Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sunday Stealing: If You Could.......

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Travel anywhere, where would it be?  I'd love to visit the museums and art galleries of Amsterdam.  I love the works of Rembrandt and Vermeer.  But I'm shit-scared of flying and haven't flown since the 80's.

 Meet anyone, who would it be? Duh! Simon Baker of course...!!   Judge Judy and Debbie Harry share a joint second place!

 Bring anyone dead back to life, who would it be?  Outwith loved ones, the recently deceased comedian Rik Mayall.  The majority of Britain was devastated at his early exit.  The man was a comedy genius!  

 Be anyone for a day, who would it be?  Duh!  Simon Baker's mistress, of course!  Seriously though - a ballerina of some standing (and twirling!)  I always wanted to dance on stage!  

 Get anything for free for the rest of your life what would it be?  Haagen Dazs Praline and Cream, ice cream.  Just one tub a day and we've a deal!

 Change one thing about your life what would it be?  You know what.....I'm such routine driven that I reckon change would be too much of a challenge.  I get by.

 Have any superpower what would it be?  I'd be 'Steamy-Clothes-Female-Type-Thing'  where all she has to do is stare wide-eyed at the ironing pile and it smoothes and hangs itself up in seconds.  Can you imagine how much in demand a heroine like she would be...?

 Be any animal for a day which would you be?  I'd be a bird for that wonderful bird's eye view. I'd soar for miles and miles.

 Date anyone who would it be?  Duh!

 Change one thing about the world what would it be?  Suffering. Of any manner. 

 Live in any fictional universe which would you choose?  Not too sure - come back to this.

 Eliminate one of your human needs which would you get rid of?  That's a toughy, but if I had to it would be the need of a telly in the bedroom....(it's a need in my world!)

 Change one thing about your physical appearance what would it be?  Smaller boobs. They've been the bane of my life!

Change one of your personality traits which would you choose?  I couldn't.  I reckon I'm stuck with them now.

 Be talented at anything instantly what would you choose?  Portrait painting rather than the cartoon and caricatures ones I do.

 Forget one event in your life which would you choose?  The birth of my second son - he was born with some facial  bruising and rather blue as the midwife said I wouldn't be giving birth until the afternoon (she told me that at 7am).  Half an hour later he arrived and was whisked straight into an incubator.  I had to wait 12 hours for a cuddle with him!  It still comes to me every now and then so a smoother birth for us both would have been less stressful - but he was okay in the end!

 Erase an event from history (make it so it never happened) which would you choose?  WWII.

 Have any hair/eye/skin color, which would you choose?  I'd keep my hair colour but would like green eyes as I think that looks better on a strawberry blond rather than grey.  I'm very happy being pale skinned and never sunbathe.  People make too much of this tanning nonsense.   To be honest, some tans look awful with bright blonde hair and would look even worse on a ginger!

 Be any weight/body type, which would you choose?  Small boobs, fairly hope in hell of that ever happening!

 Live in any country/city, where would you choose?  I'm very much settled here but having a second home in the heart of London wouldn't be too bad either. 

 Change one law in your country, which would you change?   I'd make sure that dog-shit leavers were fined on the spot.  I hate seeing poop about when there's bins in abundance and free poop bags and scoops from the council.

 Be any height, which would you choose?  I'm quite happy way down here, thank you. 

Have any job in the world, which would you choose?  Dog Shit Warden.

 Have anything appear in your pocket right now, what would it be?  Jelly Babies

 Have anyone beside you right now, who would it be?........erm, you know, I can't quite think of anybody right now..........Duh!


Saturday, 28 June 2014

Saturday 9 - I Feel The Earth Move

                        I Feel the Earth Move

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1) This song is from the album Tapestry, one of the all-time best-sellers (more than 25,000,000 copies sold worldwide). Is it in your collection?  Not mine, although I've heard of the album.  One of my older brothers is more likely to have it, though.

2) It's about that glorious passion you feel when you first fall for someone. How many times have you been in love?  Twice. It's something I recall from time to time when daft little associations jog my memory.

3) San Francisco radio stations briefly removed "I Feel the Earth Move" from their playlists after the 1989 earthquake. Have you ever been in an earthquake and literally felt "the earth move under your feet?  No earthquakes in Scotland but when my son and his band all practice in his room it gives me a little idea of what one may be like.

