...Long bit coming up, you might want to skip it...
Books- It begins and ends with Dickens, oh, and non-fiction, but
there's Tommy Jaud, Stephen Clarke, Alan Bennett and a few other
authors I like too. I don't read every single day, sorry.
Movies (in no particular order) - Modern Times. Goodbye Lenin. Im
Juni. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. The Notebook. Shrek. Le
Dîner de Cons. In Bruges. De-Lovely. The Lives of Others. Groundhog
Day. The Comedian Harmonists. Belleville Rendezvous. Shawshank.
Hotel Rwanda. Forest Gump. The Great Escape. Silence of The Lambs.
Beverly Hills Cop. The Truman Show. Noi the Albino. Das Experiment.
Match Point. The Day of the Jackal. Armageddon. The Lady Killers
(Alec Guiness). Wallace and Gromit. Indiana Jones. Bright Young
Things. 10 Things I Hate About You. Amistad. Le Grand Bleu. Connery
and Brosnan's Bonds. The Sting. Laurel & Hardy.
Radio shows? I'd like to list a large part of Radio 2, 3 and 4's
output and I practically learnt half of my German from Die Drei
Shows - Mr Selfridge, Boardwalk Empire, Ripper Street, Hustle,
Sherlock, Q.I. and The Apprentice. In the past I enjoyed Mad Men,
Lost, Heimat, Dittsche, House M.D, Jeeves & Wooster, Suchet's
Poirot and Brett's Sherlock Holmes, not forgetting 15 storeys
Documentary-wise I like Panorama, Timeshift, OU, Storyville, Life
in a Day-type films and anything from Attenborough, Jonathan
Meades, Jeremy Vine, Neil Oliver, Louis Theroux, Cherry Healey,
Dawn Porter, Melvyn Bragg and Michael Mosely.
(Bearing in mind I'm a professional musician) I can evaluate
something in all forms of music although I do have my favourites
Celtic, American, British and Greek folk music, Bach, Mozart,
Beethoven, J Strauss, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Elgar, Chorinhno,
Barbershop, Ragtime, Early Jazz, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin,
Gershwin, Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang, Louis Armstrong, Bix, Tram
and Rank, Comedian Harmonists, Mills Brothers, Rodgers &
Hammerstein, Art Tatum, Ella, Funk Brothers, Beach Boys, John
Coltrane, Frank Sinatra, Nat 'King' Cole, Nelson Riddle, Piaf, The
Beatles, Weird Al, Queen (Freddie), Tower of Power, Eric Clapton,
Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Bread, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, ABBA,
Sting & The Police, Paul Simon, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Pat
Metheny, George Michael, Marc Anthony, Pet Shop Boys, Alison Krauss
& Union Station, Die Prinzen, Pink Martini, Panic! At the
Disco, Mika, Imogen Heap, Lady Antebellum.
And yes, I do like 'chart music' or 'top 40' though not
particularly RnB, urban, dance, gangster rap and genres without a
lot of actual musical notes, though there are exceptions, and I can
often appreciate a song for its production or compositional value,
Blah, blah, blah... NAKED ELEPHANT. Oh sorry, I didn't expect many
people to read through all that.
Food- British, French, Mexican, Italian, Greek, 'Indian',
Fortnum & Mason
But many people count things like quiche and pizza as English or
British these days don't they? Oh I don't know then, but I do
really like cooking lots of things, anything.
I also like soreen, fizzy drinks, chocolate, sweets and other
I like dessert wines and champagne but you'll think I'm a
pretentious twat If I list that here.