Iain MacFarlaine

Iain MacFarlaine

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Please note: I am not in the best of health at the moment (written in May 2017). It is nothing serious, and I expect to have made a full recovery by the end of the year. However, it may be some time before I reply to any messages, for which I apologise.

I am a North Londoner of Irish Protestant and Anglo-Indian (or, to be more accurate, Hiberno-Caledonian-Anglo-Dutch-Huguenot-Indian) parentage. I was trained as a mathematician but, at the moment, am working only part-time. I have travelled a lot; not only around the British Isles, but also throughout: Europe; Africa; America (North only; I have yet to cross the Rio Grande, never mind the Panama Canal, although I have been to the States quite a few times and once ventured to Fidel's island for three weeks and, a decade later, across the Forty-Ninth Parallel for a month, and should like to go back to Cuba and Canada again, sometime); Asia; and Australia. Unfortunately, most of those voyages were undertaken before the invention of the digital camera, so I can't show you too many of the graves I saw when I was abroad. When I am not travelling or working, or painting or acting, I am learning to play the piano and various woodwind instruments. I try to keep my body fit with cycling and swimming and karate, as well as by never drinking alcohol or coffee, or smoking, or eating flesh, or fowl, or fish, and I try to keep my mind fit with chess and crosswords and reading.

Please note; I am forever running around this world (as Jefferson Airplane once sang), and seldom check the computer when I am on my wanderings; but, if you write to me, I shall make sure that I answer on my return. Similarly, I am always happy to change my submissions if you notice that anything is missing, but it is better to inform me of this by a private message or an E-Mail, as the "Edits" tend to vanish after a month or so.


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