Thursday, September 2, 2010

Ten Things I Love

I was tagged (given an award?) by the incredibly lovely Riikka of Harlean's Heyday a little while ago, now, and it involved creating a list of ten things you like. So, like Riikka, I made one of ten things I love.

Cinema

La Paloma Encinitas, Hiroshi Sugimoto, 1994


I’m a would-be movie buff and I’m probably more open minded about films than other forms of entertainment (I very rarely go to the theatre, unless it’s for a musical, I’m very picky about books, I like a lot of different sorts of music but there are a lot of things I flat out refuse to listen to, etc.) and I like to think that, given the opportunity, I’d give most films a go. There are some I wouldn’t go out of my way to see but if the opportunity arises, I generally won’t say no.

Some of my favourites, however are musicals, film noir, queer cinema, vampire movies (Twilight franchise completely excepted)...And my favourite directors include Alfred Hitchcock, John Waters, Gus Van Sant & Gregg Araki among many others.

Whodunnits



Nothing beats the classic whodunnit for me. Growing up, Mum and I would watch Joan Hickson as Miss Marple and…many other British murder mystery TV shows. Even though a lot of the shows I like are set in present day (Midsomer Murders being my favourite) and allude to forensic procedures, they still end up relying more heavily on the detective finding clues and revealing the murderer at the ‘psychological moment’.

Some of my other favourite TV murder mysteries include Poirot, and the more recent series of Marple, Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, Foyle’s War (I don’t even know how many times I’ve watched all the episodes!). But I love the whodunit in all its forms: TV, movie, book and even board game (Cluedo is my all-time favourite game).

I may not be an aficionado quite yet, but I know what I like.

Tea

Image sourced here.


I’m not sure this needs to be explained – I love drinking tea...

Batman




I’ve never read many comic books, and I didn’t grow up loving superheroes in general but I’ve always loved Batman. He’s pretty much the only superhero I have time for. I like him in all his incarnations from Frank Miller’s Dark Knight to the campy 60s TV show.

Though, I will admit, I’m not an uber-fan, or anything. I tend to know a little about a lot and not the other way around when it comes to, well, things in general.


Photography

Fay Wray by Lusha Nelson


I spent the last three years doing a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in photography. I don’t consider myself a photographer but it did leave me with a huge appreciation of this art form. Maybe I should have made this heading ‘art’ in general but I think photography is my favourite form. Some of my favourite photographers include: Pierre et Gilles; Cindy Sherman; Edward Steichen; Nan Goldin; Deborah Paauwe; Cecil Beaton; Weegee; Hiroshi Sugimoto…and about a million others.

Ukulele



Since I started playing in October, ukulele has been such a great outlet for me in many ways.

Knitting


I haven’t been knitting for very long but, aside from getting frustrated when I make mistakes, I find it very relaxing. I also love the transformation from ball of yarn into cardigan, scarf, beret, etc.

Television



I didn’t really want to add this to the list because everyone is going to think I’m a terrible couch potato! But I love TV shows. I’ve always loved TV (and, though it may have something to do with the short attention span I now have, I don’t think it’s impaired my life in any other way). I generally prefer to watch TV on DVD/my computer so I can watch loads of episodes all at once, instead of once a week. I often try to make lists of my favourite TV shows but it will change from week to week depending on my mood. But, off the top of my head, some favourite include: Xena; Press Gang; Being Human; Life on Mars; I Love Lucy; Queer as Folk; Blackadder and a million more.

The Beatles



I think I tend to forget that these guys make up my favourite band because they’ve been a part of my life for such a long time that I don’t even need to think about it. I’d always known of and enjoyed their music but it wasn’t until I was 13 that I became obsessed. And though I don’t spend every waking moment being obsessed like I used to, they never fail to move me in some way.

Men’s Fashion



As much as I blog about women’s fashion (because I like to blog about what I would wear or what I do wear) I love men’s fashion, too. Maybe I should blog about it more (and therefore learn a bit more about it in the process)?

I am also meant to tag other people but I'm really not very good at that, so if you want to do this, please do!

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

7 comments:

  1. this is a spectacular list. I loved that you used a Shirley temple photo for the ukulele love!

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  2. Whoops, I forgot to do my version of this! My friend has been trying to get me into the batman comics; some of them are just insane! Apparently there is one where batman hand sews a purple leather patchwork suit, goes crazy, lives in the sewer and imagines a chibi-fied version of himself that acts as the moral compass. I wouldn't even know where to start reading, being something like 60 years behind haha~

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  3. sighs!
    i enjoy swooning over your lovely pictures!
    they are all kinds of fancy!
    thanks for sharing them with the world!
    <3

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  4. Glad to see another John Waters fan :D

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  5. Justice Pirate: Thanks. =] Hehe, yes, it's cute!
    Miss Emmi: Oh, I know. I've not read very many, to tell the truth - I love Frank Miller's ones and I started reading the collection that collated all the comics right from the beginning but...yeah, WAY too much.
    lauren carney: Thank-you. =]
    Betty2Tone: hurrah! Ditto. =D

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  6. Yay! Thanks for doing this, I enjoyed reading it. There are many things to love on your list. :)

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  7. Riikka: You're welcome. Thanks so much for tagging me. Hehe. =D

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