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. I'll
try almost anything but I have no time for rap, hip-hop, dubstep
(wub, wub, wub) or anything of that nature. To clarify, I like
*music* - as a general rule of thumb, if it sounds like a broken
record player I'll probably not like it.
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 also have a bit of a soft spot for Harry Nillsson.
I enjoy Japanese anime, television, and film. It has so much that I
feel is missing from modern Western cinema. It gets a bit of a bad
reputation (from people who think it's all porn and Pokemon) but
there is so much that is emotionally rewarding.
Character development, plot, artistry, and good music; all missing
from the majority of mainstream cinema. I am trying to learn
Japanese (albeit slowly; it's one of those "hobbies" that gets
pushed back and back and back until it almost disappears) 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, plentiful and tasty beer, and great food.
And you can get a pint of London Pride and a pretty good roast
dinner (or an even better fish and chips) if you know which back
street to meander down.
(And yes, 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. I just like it - although I
will participate with gusto in the Picard vs Kirk argument if
pushed! Picard all the way. Bugger the Shat.)
I'm also a rather big fan of cult Sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf. (To the
extent of complete 100% recall of every line from every
It's been something of a big influence on my sense of humour and
general outlook on life.
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,
I love traditional British food (and if you're very, very lucky,
I'll cook you one) - with Italian cuisine coming up a close second.
My great grandfather was (allegedly) from Napoli so I suppose you
could say spaghetti and pizza run in my veins.
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.
I also have a great affection for Japanese food; I can't say I'll
be trying Chicken Gristle with Boiled Milk Skin (seriously) again,
but 99% of what I've eaten has been really, really lovely. My flaky
language skills usually mean I get something other than what I
ordered when I'm over there - but it's all the more fun if I get
something odd. I've even developed a bit of a taste for Sushi after
steadfastly refusing to go anywhere near it for a few years.
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...