Posted in Blogging, Music, Quizzes and Memes

In Our Lighter Moments

Just like Ms Jolly Blogger (my jolly tagger!) I used to enjoy these games — they gave me something to write about! This one was a lot of fun, and I kept two of her questions for others to answer. I decided not to tag anyone, but people can answer if they would like to.

The game of Blog Tag works like this: Once you are tagged, you must follow these simple rules:

1. You must post the rules. (These are THE RULES.)
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
3. Create eight new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
4. Tag eight people with a link to your post.
5. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

**Here are the questions by my tagger:**

1. If you could be any character from a movie, who would it be and why?

Scary things happen to characters, even in happy movies, so I don’t know who I would opt to be. It’s also hard to imagine being someone other than myself… I would bring something completely different to the movie and would probably ruin the plot. 😀

I found myself thinking I would quite like to be the mother in Mamma Mia!… living in bright sunshine with happy, cheerful friends. I have old flames that my movie daughter could invite, including a song-writing guitar player with long hair. And I like Abba!

2. What do you miss most about being a kid?

That one’s easy… all of my family being there. 🙂 Proper Christmases with six people at the table.

3. What’s the best present you’ve ever received? Given?

Received? A pink mouse. 🙂

Given? For the sake of conversation (though I doubt if it’s true), a Mozart bear who plays Eine kleine Nachtmusik.

4. Name your favourite book.

Ah, that would depend on my mood! Light option: the Moomin books by Tove Jansson. Heavier option: Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian.

5. It’s your last meal ever.  What are you eating?

Rich pea and ham soup, followed by hot BBQ chicken with soft white crusty bread, followed by a good quality chocolate sundae with whipped cream. A nice sweet white wine along with the main meal. And then coffee, with a square of good Scottish tablet. Make that the whole packet of tablet, if it has to be my last…

6. What song(s) would you include in the Soundtrack of Your Life?

Eleven songs, placed in approximate chronological order of my life events. 🙂

Wimoweh (The Lion Sleeps Tonight / Mbube) I still love this video!
Isn’t it Amazing (Hothouse Flowers)
Dreaming (OMD)
Same Old Scene (Roxy Music)
Heart on My Sleeve (Gallagher and Lyle)
The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel)
This Land is Mine (Dido)
Dream a Lie (UB40)
New World in the Morning (Roger Whittaker)
Going Home (Runrig)
She’s Leaving (OMD).

Notes on my choices:

(a) My sister and I were brought up on Wimoweh!

(b) People interpret The Sound of Silence in different ways. I believe Paul Simon himself suggested that it was just a bit of teenage angst about the young being ignored by society. That’s what I read into it myself, though I feel it can speak for many others who aren’t teenagers.

7. What last experience did you have that made you a stronger person?

Books are nothing new, but the Kindle itself might count as a recent experience, or discovery? It helps me tap into the world of books without filling our rooms from floor to ceiling. Books of all kinds have gone a long way to making me what I am, good or bad. 🙂

8.  Favourite season of the year and why?

Summer… I’m a hot weather chick. 🙂 I was born in a hot weather country… I don’t like being cold, and I don’t like it when it’s dark and wet. Though sometimes I’m in the mood for the first signs of spring, violent storms, golden leaves and Halloween, Christmas, pine trees, snow… and Moomin dreams.

**Now here are my questions for the Tagees:**

1. If you could be any character from a movie, who would it be and why?
2. What do you like best about your hobbies?
3. Do you feel that reading other blogs changes or shapes your attitude to life?
4. What is your favourite cake?
5. If you ever had to leave your current continent and live in another, where would you go?
6. What was your first ever favourite song?
7. Do you have any bad habits that you don’t regret?
8.  What song(s) would you include in the Soundtrack of Your Life?

Posted in Observations

The Important Things: My Answers

Doubtless his lot is important in his own eyes; and the chief reason that we think he asks too large a place in our consideration must be our want of room for him, since we refer him to the Divine regard with perfect confidence; nay, it is even held sublime for our neighbour to expect the utmost there, however little he may have got from us.
~ Middlemarch (George Eliot)

Sarah has posted some questions on her blog Stars and Rainbows — I can never resist answering these!

1. What is the one thing that makes you happiest, each day?
A peaceful day in which nothing has to be done or faced, and no fires have to be fought.

