About TheShyThespian


Student, athlete, insurance clerk, soldier, roofer, sailor, backpacker, mountain-leader, tour-leader, cow-milker, fish-packer, husband, diplomat, actor, father, house-husband, real-estate agent, corrections officer, probation officer, writer, civil servant, cook.

As you can see, I've been a bit of a Jack-of-all-Trades, Master-of-None. I did spend six years in the Royal Navy, and twelve years with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I've had the fortune to travel, live and work in over 65 countries, including three years or more in places like Pakistan, Morocco and New Zealand. Probably the most fun job I've ever had was working as an Adventure Travel Tour Leader - getting paid to visit wonderful places and hike in the mountains!

He, him, oi you,
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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02 Mar 2021 13:54
I love acting on stage, reading, watching movies and hill walking. I also have a love of travel and experiencing different cultures and cuisine. And, if it's not already obvious, I enjoy writing, too.
Favorite Books:
Lots. Unlike with movies I do have an actual favourite; The Time Traveller's Wife, which I can re-read and enjoy time and time again. Others; To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), Out of the Shelter (David Lodge), The Chrysalids (John Wyndham), The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Harry Potter series, The Secret History (Donna Tartt), the Quiller spy novels, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. For a relaxing read I still turn to Dick Francis and Desmond Bagley.
Favorite Authors:
Bernard Cornwell, David Lodge, JK Rowling, Harper Lee, John Wyndham, Len Deighton, Adam Hall.
Favorite Movies:
Favourite TV Shows:
I don't watch much TV, but these have stood out over the years. Edge of Darkness (UK BBC series in 1986), Band of Brothers, Battlestar Galactica (re-imagining), The West Wing, Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
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They had encouraging, cosy names, like The Gnashing Jaws of Death , Terminator,  and  Oblivion. “If you go in, don’t let go of your paddle! Swim left, away from the wall,” yelled the instructor as we approached. This one was called Morning Glory. Paddling furiously, we entered the rapid, launched into space, and... Bounce! I was in the water. Sucked down, and surrounded by...

Added 16 Oct 2020 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 177 | 6 Comments

What Is Life All About?

Eons ago, when I was young, I lived in submarines. For someone who loves the mountains, it was a silly place to be. I was in an unhealthy space, and close to a nervous breakdown. I spent a lot of time wondering what life was all about. In the end, I decided it didn’t matter. I did, however, come to a conclusion. When I am near the end, and am asked, ‘ Have you done the things you wish...

Added 14 Oct 2020 | Category Musings | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 187 | 5 Comments

Together Amongst The Stars

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Added 13 Oct 2020 | Category Micro Fiction | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 469 | 7 Comments

Where Has The Sun Gone?

A murky Autumn surrounds us,  a bleak, plague-ridden Winter fast approaching. What happened to Summer? I hear you ask. Good question. Don’t you remember? We already had it! Pah! When? In Spring, of course. Now, now - don’t get cross. The world is changing. Didn’t you know? The past is done. Is there no hope, then? Ah, do not despair, my friend! For there is always hope. Look...

Added 08 Oct 2020 | Category Poetry | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 218 | 3 Comments

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Have a nice birthday celebration.
27 Nov 2020 09:37
Welcome to my circle of friends.
27 Nov 2020 09:31
Happy Birthday from the team at Stories Space.
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