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25 random things meme

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1. When at university, I shared a pigeon hole with the current Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

2. I was educated at Yale and Oxford, but not the famous Yale.

3. I am an honorary citizen of Cameroon.

4. I have spent approximately two hours of my entire life outside of Europe.

5. I am very bad at DIY and most practical things, but I will happily build PCs.

6. I had my first computer in February 1982 (a Sinclair ZX-81).

7. I own two lava lamps, a fibre optic lamp, a Mathmos tumbler lamp and two plasma balls, but I don't like kitsch.

8. I have an account at Harvey Nichols.

9. I have six cats, two of which are pedigree snow marble Bengal cats.

10. I was present at one of the greatest upsets in the history of football, when Wrexham knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup.

11. Half of my honeymoon was taken within 30 miles of where I now live.

12. Where I live is both an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a World Heritage Site.

13. When I was at university, I had philosophy tutorials in C.S. Lewis's old room.

14. I was born and grew up in Wrexham, North Wales.

15. I have always been a sceptic and an atheist. I don't remember ever believing in fairies, Father Christmas, gods, angels, ghosts etc.

16. I have never been good at sport, except for a bizarre special ability in the bean-bag race (run a set distance and pick up a bean bag every few metres or so) which saw me finish fifth in the school sports day bean bag race when I was 10.

17. I was once the 12th-ranked LaserQuest player in Oxford.

18. I have epilepsy, but have only ever had two fits, both when I was in my twenties.

19. I once answered "Being combat rating 'elite' in the computer game 'Elite'" to the job interview question "What is your proudest achievement?"...and got the job.

20. The peak of my professional career was a secondment at a large subsidiary of an Italian multinational when I spotted a material error in the previous year's accounts (wrongly amortised negative goodwill) and was able to smugly point it out to the auditors from a rival Big 4 firm who had missed it.

21. I have very little artistic talent, but can paint 25mm scale miniature figures. I like to use inks a lot in my miniature painting.

22. My earliest television memory is a giant spider on the back of Sarah Jane Smith in the Doctor Who story 'Planet of the Spiders'. I was two. I've been a Doctor Who fan ever since. I'm also absolutely terrified of spiders.

23. I have used the same bookmark in every single book I have read since 1983. It is blue, with a drawing of William Hartnell on it, and it came free with 'Doctor Who Magazine'.

24. I have worn a wrist-watch almost every day since my 7th birthday. In that time I have owned a grand total of five watches and all of them were bought for me.

25. I have never, ever drunk alcohol. Not a drop.

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pellegrina
Feb. 3rd, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
How do 3. and 4. go together? How do you manage to need a bookmark in only one book at a time?
philmophlegm
Feb. 3rd, 2009 11:24 am (UTC)
Read book (using bookmark).
Finish book.
Transfer bookmark to new book.
Rinse and repeat.


The Cameroon thing came about because I was at Magdalen in 2000 for the visit of the Cameroon football team (in England to play a friendly at Wembley against England the following day). The Magdalen JCR had voted to make the Cameroon football team honarary JCR members during the 2000 World Cup (you may remember the first game of the tournament where they beat reigning champions (and dirty cheating bastards) Argentina basically by kicking the s**t out of them).

When they came over for the friendly, someone from Magdalen wrote to the embassy to tell them about this, and they took it rather more seriously than we did. An official party came to the college which included legendary striker Roger Milla, two other members of the team and a consul. The JCR secretary's office was hastily renamed the 'Roger Milla Office' and the reading room became the 'Emil M'Bouh M'Bouh Reading Room', the press turned up and took photos. The players signed autographs (still have mine somewhere) and the consul made a speech which said that in return for making the football team honorary members of the college JCR, we were all henceforth "honorary citizens of Cameroon".

So I've never been to Cameroon (or even Africa). My two hours outside of Europe were a boat trip up the Bosphorus which stopped for a couple of hours on the Asian side.
pellegrina
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
No, but that's the part I don't understand. How do you manage to be reading only one book at a time? I usually have a bedtime book, a commuting book, and at least one or two books I started reading and then got distracted by the commuting book becoming more interesting than it, so put it aside until it grabbed my fancy again. At the moment I have four bookmarks, though I seem to have mislaid one. It is probably in a book I have forgotten I am reading.
wellinghall
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
I am rather with pellegrina with this one.
philmophlegm
Feb. 3rd, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
I never do that - I only ever read one book at a time, and I always finish that book before starting another (it's very rare for me to not finish a book - in fact I don't think it's happened since I was at school).

I don't read while commuting (that would be dangerous as I drive to work), but if I'm away on business, I take the same book. I do read magazines (I subscribe to six monthly magazines and read most of them pretty much cover-to-cover), but don't use bookmarks in them.
wellinghall
Feb. 3rd, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
Which magazines do you subscribe to?
philmophlegm
Feb. 3rd, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
PC Zone (PC gaming)
PC Gamer (ditto)
PC Pro (serious PC stuff, mostly hardware)
Custom PC (enthusiast PC hardware)
Edge (PC & console gaming)
Top Gear (that was a Christmas present from my mother-in-law)
king_pellinor
Feb. 3rd, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
You're weird :-D

I'm reading about 5 books at the moment (no I'm not, it's 4, I've just finished one). None of them is stolen from LadyofAstolat, for a change :-) Must remedy that ;-)

And I'm not even commuting...
clarienne
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
Same!
bunn
Feb. 3rd, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Might this be an aspect of public transport commuting? I occasionally read more than one book, usually because I've got so far with one and then lost interest, but most of the time I read one, then move to the next. I've never worked anywhere that I could easily commute to without driving or cycling.
king_pellinor
Feb. 3rd, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
For me it's just an aspect of liking to be reading in odd moments between (and during) other things. So there's a book in my school bag, one by the sink for when I'm brushing my teeth, one by the bed, one by the computer to while away hourglasses and load screens, one in the living room, one in the kitchen, and probably one in my hand... :-)
bunn
Feb. 3rd, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
I do that, but I just carry the one book around with me.
kargicq
Feb. 3rd, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
7. Are you sure you don't like kitsch?

13. Was that with Ralph "Mad Kantian" Walker, then?
philmophlegm
Feb. 4th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
7. Yes.

13. Yes. He's now the college Vice-President apparently.
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