2. What is your biggest dream?
A more insightful, thoughtful and understanding world.

3. If you could meet your 16-year-old self, what advice would you give to her/him?
Keep in touch with your friends if possible, and keep that diary going! One day you will want to remember, and sometimes what you have written is a surprise… often good as well as bad. Also record your dreams… those are of interest too. Photos are good too, but they are never as evocative or as useful, somehow, as your own words from the past.

4. What is your most prized possession?
My sight. 🙂

5. What did school teach you?
That you learn more when you take an interest and get involved in your studies, especially when you choose additional books of your own (from the library or wherever). I didn’t hear at lessons, and sometimes didn’t hear what our homework was to be, and so home-study and planning were particularly important.

6. What has life, thus far, taught you?
That there’s no point banging your head against a brick wall, and that some people will believe what they want against all reason. Just accept you can’t please all of the people all of the time, and that so long as you get on with some people most of the time, you’re fine!

7. How would you describe your style?
Best when light…. but I keep forgetting that! 😉

8. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
It’s a way of getting your view across, while discovering and talking to other bloggers. It’s a way of venting steam, preferably without scalding anyone. Your blog is a record of your past thoughts and actions, and sometimes a reminder to get on with something that you were putting off and blogged about ages ago…

It’s also that moment when you think “what could I blog about today? It could be absolutely anything!” and feel an anticipatory thrill.

9. What is your favourite meal? Describe it, in a way that will make the reader want it.
Prawn curry! The rich tang of the curry sauce steams and curls under your nose. The plump sultanas glisten alongside sweet pink prawns, nestling on a bed of pearly white rice. At your side sits a large, finely etched glass of chilled white wine — we like ours to be dessert wine. Sometimes you also have a crunchy spiced poppadum —  I love to break mine into big pieces for scooping up the curry.

10. Imagine you are off on an adventure, and you need to pack a bag of food. What will your picnic consist of?
A Cornish Pasty or an onion bridie, if I felt a little more adventurous than usual! Sometimes cold quiche, or cous cous mixed with roast vegetables. Normally (more boringly) it would be a Marks and Sparks sandwich with a pricy little bottle of Coca-Cola.

11. What is the one thing that you wish everyone could understand?
It’s communication that’s important, not how one communicates.

Posted in Quizzes and Memes

Quick Coffee Break

Cat MugI have coffee any time of the day or night. 🙂
Meme lifted from Geo!

What are your current obsessions?
Spring cleaning, pens (long story), digital photography, journal-writing.

Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often?
A colourful woven wool jacket bought from a market stall… I get chilly in the evenings!

What’s for Dinner? Had it already… chicken casserole and dumplings with boiled potatoes.

Last thing you bought? Beautiful metallic blue Zebra pen, with refills.

If you were a God/Goddess who would you be? Goddess of the Moon, probably! One of my sister’s lecturers used to call me Moon Girl, and a Malaysian friend gave me a small souvenir with a moon goddess on it.

Favorite holiday spots? York! Where else? Just wish it wasn’t so busy.

Reading right now?
(Jaw dropping after reading Geo’s book)… erm. Have finished Just Another Mzungu Passing Through by Jim Bowen… it’s a novel set in Kenya which has an authentic flavour. The characters feel very real, and (despite the subject matter) there is no sensationalism. After that I grabbed the nearest paperback off a shelf in my room: Molly Moon Stops the World by Georgia Byng. Have now finished that (very good, though the ending had a rather ‘tying up loose ends’ feel… I miss the characters, though!) and started Doctor Syn on the High Seas (cover as shown in the Amazon link). It was a paperback that sat around for years, moving with us from house to house. I asked Mum why I hadn’t seen any other Doctor Syn books around, and she said she didn’t like the first one. I can see why already, but will finish the book as it’s very short.

Who or what makes you laugh until you are weak? The cast of the Red Dwarf. I didn’t like the new one (the first show? — apart from the squid bit); but the old ones…!

Who’s your Hero/Heroine? Maybe Anne (of Green Gables)… I’m tired of the modern woman being portrayed in recent novels as being strong, sensible and confident to the point of blank rudeness and lack of imagination. I like my heroines to have a thoughtful side — without being set on a pedestal, as that’s just depressing.

First Spring Thing? Waking from hibernation. And it takes a looooooong time.

