|Contributor since:||November 2008|
|Location:||The transit lounge|
I have never worked as a secret agent, but I did play one on TV: KGB spy Sergei Kukushkin in mini series The Company. More recently I played a debauched aristocrat in a tasty short film called Last Night in Buenos Aires. I was also the voice of the monster Buffalord in the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, believe it or not. In 'real life' I am a Travel Writer, Scriptwriter, After-Dinner Speaker, Entrepreneur and man-about-many-towns who has written and produced television for Fox Networks UK, the UK Sci-Fi Channel and New Zealand animation facility The Funny Farm. I have also edited or contributed to numerous guidebooks, to cities like Buenos Aires, Florence and London - as well as dear old Budapest of course. Between December and February I was Guest Editor at Time Out Beirut. I have also been fortunate enough to write about travel (and whatever else moves me) for True/Slant as 'The Jet-Set Hobo.' Well, it seemed a fun way to sum up what might laughingly be referred to as my lifestyle, and the label has stuck. There are worse appellations, don't you think?
I'm Known For...
Keeping gentlemen's hours.
My Current Project
A children's book called The Cats of Piran.
My Greatest Achievement
Deciding to go mad and make films in Eastern Europe.
My Biggest Regret
I left my favourite powder blue seersucker suit in a hotel room in Trieste.
I Truly Respect
Sir Home Riggs Popham, the British Admiral who comandeered an invasion of Argentina in 1806.
Moments I'd Like To Forget
The moment she saw right through me.
How I Pay For This Wardrobe
Blocks I've Been Around
You're joking, right?
Things That Really Happened
The Spanish Inquisition.
Where I'd Like To Be 10 Years From Now
Sold in boxed sets of DVDs or whatever the 2019 equivalent is. Living in a semi-detached Mansion, far away from it all.
I need an outlet for my semi-mad ranting and raving.
My Other Website
What I'm Currently Addicted To...
I am not currently "addicted" to anything.
This Is Annoying Me...
The increasingly stiff charges on hotel mini bar drinks. And when there's a war or recession or something on. It's a disgrace.
This Is Making Me Worry...
I am practically the last person I know who bothers to punctuate his personal correspondence.
This Is Bringing Me Joy...
A rich fantasy life.
I'm Running From...
My creditors, not least my tailor and my wine merchant.
This Is Helping Me Create...
It's a bit like the actress who asked Alfred Hitchcock what her motivation was in a particular scene, to which he replied "The pay cheque."
This Is Making Me Think - Hard...
The Times cryptic crossword.
This Makes My Teeth Itch
Rap music. How can anyone enjoy having nursery rhymes shouted at them?
Can't Do Without
Properly good conversation.
Well, I'm a voice actor among other things, and I do a pretty mean Don Fontaine, WC Fields and Prince Charles, among others.
My Most Awkward Moment
When I tried to pull on a roll-neck sweater with a lit cigarette still in my mouth.
My Secret Ambition
To play a villain in a James Bond movie.