Ahem, yes, I hoped it might be too, but …
1) Name five unusual things you can see from where you are sitting.
Oh my goodness!
(a) well I’ve got my pens in a container that apparently had “salted caramel” somethings in them, and (call me old fashioned, but) to me, the idea of “salted caramel” anything is downright weird, let alone unusual.
(b) I’ve got a blood pressure monitor next to my monitor (don’t ask…).
© If I look to my left I can see a shelf that contains books & other material in 3 languages, in addition to Welsh and English (but to be honest, that’s hardly unusual in this select gathering ).
(and that doesn’t include programming languages, come to think. ).
(d) I have to turn round, but in one corner, there is a mouse deterrent gadget plugged in to a wall socket (and it definitely works (despite my son’s cynicism) and it also works for unicorns…we’ve not had a single one of those little perishers round since I plugged it in…)
(e) We’ve got some aloe vera leaves sprouting roots in a glass of water on the window sill. We brought them back from Fuerta Ventura, when on a visit to an aloe vera museum/shop/factory.
Probably high time we did something with them…
2) What is the most memorable experience you’ve had a a spectator/audience member?
More embarassing than memorable, but at a TV studio recording, there was a very funny warm-up man whom I enjoyed immensely. But unfortunately, as talking to the audience was part of his shtick, after he talked to me, from time to time afterwards he would keep referring to me and asking my opinion for some reason. It was quite funny and hugely embarrassing at the same time. Goes with the territory, I guess.
3) I was up at 4am with terrible head pains related to an ear infection.
Oh dear…do take care of your ears.
Today I am mostly seeking comfort. Name the following things which give you comfort -
a. something to watch
Lots of things ,but sometimes an old B&W “noir” film on DVD, like “Double Indemnity”.
b. something to listen to
Again, lots of things, but e.g. Rachmaninov’s piano music from Brief Encounter, or
Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in D Minor on the organ
c. something to eat
d. something to drink
If we’re talking purely comfort here, and not health, it would probably be chocolate Hobnobs or Digestives (but they are very bad for me) and coffee.
Alternatively a very fruity scone or hot-cross bun. Or bara brith, of course.
e. something to wear
Anything that was both not too tight around the waist and which didn’t fall down!
(This garment has not been invented yet, at least not for a male d’une certain age and build…
f. a smell
Anything that reminded me of Spring and Summers outdoors when I was young, especially when spending summers at my grandparents house in the country.
4) Something few people know about you.
When I was younger, I used to like making working model sundials. I was more interested in the science behind them than for their decorative effect, so they weren’t pretty, just functional (well, supposed to be). I’d like to have had the skills to have been able to make them attractive as well, but hey…
I was young and optimistic then. Now I’m old and cynical and know that there’s never enough sunshine to make it worth doing…
5) Today is Friday the 13th - what really frightens you?
Thunderstorms, especially when outside. From what my mother has told me, I was terrified of them as a child, and I suppose it never really left me.
I’m not superstitious though. Well, not really superstitious…