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Sharing My World 2017 Week 26

June 25, 2017 21 comments

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


What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
Well, there are things I’m really into and I can’t understand how other people don’t get the point. So I try not to judge. Everybody’s different and everyone likes different things.

After all, who wouldn’t want to spend 6 hours of a Sunday afternoon disembowelling Orcs and such?

What quirky things do people do where you are from?
I haven’t really noticed anyone doing anything quirky. Probably because I do the same quirky things so they seem normal 🙂 Fresh eyes would be required.

What are some things you wish you could unlearn? 
I can’t really think of anything. If I took the trouble to learn them in the first place there must have been a reason. And it’s not like my brain is full and I need to make room…

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?
Hmm. People come and people go. It would be nice to spend some more time with my Gran, who passed away 17 years ago or so. She was such a kind person.

Did you notice how I pretty much didn’t actually answer any of the questions? Does that count as a “quirky thing?”

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Sharing My World 2017 Week 25

June 18, 2017 40 comments

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


What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you that is not part of your regular daytime routine?
I do a lot of sleeping when I’m not working 🙂 I also read, watch the Netflix and play games on my PlayStation. Sometimes I go to the cinema too.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
Obviously I “wouldn’t let it change me”. I’d remain easy-going and a friend to all people and small furry animals, and would still lead a quiet, unassuming life.

Then I would have my driver take me down the high street in my gold-plated open-top Rolls Royce so I can throw bags of money behind me and watch all the poor persons scrabble around in the dirt for it bwahahaha.

What makes you laugh the most?
Watching poor persons scrabble around in the dirt for the money I’ve just chucked out the back of my gold-plated open-top Rolls Royce bwahahaha.

And funny TV programmes.

What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology?
Battery life annoys me. The list of stuff I have to recharge is practically endless. Toothbrush, shaver, phone, laptop, Kindle, PlayStation controllers, watch… yikes!

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Sharing My World 2017 Week 24

June 11, 2017 26 comments

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


What’s your strongest sense?
My sense of danger. Any perceived threat and I’m gone. Like spiders and such. Nasty creepy things.

Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best? (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey)
The last time this question came up I invented a new one and called him Asshole.

So the original name of the Seven Dwarfs were Blick, Flick, Glick etc etc (1912 Broadway play). Eventually Disney came along and gave them the more well-known names, but in the original 1812 Grimm brothers’ story, they had no names at all!

That’s right, Wilhelm and Jacob didn’t bother naming the little guys. So as for our question, I’m going to be “Unnamed Dwarf Number Three”.

If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would that be?
Thirty-five. No, twenty. Or forty-six. No, wait, twelve. A hundred and two. I don’t know. Three.

List of Jobs You Think You Might Enjoy: Even if you aren’t thinking about a career change, it can be fun to think of other jobs you might enjoy. [Remember: This is SYW where even your dreams can become reality.]
Well, if it could be anything at all…

  • Fighter pilot (but just for the zooming around, not for shooting anyone down)
  • International Man of Mystery
  • Jedi Knight (but not one of the ones who was shot in the back by the treacherous Clone Army)
  • Space Explorer
  • President Supreme of the Galactic Empire of Draliman
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Sharing My World 2017 Week 23

June 4, 2017 21 comments

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


What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen?
I guess it would be some of the London landmarks. The tower with Big Ben in, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the like. It was many years ago, though, pre-camera phones and digital cameras and I don’t have any photos.

Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations?
I prefer little holidays here and there. I have two weeks off coming up but I’ll just take one day as it comes and have little days out.

What is your favourite National or State Park?
We don’t really have state parks (not least because we don’t have states). We do have areas owned by English Heritage (a charity), The National Trust/The National Trust of Scotland (a charity) and The Forestry Commission (which would be the closest to America’s “National Parks” I guess).

Area-wise, North Wales, North and especially North-East Scotland and Cumbria are lovely. Also Dartmoor in Devon and, of course, Cornwall 🙂

Here’s a photo I took a couple of years ago in Dartmoor.


And here’s North Wales.

Waterfall in Wales

A waterfall in Coed y Brenin forest park, Wales

What is your fantasy vacation?
Have I mentioned before visiting the Hobbits in New Zealand? And there’s lots more to see there too!

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Sharing My World 2017 Week 22

May 28, 2017 29 comments

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


What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? 
Can anyone guess? That’s right. Go to Middle Zealand to see the Hobbits. There’s lots to see there too, with the two main islands and whatnot. I’d just need to be sure not to wander too close to Mordor while I’m there. It’s a 25 hour flight, thought, ‘cos it’s like a hundred thousand miles away or something.

How often do you get a haircut?
I get my hair cut every 4 weeks. Otherwise it kind of “fluffs out” from my head. It also tickles my ears 🙂

In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search or numeric puzzles?
Jigsaw, I think, followed by word search. I can’t do crosswords because I don’t know anything, and numeric puzzles make me feel ill 😦

How many cities have you lived in? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.
If we’re talking actual “cities”, three I think. There is a handy list of cities I can refer to in the UK, fortunately, ranging from the biggies like Birmingham down to the tiniest like London. Towns are “promoted” to cities via royal charter. I don’t know what makes a city a city in the other countries I’ve lived in.

Guildford (Surrey) is a town. I’ll call Cobh (Ireland) a town as well. Welwyn Garden City (Hertfordshire) is actually a town, though it seems to be masquerading as a city. Nice try, Welwyn Garden City. Redruth (Cornwall) is a town.

Truro (Cornwall) is a city and so is Cork (Ireland) probably. I’ll call Stuttgart (Germany) a city.

Liss (Hampshire) is a village I suppose, as are Grampound Road and Carnon Downs (both Cornwall).

So that’s three cities, four towns and three villages. I think that’s all of them 🙂

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Sharing My World 2017 Week 21

May 21, 2017 36 comments

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


How many languages do you you speak?
Mink bimble flibble hatstand meep meep. Snurgle McPhee mehaaaaaa.

None, evidently.

What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?
I’m reading one of my standard urban Gothic-style books. You know the sort of thing – feisty heroine, has some sort of “banned” magic, living in secret, demons attack blah blah blah. Also “The Invisible Man” by HG Wells for my book group.

I’m watching Grimm series 5 (I think), Once Upon a Time series 6 (?) and Colony series 1 (all on Netflix). I have a few things lined up including iZombie series 3 (?). Looking forward to that! While writing this I’m watching Casualty from last night.

I’m listening to a lot of Gin Wigmore, The Pretty Reckless, Evanescence and Dragonette at the moment.

I’m eating all sorts of stuff. Mostly with hot sauce.

What was the last photo you took with your phone?
This one. I took it yesterday for my Instagram to illustrate the beauty of Spring time.

What is your favourite time of day?
Right at the beginning 🙂

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Sharing My World 2017 Week 19

May 14, 2017 33 comments

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


When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?
I have a battered old pair of slippers. When you vacuum as “often” as I do, barefoot is not to be recommended heh heh.

What was your favourite food when you were a child?
Yeek, that’s a long time ago to remember. I really liked a chocolate bar called “Yorkie”. Does that count as a food?

Are you a listener or talker?
I listen a lot. I can also talk a fair amount once I’m comfortable with people. With new people I keep my mouth shut until I’ve listened a lot and have sussed out what sort of people they are, their sense of humour, topics to avoid and so on.

Favourite thing to (pick one):  Photograph?  Write? Or Cook?
Do I pick one topic or do I pick one thing from each topic?

Photograph: views of nice places.

Write: flash fiction, preferably with dark/quirky humour.

Cook: I’m more a fan of eating the cooking rather than the cooking itself 🙂

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