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Monday, 2 February 2009

Twenty (Hypothetical) Questions...

Today is a squall of a day snow-wise, and we have had the urgency of having to deal with the collapse of our dear cat with a heart problem at the tender age of almost 11 - Bless him, he had the life of Riley in our home, and he will be sorely and sadly missed.

I prepared this yesterday, so please forgive me just stuffing it in - There are another 20 Questions, which will follow demain...

I can't even remember where I found this Meme.

Suffice it to say, I don't think it's anyone's who might trouble this portal!

Apparently, it'll only take ten mins to do this Meme, I'm told, but you know it didn't!

Feel free to fill it in yourself, you know you want to!

1. You can press a button that will make any one person explode. Who would you blow up?

Any war-monger - Go on, name just one - I'll bet you can't...Photobucket

2. You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist out of existence. Which one will it be? Photobucket

Out of existence in music, but not of life - Lily Allen - Mockney Princess...

3. Who would you really like to just punch in the face?

An ex-boss of mine who had a troubled life with a criminal for a husband, and who took it all out on her staff - She was the archetypal, bullying, howling mad, manager. And it's taken years of my life to get over working with her. She was awful to everyone, and took turns to berate one person at a time - I think it was just the women, really - but I endured it once, then asked for a transfer to an office nearer to home, and used the excuse it was because it was nearer to my childcare. This wasn't a lie, and there was no other way out... so I took it, and I've never looked back. She was rewarded handsomely for leaving the service, when staffing cuts were required, and moved on, I hope, to where she could do less damage to others...

Photobucket 4. What is your favourite cheese?

Any apart from Blue Cheese - I will even scoff Pont L'Eveque, which smells horrendmouse, but I developed a taste for it while as an au pair in that part of Normandy!

5. You can only have one kind of sandwich. Every sandwich ingredient known to humankind is at your immediate disposal. What kind will you make?

Photobucket Hummous and green olives on a crusty French baguette - Just don't come too close to me afterwards!

6. You, Elvis Photobucket and Princess Diana are in a dog sled, fleeing across the Siberian wastes with wolves in hot pursuit. The wolves are catching up fast. Who would you throw out to gain speed and why?

This is an awful question, and I'm not answering it on the grounds of taste...


I saw Princess Diana once, when she came to open an Old Folks' Home near the factory offices in which I was then working close to London.

Not an avid royalist, I refused to clamour to see her with the crowds of employees, but a meagre couple of us eventually dragged ourselves away from work to wait by a wire fence at the edge of the factory grounds to see her entourage pass.

What impressed me about her most, was that she made real efforts to lean right over to the opposite side of the car so that she could see us and wave and smile to us properly - I've seen many others who would not have troubled themselves to do that - She had a heart and a good soul and the system of our monarchy (and the press) failed her, in my opinion.

Does that mean I would be chucking Elvis out of the dog sled?
Powered DOG SLED Pictures, Images and Photos

7. You have the opportunity to sleep with the movie celebrity of your choice. We are talking no-strings-attached sex and it can only happen once. Who is the lucky celebrity of your choice?

Him, lucky?! That's saying something about me! I guess it would be... ummmm...


But I have a story to tell about this one! Photobucket

While an au pair in Paris and Normandy in around 1984, I was given a day off with a German friend of mine, who was also an au pair, this time to my employer's sister. We spent the day at the American Film Festival at Deauville. It was fabulous and we probably saw five films including the film, and public, debut of Kim Basinger Kim Basinger Pictures, Images and Photos in The Natural, which starred Robert Redford and Glenn Close.

Susanne and I were out on the sunny, sand swept, streets of Deauville trotting about between film venues, when we realised that the limo passing us contained Rock Hudson, flanked by two very glamorous blondes. Rock was there to open a tribute to the films of George Stevens, including Giant, with James Dean.

We followed the limo, dressed like a pair of tramps, for we were ne'er do well students, and watched Rock get out of the car and walk up the steps of a swanky hotel into a press conference. In those days, there was very little security, and so Susanne and I sneaked into the back of the ballroom, employing sheer curiosity and bravado! It wasn't until people started asking questions of the famous Hollywood star, and we tacitly realised that we stuck out like sore thumbs, as we were holding neither mic' nor camera nor pencil and pad, and a couple of the journos were staring inquisitively, so we slunk away like the wannabes that we were, laughing hysterically at our derring do!

8. You have the opportunity to sleep with the music-celebrity of your choice. Who do you pick?


Nah, nah, nah! In all reality, I'm finding this really difficult, because I don't ever think I'd be in this position, so I don't have a 'fallback position'!

