In which I attempt a linky of sorts

Except I don’t know how to do a linky proper. This is sure to fall to an arse before it takes off but I’ll give it a bash anyway.

All credit to my favourite feathered friend, Wee Blue Birdie at Little Steps to Somewhere for inspiring this risky move by nominating me to answer ten questions of her own, which were…

1. What kind of bird would you be, and why?

I’d be …’like a bird on the wire. Like a drunk in the midnight choir. I have tried in my way to be free’.

I guess we’re all birds of some sort already *sticks two fingers in mouth*

2. Which period of history had the best clothing?

I fancy I would’ve been more sophisticated in a flapper dress brandishing a 9 inch cigarillo holder than a Johnny Blue, but alas, being middle-aged, I can see I would have needed a jumper to keep warm. Not a good look. Poverty shawl chic in colonial Ireland was alright. But joking about the famine is not permitted. Unfortunately, it’s not covered under our progressive blasphemy law.

3. In which film do you wish you had played the lead? What would you have brought to the role?

Rob in High Fidelity – the record shop, the record collection; the encyclopedic knowledge of music; the one-on-one time with philosopher Bruce in the proverbial confession box of life; the dedicated commitment to top fives; and getting the girl in the end.

I’d have brought an authentic neurosis to the agonising compiling of top fives, and a reminder that music is a passion for women also, not just an occasional spectator sport.

4. What was your favourite toy when you were a child?

A furry Bert from Sesame Street. He was going through a hard time after splitting from Ernie. Life with my family was becoming increasingly intolerable. We were both in the wrong place at the right time, so we formed our own exclusive support group down the back of my folks’ garden. We, like, really talked, y’know?

Our girl’s favourite toy these days is Ernie. He appears to be in a perpetual state of grinning. I reckon he’s on something.

5. If you could be in the Olympics, what would your sport be?

Schadenfreude , sleeping in, and film marathons. A triathlon, in short.

6. If you could cure one human illness or disease, what would it be and why?

Incurable greed.

7. What is your favourite urban myth, and why do you want it to be true?

That Bono is in pursuit of justice for the developing world. Because it would save me a lot of energy hectoring folk about how his approach is part of the problem, and balancing a few incontrovertible facts with my occasional appreciation of the early music of the Onob Quartet.

8. What is your favourite unusual word?


9. How would you like your writing to influence the world, or affect those who read it?

I suspect I’m the one who reads it most. I reckon it has already prevented me from going postal, or – God forbid – finding God. Or worse still – running. Good for personal positive mental health, and for the world at large by curbing the body count.

Oh, and I’m not sure if this blog will continue to bob about in the ether long enough for our daughter to access it, but I would hope she would derive something positive from reading it. If only a satisfying eye-roll.

10. What is the best thing about being you?

Not being a conjoined twin. Time alone with my wonderful array of friends would be awkward. I’d have to compromise greatly when considering how to fuck up the many wonderful second chances I’ve been given in life.

Deciding who to pass the parcel on to with ten fresh questions is an impossible task, so in the interests of curiosity and a chance to broaden the potential pool of responses, I’m throwing it out to everyone I follow and who might be looking in. The brotherhood and sisterhood of blog alike. (That includes you, birdie. Maybe only you. Probably hehe)

Ten questions for your dismissal/consideration..

  1. What single question asked of a person can tell you a lot about that person?
  2. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?
  3. If you had to place a personal advert on a dating site using not more than 150 words from lyrics of a song or poem, what would they be?
  4. Tell us a joke
  5. What were you like at school? Are you much different now?
  6. If you had to re-name your blog, what would you call it and why?
  7. What five guests, living or dead, would you invite to your fantasy dinner party and why?
  8. Do you have a favourite sexual fantasy? What sorts of things would you like to do in life if you were as outgoing and uninhibited as you wish?
  9. What does someone ‘having character’ mean to you?
  10. Name your top five favourite sit-coms

PLEASE PLEASE PARTICIPATE  No pressure but feel free to join in. Cut ‘n’ paste or respond with haste (sorry).

12 thoughts on “In which I attempt a linky of sorts

  1. Brilliant. I knew you would treat the questions with the correct amount of irreverance 🙂 Funnily enough, both Of Opinions and I are into the flapper thing too. Though in my case, I would have to be put on the rack to be stretched out to be long enough and skinny enough to fit the look 😦 Great answer throwing That Man Bono into the mix. Made me think fondly of how you and I first got into these banterathons! Perfect 10 – just goes to show that there are other things worse than being an only child – as your kid, my kid and me know very well!!!

    Sneaky passing back more q’s…..especially as I have got myself into a queue of posts to be written (HAH! See what I did there??) I found myself promising to do other people’s challenges if they did mine. At this rate I’ll be doing a daily post. Is the world ready for that sort of malarkey???

    • Oh no you don’t sneak past that easily. I’ll cheerfully take my place in the queue 🙂
      That’s right – I’d forgotten about the match-making powers of Bono. Is there no end to his greatness? Don’t mind me, I’m just a begrudging Irish person. Apparently.

      I enjoyed this little exercise. I thank thee. Of course the flapper gear is pure fantasy. Like my new year do list. So much for my dry February. The cheek of it not to begin on a Monday. No point starting now.

      I await your daily posts with eager anticipation 🙂

  2. Oh, and I don’t do jokes – I never remember the details 😦 I’m all about the spontaneity of humour 🙂 These questions are going to involve a considerable amount of coffee and chin stroking – which will thereby defeat the purpose of irreverant spontaneity. Breathes into a brown paper bag……

  3. If you had to place a personal advert on a dating site using not more than 150 words from lyrics of a song or poem, what would they be?

    (The Cure’s A Strange Day)

    Give me your eyes
    That I might see the blind man kissing my hands
    The sun is humming
    My head turns to dust as he plays on his knees
    As he plays on his knees

    And the sand
    And the sea grows
    I close my eyes
    Move slowly through drowning waves
    Going away on a strange day

    And I laugh as I drift in the wind
    Dancing on a beach of stone
    Cherish the faces as they wait for the end
    Sudden hush across the water
    And we’re here again

    And the sand
    And the sea grows
    I close my eyes
    Move slowly through drowning waves
    Going away
    On a strange day

    My head falls backs
    And the walls crash down
    And the sky
    And the impossible
    Held for one moment I remember a song
    An impression of sound
    Then everything is gone

    A strange day

    What were you like at school? Are you much different now?

    Nope, still a nerd!

    What five guests, living or dead, would you invite to your fantasy dinner party and why?

    Anne Boleyn, Edie Sedgwick, Whoopi Goldberg, Yayomi Kusuma, and Robin Williams.

    What does someone ‘having character’ mean to you?


    Name your top five favourite sit-coms

    The Addams Family, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries….okay, I give up…LOL

    • Good woman yourself for leaping in, Chaos Fairy. Big Cure fan here, too. I think I was generous with my word allowance though, forgetting it could encompass a song. Where’s the pain and challenge in that? Hehe

      I didn’t know much about Edie Sedgwick so had a snoop on Wiki there. No doubt she’d have some top gossip to share with the group 🙂

      • Me too! I bought the single along with New Order’s Blue Monday while on holiday with my parents in London. I proceeded to play the shit out of them for the week on the rickety turn-table in a relo’s flat where we stayed. You needed to know that.

        I’d have to go for ‘Caterpillar’. My heart skips a tiny beat whenever I hear it unexpectedly – the best way to hear favourite tunes.

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