Who are you?
I’m an ordinary bloke from Yorkshire who moved to London in the 80s, became an English teacher, moved to Rio in 1992, went back to England with a Brazilian wife 3 years later, had a son, then packed up and left Blighty for Porto Alegre in February 2011.
Why did you move to Brazil?
I love Brazil and I felt like one last big adventure…after more than a decade of paying a UK mortgage I realised we would never own anything – at least in Brazil you can actually buy a modest place.
What do you miss about England?
My family and friends, of course, and sausages, cheese, real ale and record shops…but really, I try not to dwell on my old life.
Why did you start a blog?
Writing is a discipline and a kind of therapy…it concentrates my mind and keeps me out of mischief.
What are you passionate about?
Collecting records, my hi-fi, Miles Davis, the Rolling Stones, Bach, second-hand books, George Gissing, D.H. Lawrence, poetry, lit-crit, kitchen-sink films, World War One, fishing, cooking.
What’s your favourite novel / film / album?
Sentimental Education (Flaubert), Billy Liar, ‘Very Extremely Dangerous’ by Eddie Hinton
Which famous people, dead or alive, would you invite to a dinner party?
I would throw a Dixieland jazz party and invite four great fans of the music: George Melly, Jeff Nuttall, Philip Larkin and Woody Allen.
Do you have any travel plans?
Well, it has to be exploring the rest of South America as I’m living so close to Uruguay and Argentina.
(Thanks to Newton Tweedsdale for kindly agreeing to interview me, as preparation for my forthcoming appearance on ‘Desert Island Discs’)