Another random meme

Another one, this time randomly pinched from Helen (her blog’s friends-only so no point in linking).

1) How old do you wish you were? Mid to late 20’s would be good.

2) Where were you when 9/11 happened? 9/11? Oh, you mean 11/9? I was in Lagos, Nigera.

3) What do you do when vending machines steal your money? Make a note of the number to complain to to get a refund.

4) Do you consider yourself kind? Generally, though not all the time.

5) If you HAD to get a tattoo, where would it be? Already have four. I fancy one on my back and another on my chest.

6) If you could be fluent in any other language, what would it be? I’d love to improve my French, but I can get by in it already so for something new I’d pick Vietnamese or Thai.

7) Do you know your neighbours? I don’t have a permanent address so, no. I have no neighbours to know!

8) What do you consider a holiday? Look it up in a dictionary.

9) Do you follow your horoscope? Nope.

10) Would you move for the person you loved? Yes. I’ve already done this in the past. Obviously, it hasn’t worked out. I’m more wary now but, yes, if I thought it was the right person I would.

11) Are you touchy feely? I can be, yes.

12) Do you believe that opposites attract? There’s more to it than that. They can, but not always do. In the same way that people with a lot in common can attract or repulse.

13) Dream job? Rock God.

14) Favourite channel(s)? BBC

15) Favourite place to go at weekends? Nowhere. Just sit and chill out in my own company.

16) Showers or Baths? Showers.

17) Do you paint your nails? Nope.

18) Do you trust people easily? Often. I’m more wary than I used to be, but generally I’m trusting.

19) What are your phobias? Heights and very enclosed spaces. I don’t know if they’re real phobias but I don’t like them.

20) Do you want kids? Oh hell, yes. One reason I want to be younger again – so I have more time with them when I eventually have them.

21) Do you keep a handwritten journal? Nope. Not since I was 12 and my dad read my diary.

22) Where would you rather be right now? Hanoi.

23) Heavy or light sleeper? Heavy.

24) Are you paranoid? When with a partner I truly love, yes – I certainly can be and historically I’ve been proved right to be so. But in other matters, not really.

25) Are you impatient? Nope.

26) Who can you relate to? Not too many people.

27) How do you feel about interracial couples? *shrug* People are people. Colour/race means nothing.

28) Have you been burned by love? Scorched, fried, baked, boiled, seared, grilled… you name it.

29) What’s your main ring tone on your cell? Slayer’s “Raining Blood”.

30) What were you doing after midnight last night? Quick MSN to Helen who I stole this off, tidied my Twitter feed, cleared email.

31) What did the last text on your mobile phone say? Something from Scott about last Friday’s lecture.

32) Whose bed did you sleep in last night? “Mine” as in “the one I use when I stay at my aunt’s”.

33) What color shirt are you wearing? A black t-shirt with a green long-sleeved t-shirt over the top.

34) This question left intentionally blank. Or it was when I got it.

35) Name three things you have on you at all times? I assume this means “during the day” so wallet, handkerchief, mobile phone.

36) What color are your bed sheets? Pale green.

37) How much cash do you have on you right now? Without bothering to count, around £50.

38) What is your favorite part of the chicken? Pretty much all of it bar the bone.

39) What’s your favorite town/city? Hanoi or Bangkok.

40) I can’t wait till? I can go back to SE Asia.

41) Who got you to join myspace? I haven’t. It’s the modern version of GeoCities. Internet design for the idiotic.

42) What did you have for dinner last night? A bag of Asda Dolly Mixture.

43) How tall are you barefoot? 5’10” I think.

44) Have you ever smoked heroin? Hell, no.

45) Do you own a gun? Not a real one, no. I think I have a water pistol somewhere.

46) What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Fruit juice.

47) What is your favourite weapon to lure in the opposite sex? If I knew that, I’d use it.

48) Do you have A.D.D.? I have no idea.

49) What time did you wake up today? Just before 9am.

50) Current worry? Finding Ms Right and having kids. Same worry I’ve had for years.

51) Current hate? You want a list? OK, short answer – constant news coverage of the flipping snow. It’s not news. It’s been snowing for a month. And it only gets on the TV because it’s affecting London.

52) Favorite place to be? Hanoi / Bangkok.

53) Where would you like to travel? South/Central America and Africa.

54) Where do you think you’ll be in 10 yrs? I have absolutely no idea. Too many possibilities.

55) What songs do you sing in the shower? I don’t.

56) What was the last thing that made you laugh? Probably something off

57) Worst injury you’ve ever had? Slashing my wrist open with a Stanley knife when I was doing a temp job in Bradford years back. Doc says a millimetre deeper and the blood would have been jetting, not dribbling.

58) Does someone have a crush on you? Probably. I’m damn sexy after all.

59) What’s your favorite candy? Original Midget Gems before Maynards ruined them. Although this changes frequently. I’ll overdose on something, get sick of it and move onto something else.

60) What song is stuck in your head? Nothing.

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I have some ologies

I nicked this one from Helen. Feel free to comment, rip it, post a link to your own version, tell me to stop messing about and do my homework… whatever.

