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To laugh until people stare.
I work in education all over the country and live quietly in the leafy suburbs of Bristol. When I'm not working, I play. Sports, guitar, reading, writing... you name it. I'd describe myself as a man of broad and eclectic interests. I love an evening of deep conversation, I love to learn.
Currently proud to be singer with The Layers - check us out at www.thelayers.me.uk - we had a great time on the CS Gigswap tour and we'd love to come and play near you - got a venue? Drop me a line.
I'm most aligned with Marx. That's Groucho, not Karl. 'Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog it's too dark to read.'
Other aphorisms that sum up my approach to life would be 'Life's too short for cheap wine' and 'F*ck em if they can't take a joke'.
I live because the alternative isn't that appealing. I do my best to live right for myself and the people that I love.
I'm for education and I'm against drugs.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've had some great guests and stayed with some lovely folks on my travels. I've been quite involved in Gigswapping.
At the moment I'm working pretty hard and so I don't get to travel much; I really enjoy hosting though and it gives me a reason to cook!
Couchsurfed with Henk and then I took part in the soon-to-be-legendary first CS Gigswapping tour with Henk, Paul, Viktor, Tommy, Ruben, Duke and all of the other fantastic musicians. It was beyond awesome and I hope that it's going to be the template for a lot more events just like it. Stayed in Netherlands, US and London, hosted people from all over and was privileged to have played two fabulous gigs in New York courtesy of the CS crowd out there.
I've surfed in the US and Europe and welcomed guests from all over the world, some of whom have become my beloved friends.
I've been a part of CS since 2007 and I've seen it change a lot. I'd like to see hosts and surfers alike sticking to the original vision of Couchsurfing as a cultural exchange, a place for us to learn more about each other - not just a free place to sleep.
Music - I play in a couple of local bands and have sung at open mics all over the UK and in Europe and the US.
I play football, squash, tennis (badly) volleyball (badly) and I coach rugby - I'm willing to have a go at most sports, though. I love surf trips, walks in the hills and forests and any games that you can play on a beach.
I read a lot, write a little and enjoy art and culture in all sorts of forms.
I like deep conversations over good meals, laughter, jam sessions, books, the sea (although not less than 30 minutes after the aforementioned meal).
Music, Movies, and Books
Yes, I like movies, music and books. The house is full of books and instruments and I hope that my guests will feel free to take advantage.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I have seen people do good deeds when they thought that nobody was looking.
Teach, Learn, Share
If you and I each have an apple and we exchange them, we each have an apple. If you and I both have an idea and we exchange them, then we both have two ideas.
Also, too many ideas won't give you wind.
I know a fair bit of maths and science from my professional life but I'm really interested in the areas where science and philosophy are indistinguishable. All learning is good learning and in an ideal world we would all be teachers and students alike all of the time. I always want to learn from the people that stay with me - whatever they may be able to teach me, it's all valuable.
I can teach basic guitar, share cooking tips, simple electronic repairs and any of the academic stuff that I do. If you've got expertise in anything, I'm interested to learn.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Ideas, stories, songs. I'll happily cook for you and/or with you. If you've got jobs you need helping out with I'm happy to muck in.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In