Another meme, passed like internet chlamydia from Helen to Lucy to me. This one requires people to list five things about themselves that others may consider lame, but the writer of which is secretly proud. Here they are for me, in no particular order. I'm addicted to the music of Scritti Politti, a band trapped in a 1985 bubble for most people who were alive at the time. If all you know of Scritti Politti is Perfect Way or The Word Girl, I recommend listening to the group's previous album Songs To Remember - more musical styles than you can shake a stick at.
I'm a Doctor Who fan. Nothing wrong in that you say, Doctor Who is one of the most successful shows on British TV right now. But I've been a Doctor Who fan since I was seven [that's a while ago now], and I kept the faith during the long, long, long period when the show wasn't even being made. And during the 1980s, when it mostly sucked like a black hole. I've even been to a couple of Doctor Who conventions, although I quickly found I'm not a convention kind of guy, unless I'm there for business reasons.
The first record I ever bought was Rock Me, a single by Abba. It's an oddity because the boys in the band take the vocal lead. I don't think it was even released as a single in the UK.
The first concert I ever saw in a licensed venue was Siouxsie and the Banshees, featuring Robert Smith from the Cure on guitar. It was the Mainstreet bar in Auckland, New Zealand - a Monday night during January in the early 1980s. Probably 1984, maybe 1983. Siouxsie, the Banshees and the Cure have been in and out of fashion ever since, but it was a great gig.
I've only read two novels published before the 20th Century [Pride and Prejudice, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, since you ask]. My education in English was avowedly devoted to 20th Century writers like George Orwell, Graham Greene and James K Baxter at school. We did do Shakespeare, but only his plays, not his novels.