Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A little distraction

I got this from Kate at A Strikke.

1. Flip to page 18, paragraph 4 in the book closest to you right now, what does it say?

"On safety, the transglutaminase issue suggests that we need a more searching regulatory process and a considerably more precautionary approach."
It's from Bread Matters by Andrew Whitley who runs the Village Bakery at Melmerby, where we stopped on our way home on Friday.

2. If you stretch out your left arm - as far as possible, what are you touching?

A laser/ultrasonic measure last used to check that the under-counter freezer units we want in the new kitchen will still allow us to walk around them.

3. What’s the last program you watched on tv?

Does the News count? Otherwise, it was probably the last bit of football on the pub telly (we don't have TV in our quarters, and have no plans to get one)

4. Without looking, guess what time it is.

Noon. Nope, it's only 10.30am. DH has gone to our storage unit to hand over various bits of gardening equipment to friends, and check how much of the stuff we'll be able to fit in the new rooms here. Me, I'm supposed to be working on the hotel website.... DH has decided he wants something more 'luxurious' looking, and I'm trying to work out what he means by that! Then there's the Polish translation to add, and negotiations for a German version and a French one from assorted friends and family.

5. Except the computer, what can you hear right now?

Can't hear the computer: it's a very old desktop model (PIII) with an enormous heatsink and no fan. Perfect for running Linux. Other than that, well, assorted bangs, crashes, thumps etc as electricians, joiners, painters and plasterers get going.

6. When was the last time you were outside and what did you do?

Short-term: this morning, going out the back fire escape door to remind the roofers that walking around the edge might be a better idea.... Other than that, I went for a walk down to the High Park to look at the autumn colours on Sunday.

7. What are you wearing?

Black 'fat lady' trousers (someone sneaked in and took all my clothes in by an inch while we were away), teal long-sleeve T-shirt, beige cardigan, shoes & socks, specs. This office is not warm.

8. Did you dream last night? If you did, what about?

I think so. I tend not to remember much in the way of detail, but have an idea that renovations featured.

9. When was the last time you laughed?

Last night. I was being tickled.

10. What's on the walls, in the room you're in right now?

Seeing as I'm in the office, loads: Cream-painted textured wallpaper hidden by bookcases, files, a whiteboard, a painting of Mull we got for a wedding pressie, and a wonderful poster for Hobgoblin from the Wychwood Brewery.

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11. Have you seen anything strange lately?

Driving to our holiday cottage, we saw a very large mill chimney on the left hand side of the road, and all the mill buildings on the right. The flue must have gone under the road at one time!

12. What do you think about this meme?
Not bad - a good way to get to know someone and bit less twee than many.

13. What's the last film you saw?

Sad to say, it was years ago and at the Glasgow Film Theater: The Third Man had been restored and DH and I went to see it. It's a half hour drive to the nearest movie house from here, and frankly I don't have the time.

14. If you became a multimillionaire, what would you do with the money?

Get a decent pension plan sorted. Get myself a proper bespoke suit. Put some aside for family. Buy a place with potential for a garden (that I really miss). Take overseas holidays: I'd love to see New Zealand, maybe northern Italy again, and Canada. I'd wait until the US gets a bit less paranoid before I thought about visiting there though.

15. Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.

I have a PhD in Chemistry/Biochemistry.

16. If you could change ONE THING in this world, without regarding politics or bad guilt - what would it be?

”Bad guilt”? WTF. I've no idea what this question means, so I'll skip that part. Aside from that, convincing people that we're all just 'people' without the assorted labels that get thrown around would probably be a good start. Did I mention that prejudice is one of my all-time pet hates?

19. What do you want your children's names to be, girl/boy?

If we ever have kids (not likely running this place I have to say) then Tom is a good boy's name (on both sides of the family) and some derivation of Jean might be a good start for a girl. Nothing set in stone, though!

17. Do you like dancing?

Depends on the dancing, really. I love structured (but not formal) dancing as in a Ceilidh, but am left completely cold by the 'stand in your own little square and wriggle' club-style dancing.

18. George Bush?

Fortunately not the leader of my country. I'm still not quite sure what he stands for, but I don't like the results of his leadership. It would be nice to think that our nation gained from cosying up to the US administration, but other than photocalls for the politicians, I don't see it. Diving into a war without a plan for what you were going to do once you'd won, and assuming that 'the good guys always win' didn't seem like the best of ideas to me either.

20. Would you ever consider living abroad?

I do. I grew up in South Africa, and took an oath of allegiance to the Queen and became a British Citizen fairly recently. I love Scotland, and am very settle here.

21. What do you want God to tell you, when you come to heaven?

Nope. Not going there! Politics and religion are two topics very dangerous for pub discussion....

22. Who should do this meme?

Anyone who's had the patience to read all the way through.


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