My name is long and unpronounceable. A heady mix of Ukrainian, Austrian and English heritage, I’m passionate about many things: music (both live and recorded); art, architecture and design; photography; skiing; sailing, and pleasure in all its forms.
My friends and family are my rock, and I’m happiest when surrounded by the people I love with great food and fine wine involved. I adore walking barefoot along a sandy beach on a sunny day; pointing a camera at inanimate objects, or browsing in a record shop (I REALLY like record shops). If I can combine all of the above in a 24-hour period, then you have my perfect day.
I love to travel, but really don’t do it as often as I should. The experience of waking up in the morning, knowing that you have a day to explore a place you’ve never seen before (or even revisiting somewhere you love) is one of life’s great feelings, and there are so many places still on my list…
I’ve spent 30+ years in the world of design and construction, in which time I’ve been part of the wonderful process of taking 2D ideas and turning them into 3D reality. Good architecture and design always takes my breath away: bad design invokes the gag reflex. The same can be said of art and music – but I’m more tolerant of music. There are only two kinds; music I’ve heard, and music I’ve yet to hear.
So what is this preamble in aid of? Well, I was prompted to start this blog after receiving positive feedback from family and friends (together with my Macmillan nurse) regarding the messages sent to them during the early days of my cancer diagnosis and treatment. Irrespective of the stuff and nonsense posted here, if my continuing trials and tribulations can be of some help to others who have yet to experience this journey, then this site will have served a useful purpose.
Whatever else you’ve heard about me is probably true / a lie / libellous / involves Swarfega (look it up).
PS. “Last Shop Standing” is a documentary film that might help explain my love of record shops – try to see it: