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26 December, 2007

In case of emergency, break seal

I've had a meme questionnaire hanging around to complete when I had little substantial to say and limited opportunity to use the time more productively.  Plus, I find these things somewhat therapeutic, for some reason.

[Note: completed at my mother's house in Wales, rather than at home in Lancaster, which will affect my responses.]

I've translated the questions into English, omitting four. Americans and those with the remotest interest in celebrities' private lives might prefer an earlier version of the questions.

1. Where were you for New Year 2007?

2. How did you get the idea for your MySpace name?
I only use MySpace to funnel visitors to this, my main site, so using a derivative of 'Ministry of Information' is obvious.

3. What are you listening to right now?
The Pineapple Thief – 'What We Have Sown'.

4. Has the death of a celebrity ever made you cry?
Of course not.

5. Do you live in a zoo?
Sorry; can't think of a smart answer. No.

6. What did you do this morning?
Woke later than usual (08:45ish), read in bed for a while ('Quicksilver', by Neal Stephenson), had breakfast, then went for a walk to Ewloe Castle.

7. What does your mother do for a living?
She retired a few years ago. One could say she cooks & cleans for my sister....

8. Where do you work?
At a remarkably prestigious University ('remarkably' because I don't particularly rate it, personally).

9. What are your favourite smells?
Fresh bread, perhaps. Fresh tarmac?

10. What are the last two digits of your phone number?
I hadn't noticed until you asked, but it's a number of significance to my family, which has been recurring throughout my life.

11. What was the last concert you attended?
Porcupine Tree (w. Anathema) at the Manchester Academy, 8 December. This one.

12. Who was with you?
I went alone, and didn't meet anyone I knew.

13. What was the last movie you watched?
'Million Dollar Baby', for the second time. Knowing the twist, it didn't have the same impact as first time.

14. What do you dislike at the moment?
Pressure to do things communally, such as watch trashy TV simply so my mother feels we're doing something together.

15. What do you crave right now?
My bike and, well, H.

16. Did you dream last night?
I don't remember doing so.

17. What was the last TV show you watched?
Perhaps the final episode of 'Heroes' (series 1), a fortnight ago.

18. What is your favourite piece of jewelry?
I don't have any myself, but K. has attractive dolphin-shaped earrings and I like A's bracelet/ring.

19. Name someone on your MySpace Top 8 who is just like you?
They're all bands, so it doesn't really apply.

20. Who is your best friend of the opposite sex?
Not counting H., A.

21. Who last IM’d you?
I've never used IM. I think someone sent me a PM in a discussion forum within the last month, but I forget who.

22. Are you on any medication?
Nope. Just tea.

23. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
At home, the right (as seen from the foot of the bed), but I'm sleeping in a single bed this week.

24. What colour shirt are you wearing?

25. What colour is your razor?
I don't own a razor, but I think my beard trimmer is black & grey.

26. What is your favourite frozen treat?
Er, a photogenic frozen waterfall? I don't really do frozen confectionery, if that's what's meant.

27. How many tattoos/piercings do you have?
Still none. Is that question compulsory when compiling meme questionnaires?

28. What are your favourite stores?
Amazon, I suppose. I don't even remember the last time I visited a high-street shop, apart from accompanying H., when I wasn't exactly choosing the destinations.

29. Are you thirsty right now?
No, I have a mug of tea right here. [slurp]

30. Can you imagine yourself ever getting married?

31. Who’s someone you haven’t seen in a while and miss?

32. What did you do last night?
Failed to watch 'Garden State' on DVD (too much 'bad language' and insufficient plot development for my mother – within the first ten minutes), so wrote a blog entry instead.

33. Do you care what people think about you?
Only friends.

34. Have you ever done something to instigate trouble?
I don't think so; it's not in my nature.

35. Do you like your nose?
I suppose so. That's lucky, as it's rather substantial.

36. What colour is your room?
At home... I don't remember. I think 'my room' i.e. the 'back office' (spare bedroom) where I spend most time is painted peach-ish, but that was done by the previous owner and I feel no urgency to redecorate.
The room I'm in right now was properly 'my room' throughout my childhood, though now it's a combined computer room and conservatory (try not to think about the moisture implications). One wall is glass (a sliding door), one is mirrored (hiding wardrobes) and two are... hmm, that's a nasty yellow.

37. When was the last time you worked out?
I don't, though rapidly cycling to and from work might count.

38. Do you like pedicures?
Never had one. I doubt it.

39. Where do you live?
'Home' is Lancaster, UK.

40. Are you an aggressive driver?
I suspect that comes with familiarity, and I drive very, very rarely, so I'm pretty cautious.

41. Who is your cell phone carrier?
Not a clue. It's 'pay-as-you-go', so I don't receive bills, and I've only topped it up once since 2004, so I don't have reason to know. 'V' seems familiar: Virgin? Vodaphone?

42. What is the thing you’d most want to change about yourself?
I suppose I'd like to be more casually intimate with friends.

43. What colour is your car?
I don't have a car. My bike is dark grey.

44. What do you smell like right now?
Like, right now? I don't think I smell of anything: I don't wear any form of scent and I haven't been exercising since I last showered.

45. What is your favourite colour?

46. Do you like mustard?
In moderation.

47. What do you tell yourself when times get hard?
"This too will pass."

48. Would you ever sky dive?
I doubt I could muster the absolute confidence in the equipment.

49. What do you sleep on?
On? Er, a mattress, on a bed. Weird question.

50. Have you ever bid for something on eBay?
At least 200 items.

51. Do you enjoy giving hugs?
Yes, immensely, but see Q.42.

52. Would you consider yourself to be fashionable?
Routinely, not remotely, but I'm less unfashionable amongst certain groups of people or if I make an effort.

53. Do you own a digital camera?
Yes, though I'm planning to upgrade to a proper DSLR soon.

54. What celebrities have you been compared to?
Er... my father compares himself to Tom Cruise (similar nose – he's right), and I look a bit like my father.

55. What does your 19th text message say?
I don't keep many received text messages, and certainly don't have nineteen archived.

56. How ’bout your 30th?
I'm not sure if I've even received that many.

57. Who did you hang out with last night?
I didn't.

58. What are you doing this Saturday?
I'll be in Devon visiting K., but I don't know what we'll do. Depends on the weather.

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