I love - cinema, the theatre, literature, art, music,
I hate - sport, television, politics, polite conversation, tea.
I love learning, just for its own sake. I'm always teaching myself something new. Right now I'm learning Welsh and how to play the piano. But I have a very short attention span. I get really excited about a subject for a few months or a year, and then I get bored and never look at it again. This means that I'm a jack of all trades and master of none. I know the rudiments of a hundred subjects, but I'm not really very good at anything.
Socialising - I'm a pub person, not fond of clubs, because I think the point of socialising is conversation, and nightclubs are the natural enemy of conversation (I've always thought it odd that clubs are where you go to meet new people, while at the same time being the worst possible place to meet people). I also like pubs because they sell beer, which I've always been very fond of. Also up for any kind of party, particularly if it involves dressing up, or acting in a theatrical way.
I'm an aesthete (man, that sounds pretentious now that I've written it down!) I always search for and recognise beauty in all things, art, music, literature, but mostly just in the world around me. I'm surprised that most other people don't appear to do this. Maybe they do, but they don't seem to.
I'm in the middle of writing a trashy novel.
I've taken the art of procrastination to whole new levels.
What else? Well I guess I'm a bit of a loner. I don't like to rely on anyone except myself. It's probably this fierce independence that has kept me single to this ripe old age. On the other hand, I'm very sociable and I love people, particularly clever funny people who don't take themselves or life in general too seriously.
I am clever, likeable, and unconventional
I'm also really good at helping people to get drunk.
b) My 58 favourite films, in no particular order are - Heavenly Creatures, The Deer Hunter, Life is Beautiful, Annie Hall, Crash, Jacob's Ladder, Reservoir Dogs, 2001, Gaslight, Red Dust, Bob Roberts, Falling Down, Festen, Goodfellas, Kes, Secrets and Lies, Sunrise, Monsters Ball, Schindler's List, Alien, Paths of Glory, Koyaanisqatsi, Dancer in the Dark, Logan's Run, Brief Encounter, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Brazil, Evil Dead II, Aliens, The Omen, Silence of the Lambs, All Quiet on the Western Front, Sitcom, Faust, Withnail and I, Harold and Maud, The Sunshine Boys, Fight Club, Play it Again Sam, Cabaret, Spirited Away, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Wall, Secretary, Flash Gordon, The Hill, Ice Cold in Alex, Rashomon, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, M*A*S*H, Deep Impact, Bugsy Malone, What's Up Doc?, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ed Wood, Rosemary's Baby, Whose Afarid of Virginia Woolfe? Buffalo 66.
c) Music - I guess I'm fairly conventional.
I like people who write clever lyrics. - Bob Dylan, Neil Young
I like women with beautiful voices. - Joni Mitchel, Madeleine Peyroux
I like boys with guitars who make a lot of noise - Motorhead, Stiff Little Fingers
I like music that has a melancholy edge to it. - Leonard cohen, Nick Cave
I like things that are musically complex - Pink Floyd, Velvet underground
I like things that are just plain fun - The Levellers, The Pogues
Please don't judge me by my record collection, I suspect I may have terrible taste, but I don't care.
d) food? I'll eat anything - but I'm not interested in food..
2) beer, I love beer, it's great.
3) some sort of drawing implement, I'd go nuts if my compulsive urge to doodle was denied me.
4) daydreaming, my main hobby.
5) BBC Radio Four, an oasis of intelligence in a desert of ignorance.
6) since I've got one left, I guess I'll have another beer.
How many cups of coffee is 'too many'?
Can browsing the internet be legitimately considered as 'work'?
Would it betray my working class roots if I hired a maid?