What is your salad dressing of choice?

Salt. You need anything else on salad?

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
I loved Gong Corner in Kuta, Bali. And TJ’s Mexican restaurant there is also awesome. Back home I usually enjoy a decent meal at a Harvester’s, 2for1 or Beefeater. I’m easy.

What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it?
Beans on toast
What are your pizza toppings of choice?
Chicken, chili peppers, green peppers, red peppers, ham

What do you like to put on your toast?

How many televisions are in your house?

I have no house… but when I did I had two. One was mine in the living room, the other belonged to my housemate in her room.

What color cell phone do you have?
Silver and black

Who was the last person to call you?
My mum on the landline at my aunt’s. Mum again on my mobile on Sunday, though I had to call her back.

Are you right-handed or left-handed?


Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
Teeth. And regularly I self-remove snot and earwax. Does poop count?

What is the last heavy item you lifted?
My briefcase for work. I swear little cuz weighs less

If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?


If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
I don’t think I would. If I had to then I’d just legally change to “Mosh” as so many people know me by my nickname. Why complicate matters?

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
Yes. Easy.

How many pairs of flip flops do you own?

None – I don’t like them. I’ve got some fake Crocs that I’ve had to superglue together, though.

Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
Parking my camper van in Wanaka back in 2006. I parked at the side of the road, facing the wrong direction… Details on this blog post.

Last person you talked to in person:
Auntie downstairs at dinner.

Favorite Month?
June, as then I’m free to go travelling for a bit. If I can afford it.

Missing someone?

Yes. Very much indeed. Sadly, I don’t think they’re missing me.

Sad. Lonely. Stressed, though not as bad as earlier. Dejected. Rejected.

What are you listening to?
Wind and rain outside.

Just the screen on my laptop.

Worrying about?
Getting through the next 2 1/2 weeks, passing my crit, seeing that someone I miss again (or rather the possibility of not seeing them), meeting someone special.

What’s the last movie you watched?
Taking Woodstock

Do you smile often?
Right now, no. I’ma  grumpy, miserable of bugger at the moment. Usually I’m not too bad.

Do you always answer your phone?
When I’m able to, yes.

It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
As if. Nobody I know texts me at times like that.

If you could change your eye color what would it be?
I wouldn’t.

Do you own a digital camera?
I own two, plus the one in my mobile.

Have you ever had a pet fish?

Favorite Christmas song?
Slade’s Merry Xmas Everyone.

What’s on your wish list for your birthday?
Nothing. Cash would be nice. Preferably from SAAS so I know my course fees are paid. A hug and kiss from that person I miss would make it the best birthday ever. Got to live in hope.

Does the future make you more nervous or excited?
Right now I’m not looking past the next working day.

Do you have any saved texts?
No special ones, just those I’ve not binned from my inbox yet.

Ever been in a car wreck?
Several. Not all my own fault.

Do you have an accent?
I have some kind of mix which results in there effectively not being one. I think.

What is the last song to make you cry?
The new version of Blaydon Races which is raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Just the extra verse they’ve put in to pay tribute to him. I didn’t actually cry but it certainly made my eyes moist.

Plans tonight?
More work, lesson planning, stress and feeling sorry for myself.

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?
Much as it may sound, I’m not that bad right now. When I found out in New Zealand that my then-girlfriend was seeing someone else… that’s about the lowest I ever remember feeling.

Name 3 things you bought yesterday:
A bag of Asda Midget Gems. And another one. And another one.

Have you ever been given roses?
Nope. Well, the chocolates.

Current hate right now?
The state of my love life.

Met someone who changed your life? When?
The aforementioned ex. Regardless of what happened at the end, she’s the reason I sold up and shipped out. Were it not for her I’d not have done all the travelling, experienced so much and wouldn’t now be sat here trying to convince myself I can stay sane for long enough to become a teacher.

Name three people who might complete this.
Nobody, no-one and someone else I don’t know.

What were you doing 12AM last night?
Marking third year DTP tests.

What was the first thing you thought of when you woke
Why am I still waking up before my alarm?

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Tagged: A Musical Exercise


I was tagged by The Random Within for this one. Git.

By reading this you are also tagged, and you must answer all the questions below using song names from one artist/group. You are not allowed to use the artist/group I have chosen.

Post a blog link to your attempt in the comments section.

Pick your artist: Slayer

  • Are you a male or a female? Sick Boy
  • Describe yourself: Aggressive Perfector
  • How do you feel? God Hates Us All
  • Describe where you currently live: War Zone
  • If you could go anywhere, where would you go? South of Heaven
  • Your favourite form of transportation? Drunk Drivers Against Mad Mothers
  • Your best friend is? Criminally Insane
  • What’s the weather like? Raining Blood (or Flesh Storm or Metal Storm)
  • Favourite time of the day? Witching Hour (or At Dawn They Sleep)
  • If your life was a TV show, what would it be called? Temptation
  • What is life to you? Seasons in the Abyss
  • Your fear? Necrophobic
  • What advice is the best advice you have to give? Read Between The Lies
  • Thought for the day? Evil has No Boundaries
  • How would you like to die? Die By The Sword
  • My soul’s current condition? Blood Red
  • My motto? Fight Till Death

I confess I “cheated” and used a couple of songs by other artists that Slayer have covered. All released on proper commercial albums, though.

