About me!

I am the son of Anna and Paul Doulton (see Family page) who currently live in Mexico and I have two very intelligent, beautiful and illustrious elder sisters, Rebecca (journalist and lecturer) and Maria (Corp ID/Brand Manager and Watch journalist), both full-time mothers aswell. I happen to lack their writing and arts skills, but am very logical, creative and entrepreneurial (or at least that's what I like to think).

I have a passion for flying (mostly gliders, hang-gliders and paragliders), sailing, rugby, racket sports and most outdoor activities (except curling).

I really wanted to be a fighter pilot,

but glasses kept me out, so through the back door I found a way of getting airborne!

Just popping a wing-over!

I followed my heart and did have a paragliding business

but, then I met a black hole...

Post my near-death paragliding accident in Chamonix (17 July 2003, whilst clocking up hours for my instructor rating), I have set my personal goals on successfully launching my business

Link to SpinVox website

and to recover as much physically as I can to climb Mont Blanc.

The Target...only 8407m

The view - she's never out of sight
Then, my dream is to live in the mountains and become a rescue helicopter pilot. I do afterall owe my life to them - the professional rescue services in Chamonix (Michel & Ivan). And of course to the amazing skills of the surgeons at l'Hôpital Cantonal (Dr Faundez & Assal) de Genève (HUG) and my physiotherapists (Philipe & Valerie Jacquemard, & Christophe Kania) who have worked miracles with the rough subject they've been presented with.

Thanks also to my family and friends who really pulled together and were there for me when I needed them most.

In particular, Christina, who saw me through my black hole with super-human strength and spent the first month in hospital at my side 7x24.

And to Luke (aka DJ Loki) for continuing to look out for me!

I'm really handsome - cruising in my Fiat, searching for ma beatch!
Handsome Loki in his 306GTi 6 'fangita magnet'

To that I add a few of my favourite quotes:

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions"
Samuel Johnson (contentiously)
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
"The future isn't what it used to be"
Yogi Berra
"The great thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time"
President Abraham Lincoln
"Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple"
Pete Seeger
"Things should be made as simple as possible, but not too simple"
Albert Einstein
"Communism won't work because people like to own stuff"
Frank Zappa
"Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others"
Winston Churchill
"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
Scott Adams
"An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come"
Victor Hugo
"I may disagree with everything you say, but will defend unto death your right to say it"
Voltaire (and practiced by all Gilbarts!)
"It was a typical Gilbart meal, 9 debates and 8 people sat round the table!"
Rick Coleman (relative)
"Oh my God, that's not f*&%ing electrical??!!"
Masters student (nameless) helping me turn on the lab's Spectrometer. Last heard, an Accenture Consultant!
"Well done is better than well said"
Benjamin Franklin
"An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society that scorns excellence in plumbing just because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its philosophy will hold water."
John William Gardner
"Tell the truth, there's less to remember"
"To conceive infinity is to believe in boundaries"
Stuart Moeller (Kiwi friend)
"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing"
Oscar Wilde
"There are two ways to be rich: make more - desire less"
"Experience is something you don't usually get until just after you need it"
"Carpe diem quam minimum credula a postero" (Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow)
"All we have is today and the possibility of tomorrow"
"Love is every possibility"
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly: what is essential is invisible to the eye.” The fox to the Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
"Black holes are where God divides by zero"
e=mc2 - Amen! Albert Einstein

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