Late thirties divorced businessman with an extreme devotion to his two children, despite being denied the right to see them or talk to them at this time; this with the ‘assistance’ and ‘support’ of the UK Court system.
Interests: Powerful motorbikes, bel canto opera, romantic poetry, mediterranean cooking, beautiful engineering, Italian culture and cinema, economics, social history (in particular c.19th history), Big Mac sauce.
Loves: Giuseppe di Stefano (for the voice); Tony Benn (for the principles, not the politics); Roy Bailey; Ted Hughes, for his incredible language; Zoe Williams, for hers; AA Gill, for attention to detail in his writing; Sylvia Plath, just for The Bell Jar and nothing to do with her poetry (which is rubbish); Francesco Maria Piave, for genius far superior to his more succesful partner, G.Verdi; Nanni Moretti, for his all his films except Il caimano; Jasmine Trinca, for all her films except Il caimano; Gaetano Donizetti, Ettore Bastianini and Anna Netrebko for reasons too complicated to go into here.
Hates: Most mainstream British TV programmes, especially X Factor et al; rap music, hip-hop etc; Paul Potts … let’s not even start; Il Caimano, watch it and you’ll know why; celebrity culture, especially when connected with football or those of an orange disposition; sandwiches where the filling overlaps the bread.
Favourite films: La Stanza del Figlio, 2001; and Romanzo Criminale, 2005. Both predictably Italian, I know.
Favourite book: Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes, for many reasons but especially for The Pink Wool Knitted Dress.
Favourite songs: Mi Par D’udir Ancora, from I Pescatori di Perle by Bizet, but only when sung by Di Stefano or Alain Vanzo.
Languages I’ve tried to learn (marks out of ten for competence): English (debatable), Spanish (9), French (9), Italian (5), Catalan (3), Neapolitan (the most illogical language ever invented) (0.1).