10 exciting social work years as probation hostel warden and head of kids' homes, then, frontline Nottingham crisis worker still influence my life today. I now drive the community bus and write frontpage pieces for the local paper. In between, roaming north America, living in Alaska and inheriting a semi-derelict mansion on Dartmoor turned me into an adventure photojournalist, scribbling about Mongolia, Malaysia, Patagonia and lovely Jamaica (where they nicked my bicycle whilst photographing a church!)
I'm an Hon. Deputy Sheriff in Louisiana after a close call with a killer: a few years back I was nominated Humanitarian Journalist of the Year, probably for my aid runs to Bosnia... All I want is a good woman to go to the cinema with and tell me off for not tidying my lounge... someone to share everyday with (and nights if she'll have me!)
All the above meant I never had kids, though I was married to a lovely paramedic and we were both preoccupied with careers. I'm a good uncle though. I now have a rustic cottage by the Tamar, an under-used campervan that needs a co-driver and an unusual, lovely garden that wants a lady to sunbathe in (or feed the goldfish!) I'm a trustee with Riding for the Disabled and used to be with a cancer charity too. Regrettably I'm older than I look but still get away with late 50s as I try to stay fit and healthy.
If you call me, I'll fill in the gaps. I hope you will... it could change both our lives. Ian.
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 not rap!
What has been the highlight of your life so far?
Helping Bosnian war victims, catching a double killer in Louisiana, buying a Land Rover to clear landmines, nominated Humanitarian Journalist of the Year back in 2007, and, 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