What’s the funniest thing you ever saw in your life? Ever ever? Possibly Red Dwarf!
Stargazer TV-gazingOh, this is not that funny, but the other day Mum was watching a semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent, and everybody had to phone their votes in. Jokingly, I handed a mobile phone to Stargazer the Dragon (that chubby cherub with the yellow spots on his tummy). He grasped it quite convincingly, holding it in his yellow talons. I said to Mum “who do you think he will vote for?” and she said “the Greek dancers“.

Shaking my head, I went to the kitchen to make tea, and when I came back, tears of laughter were streaming down Mum’s face. “Guess who got through?” she said! We turned to look accusingly at Stargazer, still hanging onto his phone. “Maybe we should get him to vote on the Eurovision next year,” I said.

Favourite Film? The Ice Age / Ice Age II. I can’t help it. I’m in love with Scrat.

Care to share some wisdom? Oh I had a thought in my head earlier, but it’s flitted away with the dust bunny.  So how about a cleaning tip? Nail polish remover cleans scissors when their blades are gummy with sticky tape.

If you were a tree, which one would you be, and why? The willow. I’d trail mournfully in the wind, soughing ‘there’s a river flowing by a willow tree… when you find you’re there, remember me…’ [Roxy Music]. Once I fainted after a minor but nasty injury. Dreamed (while passed out) that I was waiting by the side of a river for friends and family to join me. I told the dream to a friend later on, and he said “you’ve had a preview of where you’ll go when you die”! I never even thought of that, but it’s a comforting idea to hold onto… so long as I don’t have to wait there on my own forever. Now that I’ve told you where I’ll be, you know where to come. 😀

Name fictitious characters who made a lasting impression on you. Moley in The Wind in the Willows; Anne of Green Gables; Ripley in Alien; Moomintroll and the Groke; Terry Pratchett’s Rincewind; Scarlett O’Hara.

Four words to describe yourself: rebellious; sleepy; anxious; dreamer.

Posted in Quizzes and Memes

Diddums’ Half Dozen

Tagged by Daffy. 🙂

Here are the rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs
5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
6. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

1. I won a Christmas card contest at school and can’t think why. The other entries must have been abysmal.
2. I had a wart on the back of my thumb for years, and it only went away when I finally stomped across to the nurse and had it removed. (It was supposed to go away by itself but nobody explained that to the wart).
3. I used to wear contact lenses… but didn’t like them.
4. Once in Edinburgh, wearing hard contact lenses, a speck of dust flew into my eyes and made me cry helplessly (and not for the first time). I took refuge in St Giles Cathedral, which just happened to be nearby.
5. Another time I got the ‘speck of dust’ thing and tears started pouring down my face when I was talking to an American girl. I told her it was just my wretched contacts, but she never believed me, and was convinced for ever after that I’d been homesick or upset about something.
6. You would think I would get homesick easily, but that’s never been the case. Not wanting to be where I am doesn’t always translate into missing home. I’m more likely to miss the past… perhaps that’s an alternative form of homesickness.

Consider yourself tagged if you have nothing else to write about on your blog just now, and leave a link in my comments. 🙂

Posted in Quizzes and Memes

20 Things Meme

Pinched a meme from Brown-eyed Girl!

I edited it from 36 questions to 20 as I don’t think anyone wants to know all of those things about me – and I don’t want to know what people’s first impressions of me were… I’m much too easy to depress. 🙂

If you have done this or want to do this, comment here with a link to your entry.

01) What talent do you wish you had?
Current relevant omniscence concerning human affairs, steering clear of trivialities. I suppose that knowing everything would mean knowing when and how the planet comes to an end, and what every individual on Earth’s favourite vegetable is/was, as well as what spiders think about when they sit waiting. Which is just too much.

02) Favourite vegetable?
Potatoes… you can chip them, roast them, boil them, mash them, fritter them, use them in certain pies, have jacket potatoes with various fillings, make potato bread… and then you can have them as leftovers the next day! You can also make a lethal brew out of them, or carve them and make prints using poster paints, but I never wanted to do that.

03) What was the last book you read?
Velocity by Dean Koontz.

04) What zodiac sign are you?
Negative wood snake. Artistic, sensitive, a bit snippy when disturbed; hides behind the wood pile.

05) Worst Habit?
Hiding behind the wood pile.

06) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
We would have to check with Jolly the Trolley first. He would probably say no.

