Books: Lets get the shameful out of the way first: I really like
Jane Austen novels. I know this will make it hard to keep my head
raised in polite and not so polite company, but sadly its true.
Louis De Bernies Captains Correlli's Mandolin is a fantastic book
and always has a space on a shelf where ever I may end up staying.
Then I also enjoy Rushdie's novels and the trashiest pulpest
airport novels you could happen to come across, so my tastes are
many and varied.
Movies: Blade Runner, Empire Records, The Princess Bride,
Intermission, The Damned United, Grosse Point Blank and Bullit. I
also love terrible movies the more unbearably cringeworthy the
better. The Room may be the best movie ever made.
Shows: Nothing has really come close to the Wire, although I do
have a huge soft spot for The West Wing. Also Misfits is a
tremendious show that is better than it should be. Nothing will
ever be as funny as Spaced. From what I've seen so far, Broadwalk
Empire looks to be a fantastic show that will soak up too much of
my free time. I also find myself watching shows about shows. I find
myself watching Charlie Brooker while making this strange smiling
nodding motion that can only be tempered by the deep setted sense
of jealousy that he gets paid to do what I do while watching
Music: I was a punk rock skater kid. Now I pretty much listen to
everything, and dance terribly to most of it. Give me Ska in the
Summer and Reggae in the Winter and I'm a happy lad. Dutch and
Afrikaans hip hop is fantastic, in particular The Opposites and
Flinke Namen, as there are few more rythmic languages perfectly
suited for rap. Also Cinnamon Chasers is always on my MP3 player,
the video for Luve Delux may be the best I've ever seen. My love
for "Does It Offend You, Yeah?" may be bordering on the
I have a soft spot for terrible 80's songs. One of my earliest
memories is break dancing to The Final Countdown by Europe. I think
I was 3 at the time. 26 years later and not much has changed.
This year I have been constantly humming "Ghost Town" by the
Specials. Its worth doing for the way the humming rapidly spreads
along a tube carriage.
Food: I love Thai, Sushi and bananas. I was a fussy eater as a
child and had to be tricked into trying new things without the
actual true nature of what I was eating being revealed to me. As a
result I'm still hunting for what I was told was spicy
I have come to terms with the fact that I am addicted to fruit.
It's reached the point where my local greengrocer knows me on a
first name basis. (His name is Tim, he's a hell of a guy.)