Currently…

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The Galaxy's Greatest

Pinched this from JAC:

Reading:

A 2-month backlog of 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazines. And then back to David Baldacci‘s Last Man Standing.

Listening:

Ashes to Ashes season 3, episode 7.

Watching:

See above. Ploughed through the whole series in a day.

Eating:

Not enough… still digesting my jumbo sausage and chips from last night. Not actually eaten anything today yet!

Liking:

My last week off before going back to full-time work for the first time in almost 5 years. And the fact that I have a flat/room of my own with someone who seems like a great flatmate.

Pondering:

Far too many things at the moment! Mostly work- and future-related.

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Reasons to be cheerful

This may seem like a bit of an egotistical post, but it’s not meant to be. More a list of positive things about myself I can always rely on to make me realise I’m not a complete failure. Feel free to rip the idea for yourself.

1) I have an awesome immune system

2) I can manage on 2-4 hours’ sleep a night

3) I never get a hangover

4) I know what it is like to be completely, deeply and amazingly in love with someone. OK, it didn’t work out but I know what it felt like – so I know what I need to find again.

5) I have no problem coping with extremes of temperature and humidity

6) I very, very rarely get stressed about anything

7) I’m really good with kids of all ages

8) I’ve done so many things I never thought I would, so I have some excellent memories and stories

9) I have a very analytical/logical mind which goes well with most of the jobs I’ve ever had

10) My weight seems to be fairly stable so I can get away with eating loads of crap

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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 b3ta.com.

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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Another random question meme

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I got this one by email from Viv. As ever, feel free to put your answers in the comments, or put them on your blog and pop a link down there.

WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE: In a roundabout way. My dad’s “Robert John”, my grandad “John Robert”. In effect I’m therefore names after my grandad, but with the Gaelic spelling of John.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED: Wet eyes, very recently watching parents with their children at a street parade. I am so broody it’s ridiculous. Actual proper crying was some time ago and relating to things I blogged about a lot at the time and would rather move on from.
DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING: To paraphrase my old report cards “could be better”. It’s lousy now I type all the time instead.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT: If you’re as specific as “lunch” then it’d be ham.
DO YOU HAVE KIDS: Not yet.
IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU:  Depends. Would I buy me a drink?
DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT:  Well, duh. Does the Pope **** on bears?

DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS: Yes
WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP: Parachute? Yes. Bungee? No.

DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF: Yes
DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG: In some ways. Not in others. Depends on your point of view. Some would say “strong”, others “stubborn”.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN LIFE AFTER DEATH: Nope
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM: Sorbet, if that classes as ice cream

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE: I really don’t know. I just get an overall impression. It does depend a lot on the person. Could be their figure, their hair, their smell (good or bad…)

RED OR PINK: Red
WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF: That I’m not a dad yet
WHO or WHAT DO YOU MISS THE MOST: Friends from back home while I’m traveling
DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU: If they can be arsed
WHAT COLOUR TROUSERS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING: Green and none, in that order
WHAT WAS THE LAST THING U ATE: Rhubarb and apple crumble with custard and cream

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW: System of a Down – random play MP3s
IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE: Purpley-pink
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SMELL: Kind of hard to pick just one
WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE: Not sure. Shelly, I think, when I was in Melbourne

DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU: Like her? Love her to bits – she’s a very special person indeed
FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH: Football. There are other sports?

EYE COLOUR: Brown
DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS: Not any more
FAVORITE FOOD: Beans on toast, amongst other things
SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS: Neither – I like the ones with unhappy endings, simply because they’re different. Take Se7en as an example. Or Fight Club.
LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED: Watchmen on IMAX in Melbourne
WHAT COLOUR TOP ARE YOU WEARING: Black and white. Striped. Of course.
HUGS OR KISSES: I’m greedy. Both. With tongues and groping and everything
FAVORITE DESSERT: My mum’s chocolate cake, though I’ve not had it in years

MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND: Dunno, don’t care

LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND: Ditto

WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW: Q Clearance by Peter Benchley

WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE : Don’t have one
WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHT: TV? What’s that?

ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES: Beatles
WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME: Figure it out for yourself: Travel Blog (although probably Oz)

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT: Being awesome. Seriously? I have a very good sense of direction
WHERE WERE YOU BORN: Gateshead

WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING: Meh. Whoever

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