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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Sarah tagged me in on the Liebster blog tag recently and I haven't done one for a very long time, so here are my answers:

1. What was the last song you listened to?

Creep by Radiohead

2. When was the last time you laughed, and why?

I cried laughing after getting out of an interview with a colleague. I'd written the questions: she hadn't had a chance to read through them till we got in the room. Got to the last one which was something along the lines of "summarise working pattern, start date etc. Any questions?" and she, god love her, didn't realise and read it out deadpan, a la Ron Burgundy reading the autocue. We kept straight faces during the interview, god knows how, and then nearly fell down the stairs laughing afterwards.

3. What did you do for your last birthday?

I turned 30 but not in wild style or anything. Took the day off work, rolled round in bed surrounded by wrapping paper, went for sushi and a film with my dad, then out for dinner with mum, brother and sister in law. All very relaxed and lovely. Then Char whisked me off to Bath the next day for a truly wonderful weekend of books and bonnets!

4. If you could spend an afternoon with any two people, one male and one female, dead or alive, fictional or real, who would they be and what would you do?

*gnashes teeth* I can't decide! I had a hard enough time narrowing it down to 5 fictional characters for my dream dinner party. May I have one of each?

Fictional, probably Marcus Didius Falco and Helena Justina from the Falco books. They would be great fun. I could help them solve a mystery and then sit around quaffing the finest Roman wine with them. (I would also be very tempted to hang out with Chrestomanci or Sam Vimes or Dominic & Mary Alistair but I think Falco & Helena are the best match for the requirements given)

Real, I would love another afternoon with my grandparents but how do I choose between the four of them? Impossible. So I'll go for the real but dead option and head back to the glamour of Hollywood to lounge in a director's chair and watch Gene Kelly and Katharine Hepburn do their thing.

5. What's your most visited website, except your blog?

I do spend a lot of time on Twitter and browsing blogs but my most visited website is probably a horsey forum. It's a busy one so there's always something new and interesting to read. Plus the people on it understand this.

6. What are you currently coveting?

Not an awful lot. My tastes are pretty frugal and I'm mentally reining them in even more recently. I would very much appreciate a new Kindle though as mine is just about readable but has developed lots of horizontal lines on the screen which won't go away.

7. Which genre do you most like to read?

I honestly do read pretty much everything except misery memoirs. I quite often glom a particular genre so the one I like best varies depending on what I'm reading at the time. Romance novels are probably my favourite though as there's such scope within the genre - contemporary, historical, suspense etc. Basically I love a happy ending.

8. State three words that describe you best

Stubborn, bookish and shy.

9. Do you have a tattoo, and if yes what is it? If no, why not?

Nope. I'm not anti-tattoo or anything: I love them on other people but I've never found a design that I want permanently etched onto my body. If I did have one it'd probably be some form of literary quote. Too many to choose from though! I could quite fancy this one somewhere a little more discreet...

10. Sweet or savoury?

SWEET. I am very fond of bread and chips but SWEETSSWEETSSWEETS

11. What's one superstition or conspiracy theory that you believe in, or that you think has some merit?

Must admit I'm not much of a one for conspiracy theories. As for superstitions, I have to click my fingers three times if I say "thank you" after someone has said "bless you" once I've sneezed. Why? No idea! It's muddled up in my brain with a vaguely Peter Pan thing about fairies dying if I don't do it.

So, my 11 questions are:

1. What scares you?
2. What is your favourite word?
3. Who was the last famous person you saw in real life?
4. What was the last film you went to see and why did you choose that one?
5. How much cash is in your purse right now?
6. Which piece of clothing do you most regret buying?
7. What's the oddest compliment you've ever been paid?
8. Which book do you love so much that you want to buy a million copies and thrust them at people?
9. What's your karaoke song?
10. Were you named after anyone?
11. If I gave you £1000 right now, what would you spend it on?

I won't do the whole tag-11-people-thing cos by the time this has done the rounds for a couple of weeks, everyone has already been tagged! But if you fancy answering my questions, please feel free. I'd love to see your answers!


  1. So I don't blog but I felt like sharing. ..
    1. Wasps. Horrible buzzy stingy evil things.
    2. Bollocks. Or toblerone. I just like how they sound!
    3. I can't say - tis confidential. So I'll go with Abbey from.hollyoaks (circa 98)
    4. Despicable Me 2 because minions
    5. About £13.60
    6. Just one??
    7. You've lost weight. I can see it on your wrists. You have no idea the paranoia that caused.
    8. To kill a mocking bird. So good.
    9. I don't sing in public. But once I dueted with my dad to Peggy Sue
    10. No
    11. Ooooh dairy milk with daim, a pair of irregular choice kissing kate shoes, a frozen doll and the rest in the bank for moving fees

  2. I love reading these posts, I'm really bad at completing them in a timely manner though! That clicking thing is quite mental, but you know that right? Although I'm starting to fear for the fairies myself, now that you've told me, so if anyone hears me clicking, I'm going to blame you! x

  3. What's not to love about answering random questions for fun ;)
    1. Spiders. Heights. Losing my faculties.
    2. Twunt. It has such a nice ring to it.
    3. Richard Hammond and it was a long time ago.
    4. Frozen. I didn't choose my 5 year old did ;)
    5. £60 and too many coppers
    6. A long length baggy jumper. Looked hideous, no idea what possessed me to buy it.
    7. I have a neat little cervix. Apparently.
    8. To Kill a Mockingbird. Or Rebecca.
    9. Any song by Caro Emerald.
    10. I am named after Winston Churchill's mum watched a film and really liked it.
    11. I would spend it on someone to come and do my house decorating for me cos I really can't be bothered at the moment.

  4. Love this quiz, some really good questions, might nick it for my blog! Got to say, your bookcase looks v similar to mine!

  5. Creep - awesome song!

    1. Losing loved ones
    2. Rhubarbular (not a real word but you can blame Sophie for that)
    3. Rick Wakeman at Liverpool Street station (eating fast food)
    4. Philomena because I love Judi Dench
    5. £19.64, all in coins.
    6. a tunic with deer on it, cute material but the shape was oh so wrong
    7. You're very pale but I like that.
    8. A Street Cat Named Bob and I haven't even finished reading it yet.
    9. I do not sing in public
    10. Nope
    11. A bedroom carpet and a big bookcase.

  6. 1. Onions and spiders, a spider onion would be a rel-life nightmare
    2. Fastidious, it sounds so made up.
    3. Hugh Dennis on the train
    4. Anchorman 2, because I felt like laughing until I almost peed...mission accomplished.
    5. £10 exactly
    6. A fluffy jumper, it sheds all over everything.
    7. Your boobs are looking bigger...from my mum.
    8. Watership Down
    9. As if I would inflict my voice on anyone, I do sing songs from Family Guy or South Park in the shower.
    10. No, Gemma was a pretty standard name in 1983
    11. All the triathlon gear my boyfriend needs, I'm so proud of him.

    Gems x
    Fashion, Well Done

  7. Hi Alex, I've answered your questions!!!!! Come and seeeeeeee!!!! x

  8. I'm going to pinch your questions, I hope thats ok!!


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