I’ll be heading up to Manchester the weekend after next for the BlogOnXmas conference. As usual, a linky has been set up to help attendees find out a bit about each other beforehand.
So here’s me in 15 questions. Well, 15 answers, anyway.
1. Please share your favourite photo of you.
Boring, I know, as it’s my avatar photo but it’s pretty much the only shot I have of me that doesn’t immediately make me want to vomit. I’m much happier behind the camera than in front of it.
2. If you could choose a band to play in your garden for your birthday, who would you pick?
Madness. One of my favourite bands from my youth – a time when pop music was fun and not manufactured and promoted to within an inch of its life. I’m gutted we couldn’t make it to Camp Bestival to see them this summer.
3. What do you take with you for long visits to the toilet?
My phone. And a pair of earmuffs so I can’t hear the kids hammering on the door.
4. What word can’t you spell?
I’m embarrassed to say ‘embarrassed’. (I’m forever spelling it with one ‘r’.) Also idiosyncrasy, a word whose correct spelling is in itself idiosyncratic because it ends in -sy rather than -cy. However, I can spell ‘misspell’.
5. What’s the most unusual job you’ve ever had?
Nothing in particular, although I did work for a while in a Chinese takeaway.
6. Knitting, sewing or crotchet?
Er, none of the above. Although I have been known to be a bit crotchety at times. Especially when there’s no beer or wine in the house.
7. Without looking it up, what is a jerkinhead?
I’m sure it’s something entirely innocent but it does sound rather like a porn film term, doesn’t it? Not that I’d know even if it was, of course.
8. If you could have as much of one food as you wanted forever, what would it be?
Cheese – as long as I could have more than one variety of it. (Mozzarella, mascarpone, halloumi, feta, most blue or goat’s cheeses, yum.)
9. What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Delivering Toby on our living room floor unassisted, a planned home birth that happened before our midwife could arrive. Not scary at the time – there wasn’t enough time to get scared – but it wasn’t until afterwards that it struck me how many things could have gone horribly wrong.
10. If you needed a getaway driver, who would you choose?
I’d have KITT from Knight Rider. No need for an actual driver! Michael was really nothing more than ballast, anyway.
11. Would you rather live in Narnia or at Hogwarts?
Hogwarts. Easily accessible by train – no uncomfortable faffing around with wardrobes or anything.
12. What snack food says ‘Christmas’ to you?
Mince pies. No, make that Twiglets. Or maybe cheese footballs. How about a big tin of Roses? (Even though they’re so much smaller than they used to be …) Can I just have all four?
13. Is there life on Mars?
No, but there are sailors fighting in the dance hall, apparently. (I love that song.)
14. Which Christmas movie would you be a character in, and who would play you?
Die Hard. (I don’t care what anyone else says, it *is* a Christmas movie.) Can I be played by the guy who played Oddjob in Goldfinger? We’re practically identical twins anyway.
15. What are you proudest of?
Sorry to mention a rival conference but I would have to say standing up on stage at last year’s BML to deliver a Blogger Keynote in the form of a parody song. (The Psychedelic Furs’ Pretty in Pink, in case you were wondering.) With a singing voice that makes a strangled cat sound like Whitney Houston. In front of 500 people. Stone-cold sober. I rather enjoyed it in the end.
And that’s me.
One final extra special bonus: I’ve dedicated the latest in my series of musical parodies to BlogOn and its legendary cakes. You can listen to it (and sing along with the lyrics) here.
If you’re attending BlogOn on the 24th, why not join in too? Just click on the Christmas jumper below to access the linky post on the BlogOn site, post your own entry and find out more about some of your fellow delegates.