I'll (unsuccessfully) try to keep it brief...
Fave books: Catch 22 (it took me 3 attempts to get into it but I'm
so glad I persevered!), 1984, His Dark Materials, anything by
Kafka, Iain Banks (with or without the M), Steven Eriksen, Robert
Rankin, Pratchett, Bill Bryson, Sergei Lukyanenko. Any other
suggestions much appreciated :-)
Shows: Deadwood, The Wire, Firefly, Family Guy, Band of Brothers,
Spaced, Game of Thrones (I should have mentioned the books above
which I read years before the tv series - which is the closest to a
hipster I'm ever likely to be) about to start Boardwalk Empire and
have Breaking Bad lined up after that... Not really into any
Some movies: Pan's Labyrinth, Goodfellas, Trading Places, Carlito's
Way, Donnie Darko, True Romance, 12 Monkeys, Lost Boys, LOTR, L A
Confidential, Iron Man.
Music: Mostly Indie, off the top of my head I like The Cribs,
Radiohead, Sleeper, The Strokes, Spiritualised, Arcade Fire, The
Cure, Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Pixies, The Jam, The Libertines,
I know next to nothing about classical music but I do have a
favourite piece - Brahms Symphony Number 4 (which I purchased quite
by accident at a 2nd hand shop - it was in a Bowie box).
Favourite food is Thai and Chaophraya is probably my favourite
restaurant in Manchester. Edit: just been to the Birmingham one
which was also amazing!