I love books. I've read hundreds but to name a favourite is
difficult. I'll name one or two that impressed me. 'The Book Thief'
by Markus Zusak made me sit up and think. 'American Pastoral' by
Philip Roth, was a very uncomfortable and serious insight into how
wealth and status can be undermined totally, by a child who doesn't
share your values.
On a lighter note, I've read these several times to children I
taught, 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame and 'Elidor' by
Alan Garner, who I've met a few times at Jodrell Bank.
Films... I'm not a great film watcher, but If I'm still interested
after 10 minutes, I'll probably watch to the end. I like Coppola's
reworked version of Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' which
became 'Apocalypse Now'. I also love Kubrick's '2001 Space
I certainly don't share Clint Eastwood's political views, but, a
Romantic masterpiece for me, is his 'Bridges of Madison County'.
Unpromising title and not anything like a typical Eastwood film,
but if you haven't seen it, watch and see if it triggers a few
I also enjoy the satire of 'Vicky, Christina, Barcelona'...a fairly
recent (2008) Woody Allen film.
Music is a passion for me. I enjoy all kinds, ranging from Bach,
through Classical and Operatic stuff, (especially Wagner and
Puccini). I thoroughly enjoy rock and pop music as long as it's not
that repetitive, generic (lets make endless variants of our first
track) sort of stuff. I love Blues guitar, old and new; Jazz,
especially some Miles Davis and most Stan Getz. Maybe it would be
easier to inspect my record collection. I have 3 guitars, my
favourite being a black USA Stratocaster, which I fondly imagine I
can play moderately well. I also have an incredibly complicated,
quite rare Roland Synthesizer, that I bought in the early
Food? Yes I really enjoy food and I love to eat slowly. Most
evenings, I enjoy a good meal with red wine, frequently a decent
Tempranillo, from La Mancha, and good music... if I'm really lucky,
in the company of an attractive, intelligent lady. Sadly, that
hasn't happened as often as I would like, in the last two or three