About me

An overview of me

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  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • In Bruges
  • Withnail & I
  • Hot Fuzz
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Blade Runner
  • Shame
  • Four Lions
  • About Time
  • Barry Lyndon

TV Shows

  • True Detective (Season 1)
  • Peep Show
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Office (US)
  • I’m Alan Partridge
  • Blackadder
  • Taboo
  • Penny Dreadful
  • This Country
  • Detectorists


  • Accidental Tech Podcast
    • An Apple-focused tech podcast I’ve listened to for many years.
  • No Such Thing As A Fish
    • A podcast by the minds beyond the TV show “Qi”. Funny and full of facts.
  • Animal Spirits
    • A finance podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
  • Ramblings
    • Clare Balding walks and talks with a new person each week. The people are often interesting, but not ‘famous’.
  • In Our Time
    • A long-running BBC podcast. It interviews three new academics each week to talk about a topic in the world of science and history.
  • What Are Your Thoughts?
    • Another fun finance podcast.
  • Huberman Lab
  • The Idea Store
    • A philosophy podcast by a professor called Michel Sugrue. Often it’s just recordings of his lectures and the quality isn’t always great. I don’t always agree with Sugrue, but he’s an engaging teacher.
  • The Tim Ferriss Show
    • I skip the bulk of the episodes. But when they’re good, they’re really good.
  • Conversations with Tyler
    • The economist Tyler Cowen runs the blog Marginal Revolution. This is his podcast. He has a unique interviewing style which is no frills but gets right to the point and he gets a lot out of a person in just an hour.



  • “At Day’s Close: A History of Nighttime” by A. Roger Ekirch
  • “The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age” by Leo Damrosch
  • “Churchill” by Andrew Roberts
  • Life of Samuel Johnson” by James Boswell
  • “Grant” by Ron Chernow
  • “Napoleon the Great” by Andrew Roberts
  • “An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine” by Howard Markel
  • “The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz” by Erik Larson
  • “Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany” by Norman Ohler


‘Dipping’ Books


  • “The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness” by Morgan Housel
  • “The Richest Man In Babylon” by George S. Clason