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Share Your World 2018 Week 33

August 19, 2018 21 comments

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


A class you wish you would have taken?
Hmm. Last time I answered this I said “Home Economics”. I’ve changed my mind now, though. When you’re a kid at school I don’t think there’s anything much that’s taught that you can’t learn on your own. I’m trying to remember back to when I was at school and what courses I could have taken.

I think if we move ahead to when I was in Sixth Form (age 16-18), I would have liked to have taken history.

Are you scared of heights?
No, I avoid heights because I’m scared of hurtling to the ground and splattering all over the pavement.

Are you a good cook? If so, do you consider yourself a chef?
I cook and bake some stuff and it turns out okay. I don’t think that qualifies me to be a cook, though, and definitely not a chef. I always think of “chef” as more of a job title, and I don’t have the necessary qualities, such as being good at cooking and being able to yell and swear at people all day long.

Apropos of nothing, here are some photos from the Japanese Garden in St Mawgan.

Sharing My World The New Class 10-09-2018

September 16, 2018 11 comments

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

Are You A Better Listener or Speaker?
I don’t particularly like speaking. Especially not public speaking. I’m quite good at listening while occasionally smiling or making “hmm”, “really?”, “yes” etc noises. Whether I’m actually listening or just hearing, though…

Hell, I don’t even listen to myself half the time.

If You Were Asked To Design A Warning Label That Would Be Tattooed On Your Skin, What Would It Say? 
It would say “Warning – tattoo-free zone”. A tattoo warning that there are no tattoos would create what we scientists call a “Cosmic Confusion Loop”, causing the universe to fold in upon itself, disrupting the very fabric of reality. What fun!

What Are You Passionate About?
“Passionate”, now there’s a strong word. I don’t know that I’d go as far as saying I’m passionate about anything. Things I like, I enjoy, then yes, but passionate… wait a sec, I have it!


If You Could Change One Thing About Your World, What Would It Be?
There would be more Netflix.

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Sharing My World 2018 Week 36

September 9, 2018 32 comments

Here is my post for Share Your World, which is now being hosted by Melanie from sparksfromacombustiblemind. A big thank you to Cee, who has hosted for the past few years!

If I may slightly misquote Harrison Ford in Working Girl, “Well, gentlemen… the players may have changed, but the game remains the same, and the name of the game is Share Your World.”

Wait, did I say “Working Girl”? Obviously I meant something more macho. Die Hard or John Wick or something with Chuck Norris in.

When you are old, what do you think children will ask you to tell stories about? If you are ‘old’ (a term with different meanings for everyone); what stories do you tell your grandchildren?  
Hopefully they won’t want any stories. Not many can be told while they’re still children! Maybe I should start sanitising some exploits, just in case.

When did something start out badly for you but in the end, it was great?
University! I didn’t really want to go, timid lad that I was. I was too scared to go into the kitchen the first week and lived on a single gingerbread mum gave me. But I grew to love it and stayed for 10 years!

What do you think you are much better at than you actually are? Maybe this one’s kinda mean… thoughts?
That’s tricky – if I still think I’m better at it than I actually am, then I’m not currently aware that I’m not good at it. If you see what I mean. But I’ll go with “singing”. It’s fine as long as the music keeps playing (loudly)…

What would be the worst thing to hear as you are going under anaesthesia before surgery?

  • Which leg was it again…
  • I love to cut, swipe, slash, I’m a cutter…
  • Has anyone seen my copy of “Brain Surgery for Dummies”…
  • Uhhh, that was quite a night, is anyone else having trouble focusing…
  • Woo, my first ever time, I’m sooooo excited…
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Sharing My World 2018 Week 35

September 2, 2018 26 comments

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


Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?
No nuts for me. I’ll eat the occasional nut, mostly in chocolate. I won’t miss out on a nice bit of chocolate just because it has nuts in it.

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
I have one wardrobe. I have, once and for all, tried to work out what a “closet” actually is. Someone told me once that it’s a wardrobe which is built into the wall, but it’s not that clear-cut – you can also have a walk-in wardrobe. Then you can add “cupboards” and “cabinets” into the mix! So, unless you live in America where “closet” is used a lot, I’ll stick to “wardrobes” for my clothes, “cupboards” for bits and bobs and “cabinets” for dishes and whatnot.

What was the question again? Oh yes. Closed. It’s tidier that way.

Are you usually late, early, or right on time?
I’m usually early. Way too early, in fact. I can’t remember the last time I was late for anything. I’m usually waiting in the car for whatever it is to start.

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Sharing My World 2018 Week 34

August 26, 2018 19 comments

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


Which taste better: black or green olives?
Both! I love olives. Black and green have quite different tastes but I like them both. I like when they roll them out in some restaurants before the meal, and I like just munching them too, with meat and cheese.

What’s your favourite room in your home?
The living room. That’s were all my stuff is – TV, PS4 and so on. The other rooms are just “utility” rooms really. Cooking, sleeping and so on.

What fictional family would you be a member of?
Hmm. Most families in things I watch and read are either entirely dysfunctional or are in some way involved in something (post-) apocalyptic. I’m thinking maybe the Skywalker family. That way I get to ride around in an X-Wing and use the Force. The light side of the force would probably be the best, though I’d quite like to be able to fire lightning from my fingertips and that seems like a dark power.

