Following the short bio from my previous post, I’d like to add a more personal touch.
One way to show some of my interests is through the books I’m reading.
As you might have gathered from my previous note, my lifestyle has been fairly nomadic and the books I have purchased ended up in second hand shops all over the place.
I’ll just make some notes about my two all time favourites:
Ayn Rand is the author who enabled me to have a congruent set of values and although I have not a single one of her book on my shelves, the one which I like to give to friends is “Capitalism the unknown ideal”
Tony Robbins “Awaken the Giant Within” was an inspiration. I attended several of his motivational classes and even walked on burning charcoals during one of his events.
Two of my current favourite books are:
“Getting Things Done” by Dave Allen and
“Work the System” by Sam Carpenter.
These two are related to work and although I mostly read non fiction, like The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. I am very curious and read some weird book, such as Gulp by Mary Roach.
My only regular magazine is the Economist, although I like to occasionally fantasize with top end Cars, Yachts and Architecture mags.
The art forms I prefer are mostly modern paintings and architecture. Some of the decoration in my Alicante place include a Mondrian and a Klee. I had to leave a loved Picasso in Malaysia, hope to recover it one day. A glass goblet by a contemporary swedish artist reminds me of the year I spent in the North. A Clarice Cliff plate, is the last vestige of my Portobello stall and a small African mask and figurines are gifts from my grand mother.
My main objective in life is to be happy, fit and healthy.
This has led me to follow a variety of diets over time and a more or less regular practice of sport and exercises. My longest lasting has been jogging; pretty regular since I was 18. At my peak, when living in Wokingham, I used to run 7 km several time a week with my friend Max Arafa. More recently, in France I had a cross country track of 4km. Probably running only 3km now. I was a regular student of TaiChi for 12 years and still do some Chi Kung exercises most morning. As a teenager, I was a dinghy sailor, 420, and later embraced windsurfing, which I have not practiced much recently. As with windsurfing, my skiing skills are fairly basic.
Not a big music fan but enjoying uplifting tunes such as Happy by Willam Pharrell or Roar by Katy Perry or the Venga Boys. I also enjoy some classical music but could not tell you which except for the Four Seasons of Vivaldi because I had an alarm clock with a CD that was playing it every morning.