Online Publishing Director
How about we… break the ice! What movie is this quote from? "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain..."
How about we… See who can eat the most Wasabi in one mouthful?
How about we… Test how much chilli you can take in a Sri Lankan restaurant (best described as a cross between Thai & Indian food).
If you could have any superpower, what superpower would you have?
I'd be Bullsh*t man campaigning to save people from pulling their hair out. In any corporate meeting in any office, at the slightest whiff, I could instantly appear and call Bullsh*t on the proceedings.
What does Penguin taste like?
Chicken or fish?
An awesome place I've visited:
Bodhgaya, the temple where the Buddha attained enlightenment. A shaman's house in San Cristobel de Las Casas. Tikal. Kiyomizu. Sigiriya. The Blue Mountains. Arthurs Pass. La Recoleta. Cristo de Rendentor. Casa de Giulietta. The Artic Circle. The bridge from Sweden to Denmark. That one rainbow in the storm across the English channel.
My perfect Sunday:
Lie in. Get Brunch. Go for wander. Find bikes. Ride 'em.
The movie I've watched the most times:
Grizzly Man. It's about a man who is crazy in love with bears and then gets eaten by one. That shouldn't sound funny, but it does :)
My life history in 5 sentences or fewer:
Born at a very early age... to English father, Sri Lankan mother. Spent 4 years in Sweden and Denmark as a kid. Teens to adulthood in London. Saved all my money before university and went On The Road like Kerouac at 18 and again at 20 like Castaneda and never lost the travel bug. Founded three web startups during my 20s but found one thing I'm super awesome at along the way... which is how I ended up in NYC.
Obscure knowledge I possess:
Eastern or Western mysticism and any 20th century philosophy. Descartes and Hume are boring naval-gazing old farts blinded by how sentences actually work. It's all about Wittgenstein, Foucault, Heidegger and Derrida, baby.
I have a weakness for guys/girls who:
Speak foreign languages or are just kinda generally multilingual.
For me, a first date no-no is:
Suggesting we go and get Tacos. What's the point? They're just rubbish. Burritos and Quesadillas on the other hand... YUM.
What I would bring to show and tell:
My granddad's diaries from the second world war.
A story you should remind me to tell you on our first date:
How I slid on my ass down a muddy stream of p*ss at Carnival do Brasil?
I secretly want to be:
A Bodhisattva. Perhaps, Avalokitesvara looking for Tara.
An infatuation of mine:
Guacamole. Gazpacho. Cucumber soup. Cambozola. Tina Fey. Amy Poehler. Mindy Kaling. Pretty much in that order.
If I won the lottery and quit my job, I would:
Travel the entire length of the Amazon. And then go and check out Africa.