Julian was a great friend. We worked at the FSA and were introduced by a mutual friend/ colleague. Our mutual interest in The Clash, Japan and both being West Londoners meant we soon hit it off. For about 8 years we regularly met - sometimes we walked to Holborn Library, Leather Lane, China Town, or visited interesting cafes in our lunch break. We loved world cuisine and talked a lot about music, famous people from past and present and plenty of other things. My favourite topic with Julian was travel. He knew a great deal about different countries and also London - he mentioned going to the Thai temple in Wimbledon and Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park quite a few times. I'll always remember how those lively conversations helped me through a very difficult time in my life. He was very generous and a good listener. Also his unpretentious easy going nature meant he was fun to be around. I agree his deadpan humour was truly unique and we shared countless in-jokes. He also had such a way with words, in conversation and in his writing. I remember he once said if he could do anything for a living he would be a travel writer. It really breaks my heart that he wasn't able to fulfil this. He would have been amazing at it! I am totally devastated he's gone. He will always be missed but never forgotten, especially when visiting the places mentioned. My wife and I send our deepest condolences to Toorun and Julian's family for their loss. Ned

Sent by Ned on 28/06/2015