I was born. At some stage I'll die. Bits in between mostly dull.
Highlights: 1. Trekking in Nepal (the 1996 trip) 2. Trekking in Norway (the 2006 trip) 3. Trekking in New Zealand (2005) 4. Both trips to Cambodia 5. The two long trips to Burma. 6. The last two trips to Egypt
Favourite ... 1. European country: Italy 2. City: Budapest (in winter) 3. Coastal scenery: Halong Bay 4. Mountain spot: top of Pokalde, in Khumbu region of Nepal 5. Lake: Bled in Slovenia 6. Man made place: Hypostyle Hall at Karnak 7. Being: either Ben (Labrador: deceased) or Barnie (Golden Retriever) 8. Book: Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco (mentioned in dispatches: Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath and Germinal by Zola) 9. Piece of music: Zeit, by Tangerine Dream (Bruckner, second) 10. Food: Thai (though vindaloo close second) 11. Thinker: Nietzsche 12. Night under the stars: in Nepal at about 3900 with musk deer and the raging Dudh Kosi for company.
Crap bits: 1. Every job I've ever had 2. Most people I've ever worked with 3. Every Dan Brown novel I've ever read (2 so far) 4. ... in fact, the reality that I've wasted so many hours reading shite 5. The following cities: Oslo, Banjul, Bangkok, K.L., Colombo ... blah, blah 6. The mountain of lies I've heard 7. The fact that everywhere is a triumph of mediocrity - mind-numbing mediocrity with its attendant pretentiousness and stupidity; stifling, suffocating ... do people really think that tattoos, or chunks of metal in them, or cretinous postures and expressions really convert them from a dull twat to an interesting person? Do people really think reality TV, or .... Christ!
Ambitions 1. To finish writing a novel (maybe get it published?) 2. To swim with dolphins 3. To find and cherish a group of people who aren't moronic wankers 4. To retire early and get my ass above 4000 metres in the Himalayas and stay there awhile
Karnak, Luxor, VK, Abu Simbel, Dashur, Saqqara, Giza