About Me

Writer, photographer, cyclist, thalassophile, flexitarian, pacifist, blogger, dreamer, traveller, walker, muso, scientist, environmentalist.

Michael B Shannon, Spain

The world of work seduced me when I was 17 years old, so I never finished my ‘A’ levels. However, I did go to university as a mature student some 20 years later, getting a 1st class honours degree in applied environmental science. Three years spent reading science books, researching and writing essays etc. gave me a love of science that I still have many years later.

I am now in my 7th decade and nowhere near retiring. I live with diabetes and am concerned with health issues, keeping fit and eating a balanced diet. My dog Fudge, a spaniel, helps with the keeping fit, as he needs plenty of exercise a day – helping me to 10,000 steps most days! Diet is a different story however, that is something I’m always working hard to improve.

I have always had a love of the outdoors and have spent many happy days climbing hills / mountains in 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 beach walks. An empty beach on a fresh autumn / winters day seems like the perfect way to spend a day, especially if there is a good sea running.

Cycling

Bicycles are in my blood (my dad used to own a bike shop), I have recently swapped my mountain bike for a road bike. I am training as often as I can as I want to enter some sportives. My interest in road racing comes from watching the Tour de France, when the Grande Depart left from Yorkshire a few years ago. I have also enjoyed watching the Tour de Yorkshire, as well as TV coverage of The Olympics, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta Espana.

Travel

Travel is something I love, I’ve been fortunate to have visited many parts of the Philippines, thanks to Florence, my Filipino wife. I have also travelled to the Middle East, Hong Kong and a number of European countries, Spain, France and Italy in particular. A keen photographer, I photograph everywhere I go and many of my photos can be found in this BLOG and on Google maps, where I am currently a Google level 7 Local Guide.

Music

Music occupies 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, which I am still adding to. My taste is very eclectic, spanning classical, pop, electronic, 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 run a small online CD shop on Discogs. If you’re looking for rare or hard to find CDs you might find them at www.andocks.co.uk

“Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.”
Michelle Held

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
J. R. R. Tolkien