Monday, 5 January 2009

Not a meme but an interview sort of thing

Urban Pedestrian had a cool thing on her blog a couple of days ago. Not that that is unusual, she has cool things on her blog all the time but this was a cool interactive thing and since the interactivity of the bloggy world is the bit I like best, it took me no time at all to decide to join in. Well, truth be told, it took me a wee while because it has rules and stuff and I had to make sure I understood how this thing worked before launching in and making an eejit of myself. Anyway, I think I have grasped the concept. I am pretty sure. So here goes.

Basically anyone who wants to play can e-mail me and ask to join in and the idea is that I will then e-mail them 5 questions to answer. Hopefully reasonably interesting questions because "What is your favourite colour?" is not going to make for fascinating blog posts. They then answer the questions in a post on their blog and invite more people to join in. Sounds like fun, huh? And hopefully since it will be people you sort of know that you are setting questions for, they can be more interesting and "tailored" making for better posts.

So Urban Pedestrian sent me these:

  1. Do you thing Scottish men are unique in any way? Better/worse than males in other of other nationalities? This is a tricky one for me because the Scottish male I know best, ie the Husband, is not typical of the species. He does not like sport. No, not even football. That is enough to mark him as unusual in a country where football is the closest thing we have to a state religion. I'm not sure how unique Scottish men are - they do tend to have a pretty good sense of humour, I would say, as being described as "a good laugh" is one of the highest accolades you can award someone. They are also willing to get dressed up in kilts at the drop of a hat. Which is good. They tend to like a good drink too, which is perhaps less good.
  2. What secret do you harbour that you've never told a living soul? I once saw Kajagoogoo in concert. No, wait, I think I may have told you lot that already. That's the problem with blogging, you tend to be free and easy with your innermost disgusting thoughts . I think I am fundamentally too uninteresting to have deep secrets. The best I can come up with is when I was a teenager I was making mince pies for Christmas and I dropped the pastry on the floor of the kitchen, right next to the dog's basket. I could have made a fresh batch but that would have taken time and I wasn't planning to eat any of the pies anyway so I just brushed it off and carried on. No-one died, so I assume I got away with it. That's not too bad though, right?
  3. What's the most revolting thing you've ever been obligated to eat? I have usually managed to avoid having to eat anything particularly disgusting (see the mince pies above) even in Saudi Arabia where there can be sheep's eyeballs and lambs testicles to negotiate. The only thing I can remember having to force myself to eat was, oddly enough a summer pudding - you know that dessert made with bread and soft fruits like raspeberries? Normally this would be really nice but we were at a dinner party and our hostess had not put any sugar in with the fruit. The very tart fruit. Verging on sour fruit. This might have been manageable had she served lashings of double cream to take the edge off but instead she announced that she hoped no-one minded being healthy as there was unsweetened natural yogurt to go with. I swear it was so tart my face puckered and just about turned inside out with each mouthful. There was a whole table full of people who all looked like they were delivering the punchline in that "wide mouthed frog" joke.
  4. If you could live anywhere in the world, but it had to be forever, where would you choose? Easy peasy rhis one. Canada. More specifically, Nova Scotia. More specifically the Annapolis Valley. Port Williams/Wolfville would be ideal. I could probably identify the street if pushed. We are so fond of Canada that we have Magic 104 radio from Moncton, NB programmed into our internet radio just so we can hear the accents!
  5. A mysterious stranger gives you one week's salary to spend. The proviso is you have to spend it on yourself; you can't pay bills with it; you can't save or invest it and you can't buy anything practical. What would you spend it on? The quick answer to this is books. You can never have too many books. At a push I might spend some of it on a weekend away on my own in a nice hotel with a pool and a gym and a very good restaurant so that I could read my books in comfort. That would be complete luxury. I would of course feel very guilty about it, but I think I could cope.
This will be more fun if you lot do it, as you are more fascinating than I am. Go on, join in.

Here are the rules if you want to participate in 5 Questions.
  1. Send me an email saying: ”Interview Me” to
  2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
  3. You can then answer the questions on your blog.
  4. You should also post these rules along with an offer to interview anyone else who emails you wanting to be interviewed.
  5. Anyone who asks to be interviewed should be sent 5 questions to answer on their blog. It would be nice if the questions were individualized for each blogger.


  1. Thanks for answering. I love a man who will dress up in a kilt AND has the legs for it. And I love the Scottish accent. And "being a good laugh" is an excellent thing to which to aspire. You'd actually move from where you are to Wolfville NS?

  2. Since I'm married to a Scottish American man, I have to say he is quite typically what people think of a Scottish man. Would love to see him in a kilt too!
    Hubby's relatives are from Nova Scotia! One cousin lives in Wolfville! Small world!

  3. I love Nova Scotia too, and I live in Lanark, Ontario which is about as close as you can get to the same terrain, inhabitants and climate, if you leave out the ocean and seafood.
    Brush off the pastry? Guilty!
    I also have a husband who does not like sports, not even hockey, which makes him a Canadian misfit.
    I love this memeish thing. Fascinating.

  4. That hostess should not be allowed to hostess anymore! That's horrifying!

  5. I had to laugh at No 1 ... my husband is always happy to put on his kilt for a kilt-required event, such as a ceilidh or a wedding.

  6. Four of the five questions going up now. Great questions -- thanks. I think.

  7. I'm with you on the books. It'd have to be second hand books though, the smell's delicious, and you'd get more for your money.

    CP x