Now safely back in Oxford where I spent my late teens and early twenties, and looking for people who can help me in the belief that I'm still the person I was back then, while also holding down a serious and responsible job.
Mostly looking for people who want to do stuff in town so that I am not turning up to interesting things on my own. This week, for example, I am interested in improvised comedy, wine tasting, and student theatre. Or stuff in London, I'm still there a lot.
I finished a part-time MSc a few years ago which stole most of my social life for two years, although I opted for the full student lifestyle, and made the most of the student bar after evening lectures.
My academic and professional specialism is the countryside. One day I intend to live there, but it's more complicated than they make it look on 'Escape to the Country'. Oxford is, perhaps, progress.
I think you learn more about people through what they're bad at, though. I will volunteer that I am bad at housework, and keeping secrets (not too bad with other people's - terrible with my own).
OKCupid confirms this - my top trait is being "more friendly to strangers". Though apparently my top negative trait is being bad mannered. I'm sure there's a logic to that somewhere. Maybe I intrude on nice polite strangers who are just trying to have a quiet evening out. I don't think so, though.
b) Python, Pasolini, mostly romantic comedies though. I go to the cinema to be entertained, not to be educated.
c) Indie. Britpop. Pulp. Smiths. Manics. Suede. Philip Jeays. Jacques Brel. Almost anything with the modifier 'symphonic' (pop, folk, rock).
d) Thai. Indian. Fry-ups. Anything with artichoke hearts. Cake (home-made, see above). A decade too late I have just found out how to make good tofu of the stir-fry variety, and also just about perfected home-made sweet and sour sauce.