Describe yourself in 16 words……
Writer, photographer, thalassophile, vegetarian, pacifist, blogger, dreamer, traveller, walker, artist, muso, scientist, environmentalist, Scarborian, Tolkienite, INFJ.
I have always had a love of the outdoors and have spent many happy holidays climbing the hills and mountains of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Wales and Scotland. I live close to the Yorkshire Coast and spend a lot of time walking with my dog on one of my favourite coastal walks.
Travel is something I love, I’ve been fortunate to have visited many parts of the Philippines. I have also travelled to the Middle East, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, The Maldives. In Europe I have visited the Canary Islands, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, France, Greece, Norway and Italy. The places I’d most like to visit are Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, India, Japan and there’s still a lot of Italy I’d like to explore.
I have a keen interest in photography and I carry a camera everywhere I go, many of my photos illustrate the articles on this website. I have a portfolio of photos and art on Redbubble (MichaelBShannon.redbubble.com) and I also contribute to the Adobe stock library (https://stock.adobe.com/contributor/132253/Michael%20Shannon).
Music fills much of my spare time. I don’t have any particular musical talent, although I can read music and play the odd tune on a piano. I used to have a large vinyl collection which was replaced by an even larger CD collection, I’ve now gone digital. My taste is very eclectic, spanning classical, pop, electronica, prog rock and heavy metal. I have a particular love of piano concertos, Gustav Mahler symphonies, Pink Floyd, U2, Enigma, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Led Zeppelin, Runrig and Sandy Denny.
I went to Poppleton Road Junior School and then Nunthorpe Grammar School in York. I decided to return to education later in life as a mature student to study Applied Environmental Science and Geography at St John’s College in York.
“Not all who wander are lost”J.R.R. Tolkien