Word nerd, Beatlemaniac, editor/teacher, lazy guitarist, rubbish punsmith, wannabe podcaster.
When this site started back in the early 14th century they made you pick three words to describe yourself. I chose vacuous, perspicacious and conflicted, which is still pretty accurate, although now I hate myself slightly less than I did then, so vacuous seems a bit harsh.
I heard this joke recently. If you find it funny we'll probably get along:
Q. How many language pedants does it take to change a light bulb?
A. You *replace* a light bulb.
*Except for the beautiful house/beautiful wife/large automobile. I have none of these things.
Currently staying at my mum's while I rejig my career and get another qualification. Lame but strictly temporary and at least means I am very keen to leave the house at any given opportunity.
Other than that, I am reading more non-fiction and less fiction than I used to, learning to live with the shame of running in public now I don't live near a gym, and occasionally playing guitar in a rubbish covers band.
At the time of writing I was 4th in the UK at the grammar bit of evil life-sucking trivia app Quizup. More than any exceptional facility with the language, this indicates that I really ought to have more hobbies.
Parts of this profile have remained untouched since about 2006, so I'm also devoting a great deal of time and energy to rectifying that.
B. Off the top of my head, 10 of my favourite films are Nikita, Withnail & I, Sex Lies & Videotape, Stealing Beauty, Office Space, Twelve Angry Men, The Exorcist, Die Hard, Shaun of the Dead and Casablanca. The last three films I saw all had Christopher Plummer in, which made me say "No fucking way" out loud.
When I have lazy brain I can happily watch Bruce Willis or a superhero movie, but I find Lovefilm is really good for forcing myself to appreciate the more nourishing end of the cinematic spectrum.
C. Grew up on a diet of British comedy - Python, Fawlty Towers, NTNOCN, HHGTTG, Young Ones. Still like all of that and later things in the same tradition. Just finished inhaling Parks & Rec and 30 Rock from start to finish and am sad there is no more of them. I like the big American dramas that have become semi-obligatory: Sopranos, West Wing, Breaking Bad, OITNB, True Detective. I am dully proficient at highbrow quiz shows.
D. Last.fm is not exactly scientific, but it says my 20 favourites are: Beatles, Elvis Costello, Belle & Sebastian, Billy Bragg, Jam, Rino Gaetano, Tom Waits, Pixies, Suzanne Vega, Clash, Cardigans, Stone Roses, Strokes, Simon & Garfunkel, Paul McCartney, Nick Drake, Rutles, Charlatans, Teenage Fanclub and Kings of Leon. That's not completely wide of the mark.
E. Moving to Italy was easy because I like their food. I like most things and have a fondness for warm carbohydrate, but I don't eat anything that comes from the sea except salt.
You want to see the Kinks musical. I never go to musicals but I really want to go to this one.
You agree that Hounds of Love by the Futureheads is the best cover ever. If not, you have a good argument for something else.
You just fancy a nice drink/chat/whatever. I'm decidedly more carefree than I have been for a while and it would be good to talk to some new people.