The name’s Michael, and this is my blog, there is another world. Think of it mainly as a travel journal, with some elements of normal life thrown in. Whatever the destination, every article is a personal account. Most are descriptive, while a few bridge on poetic contemplation. All contain photographs taken by myself. So why not get reading, and while you’re here, feel free to check out the story of how this site came into existence.

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Who Am I?

My age, gender and location are evident from the sidebar. As for my interests, I pass any free hours I have travelling, listening to music, writing, taking photographs, and making films. I’ll elaborate on each below, but for the purpose of maintaining any remnant of a mysterious edge, I’ll keep it brief.

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Travel

I’ve always had an interest in travelling. I don’t mind whether it’s 12 miles down the road, or 12,000 miles away on the opposite side of the globe, seeing other cultures and landscapes is fascinating. So far I’ve been fortunate enough to visit over 60 countries on 6 continents, but i’m far from done yet.

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Music

Everybody loves music, and so do I. It’s great as a soundtrack when going somewhere, or just generally as a treat for the ears. As for what type, genres are misleading – more important are how each suit a mind state or surroundings. For a better overview, check out my last.fm.

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Writing

Like a lot of people, I’ve dabbled in poetry, but now generally confine any display of emotion to subtle hints dotted like stardust across the endless pages of this blog. I enjoy writing – especially here on WordPress – as it allows me to randomly experiment with different styles and approaches. It all culminates in what I suppose is a form of creative writing.

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Photography

Stumble into any of the 400+ entries on this site and you’ll notice I place a lot of emphasis on photography. Photography in a wider context has the ability to challenge and inspire. While I’ve only ever had the use of point and shoot digital cameras and long for the day when I can get my hands on more professional equipment, I am happy enough to believe that you can still take a good photograph with virtually any camera. Which isn’t to say a hugely expensive Digital SLR wouldn’t go amiss.

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Film Making

I’m also into film making. I’m proficient with Sony Vegas 8.0 (Professional Edition), own a High Definition camera and have made a several feature length films and documentaries on trips abroad using this equipment. Everything I’ve produced has been met with very positive, rarely unbiased reviews.

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Other Interests

As seen on my Museums and Galleries page, I like Art, History, Culture, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, Politics and knowledge in general. Learning new things and constantly improving is important, even if it’s rarely fun. So to counter this I also enjoy the more mindless endeavours of gaming, watching and playing sport, and of course films. I’m always on the lookout for a thought provoking book or movie. Or just one that makes me laugh. Err, what else? Walking? Hiking? Biking? Being outside and active. I often go on ridiculously long walks or bike rides. Adventure is always appealing. Before I’m too old it would be good to do something outlandish like climb a mountain or sail an ocean – just so I can blog about it!

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That’s About It

Not really. There is always an unlimited amount one can say about themselves. But I suspect anyone who is interested enough will just make contact.

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