That friendly dog, Titus, sent me a meme over on the Starlight Barking. So here are my answers... 1. Why did you start blogging?
Back at the beginning of 2007 Mark (hi-tech man who has the misfortune to be my love'n'life partner) said 'lots of writers have blogs, you know'. Ever up with the avant-garde, I said 'what's a blog?' and this led to the format (his choice... must get round to changing it now I think about it...especially now you're all onto the new designs with more space and everything...). My first post is here (it's very minimal). I sometimes wonder if Mark would have pointed me in the blog direction if he'd known how much of my life and time it would take up. And then there's those days when I say 'someone's coming to stay at the weekend' and he says 'who?' and I say 'oh, just someone I know from the blog'...
2. If you could travel anywhere in the world with no restriction of costs, where would it be and why?
I'd like to see Chile...and I'd like to see non-Soviet Russia (have been to Russia but not since 1989)...but really I'm interested in most places in some way or other. Well, as long as I don't have to drive to them. And I'd quite like a private jet.
3. Did you have a teacher in school that had a great influence on your life? If so, what?
I suppose the teacher who influenced the way things turned out for me the most was the Spanish teacher I had at high school. I was the only 11 year old in a group with lots of sixth formers (it was an after school class) and she kept me involved in the group even though I was really a bit out of place (bringing me sweets helped). I went on to live in Spain and major in Spanish at Uni so it was a big part of my life for a while.
4. If you could spend the day with a famous person, who would it be, and what would you do?
Famous people..hmm. I really had to think about this one partly because one of the things about famous people is that we hear about them all the time and so who needs to spend more time hearing about them! And most of them, I think, are nothing like as fascinating up close as they seem from a distance. Isn't it the distance that breeds the fascination partly? Then there's the whole 'them and us' business (famous people=aristocrats of pre-revolutionary France, the mob=us...). In the end I honestly couldn't think of a famous living person I wanted to choose (I'm quite happy when Mark and I get a day to do stuff just the two of us) but there are a lot of dead people I'd like to meet and spend time with. I've got a few questions for William Shakespeare for a start...
5. Toilet paper – over or under?
This question got me in all kinds of trouble at Titus' place. I'm just ignoring it now. It is also, if I may be so bold, the kind of thing that gets blogs a bad name.
6. Name one thing in your life that you would do over if possible.
Just one! Actually I'm not sure I can think of any. Maybe I'd be a bit nicer to people when I was younger but I can't think of any particular incident. Sorry - dullness.
7. Tell about your pets – if any.
We have one 2 year old Border Terrier dog called Zoe (photo at top of post – she likes to dig on the beach and hide her front legs). We've only ever had dogs. I can't be doing with any pet that you have to keep in a cage or similar. And cats...never saw one I wanted to share a house with.
8. Do you live in a small town or a large town?
We live in a village that is very (very!) close to a small town (Montrose)... so really it feels half suburb, half village. And we're near the sea... which makes up for anything negative I might have to say about suburbia, anti-English sentiments and small town syndrome (well, for now). And just because I can't bore you enough with how lovely Montrose is - here's another picture of it – a William Lamb sculpture down by the seafront.
Poetry Bus poem is in the previous post by the way. And I never pass these memes on but if you haven't done it and you want a go... you know what to do. x
Originally from the north of England, I live in Angus, Scotland where I walk a lot, think a lot, listen to lots of music, sometimes write poems, sometimes read poems out to other people, sometimes write songs, read all kinds of odd things, watch a bit...oh and I look after my family too.
I sometimes organise poetry and music events - details are usually here (though nothing coming up in the near future). This year I went travelling with my family - photos and notes are here. Now we're back I have moved to a new regular blog - it is here.
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You can buy my book (published 2008) from my website if you fancy it (go to 'book' page) or from www.amazon.co.uk if you prefer the comfort of the multinational corporation. My book is printed on recycled paper and card. I have 12 different poetry postcards available too.