Interests (not very interesting at all)

I’ve decided to go for a (relatively) short list of some things I like:

Early summer mornings, pythonesque humour, strong black coffee, punk rock, expensive chocolate, gianduja, pralines, Twitter, draught Guinness, old maps, new maps, digital maps, maps, I like maps, full bodied red wine, Nottingham’s Left Lion and Old Market Square, set honey, spring, people who are rational and liberal, delicious bookmarking, woodland in summer, cats, Victoria plums, garish sunrise and sunsets, black, New York, rugged coastline and crashing waves, Ian Dury and The Blockheads, surreal and absurd nonsense, jazz, breakfast, museums and galleries, people who are bizarre and unconventional, getting lost in a book…

…and shove the even more tedious lists right down the page…

Original, even more tedious list:

Reading, travel, maps, food, chocolate, Liberalism, history, design, information technology, typography, Nottingham, genealogy, Sid Meier’s Civilization, public transport systems, sequentiality, spring, music, cinema, theatre and television. But not necessarily in that order.

Some favourites


Douglas Adams, Brian Aldiss, Isaac Asimov, J G Ballard, Iain M Banks, Stephen Baxter, Greg Bear, Bill Bryson, Peter Carey, Arthur C Clarke, Michael Crichton, Janet Evanovich, Alan Dean Foster, Stephen Fry, Peter F Hamilton, Robert A Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Tom Holt, Khaled Hosseini, Stephen King, Ursula Le Guin, Gregory Maguire, Armistead Maupin, Spike Milligan, Tom Sharpe, H G Wells, P G Wodehouse.


Awaken, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Blondie, Dave Brubeck, Bullet for My Valentine, The Clash, Deep Purple, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Fairground Attraction, Fallen Penny, Fine Young Cannibals, Frightened Rabbit, Foo Fighters, Marvin Gaye, Good Charlotte, Jaga Jazzist, The Jam, David Jordan, Judas Priest, Katy Perry, Killswitch Engage, Kings of Leon, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Liam Noble Quartet, Ida Maria, Maroon 5, Idina Menzel, Metallica, Morning State, Motörhead, Muse, Oasis, Sinéad O’Connor, Pink Floyd, Queen, Radiohead, Zoe Rahman, Lou Reed, Regina Spektor, Stereophonics, Rolling Stones, The Stranglers, System of a Down, Talking Heads, Tinariwen, Tom Robinson Band, Trances Arc,The Whigs, Stevie Wonder.

TV Programs

QI, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Becker, Mock the Week, Star Trek, Frazier, Kerrang, BBC News, Courage The Cowardly Dog, Monty Python, Faulty Towers, Dr Who, Sheep In The Big City, Spongebob Squarepants, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Wallace and Gromit, Hancock’s Half Hour, Cow and Chicken, The Simpsons, The Avengers, The Prisoner, Road Runner, Adam Adamant, Cheers, Black Adder, Blake’s 7, Callan, Ugly Betty, Coronation Street, The Invaders, Yes Minister, Dad’s Army, Scrubs, Survivors, Red Dwarf, Porridge, Batman, Two and a Half Men, Celebrity Big Brother, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Big Bang Theory, The Flying Conchords.

2 thoughts on “Interests (not very interesting at all)

  1. I have no idea if you’ll see this. I happened upon your blog after googling my dad’s name – Clifford Rice. Then happily read through the histories you wrote about your Dad and Mum – both of whom I remember well. My dad died in 1997 and then mum came out to Australia – Melbourne to where we moved in 1990 and Alastair in 1995. Mum is still going, not especially strongly, so if you see this be happy it is being shared. Mum will love the stories and of course the photo of your christening where even I make an appearance held by my Grandad.
    Hope you are well.

    Adrian (Rice)

  2. Hello Adrian, good to hear from you and I’m fine thanks. Coincidentally my sister Janis and I were reminiscing recently about Birstall and people we knew such as your family, the McCubbins and Valentines for example. Please give my best wishes to your Mum and Alistair.

    Roy Manterfield

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