I suppose it’s lucky to get to November 15 without any frost but still. There it was this morning, all twinkly and innocent – and cold as feck.
Ransacking the car in an unsuccessful search for an ice scraper, giving up and using a rubbish CD case…. Urrgh.
But on that wintry note, I was handed this award by lovely Jess.
She said she was looking forward to my ranting about the dreaded nasty cold stuff, which I’m hoping won’t fall this winter. I’m all for the power of denial but if it does happen, it’s a guarantee that I’ll be whinging about it frequently 🙂
For the award, you have to reveal seven random things about yourself, thank the person who gave it to you (thank you very much Jess!) then nominate more people. So first things first:
1) I tend to ramble on a lot in writing. For proof, see below.
2) I was the lead singer in a band for about a year. It was called Bullshed (don’t ask) and we even recorded a song which went on iTunes (again, least said, soonest mended). I think the reason for our split would be described as “artistic differences”, ie three 40+ men who liked playing loud rock – and me. I still love singing though and have to be prised away from the microphone if there’s karaoke on offer.
3) When I was little, I was on the front page of the Observer (national Sunday paper). I’d qualified for some big chess tournament at the Barbican in London and had won the first game. It was just after Christmas which is, as I now know, the slowest of slow news weeks and the Observer, bless it, decided to use four pictures on the front (they weren’t to know at the time that I’d lose all my other games). Please pretend you can’t see the woolly snowflake jumper or the fact I was a hideous small child and just find it entertaining that my opponent, who I played against in a few tournaments at the time, was forever known in my family as Left Ear.
4) And as a child, I had some weird food habits. I had sandwiches without butter, I had cereal without milk and I distinctly remember satsumas on (dry) toast and potato sandwiches. Of course not much has changed; I still don’t have butter on bread or milk on cereal but I can confirm that the potato sandwiches/satsumas on toast are things of the past.
5) Jordan once crashed a picture of me. While I was working a Saturday shift for a Sunday paper, one December, I was sent to interview celebrities arriving at some comedy awards ceremony. The only problem was, I’m not really up on celeb gossip and don’t watch much TV so I made an arse of myself by saying to Harry Hill: “What’s with the teddy?!” He looked at me as if to say: “Do your research, you cretin” and walked off. Davina McCall did say she liked my coat though, which can be seen behind said pouty model, as the reporters were placed opposite all the photographers. She was far too grand to talk to us though and what I remember most is how fecking COLD it was 🙂
A reporter should always have a pen poised 🙂
6) I got targeted by scammers last year. They took out six mobile contracts with my name and address, meaning I got sent six phones in about three days. They’d hoped to pick them up before I got them but obviously didn’t realise I’m really good friends with the people at the Post Office – and by the time they tried to get the parcels, I’d got the phones, rung the companies concerned and sent them back. It ended up with a high-speed (on foot) chase through the village involving the postmistress and one of the scammers, who sped off in a waiting car (with fake plates). Because I live in an area covered by one of our papers, I wrote a story – and the editor not only insisted on a picture, he put it on the front. Thanks.
7) I’m knackered and this post’s so long, I’m going to leave it there – that’s a random fact about me innit?
So I now tag:
Thanks again Jess!