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Sharing My World 23-03-2020

March 29, 2020 22 comments

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

On A Scale Of 1-10, How Strict Were Your Parents?
I’ll assume the average is “5”, and go for “5”. I was punished when I was naughty so I learned right from wrong, but not when it was a complete accident. Like the time I was swinging a golf club in the front garden, let go and it smashed through the neighbour’s bedroom window.

I’d probably have got a reward if I’d managed to hit the neighbour too. Nasty person.

What Wastes The Most Time In Your Day To Day Life?
Hmm. One man’s waste of time is another’s hobby. Some would say playing PS4 was a waste of time. I wouldn’t.

Do They Bury People With Their Braces On? (“braces” as in the teeth ones, not the ones to keep your trousers up).
I expect they pull them out and rework them for the next person on the dentist list. Waste not, want not!

Why Does A Round Pizza Come In A Square Box?
Have you ever tried to stack and store hundreds of round boxes? Actually, have you ever seen a round box (outside of hats)? That’s why, then. There aren’t any round boxes.

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Sharing My World 16-03-2020

March 22, 2020 23 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World. I’m not actually sharing my world this week as there’s a big bunch of questions on St Patrick. That’s the Irish one.

Saint Patrick’s actual colour was not green. Was it red, orange or blue?
He was only green when he was ill. Generally he was orange, as he loved the fake tan.

Was Saint Patrick born in Ireland, Britain or France? 
Britain, wasn’t it? Or France. Or maybe Ireland. One of those.

How old was Saint Patrick when he was taken as a slave? 10, 13, or 16?
A slave? Who knew. That’s horrible 😦

Why is Saint Patrick’s Day celebrated on the 17th? Was it the day he was born, the day he died, or the day he got the title “Saint”?
Well, not the last one. Everyone knows “The Saint” was Roger Moore.

I have to say, when I was little I never noticed the cartoon Saint’s pose…

Is Saint Patrick’s Day always, usually or never held on the same date?
Yes.

What did Saint Patrick use to symbolise something for Christianity? Was it a stick, a shamrock, or a bird?
None of those sound very “Christian symbol”. I reckon he used his “bird”, Mrs St Patrick.

What city turns a river green every year to celebrate? Is it Detroit, Chicago, or Green Bay, U.S.A.?
Why would anyone do that?

Which year was the first St. Patrick’s Day parade (in America) held?
The year America was invented. Which was, um, okay, I don’t even know what century that was. Sixteen hundred and something?

Which US president was of Irish descent and forgot it was Saint Patrick’s Day?
I can only name five or six US presidents, it being a foreign country and all. I’ll go for Ronald Reagan, he always seemed to be forgetting things.

Is corned beef and cabbage is a traditional Saint Patrick’s Day dish?
I don’t know, but it shouldn’t be. Sounds awful.

True or False: The shamrock is the national flower of Ireland.
Sounds like a trick question to me. False. Or it could be a double-bluff. True.
False.

Where was Saint Patrick buried after he died? Britain, Ireland, or France?
In the ground.

Two of the three colours on the Irish flag are green and white. What is the third one?
Rainbow.

True or False: Saint Patrick was not actually a Saint.
False. I already said, it was Roger Moore. Or Ian Ogilvy, if you want to include the remake (“Return of the Saint”).

What do leprechauns use their sticks, called “shillelagh” for? Accessing their rainbow, turning invisible, or making their magic pot of gold appear? 
“Accessing” their “rainbow”.

Which is not true?
-Lent restrictions are dropped on Saint Patrick’s Day.
-Irish soap was invented in Ireland.
-Saint Patrick’s real name was Maewyn Succat.
The last one. It sounds Welsh. The first name anyway.

What’s the traditional occupation of a leprechaun? Thief, shoemaker, or banker?
Thief. Little buggers.

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Sharing My World 09-03-2020

March 15, 2020 17 comments

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

Are you a sweet, sour, tangy or other type of person? Take that as you will!
That depends on my mood. I like to think that I’m generally sweet 🙂

Does the whole coronavirus phenomenon worry you? Or are you more a “meh – it’s just another severe flu scare” type of person?
Initially I thought it was going to be another swine flu/bird flu virtual non-event. Evidently it’s a bit more than that so it’s hard not to be a little worried. For me, it’s business as usual, with a few sensible precautions. I’m more worried about my parents who are in their 80s, so I’m watching myself for signs of infection so I know not to go round there if I might be infected.

