"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Thursday, April 20, 2006


H. from It's a mum's life tagged me the other day. The idea is to list a few weird/noteworthy things about myself so here goes:

1. I have a spider phobia
2. I can't bear buttons. They make me feel sick.
3. I am left handed.
4. My handwriting is appalling - by anyone's standards
5. I blame this on being left handed.
6. My great-great-great grandfather was a baronet.
7. Another, more recent ancestor was a colleague of Lord HawHaw during WW2.
8. When I was 11 I played the piano in a local concert having never had piano lessons.

Sorry, nothing very earth-shattering there, but maybe Dale, Michelle and Shooting Parrots would like to take up the baton and run with it.


Wallo said...

Buttons? WOw, can I ask why?I presume myou mean the ones used to fasten jackets and shirts and not the chocolate variety?

Dale said...

Yeah. Buttons???

Shooting Parrots said...

Okay, I've picked up the button. Er baton!

My weird and wonderful facts are:

1. I go in trepidation of door handles. It goes back to an office block I worked in where the handles regularly gave me static shocks.

2. I'm a Codeword addict, the one and only reason for buying the Daily Mail. Try one online.

3. My ongoing family history research probably makes me guilty of ancestor worship.

4. My ggg-grandfather supplied the stone to build the second Woodhead Tunnel, as well as keeping the navvies happy by running a beerhouse. (See No. 3)

5. I've fleetingly met David Mellor, Alan Milburn, Edwina Currie, Virginia Bottomley (and her dad), John Reid, Ken Clarke and Hazel Blears all of whom were/are extremely personable and capable. Except David Mellor. Guessed the connection? Apart from all being politicians I mean.

6. Hard to believe I know, but I quite like doing the ironing, as long as there's something worth listening to on the radio. Hence the ironing picture by Degas above.

7. I can wiggle my ears.

8. I do not sport a tattoo, or earrings or other face furniture. My body has no piercings and I never park in disabled parking bays. I don't chew gum or spit in the street, nor do I drive in the middle lane on a clear motorway. All in all, I think this makes me a pretty unique person!

Jennyta said...

Brilliant. Thanks SP. :)

Wallo and Dale, yes, weird, isn't it - just can't stand them.


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