Retired civil servant. I am very easy going and pleasant - my friends tell me I am funny (in a good way I hope). I have a partner, Carol, and two grown children. My interests are travel, art (my favourite painter is Pieter Breugel the Elder), theatre (especially Shakespeare), literature (Charles Dickens is my favourite author), cinema (James Cagney is my favourite actor) and Sullivan's Travels is my favourite film), though I do read and watch more modern books/movies too. I like food, from fine dining to beans on toast and like cooking. I also like football and tennis. I have visited most European countries, the US and Canada. I speak basic French and a little German. Carol and I would be clean, considerate, polite and friendly guests. Life motto = take everything in life seriously except yourself.