Thursday, 11 March 2010

Been around the world and I, I, I, I....

Moving smoothly on in a geographical's a meme I found over at Niamh Bagnell's Various Cushions. It's quite a fun set of questions and good for making a person think about where they've been and where the hell they're going (in my case - see post below...anyone not handed over their Irish expertise yet?). My answers in the early sections may make you wonder if I ever did anything as a child other than watch TV. I think I did read the odd book too. And I lived, evidently, in the stickiest of sticks.

So, (1) you must begin your post with a geographical joke.

I'm really bad at remembering proper structured jokes so you'll have to make do with this old one:

Bloke 1: My wife's gone to the West Indies.
Bloke 2: Jamaica?
Bloke 1: No, she went of her own accord!

Told you it was old.

Then (2) you must then credit the geographical joke to the source.

That one is such an old joke that it could have come from anywhere. In fact it's so old that there is a whole blog named after it (see here) full of other jokes in a similar vein (honestly there is). You can find absolutely anything on the interweb you know.

Next (3) in as few words as possible - explain your earliest recollection/ awareness of the following:

This was looking at the map to see where all the other countries in 'It's a Knockout' were quite probably (TV was my life when I was a child, apparently...“and the Belgians don't stand a chance!”). Also a German teenager came to stay with us when I was about 5 (she was the daughter of a friend of my Mum) and she brought great gifts and amazing chocolate. The latter certainly made me more interested in the rest of Europe I must admit (though 'Fawlty Towers' confused me no end...'what war?').

I probably became aware of America in the early 1970s. I imagine I first looked at the map to find the USA to see where Utah was (home of the Osmonds, of course! Stop laughing...).

This took me the longest to think of – when was I first aware of anything to do with Africa? I suppose there was 'Daktari' and 'Born Free' but the thing I really remember is 'Roots' which came a bit later (1977). I did watch all of 'Roots' (glued to my seat - it was amazing) but even in that a lot of it was set in America, wasn't it? Beyond that the first time I really thought about Africa I suppose was when I met some Africans (and that was at secondary school). There was a family of kids from Nigeria at our school, plus a family whose parents were from Somalia. There were others who weren't African but whose Dads were working in Africa (in Ghana, Liberia, Libya, Saudi Arabia). Having Dads who worked abroad seemed to mean access to lots of cheap gold jewellery and stacks of cheap audio cassettes. I never liked the gold but I did envy them the tapes.

Sorry, folks, this must have been Rolf Harris (I played 'Two little boys' over and over and over!). Plus I remember looking at the photo of my cousins who lived in New Zealand (the photo was in my Granny's house) and thinking how sun-kissed they all looked. Oh and I have a vague memory of a TV series about lots of children in a big rambling house that I thought was called 'the Young Australians' (but trying to find it online all I can find is a 1973 show called 'Seven Little Australians' and it might/must have have been that I suppose).

I did a big project on India at school when I was about 10. Maybe that's the first time I really thought about Asia and where it was on a map. I still have the folder for the project...I remember I was desperate to get it to 100 pages and did a lot of cutting out of holiday brochures.

(4) Next say what is your furthest point travelled (from where you are now, I suppose).

North – St Petersburg (Russia)...though it was called Leningrad and it was in the USSR both times that I visited.

South – San José, Costa Rica.

East – Moscow, Russia (though once again only when it was the Soviet Union).

West – León, Nicaragua.

(5) What is the longest time you have lived in one place and where was it?

I lived in Leeds (West Yorkshire, England) for 9 years (but not in the same house...I moved 9 times in those 9 years!)

(6) And the shortest time living in one place and where that was?

I think this would have to be two months in a house in Arbroath (Angus, Scotland). We were in between houses.

(7) Give a brief list of places you have lived in, in rough order of appearance.

In my case they're all in England (unless otherwise bracketed) - Co Durham, North Yorkshire, Co Durham, Cleveland/Teesside, London, Madrid (Spain), Cambridge, Nottinghamshire, West Yorkshire, Angus (Scotland)

(8) And finally - how many addresses have you had?

