jamesthecat
35 London, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
I love conversation, comedy, reading and cinema. I like making stupid jokes and drinking tea, coffee, wine, beer, gin & tonic or whisky depending on the social occasion or time of day.

I love live comedy. Favourite comedians include Josie Long, Tony Law and Claudia O'Doherty, and I go to the Edinburgh festival every year. I'm a regular at ACMS- google it or ask me about it!

I suppose I'm some kind of geek, and like Doctor Who probably more than is healthy. I also like pub quizzes, nerdy podcasts and University Challenge.

Forced to choose between chocolate or cheese, I'd definitely choose cheese.

I've been challenged on the above, so I shall elaborate: American cheese, whilst shite, is still better than American chocolate.

I am tall, Northern, and witty
What I’m doing with my life
I work for the National Audit Office. My job is to count the beans. Once one escaped- we're still talking about it.
I’m really good at
Writing, I suppose. At least, I won a short story competition a while ago and still feel chuffed about it (Edit: It was quite a long time ago now, but I still feel chuffed when I remember). I suppose I'm pretty numerical as well- pub arguments often become surprising statistical, and it is kinda my job.

I'm pretty good at doodling- it's not a particularly marketable skill, but it's there.

Also being funny (I hope) and pointless nerdy stuff like cryptic crosswords and answering the questions on University Challenge.
The first things people usually notice about me
Eyes, apparently. And my height's pretty noticeable (I'm 6'3"). Oh, and I have a beard.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Um, god, where to begin? I like Dickens, long-winded as he was, and Great Expectations is probably my favourite novel ever. On a more modern bent, David Mitchell (he of Cloud Atlas, not Peep Show), Donna Tartt, AS Byatt and Michael Chabon are all for-the-most-part-guaranteed wins. I love Catch-22, Lolita, and The Master And Margarita. On a more genre-y note, I have adored The Lord Of The Rings ever since I first lost my heart to it as an eleven year old.

I also like comics (and think the term "graphic novel" is a piece of adolescent wankery for people who haven't grown out of their own embrassment). Alan Moore is wonderful at these, and Will Eisner.

Movies: Coen Brothers, Ealing comedies, Fight Club. I have a soft spot for old musicals. Eternal Sunshine, Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, Perseplois. Also, Twelve Angry Men, and it's easy to forget how great Citizen Kane is as a film. And Pixar- Up has me in tears every time, and I think Ratatouille is underrated. I saw Cactus Flower recently (60s film starring Goldie Hawn, Walter Matthau & Ingrid Bergman) and it was BRILLIANT. Watch it!

TV isn't on here, and I don't really watch it that much, because so much of it is crap. But when it's good, it can be wonderful- I'm a fan of Breaking Bad, and Doctor Who, as I've said, is possibly one of the best fictional ideas ever, however lacking the implementation can be at times. Old comedy series can be wonderful too- I'm a big Leonard Rossiter fan.

Music: Indie, i suppose. I like music with interesting lyrics, so Ben Folds, Pulp, Magnetic Fields, Belle & Sebastian, Amanda Palmer, that kind of thing. Definitely Emmy the Great.
I am also a big Stephen Sondheim geek. Like I say, I love clever & complex lyrics.

Food: I'm a big fan of cheese. Also hummus, curry, fish etc. Good bread. Olives. Vegetables- a good potato is a work of art, and cabbage is massively underrated. Thrilling stuff, I know.
The six things I could never do without
The internet.
My glasses.
A book.
The tube.
Music.
Theatre.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Pub quizzes. Whether there's some way I could quit my job and still have money. Haven't worked it out yet.

I think too much in general; probably should have been a philosopher! I often find myself arguing about free will, especially when I meet people who are i) idiots and ii) economically right-wing, an unfortunate convergence if ever there was one.
On a typical Friday night I am
Either in a pub, at theatre or comedy, at home on the internet or asleep. Occasionally at work (booo). It varies.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've never seen Star Wars. Just never really got around to it, I suppose.
You should message me if
You have something to say, even if it's just "look at my profile!"
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