Here is my X-Wing, though maybe it will be made of metal and carbon composites rather than Lego, which would be more likely to fall apart under stress. There’s me on top, checking on my astro-droid before flying off.

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Sharing My World 2018 Week 30

July 29, 2018 30 comments

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


In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search, mazes, logic or numeric puzzles, something else, or nothing?
Out of all that lot, a jigsaw I guess. The last time a tried a crossword in the paper I got maybe three before resorting to the internet. Just the words “logic or numeric” makes my head hurt. Actually, I might go with “something else” – the sort of puzzle you get in video games like the Tomb Raider franchise. It can be fun to solve those.

List at least five favourite treats and it doesn’t necessarily have to be food.

  • New tech. I just treated myself to a Logitech Harmony Elite remote and hub which links all my devices to one remote. Now I just say “Alexa, switch on movie” and it switches on the TV, Blu-ray player and AV receiver and selects all the correct inputs. And after sunset it switches on the backlighting I put behind the TV too. Watching it do all this is like magic 🙂
  • A nice gateau, like Black Forest gateau. Yum!
  • Five treats?
  • That’s a lot.
  • I’ve got nothing else.

What is your favourite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)
I like when this question makes a reappearance as it gives me a chance to show the photo of the lads again.


Meet The Lads


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Sharing My World 2018 Week 29

July 22, 2018 21 comments

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


Since we are approaching the hottest part of our summer in the northern hemisphere, what’s your favourite ice-cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet flavour?
I like all sorts, but for preference I tend towards fruit flavours. I do have the occasional toffee/biscuit flavoured ice cream, but that’s more a winter thing I reckon. Fruity is better for a hot day!

Here is a photo of my current ice cream drawer. For a treat I would buy mint choc chip or creamy white ice cream with raspberry/strawberry/blackcurrant sauce swirled in, but that stuff is expensive.


How often do you people watch?
I don’t really people watch. I’m not generally in the position to, I’m always on my way to or from rather than sitting and watching.

If you had a choice which would be your preference – salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert?
Fresh water lakes, I reckon. They would be quieter than beaches. I’m surrounded by beaches on both coasts, though I don’t live near one, the closest is 7 or 8 miles away I guess. But they get really busy.

Here’s a lake in my vicinity (Colliford).

Colliford Lake

And here’s a bit of sea I took from our recent work summer party, later on as the sun was setting and my tummy was full of BBQ food. I was concentrating more on the plants than the sea when I took the picture, though.

Sharing My World 2018 Week 28

July 15, 2018 20 comments

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


What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Hmm. Here are some options.

  • It Came, it Went, and Now I’m Dead (not actually dead obviously as I wrote the biography)
  • Nothing Much Happened
  • If I Could Do it All Again, I Probably Wouldn’t Bother

Which do you prefer – sweet, salty or buttery?
Well, they all have their pluses. Sometimes I really fancy something sweet, like my body’s telling me my sugar levels are low. And you can’t beat a good buttery croissant. But overall, salty I think. I tend towards the savoury.

What’s the finest education?
It depends on what sort of education you mean. Something well-rounded, which generally comes from living your life. A mixture of formal education, jobs and relationships. Until you’ve done those things, you’ll likely be rubbish at them 🙂

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Sharing My World 2018 Week 27

July 8, 2018 21 comments

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


Tell us about your first bicycle or car?
My first car was a 1985 light blue Ford Fiesta. That was back in the days when cars rusted so it generally needed a lot of welding. On the plus side, you could do your own maintenance without a diagnostic computer.

What fictional world or place would you like to visit?
Somewhere with magic. I’d like to be able to twiddle my fingers and make stuff happen. Maybe Middle Earth, specifically Hobbiton. That looks like a lovely place to live. I’d be a Gandalf sort of fellow, but without all the Sauron-induced stress.

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?
Since I’m an all-powerful magic user living in Hobbiton I wouldn’t really need a personal assistant. But if I did have one I’d have them do everything ‘cos that’s what I’m paying them for.

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Sharing My World 2018 Week 26

July 1, 2018 18 comments

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


If aliens landed on earth tomorrow and offered to take you home with them, would you go? (remember this is SYW, they are friendly aliens)
Hell yeah! I’ve always wanted to visit the N’Gret M’Nah Conglomeration. Did you know their empire incorporates three of the 7 million wonders of the galaxy?

Hang on – “take me home with them?” That sounds like a pet adoption.

I’ve changed my mind. No.

How tall are you? Are you satisfied with your height?
The last time I was measured, which was some years ago, I was around 173 cm. That’s a nice height. I wouldn’t want to tower over people, and it’s only a couple of cm below average height.

Do you think you could live without your smartphone (or other technology item) for 24 hours?
For sure, no problem.

I can keep the essentials, right? You know, TV, Netflix, PlayStation, Alexa for my tunes and to turn the lights on and off, computer… what do you mean, no?

I’ve changed my mind on this one as well. No.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?
I had the week off and visited the Japanese Gardens and Lanhydrock. Here’s a sneak preview 🙂


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