Also a lover of eating out, opera (though I find myself watching it more in cinemas than on stage due to the obscene ticket prices), horse racing, galleries, cinema, new exhibitions, theatre, ballet, obscure alcoholic drinks and shopping (the importance of good suits and good shoes should be taught to every young man at school).
As a very social person I do prefer being out and exploring, but there is always a time and a place for a night on the sofa if the right woman is by my side, the bottle of wine is good and the movie is more 'The Skin I Live In' than 'Sex and the City 2'.
I am looking for someone, preferably female from birth, who has lots of energy and drive, so that we can share in the continuous exploration of London and locations further afield. Someone who is elegant when it is needed but just as comfortable being dressed down and geting mucky when it comes to being out in the countryside and amongst nature, who knows her own worth, with strong opinions and a little bit of bite is also important.
A well tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men so matching clean bras and briefs is a must for any lady who comes into my life.
Books (I'm going to include comics here as I do have a soft spot in my heart for the grown up variety): Swamp Thing, Lucifer, Preacher, Sandman, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman/Black Dossier, any Frank Miller Batman and Superman.
Las Bas, À rebours, The Picture of Dorian Gray Alice in Wonderland, Moby Dick, Great Expectations.
The Prince, Jurassic Park, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Republic, Outliers, Tipping Point, Mice and Men, Lord of the Flies, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, American Psycho, Catcher in the Rye, Heart of Darkness.
Favorite films: The Skin I Live In, The Handmaiden, Tangerine, Cover, The Warriors, Predator, Aliens, Commando, Big Fish, Beasts Of No Nation, Goodfellas, Whiplash, The Legend of 1900, The Big Lebowski, A Prophet, The Terminator 1 and 2, The Running Man, Bubba Ho-Tep, Eastern Promises, Kill List, Lord of War, Dirty Dancing, The Goonies, The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, It's A Wonderful Life, Airplane, The Naked Gun, The Wolf of Wall Street, Fight Club, Dallas Buyers Club, Trading Places, Chinatown, Mary Poppins, Top Gun, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Labyrinth, Cloud Atlas, Star Wars, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, any of the Before Sunset/Sunrise/Midnight films.
Music: Ahmad Jamal, Albert King, Leadbelly, Motley Crüe, Sparks, AC/DC, Barry White, Major Lazer, Nick Cave, Big Pun, Nas, Philip Glass, My Chemical Romance, White Zombie, Asteroid Boys, James Booker, John Grant, Miles Davis, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Johnny Cash, Drake, Mahler, Bryan Ferry, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Aldous Pinch, Suede, Lou Reed, N.W.A, Serge Prokofieff, Louis Armstrong, Kurt Weill, Edward Edgar, Rachmaninoff, Ice-T, Blur, Brahms, Bizet, Ginzu, Black Keys, The Beatles, T-Rex, The Kinks, Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Muse, The Libertines, Billie Holiday, Blondie, Roy Orbison, The XX, Sleigh Bells, Placebo, The Smiths, Portishead, Massive Attack, Leonard Cohen, Talking Heads, ABBA, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Aretha Franklin, Badly Drawn Boy, Daft Punk, Dusty Springfield, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Goldfrapp, Grace Jones, Johnny Cash, Kraftwerk, Peaches, PJ Harvey, Prince, Pulp, Radiohead, Ladyhawke, Vampire Weekend, The Beach Boys, The Who, The Clash, The Fall, Billy Joel, Pet Shop Boys, Prince, Velvet Underground and Nico and Aerosmith, The Doors. This list is too long and could go on and on.
This list will continue to expand over the following weeks and months.
Fingers, because you can always count on them
My legs, because they've always been there to support me
Basil, parsley and coriander
An intelligent woman
The Sunday Times, Independent, Guardian, The Sun and the Daily Mail (only if I find it on the bus or train as I would never pay for the rag but it is important to know your enemy.
Punctuation and grammar
Tailors shears, sewing machine and iron
Papaya (the world's most amazing fruit) followed a close second by Pineapple (any man who doesn't eat Pineapple is a man best avoided)
Tom Ford, L'artisan Parfumeur and Penhaligon's fragrances
French cheese (any good cheese)
Yorkshire gold tea
Radio 4 and LBC