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Sharing My World 29-05-2023

June 4, 2023 17 comments

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If money was no object, what would be your ideal holiday?
Hobbits! Plus everything else New Zealand has to offer. I’d make sure I could pop back and forth whenever I wanted by hiring a team of scientists to solve the issues they’re currently having with quantum entanglement teleportation. After all, money’s no object 🙂

Do you save for a holiday or put it on plastic to pay off later?
I buy almost everything using a credit card, including any holiday. For a start, if anything goes wrong you get a huge amount of protection if you use a card – if the service is not delivered and the company can’t/won’t help, the credit card company will refund you. I’ve got cash to pay the card back straight away if I had to.

Have you ever been on a cruise?
No. I quite fancy it, though. My parents went on a cruise every year for ages and they loved it. A lot of places they visited are now in some way dangerous, occupied or a war zone though 😦

Do you send postcards or buy mementos?
I might buy a trinket or bookmark or something.

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Sharing My World 22-05-2023

May 28, 2023 18 comments

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Growing up, were you closer to your mother or father, or was it a balance of both depending on the circumstances?
A balance of both. Mum did the day-to-day sort of stuff (getting us ready for school etc), Dad played with us on Saturday mornings and so on.

What was your favourite toy as a child, and do you still have it?
Hmm, I did love my bike. I also loved my first ever computer, but that wasn’t so much of a toy.

Did you have any secrets?
Not at all, I was a completely open book! Apart from all the secrets…

What did you want to be when you grew up, and are you anywhere close?
I variously wanted to be a train driver or a football player (that’s actual football, not American football, which no-one had even heard of in those days). I’m not even remotely close to either of those. Though to be fair, there was no such thing as “IT” in those days.

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Sharing My World 15-05-2023

May 21, 2023 20 comments

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Children aside, do you celebrate your birthday/anniversary or is it just a normal day for you?
We always get together as a family and have a takeaway, fish and chips or a Chinese, something like that.

Do/did you always give your child a birthday party when they were young?
Child? Child? Oh, man. I knew I shouldn’t have used that out of date condom…

If your child was born on Christmas Day (or a few days either side of the 25th), did they have a ‘half birthday’ in June, two presents/celebrations, or something else?
I don’t know when they were born! I only just found out in the last question I even had one! Where’s my calendar…

On a related note, when my brother and I were young we always had an “un-birthday present” on each other’s birthday.

Would you prefer to give your child a party, or take them and a few friends on a special outing?
I’ve never really thought about it. UNTIL NOW 😮

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Sharing My World 08-05-2023

May 14, 2023 9 comments

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Do you feel comfortable walking in your neighbourhood at night?
Yes, it’s a tiny little village and according to crime stats we get a couple of “anti social behaviour” arrests per month, plus occasionally someone sets a bin on fire. So not exactly a hub of gang activity or anything.

When you shop for day to day things, do you pay by cash or card?
I pay by card except at the monthly village market, where it’s pretty much cash-only, though one or two vendors sometimes have a portable card machine. Fortunately there’s a Post Office in the village where I can get cash out.

When was the last time you dressed up for a special occasion?
Last October, for my Dad’s funeral.

Have you ever lied about your age?
No, not that I recall.

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Sharing My World 01-05-2023

May 7, 2023 18 comments

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The First of May is a Bee Gees Song. Do you like the Bee Gees and if so, what is your favourite track?
They’re not a particular favourite, but some of their songs are okay.

What was the first record (single or album) you bought?
I believe it was a cassette tape of the album “Super Trouper” by Abba.

Not my actual copy

Do you know what was top of the charts the day you were born?
Nope. But I shall use the handy link supplied to find out!

It was apparently “Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus” by “Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg”. Very sexy. Like me 😉

I also looked up Number 1 on my 18th birthday, which the site says is my “life theme” and coincidentally it was “You Win Again” by the Bee Gees!

Do you and your partner have a ‘special tune’?
No special tune. No partner!