Twenty-nine and I know this because a few years back I did a writing/memory exercise with myself where I wrote them all down and tried to remember as many details as I could about each residence (people I knew there, items in the house, what it looked like, things that happened there etc.). It was a really good exercise - I would recommend it.

And the title of the post? From this song of course (there's a song for every occasion...and I think I need to get out more...).



Susan at Stony River said...

Oh I loved this. Your answers were wonderful (the Osmonds might be my favourite!)

Rachel Fox said...

I love you don't think I'm trashy...

And I've been waiting for you (and Armstrong!) at the Irish post below. Tips?


Eryl said...

I remember very distinctly looking for Utah on the map to see where the Osmonds lived, so don't feel alone!

These days I travel through food: I only discovered where Kerala was recently after making Nigella Lawson's Keralan fish curry.

29 addresses?! I feel slightly sick at the thought of all that packing and unpacking.

Rachel Fox said...

The worst time for moving was when I was a DJ...all those boxes of 12inch singles!

Niamh B said...

I love unpacking - deciding where everything goes...
the answers are very revealing alright - 29 addresses? must've been all the loud music, neighbours kept complaining!!?

Anyways thanks for sharing! :-)

Rachel Fox said...

Well, I'm a bit older than you too, Niamh, I think! Maybe that accounts for some of the difference...

We moved quite a bit when I was a kid and a lot of that was because of my Dad dying I suppose.


Rachel Fox said...

p.s. I have a moving house poem - back here.

Niamh B said...

I never moved as a kid, a fact I was extremely unhappy with, should've been glad for the stability, but I guess kids never appreciate what they have really. Lovely house-moving poem.

Rachel Fox said...

It is certainly one of the main things I try to teach/remind/nag our daughter...enjoy now, enjoy every minute, enjoy what you have!

Bit of a cheek coming from me really.


Niamh B said...

easier to say than do - that's why it's called advice - rather than just being something we do... Love the pink globe too by the way

Rachel Fox said...

It's our girl's. It lights up! And as it's part purple (Donny Osmond's favourite colour... so they used to tell us) I thought it was apt on two counts.

Tommaso Gervasutti said...

If you haven't already been there I think Achill Island- I'm not sure of the spelling- after Westport, North West coast, is one of the most fascinating places in Ireland, and less touristically exploited yet, I think.

All my best, Davide-Tommaso

Titus said...

I have no Irish nuggets.

Lord, you're nearly as bad as Niamh! How well travelled are you people? Thank God you mentioned The Osmonds, Rolf Harris and Daktari...

Great post.

Rachel Fox said...

I know...don't you just love the sound of 'daktari'? Looking it up lazy (online) apparently it means 'doctor' in Swahili.

Dominic Rivron said...

I'd forgotten the European It's a Knockout connection. That was a good programme!

Marion McCready said...

Love the joke, I'll be chuckling about that for days - I'm easily amused! fun meme, I don't remember you writing about Nicaragua before, you'll have to fill us in on your trip there sometime.

hope said...

Thought I was the only one who'd know "Daktari"! And yes, you're right about the purple thing/Donnie Osmond. One of the reasons I never wore purple as a child: because it signified you were a follower of young Mr. Osmond. Not me.

I am most boring compared to you. Then again, all my little military friends told me that, no matter where they went, I was home. Because I was always where they left me. :)

Ah, now that song will be stuck in my head for the next 2 days! :)

sewa mobil said...

wow great post. I tend to only read the blogs that I find interesting .
Keep posting stuff like this i really like it.

Rachel Fox said...

Look at me - I'm like memory corner...I feel like one of those daytime radio DJs talking about 'crap we did when we were kids'... But at least I only do it now and again...not every day for a job.

I can't believe you don't know that joke Sorlil!

And Hope...travelling and moving doesn't necessarily make a person more interesting. I've met lots of very well-travelled bores.


Elisabeth said...

A wonderful post, Rachel. I have just had a go at doing something geographical on the basis of Niamh's meme, but I see I have got it all wrong. Never mind. I shall work on it. Yours is wonderful.

Rachel Fox said...

Thanks Elizabeth. One does one's best.