Diolch Catrin a Pasg Hapus i chdi hefyd.
1) Choose an original piece of art for your wall.
Original as in newly commissioned, or original as in the actual one that the artist made (not a copy)? Well, assuming the latter, anything by Rembrandt, especially one of his simple pen and ink drawings.
2) It’s your turn to get on the soap box - what has really irked you recently?
Keeping well away from politics, to the relatively trivial: there seem to have been more than the usual number of idiot other-drivers on the road lately, and I think I meet them yet again on the pavements and in the supermarket, where they lurch this way and that way, not caring about anybody else, getting in the way and/or cutting in. Politeness seems to be a disappearing virtue…
3) What do you often bore people with once you’ve got going?
The relationships (direct, inverse, or otherwise) between nutrition (including supplements) and health.
Financial/banking/monetary/economic reform, learning from the concepts of Modern Monetary theory.
(Other boring topics are available on request, with the application of alcohol)
4) Worst book, best book, strangest book, most difficult book?
I don’t know about “best”, but a pair of books that have given me pleasure over the years are “Three Men in a Boat” and “Three Men on the Bummel” by Jerome K Jerome.
I’ve attempted to read quite a few “difficult” books in German, and more recently in Welsh, but it would not be fair to call them difficult just because of my lack of non-native language ability.
Another little gem is “Travels with a Donkey” by Robert Louis Stevenson. A fantastic story teller (that one happening to be true).
I often think (and have no doubt bored the forum in the past with this theory/opinion) that, after the essentials of life: food, clothing &shelter, one of the most important things in life is the story. It’s how we learn, how we teach, how we pass on experiences. I would guess that the best teachers are good story tellers.
5) Do you enjoy comedy? What or who makes you laugh?
Oh yes, and lots of different things. Having been brought up on radio, I loved and love “Hancocks Half Hour” (still available on BBC Radio 4 Extra).
I don’t love all American TV comedy, but I’m re-enjoying (thanks to DVDs) both “Larry Sanders” (Gary Shandling, sadly RIP), and “Seinfeld” (Jerry Seinfeld).
More currently: Family Guy (and to a slightly lesser extent: The Simpsons)
Standup: Stewart Lee.
Lots and lots of other things really though. I’ll give most comedy at least a try.
Can’t go without mentioning Dim Byd. Not watched it as much as I intended to, and I don’t necessarily understand it all, but it’s highly original!
Edit: Also really have to mention the “M. Hulot” films of Jacques Tati. Priceless!
Finally, as a bonus, what do you have planned for this Easter weekend?
Trip to Brighton tomorrow (actually flat-hunting with our daughter).
Family lunch on Sunday. The Paschal lamb (with or without mint sauce).