UPDATE _ Moved back to U.K. 16.03.2014 for medical reasons. Treatment ongoing - fingers crossed!
My wife Antoinette whom I married on 22nd December 2011 and I live in Dubai, where Antoinette is a School Principal.
We hope to move to the U.K. within the next few years, and to maintain friendships which we have made with MSE members. Unfortunately, as both of our incomes would be taxed, we simply can't afford to live in the U.K. and maintain two young adults at universities abroad. Antoinette's son is at University in Ras Al-Khaimah, U.A.E. and her Daughter is in her final year of an Education and Psychology degree in her native South Africa.
Meanwhile we intend to visit both Antoinette's family and friends in South Africa and my family and friends and our mutual friends in the U.K. for holidays - which hopefully may coincide with an MSE meetup.
Having been self-employed, I put in long working hours for many years - I have moved from being a workoholic lawyer, laden down with cares and responsibilities, to being an absentee landlord. Life should be, and now is, for living, loving, exploring and celebrating, finding new ways to grow old interestingly.
I am not materialistic (like fine art but own none) I care little for material luxuries but I'll always be sure to have enough for my true needs and those for whom I care. Its all a matter of balance.
I appreciate the simple pleasures of life, I am determined to enjoy as much as possible of every day without falling into hedonism. This is something new to me, though for Antoinette it is a natural positive attitude to life.
Spiritually I have moved from belief through doubt, agnosticism, atheism to positive anti-theism (believing that religion is mankind's greatest curse and folly)- and even yet beyond (and almost full circle to Paganism - loving and respecting the Life Force of nature and the natural world). My truths are truths only for me though, and I am happily married to a lady to whom God is an important truth for her.
As Oscar Wilde said "I have the simplest of tastes - I am always satisfied with the best!"
On the subject of quotations, one from Shakespeare, by which I try to live:
"This above all, to your own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
You cannot then be false to any man."
Having been so fortunate as to find a lady with whom to share present and future joys I am no longer looking for "Dating" - but there is space and time in my life/our lives to develop existing and new friendships with people to whom honesty is as natural and essential as breathing. I am happy to accept anyone for the person they are, so long as they know who that is.
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