I treat G+ in the same way I would if you were to come to my house for dinner. Only a benighted fool of a host would prepare a set of topics to be discussed in advance. I will not limit myself as I am only interested in everything.
In return I sincerely strive to amuse, entertain, inform and maybe on occasion enlighten. The only thing I won't ever be is boring I promise.
So I really hope this could be the start of a long fulfilling communication between us both.
Maybe this will be us
My life of writing
I'm passionate about the works of huge brained humans; off the top of my tiny by comparison head this includes amongst many others the likes of Bertrand Russell
, James Joyce
, Orson Welles
, Robert Anton Wilson Shakespeare
Buckminster Fuller, Cicero, Carl Sagan, Mark Rothko, Leonard Cohen, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, Noam Chomsky, Marshal McLuhan, Stanley Kubrik
I've having studied just about everything ever writte or made by all of them and I'd like to think their work continues to inform mine.
I've written three complete screenplays, one of which was a runner up in the Orange Film Prize where it was cited as coming from 'a naturally gifted writer with a rare and unusual social conscience' - alas just as my head swelled up it went on to say 'unfortunately if this were to be made as written it will spend as much time in the libel courts as it will in production'.
I've also written three sit-coms one of which was actually given a very pale green light before being put to an untimely death in a particularly bloody Producer's fire-fight.
Since the age of 14 I have kept a note book on me at all times - I now have hundreds of these things in which I put absolutely anything / everything I have found / heard / seen that is interesting as I go about my day. It took me until I was in my late twenties to find out such an activity is known as flaneuring and I am a Flaneur
My non-writing life
I left school at 16 and went straight to work in the City of London at the absolute height of Yuppiedum
. I lasted five years and watched my bank balance grow and my soul shrink .
I was seduced into working in the seemingly glamorous world of marketing, of course the greatest marketing trick the marketing field ever pulled was marketing marketing.
I found myself involved in the UK launch of Ben & Jerry's and Chicken Tonight.
The Chicken Tonight gig involved touring the UK in the company of a six foot chicken (not a real one) getting people to do the Dance
, experts inform me I may never fully recover.
So I decided to tarmac my own road to Damascus and descale my own eyes. I retrained as a keyworker spending the next few years living and working here: Tottenham House
where I worked alongside multiple needs young homeless people with the brilliant Amber foundation
Returning to my native London
I continued to work with various non-profits and charities and am very proud to have helped establish Off The Streets and Into Work as the largest training and education project for homeless people in Europe. Unfortunately the more I got promoted the further away I became from working with any actual homeless people which seemed to miss the point so Ireturned to working on the front line in my native Camden Town working for a charity that provides women's refuge, wet and dry hostels and services for those living in sheltered accommodation.
Between 2004-2006 I had the chance to go and live in NYC
where amongst other roles I wrote and co-directed a documentary with the late great Pop Artist James Rizzi
Whilst in NYC I also worked for an institute on Wall Street
that catered for individuals and families with very very large private wealth thus getting a glimpse into those who had fulfilled (or mostly been born into) the American dream
I also did some time at the Waldorf Astoria whilst I lived in Washington Heights so I did really get to experience many facets of the American life.
After two years I came back
to the UK
and moved back to Camden where I lived in the house (room!) that subsequently Amy WInehouse
tragically died in.
I then had the ridiculously good fortune to meet and marry my fantastic, amazing beautiful wife who is also on G+
Together we know live in semi rural idyllic bliss each carving out new careers for ourselves