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Who Am I? 10 Fun Facts

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Who’s the man behind the blog? In this post, I share 10 bite-sized insights into my life, my background, and my passions. Enjoy!

1) I’m a British national with Dutch heritage. My father is English, and my mother, who passed away in 2003, was Dutch. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

2) I have lived in the UK my entire life. I was born in Cambridge, grew up in Abingdon in Oxfordshire, and moved to London to go to university. I have stayed in London since then, though I have moved house many times. ๐Ÿ 

3) In 2007, after a lengthy period of turmoil in my life, I had a breakdown and ended up in psychiatric hospital. During my time in hospital I read the Bible properly for the first time. ๐Ÿ“–

Steven Smiling (Gravatar)4) I have spent time attending Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, and Evangelical churches, which has been a real blessing and opened my mind to the diversity that exists within Christianity. โœ

5) I am single, and I live in a flat on my own, which is wonderful, despite my troublesome neighbours. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

6) I have a degree in Commercial Music, and have worked several jobs in the music industry promoting some very well-known bands. I also have a postgraduate qualification in Philosophy and Religion. ๐ŸŽ“

7) I used to play guitar in a heavy metal band named ‘Marconi’s Voodoo’. We went into the studio a few times and recorded some EPs though never an album. I still make music and have a modest home studio where I record. ๐ŸŽต

8) I have worked for a few different charities and NGOs, including one job where I was a street fundraiser for Greenpeace, which involved trying to persuade members of the public to set up monthly direct debits to support clean energy production. ๐ŸŒ

9) I have written several books, which expound my belief that there is a God who is in control of everything that happens in existence. ๐Ÿ“š

10) My favourite food right now is caramelised onion hummus, and I’m about to have some (with a tasty ciabatta) for lunch. Yum! ๐ŸŒฎ


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62 comments

  1. What a great post, Steven! I loved learning more about you! Sounds like you have had some amazing jobs! Wondering how things are in your current flat. You thought some time ago that you might have to leave. No word on that, I’m guessing… that would be something to be thankful for since moving is never fun but simply a lot of work! Loved this! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Hi Lynn! That’s very kind of you to think of my living situation ๐Ÿ™‚ Things are okay. No word yet on getting the ‘assured tenancy’, so I’m still living with the prospect of being pressured to move, but things have gone mercifully quiet for the moment!

      Glad you enjoyed the post ๐Ÿ˜Š Hope you’re having a blessed week!

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  2. Nice to read your bio.
    I have always been fascinated with England.. The accent and green countrysides..
    When I get rich and cure my fear of flying.. maybe I will see it..
    As for now I have been addicted to the Ruth Goodman series ๐Ÿ™‚
    God Bless You!

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    1. Hi Mary! Thanks so much for reading ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, you’ll have to take the trip across the pond some time, to experience the British weather first hand, haha ๐Ÿ™‚ God bless you too!

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  3. Thank you, Steven. I enjoyed reading the ten fun facts that you posted about yourself. You are a man on a quest, searching for life. God is with you. I crossed “the pond” to London back in 1998. Spent only one week with a friend. Loved it. Always thought that I would like to go back. Be well – Andre

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    1. Hi Andre! Thank you so much for reading my post and for your kind comment. That’s wonderful that you enjoyed your trip to London! I have been across the pond to New York on just one occasion for a work trip ๐Ÿ™‚ Blessings upon you!

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  4. I am very new to your blog and honestly, overwhelmed by how great (I am struggling for a better, non-verbose word) it all is. I’m a philosophy fan myself and I love how you have Ground Rules so that everyone can express their opinions without offense as this is much needed, all over the world really. And the Promote your Blog page as well – genius.
    I can’t wait to get started on reading everything you have to say.
    I also admire you working for NGOs and your postgraduate degrees in Philosophy and Religion – I am, coincidentally, aiming for the same degree (in Philosophy) later in life. I’m super inspired by your blog, I love debates/discussions about these topics.
    In conclusion – I am in awe.
    A question though: Why do you say your neighbors are evil? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Hi Katelynn! Well, I’m super-blessed by your kind comment, thank you so much! It’s a real encouragement to know that you like my blog ๐Ÿ˜

      The situation with my neighbours is somewhat complicated. The main troublemaker is the guy in the top flat, who is really aggressive and has a cat who he bullies all day long. He’s constantly shouting and growling, and plays really loud music (with the bass turned up) for about 5 hours a day. There’s no reasoning with this guy! And my other neighbour is pretty difficult too, but that’s another story. I don’t like calling people evil but feel at least partly justified in my current situation!

      Having said all that, I’m really grateful to be living where I do. There are many wonderful blessings.

      I hope we’ll stay in touch, Katelynn! You’re always very welcome to join in the discussions. Thanks again! Steven

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      1. I hear you on the neighbor front, the poor cat. It’s terrible but it’s also slightly comical. Best of luck with that as well.
        And thank you for the invitation, as soon as I have some time set aside, I’ll be jumping right in.

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    1. Thank you, Shai! That’s very cool that you’ve studied philosophy as well ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish you every success with your blog and your time in Europe! Keep in touch! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Cool stuff…or should I say cool beans? As in chick peas…those are beans aren’t they? So ya…that hummus sounds rockin’! (Not to eliminate anything else you’ve said…but…this is FOOD!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Haha, thanks, Sherrie ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m now wanting to google whether chick peas are classed as beans or not, my gut feeling is they aren’t! But I’m no expert ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by!

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