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Born in Meriden in Warwickshire, England, I now live in a village just outside Royal Leamington Spa in the same county. So on the face of it, I have moved barely 20 miles from birthplace to current place of residence. In reality I have traveled extensively throughout the world. I lived in Russia during the naughty nineties after the fall of the Soviet Empire and again at the turn of the century. Even though I live village life at the moment, I love the power and the buzz of cities like Moscow and my interest in Russia comes from these periods.
I was assigned to work in Hong Kong during the transition to Chinese rule and have also spent time in the Middle East and the United States. As I draw my corporate life to an end, I am planning to travel more in the near future and have plans to teach English and Volunteer to gain more world knowledge.Maybe another shorty travelogue will be forthcoming.
My favourite author is Robert Harris. Not surprisingly for those who knows his works, "Archangel" is my book of choice and Robert's use of English and his story telling captivates.I have a busy schedule and I struggle to find time to read other than in 30 minute spurts. So I read books that I can pick up and put down frequently and are a light read. As a youth I read Alistair MacLean and this genre has stayed with me.
Other books to have captured my imagination include "As far as my feet will carry me" by J.M. Bauer, the epic tale of Clemens Forreli, a German Soldier, who escapes from a Soviet Labour camp in Eastern Siberia and travels 8,000 miles to freedom with his family in Germany.
I love Rugby and Cricket and Racketball keeps me fit and listening to music and attending gigs keeps me sane. I'm English so I am programmed to love the Kinks and the Stones and Paul Weller and Coldplay and Muse etc.. But give me Motown and Ska and I'll be happy too. I ride a scooter so I guess I am an aging Mod! I will read about all of the above subjects.
My language skills extend to German and Spanish but neither fluently and my Russian is now as rusty as a nuclear sub rotting away in Murmansk. I aim to ensure that all three languages are in good shape in the next 5 years or so.