|Tue 7th Nov '06 2:26PM
|3rd Jun '03
| My, this is turning into one of the best threads I've ever started! What an interesting lot you are. I like this kind of thing because it shows that, in fact, every person is interesting if you pay attention.
I suppose I should answer myself. I've assembled all the new questions below to make a complete set.
What are all the places you've lived in?
Kirkintilloch, 2 places in Manchester, and about 6 places in York.
What's your job/jobs/occupations/pastimes at the moment?
Mostly I'm a youth worker - mainly on an online youth project for young carers, but also on various projects helping young people to get their voices heard in local politics, health services etc. Also I'm a tour guide on a ghost trail - which makes me a "ghoulish raconteur", as our neighbour (the slaughterhouse inspector) tends to call me. Plus I do a bit of self-employed photo art, and for the time being I'm also working freelance doing editing/designing/publishing stuff. Phew!
Have you got a degree/O-Levels/A-Levels/GCSEs/NVQs/anything else? What in?
Various GCSEs - nothing unusual except Russian. A-Levels in French, English, Psychology and of course General Studies, and A-S Level IT. Degree in Languages & Linguistics and MA in Community and Youth Work.
What's the best job you've ever had?
On the whole I'd have to say it's being the ghost trail guide. It has its downsides, including the fewest career prospects and the least equitable pay system, but I've been at it for 6 and a half years and I have to say, I'd probably still do it even if I wasn't paid.
What's the worst job you've ever had?
I spent a week once in the Northern Examinations and Assessment Board, inspecting all the printed GCSE certificates for smudges and blemishes. Yes, that's all I did, for a week. Good lord.
What's your favourite type of...
Macaroni (cheese) pie. No question.
Copella apple juice.
Hmm - probably a capybara, although I have had vague pangolin-ish leanings recently. And, like Demian, I have a certain soft spot in my heart for springtails.
Theakstone's Old Peculier, on draught.
Thick fog! It's really really really really exciting, yet I've no idea why.
Where do you fancy going to in the next few years?
Gibraltar; Ascension Island; and Woodstock, Illinois (where they filmed Groundhog Day)
What are some of the more improbable things you've done in the last few years?
Actually, many of them have been described on this here forum, but here's a few:
Been an assistant to an escapologist
Walked from York to Manchester
Walked from York to Edinburgh and been featured in the world's media for doing so
Been the voice of a stick insect in Creature Comforts
Applied for the job of York peacock-feeder (they never got back to me)
Been photographed with the Lord Provost of Edinburgh
While standing on a stage next to the Lord Mayor of York, speaking into a microphone, addressing an audience of young people, parents and youth workers, declaring the words "Lord Mayor" and "Threesome" in the same sentence
Been the host/presenter/opener for two cricket club fundraising evenings, two awards nights, a Samaritans benefit concert and the York CAMRA beer festival
Asked Demian to make a speech at my wedding!
Tea or coffee?
Tea. Actually, probably coffee slightly more often, but if I could only ever have one it'd have to be tea.
Do you own any hats?
Yes - a brown floppy sunhat thing, a tweed flat cap, two top hats, a green furry woolly hat, a green tartan Tam O'Shanter, and a legionnaire-style sunhat known as The Pillock Hat because it looks so spectacularly unattractive.
If your life was a movie, what would it be called?
"I seem to own a rather large number of hats."
How to remember things...
Write the initials of the thing I need to do, in very big bold writing (with serif), on the back of my hand. But the initials have to be for the whole phrase - eg BSB for "buy some bread". That way, when people ask you what it stands for and you tell them, they react more to it and it sticks in your memory longer even after the pen's washed off.
The most useful thing you regularly carry around...
The little blue LED torch attached to my keys. It's surprising how often it comes in handy.
If you could, would you?
Yes, probably, but I'd reserve the right to abandon it at any stage.
Pizza Hut Vegetarian Hot One, with a stuffed crust (or better still, that cheezy bites thing they do at the moment) and added pineapple. I've never had it with the pineapple but I'm confident it'd be a winner.
Peter Sissons. There's something reassuring about the way they always wheel him out to hold the nation together when something truly disastrous is going on.
Swings, slides or roundabouts?
Fate or karma?
Neither. "Fate" is an excuse to avoid claiming responsibility, making a decision or taking an ethical stance. "Karma" is far too often used as a thinly-veiled reference to revenge, condemnation or judgement. And both of them necessitate some kind of fictitious overseer, arbiter of right and wrong, or director of events. Nah - I'll take secular humanism anyday.
Happy in your current job? If not what are you looking for?
Yes, pretty happy, thank you. Mustn't grumble.
Flying or scuba diving?
Probably flying. They both sound quite nervewracking, but I have at least been in an aeroplane and not been too terrified so I'll stick with what I know.
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
The Mighty Flashbolt.
And what would your super power be?
The ability to turn any situation into a dramatic web of intrigue and wonder, simply by describing it in a dramatic voice and using words like "afoot" and "do you copy".
Which celebrity do you secretly lust after?
Hmm. I notice nobody's answered this one yet... I quite liked that French newsreader they kept phoning up from Radio 1 a few months ago.
None except Kelly.
Worst ever haircut?
There was a hairdresser with lots of enthusiasm and a very strong Australian accent. I was young and nervous and he kept saying things I didn't understand, so I just agreed, and came out with far less hair than I've ever had before or since.
What did your granny always tell you?
Do you have any siblings?
Yes, two. An older brother and a younger brother. They make up the top two highest posters on this very forum (or at least they did at the time of writing). I try to keep them on the straight and narrow but, you know, it's hard sometimes.
How old were you when you left home?
In retrospect, I suppose I was 18, in that when I left to go to university I never really ended up going back again. But I didn't know at the time that that would be the case, so I never really made the decision to "leave home".
What do you remember about school?
Alarmingly little, actually. No, change that - mercifully little.