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Saturday, 3 March 2012


YONKS was tagged by someone to produce a list of favourites.

Being a contrary bastard, I thought I'd do the same, in reverse order just for a bit of perverse fun.

Favourite saying or motto:
'illegitimi non carborundum' : Don't let the bastards grind you down.

What is your favourite city in the world?

I would have said Wellington, the capital of my newly adopted country, but in all honesty, I must say Paris.  It's everything a city should be. Spacious, beautiful, full of character, great food and art to die for.
Hopital D'Invalides.  Beautiful, especially when approached over the Pont Alexandre III

Who is your favourite artist?

Da Vinci?, Bosch?. Dali?  No.
Norman Rockwell or Graham Sydney.
By Graham Sydney

What is your dream job?
Teaching. I do it, I love it. 

Even when Brian starts an interminable diatribe against religion and for theatre.

My "bad" girls on detention.

Sweet or Salty - Favourite junk food snack?
Salty.  Almost anything from the street vendors/Hawkers in Singapore. Probably Bakkwa
Sweet, again from Singapore, banana fritters.(Pisang goreng)

What is your dream holiday?
Done it.  Alice Springs, Uluru, and Cairns in Australia, with a trip to the Great Barrier Reef.

Uluru.  You really have to see it "for real"

What is your favourite aspect of blogging?
Hmmm.  Probably being in contact with so many people all around the world, and being able to gently insult them and their beliefs, in the best of taste.  Being able to vent the accumulated ire, whenever Ringo drives me to think of more drastic action, probably of a7.62mm character.  Actually, he came into school at the start of the week with a large bandage on his forehead. He's been hunting, and he discovered that the recoil of a full bore rifle can jam the sight into the head of the shooter. Maybe he's read my blogs and is preparing to go on the offensive.

(Remember, you can't hide from a micro-organism. Microbiology is my first degree and love.  You wouldn't believe how easy it is to prepare a lethal anaerobe.)

Are you a dog or a cat lover?
Neither.  I've had a cat (deceased, a rather unfortunate Paracetamol overdose)
We've got a dog, (Bichon-Frise) but the little shit-machine definitely belongs to my beloved.  I prefer keeping a PC as a pet.
Best place really.

If you could step into a time machine and go anywhere in time, where would it be and why?

Back to Manchester so I could destroy all of the progenitors of Ringo, so he would no longer exist.
Probably start a plague of Black Death in the 30s.  Yersinia pestis is so amenable to home culture.

Do you prefer to watch TV or read, what is your favourite?
Read.  Anything by John Ringo, or most anything by good Science Fiction authors.  (I recommend "The Last Centurion")

What is your favourite season and why?
Summer.  Wine, Cherries, Strawberries, fresh tomatoes, lemons freshly picked of the tree with Gin, Tonic and ice.


  1. Excellent dude! Brian and Ringo sound like a hoot. How are they together in a confined space! It's great seeing people's answers. You can learn a lot. Is that the deceased cat? Paracetamol tastes so bad I can't imagine a cat would voluntarily decide to eat it. Do you have something you would like to share with the class?

  2. YONKS: Brian is a bit of a hoot(well a Hobbit anyway) Ringo isn't.
    The taste of paracetamol can be obscured by tinned Tuna. Who said anything about voluntary?

    I've got alot I'd like to share with that class, but
    A. I'm married
    B. My Beloved has got a wicked right hook
    C. I want to stay a teacher

  3. Excellent post TSB. Scary to know Ringo has started hunting. It could be the death of him (hopefully). Lets hope he does'nt shoot shoot any humans, aside from himself. He god damn gave the idiot a firearms licence? I bet he did not ask you to be one of his referees on his licence application, or maybe he did (grin).

  4. Why do you keep referring to Brian as a Hobbit? Did he manage to get a part in the film? Would not surpise me, after all he is short enough and he is quite an accomplished and screened local actor of note.

  5. I see you've been taking photos in Morecambe Bay again.

    Ringo + gun. This is only going to end badly.

  6. VG: It is scary. I just hopethe next pig fights back. Brian IS a Hobbit, he got a place in the movie as some sort of super-extra. I think he drinks beer.

    looby: Sorry, that's Hawke's Bay, or are you referring to the gleaming buttocks?
    Ringo+Gun = The End Of Civilization As We Know It.

  7. I have to visit Paris. Unfortunately, my husband is not so willing. Alice Springs is another place I want to visit--I think husband would enjoy it, but the 15 hour plane trip is a bit of an impediment.

  8. You like an author called Ringo? Is this a bit like my not buying into the god thing but liking fairies?

    Can you please get rid of this new super tricky word verification? I have.

  9. Patience_Crabstick: Like your Hubby, I didn't want to go to Paris, as I'd heard how horrible the Parissiennes were towards Uk and US tourists. I couldn't have been more wrong.
    They were friendly, helpful and witty. The buildings were an absolute delight, and the art was overwhelming, and the food was absolutely fantastic.


    Alice Springs sounded great in Nevil Shute's book, but it really wasn't much. Uluru was even better than I'd hoped.

    Richard: My author Ringo is exSpecial Forces, a killer, has a twisted and very, very black sense of humour and is a decent human being. The othr Ringo isn't...

    Your wish is my command; Nasty Word Verification Go Awqy *ABRACADABRA* et voila, it's gone

  10. YONKS: BTW, that's the first time I've been called dudesince 1976.

    Thank you.

  11. Originally I think a dude was also referred to as a dandy.
    Check this out...


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