How It Is

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o1. Make a list of 5 things you can see without getting up.
Exercise bike, fruit bowl, magazine, Christmas presents, seascape

02. How do you style your hair?
Taking more time and products than appearance would suggest.

03. What are you wearing now?
Sweatpants, long sleeved top, socks, glasses

04. What’s your occupation?
Battlefield clearance: after the battle I bayonet the wounded.

05. What do you hear right now?
Birdsong, John Martyn

06. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure treat?
Dr Who boxsets, manzanilla sherry and roasted salted almonds

07. Are you hungry?
No – I’ve had dinner

08. Write the first word that comes to mind.

09. Dog person or cat person?
Both – but it’s a long time since I had a dog.

10. What song is currently stuck in your head?
“Your Baby has gone down the plughole” – a music hall song that came up in conversation today.

11. What was the last thing you bought?
Fruit and vegetables

12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Big Sur, San Francisco and Northern California

13. Where do you see yourself in 5 minutes?
In the kitchen making a cup of tea.

14. Last book you read?
Ask Alice – DJ Taylor was last night’s read, but I have 4 books on the go at the moment.

15. What are you doing this weekend?
Visiting my family in County Durham.

16. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?

17. How are you?
Tired and jaded.

18. What are you doing tomorrow?
Finishing fieldwork and starting to construct a report and having highlights in my hair at the end of the day.

19. What are you looking forward to the most?
My next holiday.


Flickr meme

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I’ve been tagged by elhamisabel 

If you’ve got  a Flickr account go to the 6th page and post the 6th image on that page here and tag 6 people.
So I’m tagging semioticghosts ,  novemberbug , swanofkennet , miketroll , newkaligula, and caterinaanna , if they want to play, too and haven’t already been caught.

It’s the Sanger Institute’s Genome campus south of Cambridge.
I took this in February on a very cold, foggy day. I’d had an 8.00am meeting near Saffron Walden on a site in a secluded valley. Sufficiently secluded for the temperature to be -5degrees when the surrounding villages were just above freezing. Due to the fog I missed my turn onto the A road and ended up weaving my way through the villages in the general direction of Cambridge and unexpectedly came upon this – the home of the Human Genome Project.

The Famous ( and not so famous ) Art Quiz

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As seen on Madame U’s LJ.

Your result for The Famous (and Not So Famous) Art Quiz…

Art History Major

Art History Major: You scored 91% Artiste!

You’ve studied art for years, and therefore you recognized almost if not all the works represented here. Way to go!

Take The Famous (and Not So Famous) Art Quiz at HelloQuizzy

I’m getting old!

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In the spirit of a “balanced” view I took both quizzes.

My conservative persona is derived from what I found the least offensive answers to the questions, which was a tad difficult at times.

Why “I’m getting old” ?

Because I’ve stopped being a bleeding-heart liberal and am less inclined to see Government waste money on the idle. Or maybe that’s because when I was younger it was hard to live on ” the dole”.Now it seems for many working for a living brings in less than sitting on your fat backside in front of cable/satellite TV (when you aren’t popping out the progeny of you and the latest sperm-donor to cross your threshold).

My Conservative Identity:

You are a Free Marketeer, also known as a fiscal conservative. You believe in free-market capitalism, tax cuts, and protecting your hard-earned cash from pick-pocketing liberal socialists.

Take the quiz at www.FightLiberals.com

Surprise , surprise

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My Liberal Identity:

You are a Reality-Based Intellectualist, also known as the liberal elite. You are a proud member of what’s known as the reality-based community, where science, reason, and non-Jesus-based thought reign supreme.

Take the quiz at www.FightConservatives.com

Please allow me to introduce myself…

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I’m taking a break letting my brain shuffle the cards of my latest report and spit out something meaningful, probably in half an hour or so. This meme is doing the rounds and a fellow LJer once commented that I don’t say much about ME , so here is a little.

1. Were you named after anyone?
My mother’s mother is in there, Elizabeth, and my second name, Anne, may be for my father’s aunt or may not.

2. When was the last time you cried?
Watching a West Wing DVD. The older I get the more cheap sentiment gets to me.

3. Do you like your handwriting?
I liked it when I was a teenager and it had some form. Years of taking notes in interviews has reduced it to a hideous scrawl.

