Paul Kent, author of "The Lowdown - The EU: Should We Stay or Should We Go", "Montaigne - and the way we live now" and the upcoming "Voltaire - the last happy writer", shares some of his favourite things with us...
1. MC5, “Kick Out The Jams”. Two minutes and fifty-two seconds of pure adrenalin. I use it as a sort of colonic irrigation for the brain – it not only clears out the crud, it’s the aural equivalent of a dozen shots of caffeine to get the synapses firing.
2. Dante, “The Divine Comedy” The late unlamented News of the World used to claim that “All Human Life Is Here”. As usual, they weren’t entirely accurate. It’s actually in Dante – and much more besides. Dorothy L. Sayers’ is the only translation that makes Heaven sound like you wouldn’t be bored there.
3. Beer. As another favourite, Homer Simpson has it: “The cause of, and the solution to, all the world’s problems.” But it has to be bitter, British, cool (not cold) and with only the smallest head.
4. Tiny acts of thoughtfulness. They all add up . . .
5. Bright sunlight glinting on large bodies of water. Doesn't matter where; the Caribbean's nice, but the Thames outside my window often does the job just as well.
Photo of sun on the Thames by Dan Taylor.