Sunday, 25 January 2009

25 things...

I am not, in the usual run of things, a meme/list person. I mean, have you seen The Guardian's feeble attempt at 1000 books we should all read? Pathetic. How can you have a list of must-read crime books without a mention of Margery Allingham? And that's not just because I like her books. She has long been acknowledge as one of the four queens of crime fiction and was certainly the most inventive of them. Anyway, before I go off on a rant about lists and lazy journalism/TV programming, I did this one as it is entirely subjective (it's 25 random things about me), endlesslessly fascinating (remember the 'about me' bit?), and it gave me something to do instead of taking a 9lb lump hammer to my intransigent computer.

Also, I'm supposed to tag 25 people, get them to do the same. Well, I'm not. If you want to do this, fine, but I'm not tagging you otherwise the whole universe will soon be listing 25 things about itself and we'll never get anything else done.

1 – rarely goes a day without listening to some Hawkwind.
2 – is to computers what icebergs are to Olympic class passenger liners.
3 – used to have waist length hair (man).
4 – loves Barbara (yes, Catkin, and you as well; and Tilly).
5 – was a horse in Equus and thus one of the few people in Birmingham not to see Jane Wymark remove her clothes on stage.
6 – venerates the hare.
7 – wishes Boudicca had won (it was close).
8 – prefers, on the whole, the company of women.
9 – did inhale (man).
10 – believes that writers are magicians.
11 – recognizes his success as a writer, but would not refuse more.
12 – is blessed with all the friends who live in his computer.
13 – has myalgic encephalomyelitis and fibromyalgia.
14 – likes green and silver (and is partial to Green & Blacks).
15 – is vegetarian.
16 – dislikes politicians.
17 – still remembers his first proper bike with great fondness (cheers, Alan).
18 – was approached, when 17, by a band who wanted him to be their manager.
19 – underwent the first stages of recruitment to MI5, but withdrew.
20 – would like to be slim enough to wear waistcoats again without looking avuncular.
21 – has lived on a farm.
22 – used to do tapestry until polyarthralgia made it painful to hold the needle.
23 – is a Druid.
24 – will be coming back.
25 – wrote this listening to Live Chronicles (it was Hendrix live at the Fillmore East when I originally wrote the list).


Papoosue said...

I, like, dig it (man). xxx

Graeme K Talboys said...


JJ said...

Great list, Graeme. Nice to get to know you better.

ChrisH said...

A very grooy list, Graeme, from someone who also did 9. Totally agree with you about the Guradian list and lists in general.

Graeme K Talboys said...

Hi JJ. Letting the veil slip a bit always feels a bit odd, but it was fun putting together.

ChrisH: but it was a long time ago, officer.

Pom said...

I think memes are one of my guilty pleasures. Reading what makes others tick is exceedingly interesting to me for some reason. Glad to have read yours.

Graeme K Talboys said...

Many thanks.

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

I'm with you on six of these, and I'm sure it would be seven if I knew Barbara. Thanks for posting this, it's lovely to get to know you a little better.

BT said...

Such an interesting list Graeme. I think it was I who tagged you, well, a while ago! Good to find out more about what's in people's cubbyholes.

Papoosue said...

Come on over and collect an Award :-) Susan xx

Graeme K Talboys said...

Hi BT, slowly catching up here.

Ooh, Susan. An Award. I'll be over soon-ish.