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11 April, 2004

Twenty-three questions

A new meme, seen at Neil's World:

1: Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says:

"Most tags define and affect a discrete region of your document. The region begins..."
'HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 5th Ed.'
Boring answer, but that's the nearest book!

2: Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first?

The curtain. A yellow bit.

3: What is the last thing you watched on TV?

'The Tailor Of Panama' (1999). Nothing special, but I was tired.

4: WITHOUT LOOKING, guess what the time is:

13:55.

5: Now look at the clock; what is the actual time?

13:51. Not bad!

6: With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?

If I listen carefully, I can hear two clocks ticking, but they're almost drowned out by Marillion 'Marbles' disc 1, specifically 'Ocean Cloud', which is currently my favourite track of the new album.

7: When did you last step outside? What were you doing?

About two hours ago, I made the 2-min cycle ride to feed Jack & Millie, A. & A's cats, for the last time in a while, as A. & A. return from Scotland this evening.

8: Before you came to this website, what did you look at?

I saved these questions to disc, and am answering in my web editor (HomeSite) rather than via a website. I don't remember which site I viewed before Neil's (apart from the blogroll of my own site, where you're reading this!).

Before I came to the computer, I looked at the dishes.

9: What are you wearing?

Black 'Porcupine Tree' T-shirt, black combat trousers, black German para boots. You don't want to know about underwear - do you?
If it's more exciting: I'm wearing shiny black leather... boots.

10: Did you dream last night?

I don't remember doing so.

11: When did you last laugh?

Earlier today when I read a BBC report, reproduced by Neil Gaiman (a Mini driver) about a Belgian driver having received a speeding ticket for driving his Mini at Mach 3 (3,380 kmh / 2,100 mph).

12: What is on the walls of the room you are in?

On the walls.... Horrible textured wallpaper painted peach, plus, anti-clockwise from the door:

  • A framed print of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's 'Dante's Dream at the Time of the Death of Beatrice', my favourite painting in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
  • A cheap wall clock (though it looks okay) from Ikea.
  • A cork notice board, almost covered by postcards, two photos, a cinema schedule and some notes I made comparing Marx and Foucault. Really.
  • Two calendars on the same nail. I have the Ted Naismith 'Lord Of The Rings' (nothing to do with the films!) calendar, and the Marillion calendar. Each month I choose which picture I prefer. This month, Marillion won, so covers the LOTR one.

13: Seen anything weird lately?

Not that I can think of, which is itself weird.

14: What do you think of this quiz?

Pretty good. Random, but interesting, and it provokes decent answers.

15: What is the last film you saw?

See Q.3. Before that: 'Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back' (2002). Nowhere near as good as 'Dogma' (1999), which is what made me watch it, though the PVC catsuits were a slight compensation. Ahem.

16: If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first?

Ooh, the first clichéd question. Dunno. Having money is not something I think about. Flippant answer: first I'd buy a can of Coke, inwardly complaining that individual cans are needlessly expensive compared to buying a pack of 24 every few weeks. The first 'big' thing I'd probably buy would be a larger house.

17: Tell me something about you that I don’t know.

Last night I discovered four lumps in my forearm. Yes, I'm concerned. I'm seeing a surgeon (my sister) this afternoon anyway, so I'll definitely mention it to her. I'm (obviously) hoping they're just lypomas - fatty subcutaneous deposits.

18: If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?

This is difficult - I'm struggling to think of something that doesn't sound trite or pretentious, and failing. How about: I'd have everyone take environmental damage seriously, with the consequent radical changes to daily lifestyles, transport policies and industrial practices. If it's part of the same fantasy deal, I'd wipe away the damage that has already been done.

19: Do you like to dance?

No. Just: no.

20: George Bush: is he a power-crazy nutcase or some one who is finally doing something that has needed to be done for years?

I regard the man as a personal risk to my wellbeing. Extremely dangerous, and I can't condemn him enough. I don't have the vaguest interest in US party politics, but anyone, Republican, Democrat or whatever, would be preferable to Bush.

21: Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?

Rhiannon. It's not something I've overtly considered, as I don't want children, but that'd be a good one - distinctive, attractive, but not something she'd be teased about.

22: Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?

That's more of a struggle, for some reason. Something Celtic or Slavic, nothing stereotypically English, and emphatically nothing biblical, on principle.

23: Would you ever consider living abroad?

Hypothetically, yes. As a teenager, I wanted to live in Norway after completing my path through the education system, but I was still at university at the age of 29, when I had no money to re-establish myself and had already settled in Lancaster. I've also acknowledged that the draw of Norway was partly that it was somewhere to escape everyday concerns about relationships, my PhD, etc. - I was escaping from, not going to, and that's not a sustainable reason to move.
On the one occasion the subject seriously arose, when I was between jobs and moving to live with Helen in Warszawa, Poland was a real option, I decided not to, partly because I didn't like the city sufficiently to consider it a potential home (fine to visit, just not to live and work) and I had too much invested in Lancaster as my home; even more so now that I've bought a house.

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