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Stuff I like
This is here for me so that when I get old and lose my mind I can look at this and know what to read, watch and listen to, and where to go.
NB: There is now another
set of "stuff I like" in
my "found and liked" section...
Books and films and music might mean a lot to someone for all sorts of reasons. Perhaps  it's just familiarity, perhaps association with a time, or place or person. May be you just like it! These are some of my favourites thus far, for a variety of different reasons. Whether they influence, or whether they reflect, I am not sure. Presumably both. 
Books I likeMusic I likeFilms I like Places I likePoems I like

Poems I like

Too many to list them all, but here are some top favourites...

The Axion Esti, by Odysseus Elytis.
"...The trees, starry with goodwill
The musical notation of another world
The ancient belief that their always exists
The very near and yet unseen..."

The vastest things are those we may not learn, by Mervyn Peake.
"The vastest things are those we may not learn.
We are not taught to die, nor to be born,
Nor how to burn
With love.
How pitiful is our enforced return
To those small things we are the masters of."

Marina, by T.S. Eliot.
"...Living to live in a world of time beyond me; let me
Resign my life for this life, my speech for that unspoken,
The awakened, lips parted, the hope, the new ships ..."

Lay your sleeping head..., by W.H.Auden.
"Lay your sleeping head, my love,
Human on my faithless arm; ..."

Too many names, by Pablo Neruda.
"...They have spoken to me of Venezuelas,
of Chiles and Paraguays;
I have no idea what they are saying.
I know only the skin of the earth
and I know it has no name.

Little Gidding, by T.S.Eliot
"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time..."

Still Falls the Rain by Edith Sitwell
"Still falls the rain -
Dark as the world of man, black as our loss -
Blind as the nineteen hundred and forty nails
Upon the cross..."

 and yes, of course, that one by Christina Rosetti

Books I like

The Little Prince by Antoine de St.Exupery
Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de St.Exupery
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Cultural Amnesia by Clive James
Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
The Outlaw Josey Wales by Forrest Carter
The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
Arabian Sands by Wilfrid Thesiger
The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
God of a Hundred Names by Barbara Greene and Victor Gollancz
If this is a Man / The Truce / Moments of Reprieve by Primo Levi
I, Tom Horn by Will Henry
The Shootist by Glendon Swarthout
Winnie the Pooh by A.A.Milne
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson
The Axion Esti by Odysseus Elytis
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam by Edward Fitzgerald
Selected Poems: Pablo Neruda
Selected Poems: Mervyn Peake
Selected Poems T.S.Eliot
Selected Poems: S.T.Coleridge
Selected Poems: W.H.Auden
The collected Poems of Alfred Tennyson
The Book of My Enemy by Clive James
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
These last two are yours Jenny by Now I should be happy to return them if I could find you!

Music I like
Composers / singers
Gustav Mahler, Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Tickell, Sinead O'Connor, Oscar Peterson, Pete Atkin, Bjork, some of Antony and the Johnsons, Dire Straits, Annie Lennox, Dean Martin, REM, Bach, Wagner, some Elgar and Mozart, most of Brahms, some Verdi, Suzanne Vega, some Elton John, some Aerosmith, Sade, Marina V, Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park, Evanescence, Gorillaz, T'Pau, No Doubt, Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, Dead can Dance, Paul Simon, Meatloaf ...

Individual songs / tracks / albums

Long-time favourites...
Troy (Sinead O'Connor)
Mahler 6. And 9 and 5. And 1. Oh, most of it.
Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) (also the Prokofiev and Tchaich versions!)
The Anchor Song (Bjork)
Will You (Hazel O'Connor)
It Happened in Monterey (Sinatra)
Sunrise (Pete Atkin)
The last bit of Elgar's Symphony 1.
Night Vision (Suzanne Vega)
Objects in the Rearview Mirror (Meatloaf)
Don't Speak (No Doubt)
Missing (Everything but the Girl)
The weakness in me (Joan Armatrading)
Joga (Bjork)
Graceland album (Paul Simon)
Beware of the Beautiful Stranger album (Pete Atkin)
Private Dancer album (Tina Turner)
I'm on fire (Bruce Springsteen)
The Best Of album (Everything but the Girl)

Recent favourites include "The Trophies of my Lovers Gone" by Pete Atkin/Clive James, from their new album: A Dream of Fair Women. (see

"The turns of speech that I can't quite erase from how I talk,
The songs that I might sometimes hum a phrase from when I walk,
And all the times I can't afford to let my thoughts run on,
These are the trophies of my lovers gone..."
and also "Thought of you" from their Winter Spring cd.

Places I like

The edge of the Greenland ice sheet near Kangerlussuaq
In front of Pissarro's "Tuilerie Gardens in the Rain", Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Solheimajokull, Iceland: especially the bit round the back.
The Isles of Scilly
By the ocean
In the hills
Beside the ice
The middle of nowhere with good company
The middle of nowhere alone... for a while
On the way there.
With a group of friends at the table, by candlelight.
Wilderness, leaning into the wind.
The tent, late evening, cosy at minus-10 degrees.
Helicopters, especially up front with the pilot, giving directions.
With Debbie, watching TV with the dogs and stuffing our faces!

Some of the films I like

Once Upon a Time in the West
Rio Bravo
L'homme du Train
Girl on the Bridge
The Shootist
How to Steal a Million
Roman Holiday
French Kiss
The Fifth Element
The Searchers
While You Were Sleeping
The Philadelphia Story
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Maltese Falcon

and yes, Mandy's Dad: I do still like Burt Lancaster! Who wouldn't?


What (I ?) see through the window
To begin with, buildings, people, trees, cars, fields and the sky.
Then the inside edge of everything that is outside.
My own reflection in the glass..
Your reflection.
The things that you tell me that you see.
Pieces of a puzzle, but only some of them.
Now the outside edge of everything that is inside.
The future.
The past.
The works of man and the work of God.
Other people's lives.
Meaning and intent.
What I see depends very little on what is actually there.
I see more with my eyes closed and my heart open.
I see everything that I imagine, everything that I want, and nothing that I didn't already know, because my eyes are still closed and only my mind is open.
I see what I believe that I see, whether it is true or not.
I see what I expect to see.
I see what I think I ought to see.
Everything I see is transparent, so I see nothing.
I see time falling past like water.
Sometimes I see the ripples in the sky from where you touched it.

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