I thought I would try this again since I have recently found myself in the unusual position of being up-to-date with all of my friends and wanting more to read!
Lordy, what can one say about oneself without sounding like an arse? My name's Mark, I'm 42, bent as a nine bob note, English..
My journal is friends-only for work reasons (which probably makes me sound like an arse already), but please don't let that put you off saying hello.
'I cannot hide what I am: I must be sad when I have cause, and smile at no man's jests; eat when I have stomach, and wait for no man's leisure; sleep when I am drowsy and tend on no man's business; laugh when I am merry and claw no man in his humour.'
'a plain fish, and no doubt marketable'
I read English & European Literature at the University of Essex and subsequently read a second degree in Counselling. Since graduating in my first degree I have worked for the Civil Service, in the publishing industry, the charity sector and now in the HE Sector at a London university.
I live in the county of Essex at the mouth of the Thames Estuary. I spend most of my spare time with my partner, Chris, and our dogs - Scruff and Poppy (and, yes, I know Scruff is a gay cruising app, but my stepson doesn't know that). I enjoy creative writing (fiction, the odd poem and two pantomimes to date) and amateur dramatics (although this is currently on hold). I have performed in 29 productions - favourite roles include Lenny in The Homecoming and Gus in The Dumb Waiter.
After five years together (now nearly seven) Chris and I took the plunge and bought a house together last year. Hence, many of my entries are about the DIY we are undertaking to get the house into a shipshape condition. I also read a fair amount on my two-hour each-way daily commute and comment on what I read. I have a good relationship with my folks and write about that too. I don't travel much now because of the house, but I occasionally post photos and reminiscences about past holidays. Next year, however, I am hoping to take Mum to Paris for her eightieth birthday and visit a friend in Cologne for his fiftieth. I also occasionally post old family photos and the people in them and history behind them.
I have complete organ reversal, which means my heart is on my right, etc.
I first drove a car when I was ten years old and subsequently learned to drive in my dad's Morris Minor.
I became a vegetarian in October 1992 - so 23 years now - but have no problems with meat-eaters!
I have done a parachute jump over Cambridgeshire, a bungee jump in Vienna and flown over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter.
I like gin, dogs, men, theatre, blue skies, vegetarian food, rollercoasters, hot chocolate from Paul and being outdoors.
If life gives you lemons - pass the salt and Tequila, baby! Please feel free to say hello.