When was the last time you were snooping, and found something you wish you hadn’t?
I don’t really snoop. I bet nobody who ever snooped ever discovered anything positive.

What’s the most pleasant sounding accent in your personal opinion? Everyone has a pleasing accent to someone!
I quite like soft Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Australian accents. Also soft North of England 🙂

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Sharing My World 02-03-2020

March 8, 2020 19 comments

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

Can you bake a cake?
Pretty much anyone can bake a simple cake if they have a decent enough oven and a bowl. The one I make basically involves bunging equal amounts of everything in all at once and mixing them together. Very simple! Here’s a photo of one I baked last year.


What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better?
An unexpected and massive injection of cash suddenly turning up in my bank account. That’s never happened though, so I’ll have to settle for the laugh of a small child, the blooming of the flowers, the trilling of the birdies and so on and so forth.

When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not?
I can’t remember back that far 😦 I expect I would have been told to eat them whether I wanted to or not.

What’s something your family would be surprised to learn about you?
That I’m actually a highly sophisticated android, though I prefer the term “synthetic person”. My positronic brain is currently operating at 0.01% capacity – any higher and I might accidentally solve the mysteries of the universe thus giving myself away.

None of that is true. Just in case you were wondering.

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Sharing My World 24-02-2020

March 1, 2020 20 comments

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

Oh boy and lawks a-lordy. When I read a couple of other SYW posts earlier this week and saw the questions I knew I’d have to be on my game vis-a-vis avoidance tactics this week. There’s no way I’m answering a couple of these – far too personal for this bloggie 🙂

What do you think of best friends of the opposite sex? Or to put it another way “Can men and women ever be platonic friends? Doesn’t sex always get in the way?”
I’ve had several platonic female friends. How could they ever resist me, you ask? It’s a strange old world, and no mistake.

What is the greatest struggle you’ve overcome?
It was back in               and I was in the               and the               said               and it was pretty              . Lucky to have               that one, as you can imagine.

I hope the redaction didn’t spoil your understanding of my struggle 🙂

What is the darkest thought you’ve ever had? What about the darkest thing you’ve done that you’ve never told anybody about?
There was that terrifying time I was thinking about a coal mine. That was pretty dark.

What is your least favourite food?
I’m not a big fan of seafood. Shrimp, prawns and so on. I’m okay with fish, though. As long as it’s not one of those posh restaurants where they’ve left the head on 😦

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Sharing My World 17-02-2020

February 23, 2020 20 comments

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

How can someone win a gold star (i.e. win your approval and/or admiration) with you?
They could give me loads of money. Money is good. I like money. I’m shallow like that. And it wouldn’t be a gold star from me, that sounds expensive. I would cut a star out of an old newspaper. Which someone else bought. Newspapers are expensive.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would spend the time trying to get people to give me money. Money is good. I like money. I would also be cutting stars out of old newspaper to give to the people who give me money.

Do you have a favourite type of exercise?
I don’t have any type of exercise. Another SYW participant had a great idea – a private pool would be great. I don’t feel confident enough to go to a public pool but I’d love to do a few laps in my own pool in the morning.

Do you sleep with a top sheet? Why or why not?
No. I’m sure it would keep slipping off the duvet. And my duvet is a high enough tog rating that it wouldn’t make any difference anyway.

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Sharing My World 16-02-2020

February 16, 2020 20 comments

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

Do you snore? How do you know it, if you do?
I don’t know. I had a girlfriend once who said I did. But I don’t have any proof.

What do you find funny?
The usual stuff. Just thinking of some of the films I’ve seen… fictional people getting gorily killed in a funny way. Fictional people’s heads exploding in a funny way. Zombie hordes getting shredded by helicopter blades. All in good fun 🙂

What was the last furry thing you touched?
The removable inner lining of my North Face coat yesterday. I went to the village market in the storm, safe in the knowledge that it would keep me dry. So I ended up warm and dry from the waist up and soaked through from the waist down. Didn’t really think that through.

How do you handcuff a one-armed man?
I suppose you could cuff his arm to his leg. Though that might be considered “cruel and unusual”.

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