Share Your World: 03 Oct 2022

Favourite horror or Halloween themed song?

For me it has to be Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, complete with visuals… the wicked zombie make-up, the iconic dance moves, the whole cleverly-choreographed extravaganza…

Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

Actually over the last few weeks I keep seeing shadowy figures flitting across my peripheral vision that simply aren’t there! It’s happened enough times to make me wonder what the hell is going on with my eyes… or is it my brain? The other day I clearly ‘saw’ out of the corner of my eye a shadowy someone walk past the living room window on the way to the front door, so I actually went to the door to see who it was and no-one was there at all – no-one at the door, no-one in the garden, no-one even close by in the street… just weird!

Which urban legend scares you the most?

Any or all of them – I can have an extremely over-active imagination at times, even without the help of scary stories intended to set me on edge…

You’re home alone but you hear footsteps in your house – what do you do?

Freak the f**k out, and hide under a blanket…

What is your favourite season?

To be honest I like them all in their different ways, because to me seasonal changes are all a reassuring and healthy part of the natural order of things. But in general, in a Goldilocks kind of way I’d say both spring and autumn are my joint favourites, because it’s neither too hot (like summer can be) or too cold (like winter can be) so the ambient temperature is often ‘just right’ in those changing-from-one-to-the-other months… 🙂

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Share Your World: 19 Sept 2022

Are you an early riser or a late starter to the day?

I’m definitely an early bird, always have been…

Do you adopt ‘Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper’?

Nope, sadly I tend to adopt comfort eating at all hours…

Do you have a sweet or savoury tooth?

Both – see above answer 🙂

Would you prefer a hot relaxing bath or a massage?

Hot bath every time…

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Share Your World: 15 Aug 2022

Do you prefer to live in a single-storey property like a bungalow, a high rise apartment, or a house?

Right now we live in a lovely 1930s bungalow – our personal choice, this is hopefully our forever home so we wanted to be sure to buy somewhere without stairs we could safely grow old in. But over the years I’ve lived variously in houses, bungalows, farm cottages, and a first floor flat – never in a high-rise though.

If you won a large amount of money on the lottery, would you want publicity or keep things quiet and low key?

I’ve often wondered that myself? I’m not generally someone who likes a fuss made about things so quiet and low-key sounds more like me, but if it was a particularly large amount of money that would alter the rest of my life completely, I’m not so sure… Maybe then I’d want to share the news of my good fortune with the whole world, who knows?

How do you like your eggs?

Ha! I’ve shared this one before, so some of you may have heard it already – but honestly, it is a true story!

Back in my younger single days, on one occasion I was invited over to spend the evening with a man I was quite keen on at the time. I told him that sounded fun, but asked how late was he expecting me to stay? He smiled a knowing smile and said ‘Well put it this way, how do you like your eggs in the morning?’ to which I replied, dead-pan, without missing a beat, ‘Preferably unfertilised…’ 🙂

If cars were no longer available, what would be your choice of transport?

Taking the question literally, we don’t own a car now, so how we travel depends mainly on distance – for short distances we walk, for medium distance trips we take a bus, or for longer journeys a train. Or for going to America to visit my in-laws, we take an airplane. But if the question relates to a future world with no engines using up precious energy at all, I’d walk, or own a horse, or sail away into the sunset using wind power, just like everyone did in the past…

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Share Your World: 4 July 2022

What do you think it means to be healthy?

Honestly, I have no idea. I’ve never been healthy, I was a sickly baby and a sickly child and I’m still not healthy now so I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to have good health…

Is being obsessive about someone or something a good thing?

If you’re a crazy stalker obsessed with someone who wants nothing to do with you, then nope, it’s never a good thing. If you’re a scientist obsessed with finding a cure for cancer or whatever other terminal disease is out there, then maybe your obsession can be a good thing…

After a disagreement with your S.O. do you initiate the make-up conversation or wait for your S.O. to do it?

It depends who feels more at fault at the direction of travel of the disagreement in each specific situation – so it’s sometimes me, and sometimes my husband who says sorry first…

Have you ever done something incredibly embarrassing in front of a huge crowd?

Huge crowd? Me? Eek! The sheer panic of being in front of so many people would probably render me so embarrassed I’d want the ground in to open up and just swallow me whole…

What’s your sweetest memory from childhood?

Being held up high by my grandfather to look in through the window of the maternity hospital, and seeing my smiling dad inside holding up a tiny bundle in a blue baby blanket, showing me my new baby brother… I was three years old… 🙂

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Share Your World: 6 June 2022

When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not?

Yes of course – we were quite poor growing up, so wasting good food was seriously frowned on… and I still eat my crusts today…

Are you a fan of musicals – why or why not?

I’ve always loved musicals – I love the way the singing seamlessly helps to tell the story, in such a memorable way. My favourite musicals over the years have probably been Jesus Christ Superstar (I particularly love the 1973 movie version), Grease (The 1978 movie), Chicago (The 2002 movie version as well as the live West End stage production my daughter and I saw in London’s Seven Dials in the mid-2000s…) and more recently I’d choose both Mamma Mia and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, the 2008 and 2018 movie versions… I mean, Abba songs and a fun crazy storyline to follow, what’s not to love?

Is it difficult to do what you do? (For a living, hobby, etc.)

