This section attempted a coup d'état and is currently in gaol. This
is the CliffsNotes version, viz., the top fives.
Books: Brideshead Revisited (Waugh); Mansfield Park (Austen); Bleak
House (Dickens); Death Comes for the Archbishop (Cather); Agnes
Grey (Brontë, A).
Filums: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; To Sir, With Love; Gosford
Park; Witness for the Prosecution; Apocalypse Now (the Redux is
Plays: Our Town (Wilder); History Boys (Bennett); Angels in America
(Kushner); Waiting for Godot (Beckett); The Mystery of Irma Vep
Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Scottish Play; King
Lear; Richard III; The Tempest.
Operas: Satyagraha (Glass); La Fille du Régiment (Donizetti);
Hamlet (Thomas); Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart); Carmen
Musicals: Evita; Pal Joey; Company; Follies; Sail Away.
Food: Kashmiri, French, Sushi, Italian, Malay.
Telly: As Time Goes By; To the Manor Born; Prime Suspect; Yes,
Minister; Upstairs, Downstairs (the original, dammit!).
Music the kids are (read: "were") listening to these days: Mika;
The Mowgli's; Lorde; New Politics; Frank Turner.
Actors the kids are watching these days: GARY OLDMAN; like srs,
have you seen GARY OLDMAN in stuff? no-one has anything on GARY
OLDMAN; Dame Judi Dench; Sir Ian McKellen; Dame Maggie Smith; Dame
The kids who the kids are watching these days: Ben Whishaw; Shaun
Evans; Tom Hughes; Dev Patel; Benedict Cumberbatch.
Random BBC 'celebrities': David Mitchell; Bill Bailey; Jimmy Carr;
Clive Anderson; Lee Mack.
Philosophers: AJ "Freddie" Ayer; Charles Peirce; René Descartes;
David Hume; John Stuart Mill.
Favourite wine: Château d'Yquem.
Booze: my whisky comes from Scotland or it isn't my whisky; gin and
vodka are fun pals, too.