Oh, hold on... I guess I'd have to be younger, and he'd have to be sedated, but I do have a soft spot for Dave Grohl! Photobucket

9. Now that you’ve slept with two different people in a row, you seem to be having an excellent day because you just came across a hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk. Holy crap, a hundred bucks! How are you gonna spend it?

A gift to charity - Or a handbag - I would honestly be torn between the two, if I could not return the money to whoever had dropped it first - I'm that kind of honest...


10. You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?

New York City! Pictures, Images and Photos New York - I've never been, and I'd love to have the chance to see the art there, catch a Yellow Cab, visit the Empire State Building and take the ferry on the river, and even perhaps visit one or two shops - Who knows?!

11. Upon arrival to the aforementioned location, you get off the plane and discover another hundred-dollar bill. Now that you are in the new location, what are you gonna do?

Photobucket Did anyone mention a handbag? This one's a fake, but it's a bit of fun...

12. Your dream date. Who, where and why?

See 7. and 8, Maxim's Paris!
Maxims - Famous Restaurant Pictures, Images and Photos

13. An angel appears out of Heaven and offers you a lifetime supply of the alcoholic beverage of your choice. It is…?

Margaritas - I scarcely ever drink them, so it is a treat, and there are vitamins in the lime, right! It counts as one of your 5 Fruit & Veg per day, non?! I am nil by mouth in terms of alcohol at the mo', pending my back op, so this looks very inviting indeed!


14. Okay; girls and gay guys stand over here; guys and lesbians over there (I know and love my readership) …

Girls and gay guys first: You're in bed with Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day and Salma Hayek. Who's gonna be the lucky girl? (you're only allowed one).

And similarly, guys and lesbians: You're in bed with Cary Grant, Paul Newman and Johnny Depp. Who's gonna be the lucky guy? (again, you're only allowed one).
Give your reasons.

Photobucket What's the obsession with this Meme and sex?! Doris - She could sing me to sleep with Once I had a secret love..., and I would let her dogs get on the bed too!

15. Rufus appears out of nowhere with a time-travelling phone booth. You can go anytime in the PAST. What time are you travelling to and what are you going to do when you get there?

Photobucket Georgian England, with a toothbrush and toothpaste - no bark for me to brush my pearlies! I would look for Mr Darcy proper! He was real, wasn't he?

16. You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place?

Decency to one another, oh and 'Love the one you're with!'

17. You have been given the opportunity to create the half-hour TV show of your own design. What is it called and what’s the premise?

Travels with my rants... Enabling people to properly debate the issues of the day, sensibly, and not like on Jeremy Kyle...

18. What is your favorite curse word?

I wish I could say it were something innocent like "pants!", but it isn't...

19. You have a choice of two doors, one of which you MUST go through; the first leads to a roomful of spiders, the second to a roomful of clowns. Which is it to be?

Photobucket Clowns - no contest...

20. Your house is on fire! You have just enough time to run in there and grab ONE inanimate object (that's "inanimate" … leave your kids to burn; you know you want to). So what’s the item?

Probably my handbag (or purse for our cousins over the pond...) - A handbag? I'd guess you'd need evidence of identity, access to cash, and our passports, just in case you had to flee the country with a blanket over your head, before being arrested for fraud... Did I say that out loud??!

passport Pictures, Images and Photos

And with a free hand, I'd nab the oil painting we have of an old open Dutch barge boat and its passengers, including a clergyman reading from his bible, in a storm. It is 'after' an old Dutch master, painted by a family friend of my OH, GJ and is absolutely irreplaceable because he is sadly no longer with us... It was a wedding present from him to us, after we tried to buy another of his paintings (a pansy in a glass of water - in sepia) from an art gallery, then found it was one he hadn't wanted to put up for sale. When he found out about our disappointment, he was happier to part with the Dutch painting...

Amsterdam Pictures, Images and Photos


Anonymous said...

Very interesting meme.  Some great answers there.  I liked Princess Diana too, felt she was the more down to earth of the royals.Very sorry to hear about your cat.  CJ xx

Bee said...

This was a very demanding interview . . . full of funny things and interesting tidbits. After you visit NYC, you need to pop down to Texas and get a decent margarita!

The Dutch picture is gorgeous.

Diane said...

This was a riot!!! And quite an insight into your personality ;)

So sorry about your kitty :(. It's so hard, I know. Ryan was all upset the other day about losing Sundance... I reminded her that we possibly have another 10 years with him but it didn't matter. She thinks too far ahead.


That was fun - great visuals :) Oh,a room full of clowns, now we're talking -I've always fancied joining the circus. Sorry about the wee cat TFx

Anonymous said...

Of course Mr Darcy was real - and what is wrong with spiders? Very entertaining and I am sorry about your cat too.

Henry the Dog said...

