I am a hopelessly quixotic maverick with a hankering for a more extensive vocabulary. Affectionately dubbed 'the walking dictionary' at school, much of my life is spent endeavouring to uphold this reputation. I often write poetry; am rarely far from my piano forte; and read whenever a moment of solitude prevails itself upon me. Am I the only one who thinks that romance is succumbing to practicality? The world needs a few more Mr Darcys!