Difficult question! I basically love all things artsy but I'm not
too picky within that - equally happy with Jason Statham or Helen
Mirren; Taio Cruz or The Unthanks. Just never got ballet...
My tastes are changeable but currently a good cross-section:
Movie - The King's Speech, Seeking a Friend for the End of the
World, Truly Madly Deeply, The Princess Bride, Die Hard, Muppet
Christmas Carol, Once, Life is Beautiful, Anything by Ghibli and
Plays - Matilda, War Horse, As You Like It. Also pretty much
anything at the National Theatre.
TV show - Heston's Fantastical Feasts, The Newsroom, The West Wing,
House, Black Books, Spaced, Life on Mars (and now How Britain
Worked with Guy Martin), Archer, Venture Bros., Robot Chicken.
Trying to get started with Breaking Bad, Arrested Development and
Boardwalk Empire - I feel like I've missed out.
Book - David Attenborough's autobiography, Middlesex, The Count of
Monte Christo and anything by Terry Pratchett or Peter F Hamilton.
Massively enjoying China Mieville and Ben Aaronovich at the moment.
I've also just finished Gone Girl (yeah... hmm...)
Band - Seeing The Stones AND The Who this summer so currently
firmly fixed in the 60/70s.
Otherwise, Foo Fighters, Pulp, Mumford and Sons, The Kleptones.
Thanks to the rather wonderful Lazify, I'm also expanding my
musical taste and discovering a massive love for folk punk bands
The Roughneck Riot and Trampled by Turtles. Banjoes are winning.
And I'm swotting up on 'modern bands' for Latitude.
Solo Artist - Maverick Sabre, Johnny Flynn, Ben Folds, Girl Talk
and DJ Format
Album - The King is Dead by The Decemberists, Tales From The Thames
Delta by The Milk, By The Way by RHCP, We Are The Royal by Royal
Republic. I'm also adding The Asylum Years by Tom Waits - yeah,
it's sort of a greatest hits but there's not a bad song on there
(and 'Martha' is my getting-over-a-hangover song)
Ice-cream flavour - Cinnamon, Speculoos, Coffee
Word - Frottage, Swingeing and Terracotta
Places in London - The Troubadour in West Brompton, Natural History
Museum, Maison Bertraux, the Arts Theatre Club, Battersea Park
(particularly the zoo), Gabriel's Wharf, Wilton's Music Hall and
the Good Ship in Kilburn (excellent standup venue)