Help your potential matches find common interests.
What a cornucopia... I've been less of a reader than perhaps I
should be of late, although I have always considered 1984 to be an
essential guidebook to life in the modern world. Orwell got
everything right except the year.
I am a musician; classical, film, and television primarily, with
occasional flying visits to jazz, swing, and various others.
Generally I'll try almost anything but there are some genres I have
no time for - rap, hip-hop, dubstep (wub, wub, wub) or
I have an embarassingly large record collection (the oldest going
back to 1917) and I'm proud to say I still have a turntable,
cassette deck, and CD player. MP3s be damned.
I cry to Harry Nillsson.
I enjoy Japanese anime, television, and film. It has so much that I
feel is missing from modern Western cinema. It doesn't have a great
reputation (people think it's all porn and Pokemon) but there is so
much that is emotionally rewarding and actually worth watching.
Character development, plot, artistry, and good music; I believe
all missing from the majority of mainstream contemporary
I am trying to learn Japanese (slowly; you know those hobbies that
you're crap at and you keep pushing them back until they almost
disappear?) and get the opportunity to practice it every now and
again when I head over to Japan for my holidays. A wonderful
country with wonderful people, clean streets, and most importantly,
plentiful tasty beer, and great food. You can even get a pint of
London Pride and a pretty good roast dinner (or fish and chips) if
you know which back street to meander down.
As if you hadn't worked it out already, I'm a geek (or is that
nerd...?) and fiercely proud. I don't go to work dressed as a Gorn,
build scale models of the USS Enterprise, or own a set of Spock
ears, although I will participate with gusto in the Picard vs Kirk
argument if pushed! Picard all the way. Bugger the Shat.)
Far too much of my long-term memory is taken up remembering the
complete scripts of every single episode of Red Dwarf. That show is
a big influence on my sense of humour and general outlook on
I've never had a great deal of time for Star Wars, though... This
surprises most people who think that "loser sci-fi nerds" are all
head-over-heels in love with Princess Leia. George Lucas has done a
lot of great things... but one of them, Star Wars is not.
Other favourite films, in no particular order - The Sound Of Music,
The Snowman, When The Wind Blows, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Donnie
Darko, Space Firebird 2772, almost anything by Hayao Miyazaki, A.I.
Artificial Intelligence, Gojira (the original 1954 Japanese film),
Metropolis (1927), Tenshi No Tamago. (You'll notice a certain bias
towards animation, music-related, and Japanese films.)
On the slightly more-mainstream side, anything Simon Pegg related,
Die Hard (1-3), Indiana Jones, Back To The Future, etc, etc... You
know the drill. Cult, geek, sci-fi, adventure, etc.
I love traditional British food (and if you're very, very lucky,
I'll cook you some) - with Italian cuisine coming up a close
second. I have Italian blood (just a little) so I suppose you could
say spaghetti and pizza run in my veins. Not literally. Or I'd be
dead. (But I'd smell fantastic.)
Cooking is something of a hobby which I've pursued on and off; just
lately it's been more on. I'm currently discovering a
gender-stereotype-challenging penchant for baking. When my cakes
come out well, they're worthy of song. When they come out badly,
well, they look like squashed, blackened cubes of pure,
concentrated death. But you can't win 'em all.
I'm also into Japanese food; I can't say I'm itching to order
Chicken Gristle with Boiled Milk Skin again, but 99% of what I've
eaten has been really, really lovely. My crappy language skills
usually mean I get something completely different from what I
ordered - but ain't it more fun that way? I've even developed a bit
of a taste for Sushi after steadfastly refusing to go anywhere near
it for a few years. (Though I can definitely advise against eating
a mega-sized sushi platter, drinking an entire bottle of hot sake,
and then going to the top of the Tokyo Skytree.)
And, of course, I love a nice curry. And I know where to get the
best ones. And I'm not telling you where until at least the third
date. A gentleman never kisses and tells. I need a hook. I need to
keep *something* back so that you'll want to see me again, and if
that *something* happens to be the location of London's finest
curry, so be it...