Because sometimes it’s nice to take a look at your life and remind yourself that the good bits far outweigh the rubbish bits. So, in no particular order and probably embarrassing myself with bad taste in the process, here’s a (not exhaustive) list of the things I really love.
I hope BBC Radio 4 never invite me to do Desert Island Discs. The thought of picking ten pieces of music that I would be marooned on a desert island with, fills me with horror. Only ten? And I can’t change them? Gah! I can only ever compile you a top ten favourites list based on what I like today, because tomorrow it will be different and I’m always finding something new that I love. But let me pick out some non-negotiables. The ones that I can pretty much guarantee will be in there whatever else comes and goes from the list.
Today, my very favourite song is Fleetwood Mac Sisters of the Moon from the album Tusk (1979). Has to be the album version, though. I don’t like the live versions. (Yes, I will go and stand in the corner and think about what I’ve just said). Everything about this is epic to me: the vocals, the guitars, the bass, the images it creates in my head… I could go on. However, this version seems to crash into the buffers at the end – which doesn’t happen on Tusk! Nevertheless… I present (pretty much) musical perfection (IMO).
Fleetwood Mac – Sisters of the Moon (1979)
Surviving my misspent childhood listening to Radio 1 here’s one from the 1970s. Again, there’s a blend of lyricism, melody and images going on that seems to hit some sweet spot within.
Renaissance – Northern Lights (1978)
And then there’s this. Hands down the best thing to ever come out of Christmas (and no, Jesus didn’t). Don’t start me on that one…
Greg Lake – I Believe in Father Christmas (1975)
There is more, but that’s enough for now.
I think the first track might be a huge clue. I think the writing behind her might be, too. How much do I like her…? Let’s just say that there are days when Jesus and Stevie Nicks sort of change places. Yeah, I know, I can see the resemblance, too… 😉
Oh good Lord, this is like picking your favourite children. A task that is much easier for me, seeing as I just have the one child.
Books that I’ve read and loved…
Mark Helprin – Winter’s Tale
Thomas Hardy – Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns –
Joanne Harris – Chocolat
Kazuo Ishiguro – The Remains of the Day
Sarah Gruen – Water for Elephants
Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus
Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
The Bible. (Makes Game of Thrones look tame)
Another tough category.
The Fifth Element – Love the visuals although it’s the only film I can watch Bruce Willis in
Steel Magnolias – I dare you not to cry!
Lord of the Rings trilogy – Sat through the first one in awe. Beautiful!
Love Actually – Emma Thompson crying during ‘Both Sides Now.’ Gets me every time.
Much Ado About Nothing – So, so funny. More Thompson.
Stargate – Marvellous escapist fantasy
Girl With the Pearl Earring – My favourite painting brought to life. Exquisite.
Paul – Disturbingly close to home. Love Pegg and Frost!
I don’t really watch much TV, so I tend to buy boxed sets and catch up.
Costume Drama: Pride and Prejudice (1995) / Bleak House / Lark Rise to Candleford
Sci-Fi: Star Trek / Doctor Who / Battlestar Galactica / Torchwood
Fantasy: Game of Thrones / Gormenghast
Drama: The West Wing / Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip / Life on Mars / Ashes to Ashes / White Collar
Comedy: Father Ted
Basically, anything that comes under the general heading of ‘not British.’ Feed me Indian, Sushi, Mexican, Italian, Chinese or whatever. But not a roast dinner. Boring!
My favourite wines are dry whites. Absolute top is a New Zealand Malborough Sauvignon Blanc, but Pouilly Fume, Chablis, Frascati or a White Zinfandel will be downed quite happily. Away from wine I like a good real ale and I’m developing a taste for Scottish Whisky. Speyside and Highland, particularly.
Above anything, I would love to go and see this view of Hong Kong at night for real.
Most beautiful place I have ever been – Crater Lake
Am at my happiest when writing gloriously stupid and probably pointless fiction, drinking, chatting to my friends, or quietly reading a book. Have also taken up jigsaws which are proving to be addictive.
I love driving and motorways – yes, really. I also love cars, planes, trains and big ships. I’d love to have a go at driving a 44 tonne articulated lorry. I like computers and I’m good at fixing them. I can read maps, parallel park cars and I think I may actually be slightly along the spectrum to male.
I love photographs, over paintings.
Love seeing the sun rise over seeing it set
I love both chocolate and vanilla
I love loyalty and encouragement
I love cityscapes
I love rain and ice
I love the glass being half full
I love being every so slightly drunk.
I think I’ve dobbed myself in enough without revealing the truly odd bits, don’t you? 😀