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Sharing My World Week 16

It’s Share Your World time again. That seems to have come around pretty quickly! I don’t know where the week has gone. Share Your World is hosted by Cee in which she poses questions about ourselves.


How many places have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.
I was thinking that I’ve lived in loads of places, but on reading some other people’s answers, I really haven’t in comparison, and it was mostly moving around while at university, because that’s what students have to do!

  • Carnon Downs, Cornwall, UK until age 5 (I don’t remember much about this place)
  • Truro, Cornwall, UK until age 18
  • Here begin the “University Years” – Guildford, Surrey, UK
    • University accommodation (first year)
    • Guildford town (second year)
    • Stuttgart, Germany (third year – unleashed loose in the world!)
    • University accommodation (final year)
    • Guildford town (the PhD years)
    • Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK (post-doc year one)
    • Liss, Hampshire, UK (post-doc year two) (end of the “University Years”)
  • Cork, County Cork, Ireland (three years)
  • Cobh, County Cork, Ireland (one year)
  • Truro, Cornwall, UK (three years)
  • Elsewhere in Truro, Cornwall, UK (two years)
  • Redruth, Cornwall, UK (five and a half years)
  • Grampound Road, Cornwall, UK (two months so far)

One of the places I lived in at university accommodation was floor three in Bourne House. Sometimes when the phone in the kitchen rang we would all sing “Bourne Three” (“Born Free”). Ha ha ha.

What type of music relaxes you the most?
That depends on my mood. Something like Enya would do the trick. Anything except classical. Classical music winds me up big time. It makes me feel like I’m in a lift (elevator) or a restaurant. I keep expecting the doors to ding open on the sports equipment floor, or someone to come over and ask me if my food is to my liking.

If you could instantly become fluent in another language, what would that language be and why?
Didn’t I already more or less answer this one, and went for Klingon? I’ll choose something else, then. I’ll go for “American”. That way I won’t have to keep looking stuff up. Especially food. I spent years thinking “zucchini” was some sort of exotic meal, when in reality it’s just aΒ courgette. What the hell is “falafel” or this “bear claw” thing people on US dramas keep eating? It would be nice to have this information at my fingertips!

If you could fly or breathe under water what would you prefer?
I would prefer to fly! As Abba said in the song “Eagle”:

“And I dream I’m an eagle
And I dream I can spread my wings
Flying high, high, I’m a bird in the sky
I’m an eagle that rides on the breeze
High, high, what a feeling to fly
Over mountains and forests and seas
And to go anywhere that I please”

That’s all for this week! Bonus question? What bonus question?

  1. April 27, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Awesome answers! Just bought myself a falafel wrap of some kind today which I’ll have for lunch tomorrow. A falafel is a deep fried meat ball or patty of sorts made from ground chickpeas or fava beans or sometimes a combination of both, while a bear claw is an oval or rectangular shaped pastry with cuts along one side that makes it look like bear claws and usually I’ve seen it filled with apple or cream filling.

    Yup, if Velvet had 3 bear claws and you gave her one more, what does she have? Diabetes πŸ™‚

    I’ve yet to post mine up but maybe I’ll wait till tomorrow. I’ve been on a posting spree of late and need to catch up on my novel writing instead πŸ™‚


    • April 27, 2014 at 7:17 am

      Thanks for educating me! Those bear claw thingies sound delicious. I expect in big cities in the UK you can buy food like this, but in Cornwall it’s pretty much doughnuts and pasties πŸ™‚


      • April 27, 2014 at 7:19 am

        Hmm…I can still smell diabetes πŸ˜€

        The latest craze here are cronuts and the bakery closest to me sells them though I’ve yet to try them out. They also have those bear claws πŸ™‚


        • April 27, 2014 at 7:42 am

          It’s a good job I don’t have easy access to these delicacies!
          I’ve heard of cronuts and I read a couple of days ago the new thing is wonuts – a waffle/doughnut hybrid!


          • April 27, 2014 at 8:25 am

            Waffle/Doughnut sounds like a wonderful combination! If they have a gluten free version, I’m all for it πŸ™‚

            Not yet gluten-free though but looking into it after reading “Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter, M.D.


            • April 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

              I’m sure there are a lot of things I “shouldn’t” be eating, but there’s so much conflicting advice, and so much of the stuff I “shouldn’t” eat is my favourite stuff, I’ve decided to just eat what I want πŸ™‚


  2. April 27, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I was going to tell you what bear claws and falafel were but I see you know now. But I get lost with some of the British words.


    • April 27, 2014 at 7:48 am

      The toughest words are those which have slightly different meanings in US-en and GB-en, like “pavement”, and “jelly”. Fortunately with so many US books and TV programmes I know what American-only words like “sidewalk”, “candy” and “elevator” mean! Some American words, like “lobby” (as in hotel foyer) are even being adopted in the UK.


      • April 27, 2014 at 8:20 am

        Same here watching movies like Bridget Jone Diary has helped me. Like crude meaning jelly or jam here. The thing that got me when I started blogging was the spelling of some words.


