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.
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.
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.