Sharing My World 27-06-2022

July 3, 2022 14 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

What’s your favourite way to spend a day off? If you’re retired, what’s something you now include in your schedule that you dreamed about while employed?
It depends on the weather, but preferably I’ll go somewhere nice in the morning, have lunch at home, have a nap and then PS5/gardening/sitting outside in the afternoon.

My “somewhere nice” from a couple of weeks ago (Trelissick Gardens, Cornwall)

Now that Covid isn’t so strictly monitored and folks can go out and about again, are you into after-work happy hours?
That sounds like a thing from 1990s American films. I work from home, anyway!

What physical traits do you share with your relatives? (Example: I have my mother’s nose)
I’m quite like my dad. I especially have to watch that I don’t walk hunched over!

How long does it take you to decide if you like someone or not?
I tend to stay quite neutral to people for a while. First impressions are not always accurate. I was told when I got to university that we’d spend Freshers’ Week making loads of friends and the rest of the year trying to get rid off them. So no snap decisions!

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Sharing My World 20-06-2022

June 26, 2022 19 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

What are three scents you like?
Pine forest, down at the beach with the sea and the seaweed, and cooking bacon. Mmm, bacon.

What is something true (factual) that most other people don’t believe?
If something’s been proven to be a fact, I would imagine that “most” people believe it. It’s usually a case that most people don’t know something but would believe it once they do.

Would you rather have a massage or get a facial?
Neither, really. I’m not even sure what a “facial” involves.

Have you ever thrown someone a really extravagant party?
Nope. I’m not a party-throwing sort of person. Or a “going to parties” sort of person either.

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Sharing My World 13-06-2022

June 19, 2022 18 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

What is one topic you really like to talk about? Or something you really want to tell people?
I don’t really ever like to talk about anything. I’ll wait for the other person to say something and then feign interest 🙂

What do you normally never tell strangers about yourself? (be general, I don’t need to know details or invade privacy)
I don’t talk to strangers. Especially if they’re hanging out the side of a white panel van offering me a lollipop. Stranger Danger 😮

Have you ever broken anything? (can be health related, emotion related, or situation related – you define “broken anything” for your own satisfaction)
Coincidentally the back half of one of my molars broke off last night, just in time for this post! Every cloud and all that…

Is having a big ego a negative trait or positive trait?
Well, it worked out pretty well for Putin, Trump, Hitler… temporarily, at least. It didn’t go so well for everyone else.

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FF – Chancer

June 16, 2022 39 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. Rochelle supplied the photo this week.

Get Well Soon!”. Humph. Sounded like a command. Maybe if he looked on the back of the balloon it would say “Or Else…

Anyway, he wasn’t planning on getting well anytime soon. And it was lunch time!

He rang the little bell. Nothing. He rang it again. Then he tried shouting.

“Oy, lunch!”

Still nothing.

Hobbling downstairs (huffing and puffing dramatically) he read the note on the kitchen table.

“I’ve had enough, make your own damn lunch, I’m out with the girls!”

Looked like it was time to “get better”. Three weeks wasn’t bad for an ingrowing toenail, after all.

Sharing My World 06-06-2022

June 12, 2022 15 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not?
Yes, as far as I remember. There wasn’t the money spare to be throwing away half of every sandwich.

Are you a fan of musicals—why or why not?
That depends on the musical, like any genre. I’ve seen a couple live – Blood Brothers and Chess They were amazing. I still listen to them sometimes, along with Starlight Express and The Rocky Horror Show.

Is it difficult to do what you do? (for a living, hobby etc.). If you’re retired, what you ‘did’ previously for a job can be substituted.
I guess it is difficult to do what I do if you don’t know how to do it. Like anything, really.

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? (Doesn’t have to be a rock concert either).
I haven’t been to many “known names” concerts (we had a band in the Students’ Union every Sunday so I’ve seen plenty of live music). I guess it’s a toss-up between Iron Maiden and Paul Simon’s Rhythm of the Saints tour, both in Stuttgart around 1990/91.

