Welcome to my blog! I am Richard, from Leicestershire and, and this is The Humpo Show!
This blog of mine has gone by a few names already, A Bookshelf Load of Reviews was the previous name, but I have settled on The Humpo Show. The Humpo Show was something that me along with my brother did at our Grandparents’ house on their tape recorder. We would read the TV Guide in funny voices and accents and make jokes about the different programmes. I thought it would make a nice reminder if I had that as my blog’s title. 🙂
My blog is predominantly dedicated to book and film reviews, along with a sprinkling of TV and theatre reviews, plus the odd discussion topic on bookish, blogging and publishing trends. I began this blog as I enjoy reading reviews of books and films in newspapers and I thought that it would be something I enjoy as I love reading and writing, as well as watching films.
I work at a publisher in Leicester, as a Writer. I’ve not been there long and I already enjoy my job immensely; as well as getting to work with lovely people, I get to write about things I am passionate about.
My list of future career goals include:
* Critic/reviewer for a newspaper.
* Marketing Manager at a publishing house, specialising in YA, fantasy, historical fiction, thrillers, or memoirs/biography.
* Author’s Agent.
All of these jobs are likely to be based in areas such as London, New York, Oxford or Cambridge.
I am a Humanities and Arts Degree graduate from the University of Leicester. My particular interests in relation to my course were American Independence and American Civil War history, Ancient Greece and Rome, the Muslim World, European Architecture, World War I Poetry and Twentieth-Century Literature.
Besides reading books and watching films, TV shows and theatre productions, my interests are all very sporty. I play and watch football regularly, and I am an avid supporter of Manchester United and England for football, and I also follow my local teams: Leicester City F.C., Leicester Tigers, and Leicestershire C.C. My footballing heroes when growing up were David Beckham and Ryan Giggs. I also play golf semi-regularly at local courses in Leicestershire, but I have also managed to play in 2 of Portugal’s best and hardest courses. My favourite golfers are Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose. Other seasonal sports I watch and sometimes play are: tennis, snooker, darts, and rugby, as well as obsessively watching the Summer and Winter Olympics when they come round.
Books | Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling; The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon; Dark Materials, Phillip Pullman; The Sign of Four, Arthur Conan Doyle; Angels and Demons, Dan Brown.
Films | Inception, The Matrix, The Dark Knight, Casino Royale, The Hangover, Catch Me If You Can, Interstellar, Love Actually, Moulin Rouge, Les Miserables, The Greatest Showman, The Notebook, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones and Clue.
Music | John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Boyce Avenue, Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, Robbie Williams and Catherine McGrath.
TV | F.R.I.E.N.D.S, How I Met Your Mother, Only Fools and Horses, Spooks, The Inbetweeners, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, House of Cards, Homeland, Westworld, Brooklyn 99 and The Office US.
Fandoms | Potterhead, Sherlockian, Tribute, Demigod, Scarlet Guard and Ringer.
That’s a bit about me, hope you enjoy my blog!
The Humpo Show | Richard