I barely read fiction (unless it is to improve my foreign language skills, in which case I have even been known to read a Jeffery Archer novel). I prefer books on science, history, language and things that make me laugh.
Authors I have enjoyed include Richard Dawkins, George Orwell, Dave Gorman, Bill Bryson, Douglas Adams, (and pencilled in for the future) Terry Pratchett.
I rarely watch it. if I do, it will be a documentary, QI, Green Wing, Spaced, Blackadder, KOTH, Family Guy, or the Simpsons.
My favourite films are indie, non-Hollywood, usually foreign and subtitled. Favourites include Fargo, Il Postino, 8 Femmes, Pan's Labyrinth, Amelie, Napoleon Dynamite, Juno... anything by Lars von Trier or Almodovar. Mainstream likes include the Shawshank Redemption, Kill Bill, Zoolander and my favourite film, Airplane!.
Purcell → Puccini, Conchords, Abba, Queen, Minchin. They are the things I will actively seek out. But I will listen to and probably enjoy anything that is not a formulaic three-chord number from an anodyne boy band.
I eat all foods and enjoy discovering new flavours. My favourite foods are steak, cheese fondue and pizza. Also on my menu: crispy duck, belly pork, haloumi, gruyère, camembert, roquefort, saint-augur, bleu d'auvergne...basically, any French cheese.
Makes me laugh
Alan Partridge, Tim Minchin, Simon Pegg, Blackadder, spooves, silly words, like 'spooves'.
• A radio
• French cheese in my 'fridge
• An interesting companion
• More red wine