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Potentially embarrassing meme

I got this one from BB’s private lockable friends-only LiveJournal – so there’s no point linking back to it! Answer it by copying/pasting it into the comments and popping an “X” between the brackets nect to the statements that count. Or emailing it to me! And of course, feel free to rip it and put it on your own blog so I can embarrass myself by going there and answering it!

Do you want to…

[] Push me into a wall and kiss me?
[] Come To My House To Do Nothing But Chill?
[] Slap Me?
[] Have Sex With Me?
[] Slap Me If I Asked You To?
[] Lick/Suck My Neck?
[] Let Me Lick/Suck Your Neck?
[] Watch A Movie With Me?
[] Take Me Out To Dinner?
[] Take A Shower With Me?
[] Take Me Home For The Night?
[] Let Me Sleep In Your Bed?
[] Let Me Sleep In Your Bed (With You)?
[] Take Me Anywhere With You?
[] Repost This For Me To Answer Your Questions?
[] Lock Me In Your room And Take Advantage Of Me?
[] Let me lock you in your room and Take Advantage of you?
[] Make me breakfast?
[] Tickle Me?
[] Let Me Tickle You?
[] Stick Up For Me If Someone Was Being Mean to Me?
[] Instant Message Me?
[] Greet Me In Public?
[] Hang Out With Me?
[] Hold my waist from behind while we are out?
[] Bring Me Around Your Friends?

Do You…

[] Miss Me?
[] Love Me?
[] Think I’m Hot?
[] Think I’m Cute?
[] Think I’m Ok?
[] Think I’m Ugly?
[] Want To Kiss Me?
[] Want To Cuddle With Me?
[] Want To Date Me?
[] Want To Love Me?

Am I…

[] Sweet?
[] Funny?
[] Cool?
[] lovable?
[] Adorable?
[] Great To Be With?
[] Attractive?
[] Mean?

Have You Ever…

[] Thought About Hooking Up With Me?
[] Found Yourself Wanting To Kiss Me?
[] Wished I Were There?
[] Had A Crush On Me?
[] Wanted My Number?
[] Had A Dream About Me?
[] Been Distracted By Me?
[] Thought About having Sex with Me?

Are You…

[] Happy You Know Me?
[] Thinking About Me?
[] My Friend

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More about me meme

I got this one from Fahls and – as ever – I can’t be bothered spamming people with it. So it’s on here instead. Feel free to respond on your own blog (link back, please!) or in the comments.

  1. What time is it – 22:13
  2. What’s your full name – Iain Robert Purdie (yes, I have a middle name)
  3. What are you most afraid of – Not having children of my own
  4. What’s the most recent movie you’ve seen – Dorian Gray
  5. Place of birth – Gateshead, England
  6. Favourite food – Beans on toast
  7. What’s your natural hair colour – Dark brown
  8. Ever been skinny dipping – Yes
  9. Love someone so much it made you cry – Yes
  10. Ever been in a car accident – Yes
  11. Croutons or bacon bits – Bacon bits
  12. Ever been on a ship – Yes (hell, I’ve steered a ferry)
  13. Favourite Flower – Don’t have one
  14. Favourite day of the week – Currently Thursday as it’s cinema day
  15. Favourite sport to watch – Football (not bloody rugby or Aussie rules or American football… proper sodding football)
  16. Warner Brothers or Disney – Warner Brothers for TV cartoons, Disney for films
  17. Favourite restaurant – KFC for junk, though McDs get more visits due to free wifi; Gong Corner in Bali; Bull’s Head in Bangkok; (sorry, I could go on)
  18. Favourite drink – Newcastle Brown Ale or fresh-squeezed passion fruit juice
  19. Favourite ice cream – More a sorbet person. Tesco’s mango and blackcurrant is divine
  20. What colour is your bedroom carpet – I don’t have a bedroom. Where I’m staying this week has a wooden floor
  21. How many times did you fail your driver’s test – Once, like all the best drivers
  22. Last person you went to dinner with – Nina and Laure (it was lunch rather than dinner, but all the same)
  23. Favourite TV show – Hard to pick just one, but I’d likely go for Dexter
  24. What do you want to do before you die – Have children amongst many other things, but that is by far number one.
  25. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Egg – there have been eggs for a long time, but it took a lot of them before one genetic anomoly inside one egg finally resulted in what we now call a chicken – mothered and fathered by non-chickens. Creationists can suck my arse.
  26. Park or Zoo – As long as it’s a good one, zoo.
  27. Have you ever been overseas – Oh, hell yes (see the travel blog)
  28. What do you do when you are bored – I’m never bored. Too much to do.
  29. What are your favourite colours – Black and white
  30. Your usual Bedtime – Midnight to 1am
  31. How many tattoos do you have – Four
  32. How many pets do you have – None of my own; parents have two lovely dogs
  33. Time you finished this survey – 22:24
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