4. What is your favourite lunch meat?
Hand-carved organic roast ham.

5. Do you have kids?

6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
Yes, I’m a good friend, although I’m evil when really crossed.

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
Not to people’s faces.

8. Do you still have your tonsils?
Yes. A doctor decreed when I was a child that my attacks of tonsilitis were so bad that I needed my tonsils to prevent the infection causing greater trouble elsewhere.

9. Would you bungee jump?
No my spine’s in a bad enough state already.

10. What is your favourite cereal?
Nut clusters.

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
Only if my shoes have laces.

12. Do you think you are strong?
I used to be physically strong, now I’m not and i don’t like it. Emotionally I can be pretty strong, but eventually I’ll crack.

13. What is your favourite ice cream?
Good rum and raisin.

14. What is the first thing you notice about people?
General demeanour : it’ll help me decide how to get answers from clients

15. Red or pink?

16. What is your least favourite thing about yourself?
I want people to like me, it’s an insecurity I could do without.

17. Who do you miss the most?
My friend Mary who died two years ago. I often think ” I wonder what Mary would think of that”

18. Do you want everyone to send this back to you?
I’m probably on the end of this anyway.

19. What colour pants and shoes are you wearing?
Cream and black cotton trousers and white Birkenstocks

20.What was the last thing you ate?
A smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich.

21. What are you listening to right now?
The hum of the PC and the sound of birds outside the window.

22. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be?

23. Favourite smells?
The sea, wild honeysuckle and clematis.

24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
The boss

25. Do you like the person who sent this to you?

26. Favourite sport to watch?
Tennis & football.

27. Hair colour?
Mouse,  blond, orange and grey.

28. Eye colour?
Passport says blue. Actually a slatey blue with a lot of yellow around the iris.

29. Do you wear contacts?
I’ve worn hard lenses since I was 19 and switched to gas permeables about 15 years ago

30. Favourite food?
I’ll eat most things, but love cheese.

31. Scary movies or happy endings?
Neither – a good story is what I want.

32. Last movie you watched?
Good night and Good Luck

33. What colour shirt are you wearing?
Pale yellow

34. Summer or winter?
I like both, but as I remember them as a child, hot sunny summers and snowy winters.

35. Hugs or kisses?

36. Favourite dessert?
At the moment I ‘m majoring on panacotta with berries.

37. Most likely to respond?
No idea

38. Least likely to respond?
Those who already have

39. What book are you reading right now?
Sarah Waters “The Night Watch”

40. What is on your mousepad?
“The future is known” and a bright sunrise. It’s an ad for financial software.

41. What did you watch on TV last night?
“Criminal Justice” a week long drama about the UK justice system.

42. Favourite sound?
The sea.

43. Rolling Stones or Beatles?
The answers in the title of this entry, but I do know the words to most Beatles’ songs

44. What is the furthest you’ve been from home?

45. Do you have a special talent?
No can’t sing, can’t dance, can’t act a bit

46. Where were you born?
Coventry, UK

47. Whose answers are you looking forward to reading?
Everyone’s are interesting

Random music meme – the answers.

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I should apologise for how small the pics were, so thanks for playing, everyone!

Some of you found this pretty tricky, ( apart from the pic size) maybe that was because for most of them I tried to find a pic from the same “era” as the music.

The scores:

 The winner with 16,  helped by putting her specs on for the second part of her attempt – 

[info]wyldetwo !           

 came in second, also with 16, but just sliding in under the line by posting Tuesday morning , 

with a unlucky for some 13 – just wait until she sees the answer to no.20

 a nice 9


  with 4.

I rather enjoyed that!


 1. The Supremes

2. Kirsty MacColl

3. Van Morrison


5.Marianne Faithfull

6. Madeleine Peyroux

7. George Gershwin ( the composers are always the hardest)

8. Beth Orton

9. The Cocteau Twins


10. David Bowie

11. Dusty Springfield

12. Moby

13. Elvis Costello

14. The Velvet Underground

15. The Style Council

16. Led Zeppelin

17. Bruce Springsteen

18. Alison Moyet

19. John Martyn

20. Pink Floyd ( with Syd)