Me, chronologically... apologies if it reads like an obituary!
Born Exmouth, oldest of 4; one brother followed a childhood sweetheart to Brisbane... still there 30 years on! Another is famous in the motorcycle world and owns the only Aston in our family!
12 exciting social work years as probation hostel warden and head of kids' homes in Bedford, Bradford and Northampton, then, frontline Nottingham crisis worker, still influence my life today, (as fundraiser and trustee with disabled and cancer charities). I often drive the community bus around Devon (aka Wrinklybus!) and write frontpage pieces for the local paper.
In between, roaming north America, living in Alaska and inheriting a semi-derelict mansion on Dartmoor (from a long-lost father) turned me into an adventure photojournalist, scribbling about Mongolia, Malaysia, Patagonia and lovely Jamaica (where they nicked my bicycle whilst photographing a church!) I was often to be heard on Radio Devon, phoning from remote corners like the Gobi desert... or Northern Ireland! I made the front of the Independent one time with a shot of Chinese priests on Dartmoor... lucky!
I wrote travel mostly for national papers and countless magazines on walking, cycling, cars and canoes, and a lovely Portuguese glossy that loved my landscapes. I rafted the Rio Grande in Texas, cycled through Spain's Picos mountains, and once got up Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon in under 23 hours... anything on bike, foot and hoof for a story! (3 Peaks would take me 23 DAYS now!)
I'm an Hon. Deputy Sheriff in Louisiana after a close call with a killer, and was once nominated Humanitarian Journalist of the Year, probably for my aid runs to Bosnian war victims, where I donated and delivered a Land Rover to clear landmines. I was married to a lovely paramedic/A+E nurse; mutual divorce sent me off on the adventure trail... I still miss our dog! All I want today is a good lady to go to movies with, who tells me off for not tidying my lounge and taming my rambling garden... a friend to share everyday with (and nights, if she'll have me!)
I now have a rustic cottage by the Tamar and an under-used campervan that needs a co-driver with a longing to explore. Regrettably, I'm older than I look but still get away with late 50s as I try to stay fit and healthy with 3 bicycles.
If you call me, I'll fill in the gaps. I hope you will... it could change our lives... mine, at least!
What do you like most about where you currently live?
It's my own place in Devon, my home county by the water, with a view... and Dartmoor isn't far away, where I recently lived for 20 years.
What do you enjoy most about your current job?
Helping others, young and old, when I was a social worker, and, more recently, sharing my travels when I was a photojournalist/adventurer and lecturer, writing for national papers and magazines.
What are your favourite leisure activities?
Charity work with under-privileged and disabled, country/coast walking, motorhome travel, train/bus rides, concerts, conversation, hanging out just doing everyday things.
Where in the world are your favourite places?
Alaska; Big Bend National Park, Texas; Australia; Morocco; Scotland and anywhere beyond the English Channel that isn't a war zone.
Where in the world would you love to visit?
Probably Antarctica, if only a flight over it.
What would you do on an ideal date?
Whatever she wants to do that makes her happy.
What are you looking for in a partner?
Someone who makes me smile/laugh and is as attracted to me as I am to her.
What makes a good relationship?
Give and take, honesty and understanding.
What makes you laugh?
She does, hopefully, when I find her!
What music do you like?
Stones, Dylan, Hank Wangford, John Prine and a thousand others... inc. rock, folk and country... but I struggle with rap!
What has been the highlight of your life so far?
Helping Bosnian war victims, catching a double killer in America, words and pictures in the national press, buying/delivering a Land Rover to clear landmines, countless lectures in schools and theatres, and, probably most important, finding my long-lost father 2 years before he died.
What are you looking forward to in the future?
Meeting a good woman...
Why am I doing this?
Because life is too short and I'm not finding the woman of my dreams in Morrisons, along the beach, on the train or standing beside me at a Van Morrison gig. Where are you?
- Hair White
- Eyes Hazel
- Height 5' 10" / 178cm
- Weight 13 st 7 lbs / 86kg
- Body type Average
- Glasses Yes
- Ethnicity White
- Stance Wasn't listed as an option
GCSEs / O levelsand A levels (or equivalent) and a qualification which was not listed as an option
- Situation Self Employed
- Income I'd rather not say
- Alcohol Light Drinker
- Smoking Non-smoker
- Diet No Special Diet
- Religion Not religious, but I don't practice my religion
animals and antiques and arts and books and cars and cooking and countryside and cycling and DIY and gardening and gym and health and movies and
music—listeningand outdoor activities and photography and pubs and sport—watchingand theatre and travel and TV
- Have No
- Want I don't want to have children
- Home I own my home
- Live With Alone