinema paradisio, the third man, beautiful life, black cat, white cat, double life of veronique, radio on, metropolis,.
Music again, im so eclectic,i love all music in the right time and the right place but particularly, jazz, drum and bass, ska, hip hop, punk, world music etc. books, atlas of emotion,the unbearable lightness of being, the little prince,colour, ways of seeing I tend to read more non fiction than fiction and am a huge fan of beautiful coffee table books with gorgeous images.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
travelling is so full of amazing moments that are so hard to put into words, my friends give me the most incredible joy and time spent with them always the best time spent, apart from that, amazing individual moments are probably the first night at my first show when we had filled the theatre with water, first jazz singing gig in Sydney,completing the 4 nights 3 days no sleep, 24 hour meditation at the end of my buddhist course, drinking champagne on a luxury yaught watching the moon when i didnt have a penny to my name, working and travelling with the circus round australia, god I hope there will so much more, im sure there will.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Wales
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, New Zealand, Slovakia, United Kingdom