07) What is your favourite sport?
Used to be showjumping (to watch on TV). My two favourite showjumpers were Ryan’s Son and Hydrophane Coldstream. There was a third who might have been Claret (or a close variation of the name). It’s a shame I can’t remember for sure. Ryan’s Son was very handsome with a wonderful wide blaze down his face and a habit of bucking enthusiastically right after his last jump. Claret (?) was a nervous-looking horse who was easy to pick out because of his slow and jerky jumping style. Both were winning showjumpers as well as charismatic, but Hydrophane Coldstream was just plain brilliant, and that’s why I warmed to him as well as to the other two. 🙂

For as long as it remains on the internet, here’s a black and white photo: Hydroplane Coldstream on the far left with that show-off, Ryan’s Son, next to him.

08) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
A bit of both, but generally pessimistic.

9) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
Write in my conversation pad and hold it out to you for a reply. 🙂

10) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
Apart from being born deaf? Death of father from cancer.

11) Tell me one weird fact about you.
If you turn off the lights, I can’t talk with you anymore.

12) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?

13) What colour eyes do you have?

14) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
Lend it to family or buy HBOS shares. Or both.

15) Do you believe in ghosts?
Maybe, maybe not. And if they exist, I don’t feel threatened by them. I read somewhere (Thomas LB with his quotations again?) that it’s we who are haunted, not places – but that’s just one more theory.

16) Favourite thing to do in your spare time?
Hide behind the wood pile and ponder.

17) Do you swear a lot?
No, but I have my moments. And I was looking for that word radge for clarification… it appeared in a newspaper yesterday. I remember the girl next door telling me she knew it. She was telling me that something happened that annoyed her, to which she exclaimed “oh, ya radge!” She was a sweet-looking little blond girl and it caused a bit of consternation amongst her male companions. (Best not to follow this link to the Urban Dictionary if you’re easily shocked).

18) Biggest pet peeve?
When I’m watching something on TV with subtitles, and Mum decides to find out when it finishes, pressing the ‘information’ button. A banner appears at the foot of the screen with that information, and I lose the subtitles till it disappears again.

19) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
I used to. Life is greyer and colder through not believing in it any more. I’m a Marianne from Sense and Sensibility… one who has grown up, felt the keen edge of real life, and doesn’t have a Colonel Brandon to rely on.

20) Do you believe in God?

The questions can be copied across as they are… I like to do it that way as it gives me the opportunity to read the last blogger’s answers more carefully… and sometimes his/her answer is so spot on I just leave it where it is. 😉 If you want all of the original 36 questions, you can find them in BEG’s post.

Posted in Quizzes and Memes

My Debut Album

Pinched from Kate!

The idea is:

Your Debut Album

1 – Go to
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to Random quotations:
The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

If you want to do this again, you’ll hit refresh to generate new quotes, because clicking the quotes link again will just give you the same quotes over and over again.

3 – Go to flickr’s “explore the last seven days”
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

Put it all together, that’s your debut album.

I got Louen Leoncoeur who will be releasing an album called To Forgive an Injury, and here is the album cover (Invalides miniature by Fat Ballerina).

Posted in Desktop Pictures, Quizzes and Memes

Meme for a Frosty Morning

Meme pinched from Geosomin… For me it’s not frosty and is night, but we can just ignore all that… maybe it will be a frosty morning for you by the time you read this.

Current clothes: Dark blue denim skirt; red T-shirt with colourful whale design. Multicoloured wool jacket (getting chilly at nights).

Current mood: A touch gloomy.

Current thing: Reorganizing my life so that I have time for new hobbies or old neglected hobbies.

Current desktop picture: I’ve got the Mac cycling randomly through a folder of wallpaper, but when I looked just now, I had Ocean Mysteries on.

Current book: ‘The Tale of Beatrix Potter’ by Margaret Lane. I don’t know why I’m so fascinated, as I also read B. Potter’s biography by Linda Lear. I think (but am not sure) that it was Margaret Lane who wrote that Peter Rabbit etc are much-loved books from our childhood (it might just have been blurb somewhere.) Though I did read some of them in my childhood, they weren’t ‘much-loved’, or even disliked particularly… they were just there in the background, slightly dull and slightly weird.

Current song in head: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-deeay, my, my, my, what a wonderful day! Plenty of sunshine, heading my way; zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-deeay.

Current worry: How to keep up with everything and stay cheerful. Something I meant to quote… we were watching the film ‘That Darn Cat’, and the mother said “would it really hurt you to be nice to people?” Her daughter said something like “you got all the nice.” Sometimes I feel that’s us.