  3. NotAPunkRocker
    April 27, 2014 at 7:47 am

    If you want to get technical, falafel isn’t American either πŸ™‚

    I never would have guessed zucchini wasn’t zucchini elsewhere.


    • April 27, 2014 at 7:51 am

      I looked falafel up, it’s Middle-Eastern. I think the food thing is tricky because America has had so many different cultures for so long that Americans know these words whereas many in the UK don’t. It’s more recently that we have become more multi-cultural, and that’s mainly just in big cities.

      I always assumed that zucchini was some sort of Italian or Greek dish and always wanted to try it. Then I found out it was a courgette and went off the idea entirely πŸ™‚


      • NotAPunkRocker
        April 27, 2014 at 7:55 am

        Good point, I never thought about it that way. Funny how some things sneak up on you


  4. April 27, 2014 at 8:15 am

    You’ve lived in some beautiful places, I’m of Irish descent, but have yet to get there.
    I think classical music was used so much commercially in Britain that it spoilt much of it for us. My husband loves Bach but most of his stuff just reminds me of ads lol.
    I don’t know about ‘Bear Claws’ but Falafel is the national dish of Israel & one of my passions. It’s a delicious, deep-fried ball made of chickpeas & spices.
    They come in a humus lined pita bread, filled with fresh salad & about 5 – 7 freshly fried, hot falafel. The whole thing is topped with lashings of tahina (a sauce made from sesame paste) & is absolutely delicious.
    You can’t eat it without getting covered in it lol, & for those of us that don’t eat meat it is a treasure.
    If you ever get to Israel let us know & we’ll treat you to one lol πŸ™‚


    • April 27, 2014 at 8:21 am

      They sound really tasty. If I’m ever in Israel I’ll take you up on that, I’m sure you know all the best falafel outlets!
      Ireland is amazing, pop over there if you get the chance. The scenery is beautiful and the people are so friendly.


  5. gentlestitches
    April 27, 2014 at 9:37 am

    MajOa jup!


    • April 27, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      What’s that? Google has let me down 😦


      • gentlestitches
        April 28, 2014 at 12:10 am

        It is “good job! My friend” in Klingonese.
        Perhaps my accent or dialect through google off? πŸ™‚


        • April 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

          Ah! Those Klingon dialects can be tricky. Major respect for your Klingon skills!


          • gentlestitches
            April 28, 2014 at 11:29 am

            An honor to comment on your blog most worthy drailman. (bows) πŸ™‚


            • April 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm

              An honour to be commented on by yourself, oh gentlest of stitches πŸ™‚


  6. merbear74
    April 27, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Courgette? Now I have to look that one up! πŸ˜‰


    • April 27, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      It’s a zucchini πŸ˜‰


      • merbear74
        April 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm

        LMAO πŸ˜‰


  7. April 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    kewl πŸ™‚ check out me blog ull cee my latest answers on ththose questions also πŸ™‚


    • April 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      I am on my way! I thought I was already following you but apparently not so I’ve clicked the button now πŸ™‚


  8. April 27, 2014 at 3:29 pm


    Falafel are deep-fried chickpea and spice balls, popular original in the middle east. You stick a few in a pita, add some tahina (sesame sauce). It’s middle eastern street food.

    Corgette? It sounds like something with a big engine made for serious road racing!


    • April 27, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Falafel sounds tasty. Maybe one day it will arrive in Cornwall!
      “Courgette 6 litre turbo” – the lesser known cousin to the Corvette πŸ™‚ It would be a hilarious mistake to make in conversation.


  9. April 27, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    There is a huge difference between us “English” speaking countries. I have more trouble with Australian English than I do your English. I loved reading your answers this week.


    • April 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

      The Australians have many weird and wonderful words and contractions. Fortunately most people in the UK grew up with Australian soap operas (“Home and Away” or “Neighbours”) so we understand the lingo a little!


  10. May 1, 2014 at 6:25 am

    I’m surprised zucchini isn’t called the same everywhere. Courgette sounds like a bread from France.
    I’ve a good friend from Australia and they don’t speak English most of the time, at least not that I can tell. I question her constantly on what she is talking about. Strangest names for things.


    • May 1, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Australians do have quite a few words that aren’t either US or UK English, but fortunately having grown up with so many Australian soap operas I know a few of them!


  11. May 1, 2014 at 6:32 am

    ps … Foyer is French, I think. We use it to describe smaller areas than a lobby which is usually much larger. They could be a foyer before entering a lobby in a commercial setting. Some people use vestibule also. That description could change from where you live here also, coast to coast or North and South.
    To much info?


    • May 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

      I didn’t realise foyer is used in the USA as well for small lobbies. We sometimes use “vestibule” as well, but that would typically be very small I think.
      Not too much info – I like learning these things.


  12. May 1, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    People have described my front door area as a foyer, my house plans and I call it an entryway. Depending on the person or size/cost of home if you call it a foyer or entryway.


    • May 2, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      That’s true, I can think of a few people who might call a foyer what I would call a hall or entryway.


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