ABOUT THIS AND THAT
Yet another page of completely gratuitous and unnecessary information that will make no difference to your life whatever once acquired, but that I have included purely in accordance with the time-honoured (and really rather scary) principle so memorably expressed in 'The Stepford Wives' - "Because I can..."
So this is where I get to play Favourites, yay!
Favourite ActorsIf you were to ask me who my favourite actors are (which you had absolutely no intention of doing, of course), these are some of the names - in no particular order of priority - that generally get my instant attention if I see them on a cast list, past or present:
Favourite Singer/SongwriterIf you don't already know who Christopher John Davison is, I again refer you to the dedication of Peter McLeish in combination with Google. Or - I'm going to suggest a really radical solution here - read the book! You'll soon suss it.
On this evidence you will conclude that nobody can claim my musical tastes are fashionable (or even popular, except in certain quarters), but I steadfastly stand by this one. How can you not be intrigued by a man who has written songs whose 'voices' include (among others) Leonardo da Vinci, Henry VIII, the war dead, a vampire, mankind's spirit of exploration, a literally insanely jealous husband, and one of the lovers entombed in Pompeii?
So can I congratulate Jenny, in Peter McLeish, for having the same favourite as me - Heart of Darkness? Excellent taste in both her man and her music, that woman...
And while we're in the general area of 'favourite' musicians, can I also cite Ennio Morricone and John Barry for their film scores, and Murray Gold for Doctor Who ever since 2005? I can? Gosh, thanks awfully!
Also, see my reference to Mark Barnwell on the About Time! page of this site.
Favourite (Living) Comedy Writer/Performer (Morecambe and Wise no longer being with us)No prevarication on this one. John Finnemore. Completely. Absolutely. Without question. Yes.
The man is brilliant - as his own Cabin Pressure character, Arthur, would instantly agree - brilliant. Anyone who can be that funny - consistently funny - without resorting to either crudity or profanity, gets my vote and always will. The Council of Moths sketch from the second series of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme will always spring to mind! So for goodness' sake go and visit his blog, Forget What Did. It's - brilliant! (If a bit sporadic, these days... Still, maybe that means he's tremendously busy brewing up new stuff for us to laugh at - hope so!)
So there it is. Evidence toward my contention that John Finnemore is one of the most talented radio comedy writers and performers the UK has ever produced - if you happen to think my opinion matters. (Which John will, for one, clearly...)
Favourite Music TracksMy personal Desert Island Discs playlist is (in no particular order, except that Heart of Darkness hasn't changed from being my favourite since you read about it approximately one minute/half the page ago):
Holding Out For A Hero (Bonnie Tyler)
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore (Walker Brothers)
This is Gallifrey/Vale Decem (Murray Gold) (Two for the price of one here - combined in "Doctor Who At The Proms 2010", lead vocal for Vale Decem by Mark Chambers - gets me up in goosepimples, every time! If you haven't come across it, try here)
Walk On (Matt Monro)
For Love One Can Die (Ennio Morricone)
Somewhere In Time (John Barry)
Viva La Vida (Coldplay) (note: I'm not a dedicated follower of Coldplay, but how can you resist a song with the line "Roman cavalry choirs are singing" in its chorus...?!)
Heart of Darkness (and here I refer you back to Favourite Singer/Songwriter above; it's also the track I'd select if I could only take one while I was 'Living on the Island' - the clues are all there...)