4) Carole King is the first and only woman to win the Gershwin Prize for songwriting from the Library of Congress. Here's your chance to brag a little -- tell us about an accolade you have received?  I really don't have anything too amazing to boast about, but I once raised money for a kid's cancer fund by singing and playing songs on my guitar for 24 hours.  The story ran in a few newspapers so I guess this covers as my accolade but charity money is raised in far more exciting and amazing methods, so consider this half a brag!
5) Carole wrote "You've Got a Friend," which was a mega hit for her good pal, James Taylor. King and Taylor have known one another for more than 40 years, but have never been romantically involved. Do you have any platonic friends of the opposite sex?  I think we all do, but as far as secrets and stories are concerned I usually choose same sex confidantes - particularly my neighbour Liz, next door.

6) Like more than 80% of the population, Carole is right handed. Are you right handed, left handed (10%) or that most rare of all, ambidextrous (less than 10%)?   My father was ambidextrous and my mother left-handed but I turned out one of that 80%.

7) One of Carole King's earliest hits was Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion." Little Eva was the teenager King hired to care for her young children. Tell us about a sitter who cared for you when you were little.  I remember Denny, who was the wife of one of my mother's old school friends. Robert was in his forties and the boss of the Barr's Soft Drinks Company while Denny was in her early twenties.  She was really funny and sweet, but had a hard time from meddlesome old ratbags who looked down on that sort of thing.  But apart from she, my family was so vast that a babysitter was easy to book.

8) Beautiful is the title of the Broadway play about Carole King's life. If we were producing your lifestory, what would you want us to call it?  It Wasn't Me!   I'm an identical twin and would love to have a book of our story from childhood to the present day published. It'd be dramatic enough - believe me!  I'm not too sure how a play would pan out though.

9) Carole wrote "Pleasant Valley Sunday," the Monkees' song about conspicuous consumption. When Crazy Sam looks at her crowded shelf of hair products (paraben-free conditioner, keratin-restoring conditioner, hair masque, hot oil conditioner …), she realizes she's guilty of it herself. Have you bought anything recently that you later decided was a waste of money?  Yeah - an under-wire bra. Even with a 'proper' fitting in a undies shop, I still get that wire digging into my ribs at some point down the line.  I'm thinking of replacing the wire with pipe cleaners. They're bendy but not so viscious.........

and there endeth my Q'd this week. Will be visiting you soon!


Friday, 27 June 2014

Feline Friday - Kitty Curl

Here's my summer-lazy cat, Boaby, having a quick close-to-the-edge nap on the old garden furniture.  Ain't he a cutie?


Saturday, 21 June 2014

Saturday 9 - Little Red Corvette

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1) The subject of this song is frankly sexual. Do you blush easily?  Blush? No. Hot flush, yes, with the speed of a Tsunami...! 

2) Prince is his real name (Prince Rogers, to be exact). Growing up, his relatives called him "Skipper." Do you have any nicknames within your family?   Nicknames are widely used within my family and friends - especially from my husband.  Got a nickname for everyone he has - mine are listed on my sidebar.

3) Prince says he's "obsessed" with Mozart and reads whatever he can find about the composer. What's the last book you read?  Choose Me by Kay Langdale.

4) Between Prince and The Beach Boys, the Corvette is a much sung-about car. Tell us about your vehicle.  Quite an old Astra Zafira, which I clean and the Cheaper Half drives.

5) In the 1980s, when Prince was popular, MTV could turn a song into a hit. In 2014, how do you hear new music?  Mostly from the music stations on telly and my son usually has something banging on from upstairs. But I'm willing to listen to anything - apart from R&B, rap and heavy metal.  That's all just repetitive piss to me.

6) In 1982, when "Little Red Corvette" ruled the airwaves, Braniff Airways shocked the travel industry and threw passengers into chaos by declaring bankruptcy. When did you last fly? Did your trip go smoothly?  My trips never go smoothly no matter what method of travel I choose!

7) 1982 is also the year Disney opened Epcot. Have you ever been to a Disney park? If only!

8) 1982 is the year Cheers premiered. The sitcom was set in a bar where "everybody knows your name." Tell us about your favorite local bar or restaurant.  Don't really frequent bars these days but I do enjoy a few hours in Ricky D's - who do an 'eat all you can' world buffet.

9) The 1980s were considered a highpoint in professional tennis, with Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe dominating the sport. Do you play tennis?  I love watching tennis but playing badminton....sadly not so much these days.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Feline Friday - Kitchen Kitty Cat

Loved this picture while perusing images and added a little kitty dialogue, too.  My cat, Simon, was very much a kitchen cat!