Sunday, 19 February 2012

12 is a Magic Number - Meme

I have been tagged by the extraordinarily delightful @AlwaysARedhead, who blogs here, in a meme of 12 things so without further ado here are the rules:

The Rules
1) You must post the rules.
2) Post 12 fun facts about yourself in the blog post
3) Answer the questions the tagger has set you in her post and then create 12 new questions for the fellow bloggers you plan to tag
4) Tag 12 people and link them to your blog
5) Let them know you've tagged them.

12 Fun Facts About Me

In 1991, I co-founded a free live music festival in my home city AND it's still an annual event .... though I just turn up and smile at people these days :)

As a student, I had a summer job selling ice-cream from a hard-cart outside York Railway Station and managed to give away more ice-cream than I sold .. for which I got fired :/

I played Johanna in "Sweeney Todd, The Musical" at school and the drama teacher removed all her songs from the show after hearing me sing.

I love Thomas the Tank Engine Brio trains more than is respectable for a grown woman. I've collected nearly all of them under the guise of mothering the Small Boy but, really, they're mine. All mine *maniacal laugh*

I have danced naked in the fountain outside York Art Gallery (but not recently).

I was an extra in the Hollywood (non) blockbuster movie "Bert Rigby, You're a Fool" starring Robert Lindsay but as I've never seen the film (like most of the known world apparently) I don't know if I was left on the cutting room floor.

I have (at varying times) kissed Bob Geldof, sat on Ian Gillan's knee, got Noddy Holder to give me a fiver and been in a dressing room with Take That (before they were famous).

Prince Charles once asked me if I was enjoying myself. I wasn't, but I said I was anyway.

I have been stood on by a horse.

I was third in a Little Miss Butlins competition in1968. I would have been first, according to my mum, but I had mumps.

I've read everything EVER written by all the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen, Charles Dickens AND Thomas Hardy. EVEN all the juvenilia and poems. So there.

I had a knife held to my throat on the ferry between Harwich and Rotterdam.

The 12 Questions Asked by @AlwaysARedhead

1. Favourite movie? I always say that my favourite film is It's A Wonderful Life," but, probably, - on the basis of watching it again and again and again - it should be something like a "Die Hard" starring Bruce Willis or "The Polar Express." *sigh*

2. What is the last thing you ate? Peanuts, salted ones. By the handful. I do that a lot.

3. Where was your first kiss? I WOULD like to say "on the lips" but it was more the "bottom half of my face." *fights off flashback to attack of the slobber*

4. If you could be any actor, who would that be? Elizabeth Taylor .. horse-riding, screaming drunkenly, being Cleopatra, Richard Burton AND diamonds? Really, who wouldn't want to be?

5. Twitter or Facebook? I love Twitter. I love Facebook. End of.

6. Do you prefer camping or a 5-star hotel? I went camping once when I was in the Girl Guides. It was cold, it rained and they burned the sausages. I assume it must have improved since then.

7. Your favourite sandwich? There isn't much in the world that can't be improved by the judicious application of bread. There really are too many excellent sandwiches to choose just one - chips, bacon, sausage, cheese and pickle, BLT, prawn mayonnaise, ham salad, cucumber, chicken salad, egg mayonnaise, crisps. I CANNOT decide. *wanders off to make a sandwich*

8. Would you like to travel in space? Only with Dr Who (David Tennant or Matt Smith. Doesn't really matter).

9. Ride on a roller coaster or watch? Don't do going up and down. Don't mind going round and round so I'll be over there on the Waltzer when you've finished.

10. Where would you like to visit? Everywhere I've never been and some of the places I already have.

11. What is your favourite television show? I can recite-a-long with all of "Blackadder" and every series of "Red Dwarf" but favourite ever show?  "Life On Mars" definitely (maybe).

12. When is the last time you handwrote a letter to someone? Rather unexcitingly that was probably the last time I had to do a "Dear Miss Sports Teacher, Please excuse... " letter. *shakes head sadly*

And these are the 12 Questions I want to ask those I tag.
1. What is your favourite book?
2. If you were a Muppet, which Muppet would you be?
3. What is your favourite joke?
4. What is your favourite form of transport?
5. If you were an instrument, which instrument would you be?
6. What was the first single/CD you bought?
7. Do you have a tattoo?
8. Where would you time-travel to?
9. What's your favourite flower?
10. What was your nickname at school?
11. What's your favourite euphemism for "parts that are private"?
12. What would you like your epitaph to be?

Phew *wipes brow* ... and now I tag (and not 12 because that really asking too much) ... @motherventing, @MarcisShadow @FrancesPringle @SnooandMe  @MinistryOfMum @madyline

*Shouts "You're it!"*
*Runs away.*


  1. So many of your facts I said "erm - tell me more please"

    also... I am obsessed with collecting both Thomas train sets (wooden and plastic) but I love the Brio ones too... just a bit harder to get!

    1. And I forgot to mention riding a circus elephant!*tuts* Glad to know I'm not the only one with an incurable Thomas habit too :)


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