I like learning German, as well as travelling in Germany and anywhere else. As I mentioned, I recently spent 9 months as a Language Assistant at a school in Germany. Anyone interested in travelling should visit The Man in Seat 61 for amazingly comprehensive information on plane-free travel. Europe by train is cheaper and quicker than you'd expect. If you've yet to be convinced that flying should be avoided, Choose Climate's Flying off to a warmer climate information and calculations would be a good place to visit.
I'm currently teaching myself to play blues and jazz piano, having had lessons up to Grade 7. I am a particular fan of Fats Domino and Fats Waller although don't pretend to be able to play anything like as well as them! Whilst in Germany I was lucky enough to see Stefan Ulbricht, an awesome boogie-woogie pianist, playing live a couple of times at Sonjas Kneipe in Bonn (note that Stefan's site is in German).
I quite enjoy reading and read quite a wide range including, among others, 19th century novels, "political" books like No Logo, German novels, Calvin & Hobbes books and modern novels by people like Nick Hornby. I seem to mainly read non-fiction at the moment, and cannot recommend the following highly enough:
- Greening the Built Environment
- The Impact of Inequality
- The irresistible revolution: Living as an ordinary radical
- The Politics of the Real World
The links above take you direct to Amazon, but if you go to Amazon via here instead then you can raise money for a good cause.
I like the work of Escher and am particularly interested in impossible shapes.
My music tastes are fairly broad but I like jazz piano, as I mentioned, and 70's / 80's rock and pop (and don't like garage, r'n'b or hip-hop). http://artists.vh1.com is a fairly good website for info about artists and bands. If you've got a reasonable speed Internet connection, then www.planetrock.com is a highly recommended digital radio station. You can also get them on digital radio (obviously) and Sky / NTL. Since they launched in Oxford recently, I've become a huge fan of Jack FM.
A page called "Interests" is not the right place to say that I'm a Christian, but until there's a better place on the site to put that it'll have to do. There's a good, albeit rather technical, site out there called Thinking Anglicans, and I like to think that title sums up my position (except that, of course, there is only one of me). I also highly recommend the Cartoon Church blog, Ship of Fools, Inclusive Church and Greenbelt.