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I've been a very bad LJer of late, because of the essay I've been working on, which is due in next Monday. I've now got a rough first draft, with an even rougher conclusion and some 70+ comment bubbles to myself in the margin, which range from citation information to brutal instructions to sort this mess out or rewrite this sentimental tripe of a paragraph.

I'll get there. Not tonight, though - I have three full days before I need even think of an overnighter. So, before bed, I thought I'd follow the flock.

Stolen from kazzy_cee, slaymesoftly and various other good folks.

1. You have 50 dollars in your pocket, what do you do with it?
It would depend on how desperate I was for thirty quid. Possibly trade it in for spendable cash. Possibly tuck it into my passport, because who knows, I might go to the States again someday. Possibly keep it to donate to a good cause which is happy to accept any valid currency. (Syrian refugees come to mind.)

2. What's the worst movie you've ever seen?
Well, there was that hilariously bad Dragonball film with JM as Lord Piccolo. Or the Star Wars prequels. Most really bad films, though, I don't watch to the end anyway. If I see one in the cinema I've almost certainly already read the reviews and decided I would enjoy it.

3. Have you ever seen someone die?
Yes. My father, in Intensive Care. Didn't enjoy the experience.

4. Describe a favourite memory.
Lots, but one is of the last night of my last term at Durham. There was a beautiful event called "Music on the River", with a choir and band on a set of punts and rowing boats, drifting up and down the river at about 11.00. The stars were just coming out as the last light faded and the lanterns glowed golden. Above us were the Cathedral, lit in silver and the Castle in gold, both heartbreakingly beautiful. It was perfect, but sad as well, the end of an era.

5. If you could choose one place on earth to live, where would that be?
Durham or York, possibly. There's a beautiful old house on the hill opposite Durham Cathedral which I always fancied - it was occupied by a former Archbishop of Canterbury in my day and has to have one of the best views in England. OTOH, Warwickshire is pretty and easier to get around the country from. I'd love to spend extended time in a lot of other lovely places, but England is home.

6. What's the name of the song that's stuck in your head right now?
There wasn't one till you asked. Now it's Va Pensiero (chorus of the Hebrew slaves) from Verdi's Nabucco, which is an appalling earworm once you've heard it once. We heard this version in Verona in July:

7. Did you have braces?
On my teeth? No. There was only one person I knew at school who did. As it happens, my teeth are pretty much OK without them.

8. What is the last book you bought?
Probably the new Ben Aaronovitch, Broken Homes, but I think I bought something else on my Kindle and quite possibly a real paper book too. I've borrowed a small mountain from the library too - does that count?

9. Is there anything that has made you unhappy recently?
Worries about people I love, mostly.

10. What do you want most in life?
The chance to carry on learning. To be able to travel more. Happiness for those I love. The usual.

11. Are you in love?
Yes. Since 1974.

12. Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
Mostly fiction, but I really enjoy social history and various other non-fiction. I'm not sure what drama and poetry count as.

13. What does your Livejournal name mean?
It's my real first name and the initial of my surname. It's name in itself in Hispanic countries, though, which has the added advantage that it's hard to Google. Only one thing on the first page is me, and there's someone on Twitter who uses it as a handle who is not me. It's mildly reassuring, though any determined person could identify me fairly easily.

14. What kind of person do you think you are?
I think I'm a bit selfish and egotistical, but I do try hard not to be.

15. Do you believe there is nothing higher than human kind?
Quite a lot of mountains are. If you mean divine beings, I'm not sure.

16. Which fictional character could you most see yourself marrying?
If I can't have Spike I'll take Mr Darcy.

17. Name someone with the same birthday as you.
A boy I used to teach called Lewis. Nobody much famous.

18. Name an obvious quality you have.
I'm fat and talkative. And passionate about literature, drama, creativity of all sorts.

19. Do you have an all time favourite song?
Lots. Meet on the Ledge by Fairport Convention is definitely on the list.

20. What type of friends do you like?
People I don't have to explain everything to and who don't think I'm weird because I love talking about books and theatre and stuff.
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velvetwhip From: velvetwhip Date: August 29th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
11. Are you in love?
Yes. Since 1974.

That's wonderful.

gillo From: gillo Date: August 30th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)
We started going out in January '74, and I fell for him within a few months. We didn't get married till '78, though, which may well be one reason we're still together.
kazzy_cee From: kazzy_cee Date: August 30th, 2013 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I forgot about the Star Wars prequels! They were all awful weren't they!! Good luck with the rest of the essay!
gillo From: gillo Date: August 30th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I saw the last one I have blanked it completely. That's how good they were.

Eight and a half thousand words now, and hunting for bits to cut.
petzipellepingo From: petzipellepingo Date: August 30th, 2013 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, York is a very nice city - I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.
gillo From: gillo Date: August 30th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm very fond of it, and have close friends living half an hour away, which helps.
deborahw37 From: deborahw37 Date: August 30th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm SO right there with you on #20`
gillo From: gillo Date: August 30th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the crucial thing for me. People who think I'm showing off if I quote something or make a joke based on a book or TV show are just too much hard work.
sparrow2000 From: sparrow2000 Date: August 30th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Darcy is going to finish up with a lot of wives! *g*

I lived in York for years, and it's a very beautiful city, but oh, the traffic! :)
gillo From: gillo Date: September 3rd, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I claim Darcy. He's MINE, I tell you! Though I would settle for Spike.

York traffic is ghastly. I would insist on a small mansion in the centre.
yvonnet From: yvonnet Date: September 3rd, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
We've just bought a house in Durham again! At the moment Tristan is living there, with Eileen's youngest and her boyfriend, because we can't go there permanently yet. At the moment however, we're enjoying the Hungarian house, where I am baking a pear and cinnamon cake, reading the latest in the Paladin's Legacy series,painting a picture as Van Gogh would paint if he had no talent(lol)and catching the Archer's omnibus. Inbetween the spa and the garden! I'm glad to have the Othello to come back for! see you soon! x
gillo From: gillo Date: September 3rd, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Where in Durham? So you're a three-home family again?

I thought T was moving to Cov again?
yvonnet From: yvonnet Date: September 4th, 2013 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
He was, he did, but now has a job in Newcastle. Still in North End, just near Flass vale. You'll see one day. Yup, woman of property again! When are you getting your pad in Italy???
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