Female living on the south coast of England. I mostly use this journal to ramble about my fandoms and nostalgia trips.
I've been a huge U2 fan since 1999, when the U2 Massive Heads were resident dancers on TFI Friday and got me interested in the real thing! ZooTV was my introduction to the band and remains my favourite era - Achtung Baby *is* the greatest album ever recorded, and I'm hopelessly devoted to Mr MacPhisto. The next best thing was the Vertigo era, which produced my second favourite album (How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb) and the greatest experience of my life, seeing both Twickenham gigs from the front row. I've been to six shows in total over the last three tours.
I own the following U2 communities which you're very welcome to join: u2: the original and best U2 LJ community. u2photos: a place to share pics of the band. u2uk: bringing together UK-based fans. mr_macphisto: dedicated to everyone's favourite rock star devil.
My other main fandom is Knightmare, the classic children's adventure gameshow from the '80s and '90s. I loved it as a kid and finally had the chance to watch it again in 2010 - it's even better than I remembered! Amazingly there's still an active fan community with lots of geeky fun to be had.
On a similar theme, I love anything to do with The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings. Adore the books, played the Spectrum games as a child, grew up watching Bakshi's animated film and was very impressed with Peter Jackson's trilogy - can't wait for the new Hobbit movies!
Past obsessions include the TV programme Due South (1995 to 1999) and Formula 1 motor racing (1996 to 2006) - my favourite drivers were Jacques Villeneuve and Mika Hakkinen.
MUSIC I enjoy a wide variety of rock, pop and dance music from the '60s to the '90s, with a sprinkling of artists from the 21st century (alas, most new music is unlistenable crap). Favourites include The Alan Parsons Project, Delays, Keane, Alanis Morissette, Crowded House, David Bowie, Dire Straits, Billy Joel, The Waterboys and Duke Special.
TELEVISION Current TV shows I watch: Neighbours (having followed it since the '80s!), Doctor Who (ditto), Atlantis, The Musketeers, Once Upon A Time, Pointless, Who Dares Wins, Top Gear and other James May programmes, A Question Of Sport, QI, Have I Got News For You, wildlife documentaries (I'm a big animal lover) and major sporting events (Olympics, Wimbledon, international football etc).
Some other TV shows I loved... Drama: The Girl From Tomorrow, The Outer Limits, Robin Hood (until they ruined it), Merlin, Life On Mars / Ashes To Ashes, The 10th Kingdom, Ally McBeal, Star Trek (mostly TNG and Enterprise) Comedy: Father Ted, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Mork & Mindy, Red Dwarf, Maid Marian And Her Merry Men, The Fast Show, Fist Of Fun, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Harry Hill, Shooting Stars Gameshows: Interceptor, The Crystal Maze
FILMS Favourite movies include Quills (I'll watch anything with Geoffrey Rush in it), The Matrix, Watership Down, Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, and the Star Trek films The Voyage Home and Generations.
BOOKS My favourite author (apart from Tolkien) is Salman Rushdie, my favourite novel is Glen Duncan's I, Lucifer, and my favourite non-fiction book is U2 At The End Of The World by Bill Flanagan.
What else? I like going for scenic walks, I'm fascinated by dreams (both my own and other people's), I have strong opinions about biscuits, and my sense of humour is somewhat on the surreal side. Maybe it's because I grew up watching Timmy Mallett.
PLEASE NOTE: You're welcome to add me to your friends list, but I don't normally add new people to mine, for a bunch of different reasons I can't be bothered to explain. Please be assured it is nothing personal, and virtually everything I post these days is public, so you're not missing much. If we have stuff in common I am happy to visit your journal on a regular basis!