6. Forest Nenets
Reading. I don't have time to read as much as I'd like, but: Borges, Joyce, Jane Austen, W.B.Yeats, Tolstoy, Doestoevsky, I.B.Singer, Dickens, Dante, Joyce, P.G.Wodehouse, etc. What a prententious list! I also have a great interest in old-style travel literature, written before the world became small, and love to visit places I've read about. People like George Borrow, Norman Douglas, Isabella Bird, (Captain Sir) Richard Burton (KCMG FRGS), Charles Doughty etc. I'd be great fun to someday meet somebody who shares this rather peculiar interest!
Films. Jaime Rosales, Otar Iosseliani, Woody Allen, Giuseppe Tornatore, Scorsese, Sergio Leone, Alexander Sokurov, Tim Burton, Lukas Moodysson, Emir Kusturica. Many comedies! The Royle Family, The Thick Of It, Fry & Laurie, The Day Today/Brass Eye, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Father Ted, Yes (Prime) Minister, Armando Iannucci Show, Monty Python, etc.
Music. Pink Floyd, Sigur Rós, Neutral Milk Hotel, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, The Gypsy Kings, Simon & Garfunkel, Queen, Mozart, Verdi, Beethoven, Puccini, Etc Etc.
2. Olive trees
3. Exchanging smiles with strangers
When this isn't possible, a book.
If you want to persuade me otherwise.
If you like peanut butter.
If you use apostraphes impeccably.
If you believe that emotional parity/compatibility is more important than shared interests in a successful romantic match.
If you recognise the building in my photo.
If you want to belie evolutionarily dictated sexual selection strategies and make the first move.