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I read every day, from crime thrillers to Metaphysical poetry, via
Scottish history, modern fiction, the occasional classic novel,
newspapers and the proverbial back of the cereal packet. I
discovered when I was very young that reading a good book is the
easiest way to escape from an unsatisfactory or difficult reality,
and I become very absorbed.
Iain Banks, Kate Atkinson, George Herbert, Seamus Heaney, Kathleen
Jamie, Lee Child and Robert MacFarlane are a few of my
I love going to the pictures, on my own, with a bunch of kids or
with friends. I prefer a small picture house to a multiplex. I like
animations, black & white classics, comedies, documentaries,
and films that look beautiful. A good cup of coffee and a piece of
flapjack beats a bucket of popcorn any day. Recent stars include Mr
Turner, Ida, My Name is Salt, and Paddington.
A few more favourite films - Only Human, Cyrano de Bergerac, Women
on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Now Voyager, Rebecca ("I'm
asking you to marry me, you little fool" must be the least romantic
proposal ever written).
In the past year I've been enthralled, delighted and moved to tears
by Dolly Parton, Opera North, The Youngblood Brass Band, Gillian
Welch & David Rawlings, Idlewild, Kate Bush, an elderly
Hungarian violinist busking in Leeds, The Tiger Lillies, John
Fullbright, The Handsome Family, kora-playing buskers, friends
playing & singing at parties & sessions, "McCusker,
McGoldrick & Doyle" and the choir my daughter sings in, amongst
I have a decent collection of 78s and sometimes play Gramophone
Roulette. Paul Robeson is top of the list of singers I wish I'd
heard sing live, along with Hank, Frank & Ella.
The radio is on more than the tv in my house, either R3 or R4. I
like watching comedy, films, documentaries & music programmes,
tense dramas, Scandi series (I loved "The Legacy" and recommend it
to anyone who enjoys well-written, acted and filmed drama, without
much bloodshed) and the odd bit of cookery-based reality. I dislike
all other "reality", documentaries with "celebrity" presenters and
repetitive narrators. I've recently given up watching Question Time
as I was in danger of breaking the telly. I have some guilty
I love a good curry, homemade cake, gin & tonic, afternoon tea,
breakfast in bed, Islay whisky, and many other things. I dislike