Posted in Blogging, Quizzes and Memes

Thanks for Your Patience

Thanks for your patience; I’ve finished copying across those older blog posts from Blogigo. It was a dull process, which was why I kept you up to date… misery loves company! Some you won’t have read and might have liked, so there’s that as well.

Rereading the posts, I discover in myself a tendency to put ‘very’, ‘absolutely’, ‘really’ and ‘completely’ where they aren’t needed. I really truly must put a complete stop to that.

Here are the last of my old posts which I’ve carried across the river of lava and thus rescued. (I’m watching a teenager being rescued in the film Volcano. I don’t want to know if she is safe; I want to know if she hung onto her teddy bear).

Date Imperialism: very short rant about date formats.

Household Spirit: “In seconds, a small form appeared silently in the doorway.”

Pieces of Eight: I’m only keeping the really truly best memes. 🙂

Who, Which, What, Where? “Chani suggests that everybody answers these 35 questions. Sometimes I think it’s easier to give a point of view when prompted…”

Moonlight Sleeping on a Midnight Lake
: Struggling to remember my reasons for past actions. “I’m trying to sort through boxes and files of paper and notepads from my house. It’s a boring job and I really don’t want to do it – except that I keep finding some strange things.”

Tempted by Stephen Fry: on Firefox browser skins and colour schemes in general.

A Hint of Humanity in the Darkness: “I felt singularly useless, as though I’m just whispering into a void.”

Posted in Music, My Cats, Quizzes and Memes

Random Ten

Shu’s ‘10 random facts about me‘ meme… another opportunity for me to haver.

(1) I paused to think what random 10 facts I could come up with, and Mum popped up behind me and said I only have 10 minutes; we’re going out to feed some cats in town. (Are we STILL feeding those cats? Feels like they’ve been on the agenda all summer).

(2) If I have to wash dishes by hand, I clean between fork prongs and wipe round the rims of glasses, cups and mugs. Would that claim me back any points towards being a brilliant 1930s housewife?

(3) Not only does Mum not do my laundry now that I’ve moved back in, I hog it all to myself. She comes and says “I’m putting on a wash, do you have anything to go in?” and I always say ‘no’. I say to her “please don’t do any of mine; I will do it,” and she sneaks into my room and washes my stuff anyway – for example, a load of my pale pinks along with a rusty red-brown skirt.

(4) It was as round as a ping pong ball but not as big… the baby wren who perched on the wall beside Mum. It was so tiny, fluffy and pretty that we stopped to stare. It hopped up to Mum’s window and stared interestedly into the car, so we shut our doors and drove away.

(5) The rain is spitting down out there. I went to clean a cat litter tray, and the drops were thudding coldly onto my back. That was a bit too much, so I hurried back into the kitchen, abandoning the tray. Samson was out there with me, and when I turned to watch, he looked around oddly, shuddered, and ran for the kitchen. He was running so fast he skidded on the kitchen floor and fell over.

(6) I’m just like Shu in her 10th point… terrible procrastinator, often a bit late, hating to be told what to do. When I’m about to do something, and someone says “do…” (whatever it was I was already going to do), I feel like turning round and not doing it, just to prove I wasn’t doing it only because they told me to. I think Shu’s word ‘bloody-minded’ is spot on.

(7) To balance that out a bit, I adore praise. If I do something and somebody else says “atta girl” or something of the kind, I purr like a kitten. I mean, some people would see it as being patronized, but I’m happy to have done something that somebody approved of. For a change. 🙂

(8.) I am trying to declutter by taking at least one item into a charity shop every time we go to town. Today I took two Jellycat toys… a sleeping pony and a curled-up grey cat.

(9) I read this article over my mocha in a coffee shop. I always said Neil Diamond is still very cool, so I was delighted. I liked some of Paul Weller’s stuff (I’ve got his Wild Wood. If you’ve not heard it and don’t mind YouTube, give it a listen). The Specials were another favourite… I have to admit I didn’t like all of their songs, but the ones I did like got me big time. There’s a good chance that I saw this Top of the Pops airing and decided I had to get their single. (Check out those cosy jumpers… and that band member’s ironic grin halfway through the clip! Friendly and yet not… Click the video clip’s ‘more info’ link for the lyrics). I played it over and over and over and over till the parents cracked. I’m about to play it over and over and over while I do my editing…

… because….

