Friday, 29 May 2009

Tagged - responses

You know that feeling you get when you know you've forgotten something, but can't remember what?

Well I had the vague feeling that i'd been tagged recently - and i looked back and sure enough The Watercats had tagged me with the below questions.

I'm supposed to pass it on to endless other people, but the only person i can think of right now is Delusions Of Adequacy - so Tag: you're it!

1: Where did you get that head?
I inherited it. It was actually grafted from a plasticine mould of my mum and my Granddad (her father) and is the Generic Family Head. After my death it will be sold on e-bay. On a more philosophical level I got it from everything I ever saw, read or did - or more correctly: had done unto me

2: Which item of clothing do you wear most?
Socks and underpants are an obvious answer. I have a Dangermouse T-Shirt that parodies The Usual Suspects and a BBC Special Effects T-shirt that I save for special occasions.

3: What's for dinner?
My speciality with cooking is Steamed Stuff Surprise. Recipie: go to the fridge, find the first three or four things that aren’t a) cat food or b) poisonous and shove them in a steamer until soft. Variations on this are Roast Stuff Surprise and Curried Stuff Surprise. I also cook a mean Lentil Moussaka (I apologise for the spelling, but the best Word could offer was MouseKey), curried pancake and the occasional quiche

4: Last thing you bought?
The new Morrissey album (which I really should have waited until it was a fiver) and the latest Springsteen (ditto).

5: What are you listening to?
The sound of my own inane thoughts, combined with the ever-constant whirr of the air-conditioning. The track currently on my stereo is “Dogs Of War" by Pink Floyd – but it's on random play, so who knows what's coming next. Today my inane thoughts are asking me “If Whitney Houston decided long ago/never to walk in anyone’s shadow – how the hell does she get to the shops and back?”

6: If you were a God or Goddess, who would you be?
I would be the god of lost things – the one that we all pray for when we yell aloud for that set of keys first thing in the morning. He has a lot more followers than most.

7: Favourite holiday spots?
My favourite place in the whole wide world is the country park where we used to go as kids – I still go there now. I love the Lake District and had a wicked time when I went to China some years ago.

8: Reading right now?
A book on Chinese mythology that is a little hard going, an Inspector Rebus novel that I pick up from time to time and a book of quotations. I’m never happy unless reading three things at once.

9: Who or what makes you laugh until you're weak?
The times I laugh the hardest is when my partner gets the giggles. It’s so infectious. Comedians wise – Paul Merton, Billy Connolly. Usually it’s just odd things that you can’t explain why they were funny afterwards.

10: Who's your hero/heroine?
I don’t think there’s one specific person. There’s lots of people I admire for going out and achieving something – usually against the odds. I love the works of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett – but not to hero worship levels.

11: First spring thing?
It’s not summer until you’ve seen someone on local telly canoeing down a flooded street – it’s not spring until the neighbours have had their first Burning Of The Evidence of the year.

12: Funniest thing you saw in your life?
I don’t think I can realistically name one – but I will say a comedian who did an impersonation of a piece of bacon frying: just because it was so bloody ridiculous!

13: Favourite film?
Brazil – Terry Gilliam’s masterpiece. I know I keep going on about it, but there you go. Best film I’ve seen in ages was Clint Eastwood’s latest “Gran Tourino” which was a very intelligent piece of film making. Depends on my mood though, coz I’m equally happy watching a piece of fluff.

14: Share some wisdom?
Never Rub Another Man’s Rhubarb. A small pie is soon eaten.

15: If you were a tree, what tree would you be and why?
I’d be that one from Lord Of The Rings that speaks and walks about. It'd go about putting the wind up squirrels

16: Fictitious characters who made a lasting impression on you?
Tom Baker. I know, I know – he’s an actor who merely played a fictional character: but Our Lord Tom Almighty is just to weird to be real! Seriously: Tom’s portrayal of Doctor Who – always prepared to believe the best of people, daring, courageous, intelligent but basically peaceful.

17: 4 words to describe you?
That bloke over there.


Roxanne said...

ah your wit shines through as usual! (you know on facebook, there is a quiz that you can fill out that tells you which LOTR character you could be) ...

Argent said...

Yikes! The Watercats tagged me as well. Really will make an effort to respond properly. Loved this post. LOTR-wise, I'm probably some nameless little goblin that Legolas shoots without even noticing.

Anonymous said...

The God of Lost Things would relieve so much frustration in the world. Someone should write a novel on how life would turn out if there was someone who could track each and every single thing lost, destroyed or whole.

The hero question is also quite tough for me to answer, but my answer would also be a particular novelist.

I will watch "Brazil" (I'll try to rent it when I have sometime to sit and watch). From the trailers, I thought "Gran Torino" looked like self-indulgent, bitter, bad-ass hero bulls**t. But if you liked it, I will check it out.

Anonymous said...

Note: "The God of Lost Things" in itself sounds like a very literary, drama title.

Anonymous said...

One more, one more! Perhaps, we (you, Roxanne, me, maybe Lydia would be interested) should all attempt short stories on this subject and exchange them. I think this has potential to be a great idea to write about.

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

Roxanne - thanks. I don't really do much on Facebook, but also suspect i'd turn out to be someone rubbish.

Argent - i think your answers will be very interesting.

Samurai - there was certainly an element of bitter bad-ass hero bullshit about Gran Tourino and sometimes the views expressed by the characters were a little uncomfortable - but what i liked about it was that it made you think about your own predjudices and what you would do in a similar situation and that Eastwood was able to make such a bitter character quite likeable by the end.

So few films leave you thinking at the end. I think you will like Brazil though.

I like the idea of some stories about the god of lost things - there is a recurring goddess in the Discworld novels (Terry Pratchett) called Annoia: who is the goddess of stuck drawers and lost things.

But if you, Lydia and Roxanne fancy a go i will probably be able to come up with something...

Anne-Marie said...

One question, Hungry Pixies: CURRIED PANCAKES???????

the watercats said...

lol!..... :-D

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

Anne-Marie: perhaps i should put the recipie up? Basically you can have filled pancakes - so the stuff that you fill it with you just chuck some curry powder in with

Watercats - lol back at you!