Firstly - I'm so sorry about your cat. That's really sad:( I guess you're hurting inside but you'd done this post anyway:(
But it was SOOOOO good. Mum and me loved it. I might steal it for a post on my blog, as long as you don't mind me making it a bit more doggy:):):)

French Fancy said...

Yes, I might follow Henry's example and pinch it as well. Never mind the fact that I've got a question and answer thing from marc aurel and a 10th photo from your 10th folder one from Blu. I could add it to them and have them as a standby on a brainless day.

So sorry to hear about your cat - xx

malena Sandra said...

OK one more try! Hallo dear,Im sorry to hear about your friend the CAT,hope that he is better of now.And love your blog,photo that you made of canaal,could have been made in Holland,in Groningen,thats the small town I live in,thanks and ciao,Aleksandra!

auntiegwen said...

Sorry about your pussy cat xx

Throw out Elvis !!!!!

How could you ??????

You must do New York, I had 8 days there and it wasn't nearly enough xx

carma said...

Sorry to hear about your cat :(
I am sensing a huge handbag obsession! I am happy to hear about your experience with Princess Di. Always thought she seemed like a genuine soul.

jinksy said...

You get more interesting every day...

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

Sorry about your cat ....and Elvis, although if the question was about the only man and woman left alive,sorry l'd have to keep the man..but I wouldn't do that to Diana, I couldn't, and I saw her once too...in Canterbury.

And Dave Grohl1 well ye-ah!!

great meme, I shall keep it for a um rainy day!?

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

btw have you got these question on their own...easier to copy? ta!

Michelle said...

#8 and #10

Dave Grohl...Yeah baby!!!

New York City...Yeah baby!!!

We could see a Foo FIghters concert together in NYC!!!!!

Michelle said...

Oooops sorry about your kitty cat!!!!

Chairman Bill said...

1. Osama Bin Laden
2. Pete Doherty
3. My ex
4. Stilton
5. Beef (rare)
6. Either - they're both dead
7. Kate Beckinsale
8. Candy Dulfer
9. e-liquid
10. Amsterdam
11. Indonesian restaurant
12. Decline to answer
13. Scotch
14. Johnny Depp - he's alive
15. Before the last lottery draw and buy a ticket
16. I'm the boss
17. Chairman Bill - thoughts
18. Arsehole
19. Spiders
20. e-cigar

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Crystal Jigsaw: Thankyou for your pussy commiserations - Means a lot.

Bee: I like the idea of a 'Texan standoff' - the Texan Margarita! Am I letting too much of my personality out into the open?!

Diane: I know that losing animals is tough, and such a hard lesson in life, so I feel for Ryan too, because those 'What if, and when' thoughts do occupy us on our darker days, and you can never prepare for them... The house seems very empty and very quiet today, with nothing wrapped around my legs, mewling if I had the temerity to move...

TOM FOOLERY: Glad you liked it TF - Room full of mummies today (Tuesday) just wait!

Completely Alienne: Thank you for confirming what I knew to be true and what "Lost in Austen" merely confirmed for me - Mr Darcy lives! I like spiders in the sense that I can get them out of the house without killing them, but I would not wish to be in a room full of them and their hairy legs!

Henry the Dog: Please feel free to take, and doggify, these questions, and those that will follow on Tuesday, for another day - I have absolutely no probs with that - Glad to be of service to your pretty paws!
And I know you don't 'get' cats, Henry - Neither did I in the past, but I loved our pair, as if they were woozles, like you...so thank you and your mum for your thoughts and cares.

French Fancy: Jump in, take what you will for those brainless days - I do!

malena Sandra: Sorry you had probs with the comments thingie - That seems to happen quite a bit with Blogger - I tend to cut and copy whatever I write on comments, just in case, every time I remember! I love Holland, and intend to spend more time there on holiday in the future!

auntiegwen: It is a dodgy question, and I don't even think I could have tossed out lovely Elvis in his later, more vertically challenged, years, do you? I would probably have just thrown meself out into the snow!

carma: thank you for your thoughts, and yes I may even be a tad handbag obsessed - I am always in search of the Holy Grail, one that will answer the meaning of life questions, and hold all my junk without breaking my back, or the bank!

jinksy: Bless you, for I am as mad as a box of frogs - I have the certificate which confirms this!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... I know, I know...
I will get those (40) questions over to you at Googlemail together with your additional 5, em, hopefully today! xxx

Michelle: Get in the queue, girl - You're after Saz (FFF) and me! A FF concert in NY would brighten our souls, no?!

Chairman Bill: Ever erudite and witty, sir, thankyou for your own responses! I would never question that "You're the boss!"

Chairman Bill said...

Now I'll set you a task. Take the answers I gave and derive 20 totally different questions to which they are the answer.

Extra points for wit and humour.

Rgds/Chairman Bill

Something I wrote earlier...

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