(10) … the report we’re editing has just come boomeranging back at me for my bit. Rats.

Posted in Quizzes and Memes

Who, Which, What, Where?

Chani suggests that everybody answers these 35 questions. Sometimes I think it’s easier to give a point of view when prompted, rather than come out with odd snippets out of the blue… and some of these things are good to say.

I enjoyed filling this out. Some questions I’ve answered before (but can still come up with something new), whereas others were quite hard to answer, and made me think.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A more inclusive world with more balanced aims and methods… and far fewer control freaks. 🙂

2. What is your greatest fear?

Being misunderstood, spurned and never fully heard.

3. Which living person do you most admire?

I really don’t know. I tried to think whose ways I’ve rather liked recently, and the first to leap to mind was C.J. from the Eggheads. Don’t ask me. That was just the first figure to mind. After Stephen Fry.

4. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Not living up to my own expectations.

5. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

The tendency to dismiss other people, views and experiences as worthless or ‘wrong’.

6. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

I have to agree with Thailand Gal (Chani) – it’s being ‘hard working’. You have to see the bigger picture and the people around you – not just your own little treadmill.

7. On what occasion do you lie?

Polite lies – “I really enjoyed the dinner.” Or “I would love to come but I’m too busy that day.”

8. What do you dislike most about your appearance?

Probably my shyness – that has an effect on one’s demeanour. 🙂

9. What is your greatest regret?

Not knowing older family members better, including my dad who died when I was 24.

10. What or who is the greatest love of your life?

A lad from Singapore. He came the closest to accepting me for who I was.

11. Which talent would you most like to have?

Clearer, more fluent speech.

12. What is your current state of mind?

‘Hunger’ seems to be the best description – not for food, but for all the things I want to say and achieve right now. I want more hours in the day.

13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I have to say it, because it’s true – I would welcome nice crisp hearing, just a little bit better than everybody else’s! Just for a change.

14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

2002 Winning the British Mensa Championsh…. oh, wait! That wasn’t me, that was C.J.
Several times Best in Show Oriental… nuh uh, that was Sharky.
Oh I know… getting born. All those other spermatazoa were loooooosers.

15. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

A cat – claws and all.

16. What is your most treasured possession?

My little house.

17. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

When I worry that nobody understands where I’m coming from and is not prepared to try. A sinking suspicion that people are too busy going round and round in their hamster wheels to stop and really connect.

18. Where would you like to live?

Kenya – or a more rural area of Scotland.

19. What is your most marked characteristic?


20. Who are your favorite writers?

Among them: Tove Jansson, Terry Pratchett, Larry Niven, Orson Scott Cart, Neil M Gunn.

21. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Same as Chani’s – Anne Shirley. She was a writer and a dreamer. I tried to come up with somebody different, but got stuck. Moominmamma? You’d all think I was crazy.

22. Who are your heroes in real life?

My family and pets… apart from that, I don’t know. I don’t know anybody that well.

23. What is it that you most dislike?

Loud ways, narrow-mindedness.

24. What is your motto?

‘It will all be the same in a hundred years.’

25. Favorite journey?

Chuffing across Kenya by overnight train. Dreamy.

26. What do you value most in your friends?

Willingness to communicate; reliability; kindness.

27. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“Oddly enough…”
“I was just thinking…”

28. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

GMB (without the drinking)!! If you could call him a historical figure. He certainly liked his history.

29. What is your greatest extravagance?

Books. Bears. Gifts. Nice furnishings for my Most Treasured Possession.

30. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

Their age – I would roll it back.

31. What is your favorite occupation?

Pottering around at home.

32. What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Connection of minds.

33. What is the quality you most like in a man?

Connection of minds.

34. How would you like to die?

In my sleep.

35. If you could chose what to come back as, what would it be?

A cat – a well-loved one in a warm home.

Comments for this entry (during its previous life in Blogigo):

1. ThomasLB wrote at Dec 1, 2007 at 22:01: I can relate to #15. I wouldn’t mind coming back as a cat – but I want to come back as *my* cat, and I’m not sure that’s allowed.

2. Diddums wrote at Dec 1, 2007 at 22:34: That could be the basis for an interesting science fiction novel! Especially if the cat was aware he used to be his owner.

3. Pacian wrote at Dec 2, 2007 at 14:12: Now this one, I’m definitely stealing.