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Buckley Park College, Essendon, Victoria
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Craigieburn, Australia · Member since September 2012
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I've realised lately that I get VERY enthusiastic about my interests, however, those interests vary from season to season. Recent infatuations have been with the Eurovision Song Contest, Radiolab (a radio show and podcast from WNYC in New York), Japanese food, genealogy and The West Wing.

Naturally, my wife, Taya (and, of course, her cooking!) and our daughters Lily (6) and Ruby (4) are my more 'permanent' loves.

Taya and I spent three weeks in New Zealand for our honeymoon in 2004 and spent two months in Thailand and Malaysia in 2006. We fell in love with the Krabi region in Thailand and made a lot of friends there, locals and travelers. While the kids have been little, our travel plans have been on hold.

My favourite author/journalist is Michael Pollan, who has written some amazing books centred around plants, food and the western diet.

My favourite movies are The Blues Brothers, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Back To The Future and The Matrix.

My favourite TV show ever would have to be Fawlty Towers, although The West Wing is a close second.

Musically, I like to think that I'm broadminded, but I draw the line at Azerbaijani grind-core, Australian hip-hop, Emo and over-played commercial radio songs. To name names, I love the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, INXS, James Brown, Radiohead and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Food-wise, I enjoy exploring the best of what Melbourne has to offer, especially around Chinatown, Lygon Street, the top end of Collins Street, St Kilda, Sydney Road and Brunswick Street. Japanese, South-East Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern dishes are among the best, in my opinion. And a good glass of red wine with dinner can also do wonders!