What we’ve been talking about With the world retreating indoors until this C-word virus backs off a bit, we wondered what you would binge on (culture-wise) in the confines of your own domicile

I’d catch up on some lovely hard-copy books and comics I’ve accumulated lately; I can’t find enough time these days to get properly stuck into books,

so self-isolation would be perfect. Awaiting me are: 9000 Years of

Wine, A History of Cookbooks, Food: A History of Taste, and Shooting Up: A History of Drugs in Warfare (I’ve

got a thing about history and

consumables). And, of course, I Am Legend (the greatest pandemic novel ever written). Clyde Fans and Rusty

Brown on the comic pile. Plus, I’d play

a lot of video games.

Stay Free is an

immaculately produced podcast, as Chuck D’s gravelled voice narrates

the full back-story of

The Clash from original inspiration through to global fame via a series of engaging interviews,

soundbites and live

recordings. Chuck lends a fascinating perspective as another originator of a musical movement that challenged the status quo.

My go-to when it comes to binge watching is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have

watched that show from the beginning more times than I care to admit.

If anything more relevant by the year, Bill Hicks’

political satire and social commentary makes more sense

as the world implodes. There

are CDs, books and plenty live stuff to stream for those wishing to feast on the wisdom of this

Dark Poet.



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A time like this would make me

delighted that the BBC (and, in recent years,

Sky) managed to output such a large volume of top-quality Alan Partridge material. You

could start at the (near) beginning

with Knowing Me, Knowing You, but I’ve

chosen to drop into the upward curve of Alan’s bounceback with

Mid Morning Matters.

Do you ever wish you could forget you watched

a show, so you can watch it again for the first time? I might re-

watch Breaking Bad; also Orange Is the New Black and Better Call Saul are addictive TV. Though if I need an escape from the impending dystopian world

out there and to stop

myself crying at images of lone elderly women shopping in bare stores,

then I reckon I’ll be

watching a lot of Gilmore Girls and trying to forget

how annoying Rory is. That and The OC and Desperate Housewives: 00s TV was

the best. 

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I always wished to have more

time to catch up on the sadly high number of movie

classics that

I’ve never seen. Maybe starting from the earliest or put them into

alphabetical order (from Anatomy of a

Murder to Zero

for Conduct). 7am movie

mornings, here I


Classical music. Imagine having all the time in the world to listen to

Bach’s keyboard music, or Beethoven’s symphonies, or William Byrd’s masses and motets. And not just time to listen to them, but time to read about them as well, so you’d understand

what you were listening to. That’s the dream: a stack of great music, and a slightly smaller stack of

books about it.

With 331 episodes to watch

over 15 series, ER is the perfect

bingefest. Plus the sickness and injury is fictional, which is

welcome respite just now.

I’m trying to read 20 books in 2020, so now is the perfect time to continue some of my

current ventures: Things

We Say in the Dark (Kirsty Logan), Queenie (Candice Carty-Williams)

and Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 (Cho Nam-Joo). That or I just continue living my life through The Sims (as if I didn’t do that already).