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Sharing My World 30-05-2022

June 5, 2022 16 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

Has anyone ever tried to scam you?
Obviously I get the usual scam emails, texts and so on. I used to get scam phone calls but they’ve dried up. I even had someone once pretending to be my uncle on Facebook, fake profile and everything. They made some rookie mistakes, though. Amateurs.

What’s the best thing about parties?
Not going.

Do you listen to people’s advice if you didn’t ask for it?
Yes, if they tell me what I want to hear.

Why is it impossible to spell funeral without fun?
Because… it has the letters “fun” in it. That’s English for you.

Here’s a Cornish hedgerow from my walk on Friday.

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FF – Unearthed

June 2, 2022 41 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Lisa Fox.

Copyright Lisa Fox

The building was overgrown now. Condemned. After only 20 years, cracks had appeared, floors had collapsed

Jens had helped build the place. He felt a little guilty at its early demise – and well he should. It turns out that if you mix too many dead bodies into the concrete, it ruins its structural integrity.

Sighing, he turned to leave. Best to get gone before the excited archaeologists who had descended on the place realised that they had unearthed, not “Marcus Paulinus of the Roman Legion” but “Tommy ‘The Tooth’ Timpson, erstwhile mob accountant”.

The Cartel was gonna be pissed.

Sharing My World 23-05-2022

May 29, 2022 12 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

If You Could Be Best Friends With A Celebrity, Who Would It Be?
I can’t really answer that. I’d have to meet the celebrity first and see if I want to be friends with them. I don’t want to pick a celebrity here and now, in writing, only to discover in five years they’re in court for some sort of horrible crime.

What is, or should be, the main purpose of law?
To be able to legally punish people horribly when they break it. Or keep people safe and society on an even keel. One of those.

Do You Care About Reviews?
I always scan over reviews before I buy something online. Obviously they’re not all likely to be real, but it gives an idea.

Is the ‘mind’ different to the ‘brain’? If so, in what ways?
The brain is a physical organ, the mind is an abstract concept.

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FF – Jed’s Extras

May 27, 2022 32 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Brenda Cox.

Copyright Brenda Cox

Old Jed sat at his fruit-n-veg shack. He loved it. No-one much came by, but it was a quiet life.

A van drew to a halt, throwing up a cloud of dust.

“Alright, mate!”

“Good morning,” answered Jed. “What’ll it be?”

“I’ll have… a punt of strawberries and a bag of potatoes. Oh, and…” the man looked around “… an AR-15 assault rifle.”

“Right y’are,” said Jed, fetching the items.

Sometimes he wondered what people did with the guns he sold, but it wasn’t really his problem. After all, guns didn’t kill people. People killed people.

Usually with his guns.

Sharing My World 16-05-2022

May 22, 2022 17 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

Do you become discouraged by the annual “Blogging Ennui” phenomenon that comes around every year? (it’s early this year IMO) (blogging ennui means (to me) a distinct slow down in writing and participation, which lasts an indefinite period of time).
I admit I hadn’t really noticed. But if it’s nice weather, it’s good that people are outside enjoying the sun!

If you were in a room filled with you and your doppelganger (someone who looks exactly like you do. Supposedly everyone has at least one out there in the world) and 2 billion dollars, what would you do? What do you think your doppelganger would do?
My doppelganger wouldn’t do anything. Not after I’d clocked him over the head and run off with the cash.

A building is burning. You have time to either save a child trapped inside or a valuable painting which you would then sell, using the money to save 20 children from starvation. What would you do and why?
I would stand there thinking “Hmm, I have time to save that kid or that painting. But there’s no way I’m running into that burning building.”

What’s your opinion of yams or sweet potatoes?
I’ve never had a yam. I like sweet potatoes though. They’re great if you add some cumin and turmeric and beans or whatever and make a sort of burger.

This story made me laugh. It’s from the BBC News website. Someone appears to have missed an apostrophe “s”. It’s a story about some chicken products being recalled from supermarkets after a salmonella outbreak at the factory.

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