I'm an aspiring writer for children, and very modest cartoonist in the making. I refuse to just write "From" and "To" in birthday cards. (I take ages to write birthday cards for this reason.) I'm fond of animals, and I think penguins are hilarious.
I like theme parks, funfairs, fetes, zoos... not keen on clubs. I don't like going places where I can't hear the people I'm with. I'm talkative, so this is a must.
I don't drink, although being from Somerset, I can still be persuaded to drink cider. I don't mind going to the pub, although I'd rather sit in a nice beer garden for a chat. I love films – really, completely obsessed with them. I also read a lot. (Well, okay, I own a lot of books and I will read them, I *definitely* will, but which one first? Argh.)
Another, smaller ambition is to actually read everything on my bookcase.
I taught myself to play drums, and am okay at that. I can also play piano, albeit not much, and by ear. I have a spectacularly good memory for worthless film and television trivia, such as where I've seen an actor before. I've been told I make pretty good coffee.
I get along well with dogs. I can lift heavy things for several seconds. I am, much to the annoyance of my friends, very good at Mario Kart Wii.
Lastly, I'm very good at spotting spelling mistakes and fixing them. My heart sinks a little when I see an apostrophe in distress.
My favourite film is Ed Wood, although I objectively believe Back To The Future to be the greatest film ever made. (Come on. It is.) Other favourites include Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang; The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen; The Love Bug; The Truman Show; Groundhog Day; The Haunting (1963); Tremors; Return to Oz and Misery.
I like a fair bit of music, but mostly The Beatles, Radiohead, The Divine Comedy (and anything to do with Neil Hannon), Arcade Fire, Elbow and R.E.M. I grew up with Blur, have a soft spot for the Hives, and enjoy movie soundtracks. (Everything seems to sound like Hans Zimmer these days, but that's no bad thing.)
As for food, erm, omelettes? Yes. I quite like omelettes. And french bread. Also spaghetti bolognese that consists largely of Dolmio. And mashed potato with lots of gravy. Classy, I know.
NB: Since television is clearly meant to be in here, I love to watch Frasier, (a good episode of) The Simpsons, Eerie Indiana, Doctor Who, Quantum Leap, The X-Files and early episodes of Buffy and Angel. Recently watched 30 Rock, liked that a lot. Dad's Army's great. Oh, Arrested Development.
* My books. I even have trouble letting go of the ones I didn't like.
* My phone. It's annoyingly useful for almost everything - I've become one of *them*, those people with a phone for a hand, who just need to check Facebook *one more time*... (But I could totally stop using it if I wanted to.)
* My DVDs and videos, because I utterly love them. If there's a fire, I may waste valuable rescuing time trying to figure out which ones I can live without. Also, it's good to have a lot of them so you can introduce people to things like Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. It needs to be done. Do you realise some people haven't even seen Back To The Future?
* Good conversation. (Although now, ironically, I can't think of much to say about it.)
* Something to scribble on.