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Sharing My World 24-04-2023

April 30, 2023 16 comments

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What was the most memorable gift you gave someone?
God knows. I really have no idea. I have a terrible memory for stuff like this.

What was the most memorable gift you received?
That’s a choice of two, both from my childhood. One was the little wooden fort my Dad made for me and my brother one Christmas. The other was my first computer, which I got for my birthday. It was a Sinclair ZX81.

Do you surprise your partner with something for no reason at all?
Nope, as I don’t have one. Sometimes I surprise myself with something for no reason at all. Though it’s not a massive surprise, as I know I’m giving it to myself.

Have you accepted a gift with pleasure, even if you hated it?
Probably. It’s a bit rude to tell someone their gift stinks worse than the lowest depths of hell, after all.

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Sharing My World 17-04-2023

April 23, 2023 21 comments

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Do you have a special talent (ie music, art, singing, dress making, pottery etc).
No, nothing I can think of. More a jack of all trades. Some trades. A couple of trades. No.

What was your best subject at school and was it your favourite?
Either English or Physics. They were both favourites of mine. I always enjoyed writing stories and I ended up doing my degree and PhD in Physics.

That was English Language, mind (in the UK, Language and Literature are separate exams). Shakespeare, Great Expectations etc etc… aargh! I enjoyed my German Literature more, at least they chose fun books to read (mostly).

Do you like to cook?
Not really. I do cook a lot of stuff though, mainly batches of curry, chilli, stuff like that. I like eating the result!

Do you get riled easily?
Riled? Riled? Why are you asking me this, for God’s sake, questions, questions, never-ending questions, it’s enough to make me… ooh! Looks like the answer is “yes”! 😉

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Sharing My World 10-04-2023

April 16, 2023 12 comments

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Do you celebrate the Easter holiday and if not, do you have an alternative?
Well, I don’t have to work on Easter but I don’t celebrate it in the sense of it being a religious holiday. But a couple of days off is a cause for celebration!

Do you exchange gifts or have a traditional meal?
We all get together on the Sunday and we exchange Easter eggs.

How many Easter Eggs (or alternative) did you receive/give?
I received and gave three Easter eggs. Somehow, though, I have seven Easter eggs to eat. I must have “accidentally” bought too many again…

Was Easter a Bank Holiday in your country or did you have to work this weekend?
Yes, Easter Friday and Easter Monday are both Bank Holidays in the UK. I have a feeling years ago Easter Friday wasn’t officially a Bank Holiday, but most people had it as holiday anyway.

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Sharing My World 03-04-2023

April 9, 2023 14 comments

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Do you have a favourite movie?
No, I have a number of favourite movies. It depends on what mood I’m in. It could be anything from Working Girl to Expendables to Armageddon to Die Hard to something Marvel or Star Wars or even some Resident Evil or Underworld.

Sometimes I’m in the mood for comedy, sometimes I just want to see people’s heads get blown off 🙂

Who is your favourite actor and actress?
I don’t really have a favourite. Only favourite films.

Do you attend or have you ever attended a live theatre production?
Yes, I’ve been to a few, mainly musicals when I was younger.

Have you ever wanted to be an actor/actress?
Oh goodness me, no way! To be the centre of attention and have it recorded for all time 😮

And to finish, here’s a random photo of a horsey I took while on a ramble around the country roads on Friday with my friend.

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Sharing My World 27-03-2023

April 2, 2023 14 comments

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Do you have a lot of friends or do you know a lot of people?
I have a small number of friends, some work colleagues and then a few other people I know, the sort of people you say “hello” to as you pass them in the village.

If you are at a party and know very few of the guests, do you mingle and introduce yourself, sit on the sidelines and people watch, or discreetly leave?
In general I wouldn’t be there in the first place… I’d probably sit on the sidelines until I’d been there long enough that leaving wouldn’t seem rude.

What is the best job you have ever had?
The job I have now is pretty good. I haven’t had that many jobs in my life.

Can you swim?
Yes, my parents took me for lessons when I was little, and then we had swimming lessons at school.

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