I currently work part time in retail, so there is absolutely nothing intellectually difficult in what I do for a living – emotionally it can sometimes be difficult dealing politely with awkward customers, and right now physically I’m struggling a bit because of my arthritic hip, but overall I really enjoy my job so hopefully I can continue to work on for a bit longer before I eventually have to give it up due to increasing mobility problems…

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? (Doesn’t have to be a rock concert, either)

Um… I saw D’Angelo live at the Brixton Academy in London in the summer of 2000 I think? His Voodoo Tour… Oooh, that was such a wonderful concert, great vibe, great voice, great songs, great album… It was one of those nights out where everything just came together perfectly, which really helped make it such a special evening for me… it was just brilliant!

Looking back over your life, what is one thing you’re grateful for? One thing you really regret?

Grateful for my three wonderful children (now three wonderful adults), regret that fear of looking stupid in other’s eyes has stopped me from doing (or even trying) so many potential things in the past…

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Share Your World: 27 December 2021

At 12am on December 31st/ January 1st, what will you be doing?

Raising a glass with my husband and toasting in the new year…

Is there a tradition you have for New Year’s Eve?

My husband and I tend to spend new year quietly on our own, watching Jools Holland and his Hootenanny on the TV… we usually see in the new year together then go off to bed shortly afterwards…

Do you have any hope or reason to find that next year will be better?

Honestly 2021 has not been a good year for me, so surely next year has to be better…

What’s the biggest personal lesson you learned during 2021?

That Covid is not necessarily just a short-term illness…

Describe in 1-3 words how you feel going into 2022?

Hoping for better… 🙂

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Share Your World: 8th November 2021

How many pillows do you sleep with? If over one or two is it because you sleep better ‘propped up’ a little?

I sleep with one reasonably fat pillow under my head, and one specially shaped little knee pillow between my knees to keep my dodgy hip in alignment – being a side-sleeper, before I bought my pillow every time I turned over the pain in my hip would wake me up, but with my knee pillow I’m finding it all so much more comfortable 🙂

What would be the worst thing you could out in a pinata?

Ice cream? Pepper? Spiders?

What noise annoys you most?

Conflicting noises, like the cacophony created when someone has the TV and the radio on in the same room at the same time…

If cartoon physics suddenly replaced real physics, what are some things you would want to try?

I’m a huge fan of the Roadrunner cartoons, so I’d probably spend the day being Wile E Coyote, both dishing out and finding myself on the receiving end of all the fantastical plots and pieces of equipment (courtesy of myriad Acme Co parcels) he makes use of when trying to eliminate Roadrunner… But being a cartoon, I’d always survive to fight another day, of course… Beep, beep! 🙂

Please share something good that has happened to you over the last month?

Being allowed to visit my dad in hospital over the last 10 days… there are still the inevitable restrictions due to Covid and limitations on total visitor numbers but at least I’ve been able to see him regularly. Last year dad was in hospital for five weeks at the height of the first Covid lock-down, when no visitors were allowed at all and our only contact was the telephone – that was horrible for all of us.

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What was the very first popular song you remember taking a liking to?

‘These Boots are Made for Walking’ by Nancy Sinatra, circa 1966, when I would have been three years old… Are you ready boots?

Are you one of those people who get queasy at the sight of blood, or could you watch an open heart surgery?

I’ve never watched open heart surgery, but while working as a Physiotherapy Assistant in the past have been present in an operating theatre to watch both a knee replacement and a hip replacement (on two different patients). The idea was that I would assist in the pre-op phase for these patients, watch the actual operations take place, and then assist with the post-op rehabilitation afterwards. It was a fascinating opportunity, watching live surgery is absolutely amazing!

Who or what do you feel is lurking right behind you, just waiting to ambush you and make your life a living hell?

That’s an easy one – my recurring depression. It’s shadowed me for years, sometimes rising up and overwhelming me completely but more often than not just waiting expectantly in the background, reminding me its enveloping darkness is never far away…

What is the gaudiest thing you have ever worn?

Depends on your definition of gaudy… I’ve never done bling or shiny fabrics, but in the late 1980s I did own an eye-catching pair of purple leopard print harem pants that I just adored and wore to death! OMG they were wonderful!

Fess up! What is something you did as a child that got you into big trouble?

When I was growing up we lived next to a railway bridge, and we used to play on the bridge a lot, daring each other to do ever more dangerous feats of bravery. I was once dared to walk along the outer edge of the bridge ledge across the tracks, holding on for dear life, which I did… But a railwayman saw me and he told my mum and dad, and not surprisingly I got absolute holy hell for that! Gives me palpitations to think about now, but I guess you do crazy shit when you’re young…

What are you looking forward to as the festive season approaches?

Nice food and drink, and spending time with my children and grandchildren.

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Share Your World: 13 September 2021

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

When it comes to doing stuff involving others I try really hard not to be someone who over-promises and under-delivers, who talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk, all mouth and no trousers, all fur coat and no kickers, all hat and no cattle. So if I say I’ll do something, I do try to follow through and won’t ever promise something I have no intention of keeping to. But when it comes to making promises to myself I’m forever telling the whole world I’m going to lose weight, eat healthily and do more yoga and yet here I am, even more overweight, comfort-eating for Scotland, and even less supple than ever before… Sigh!

What does the world need less of?

Let’s just go with pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth…

Do you feel older or younger than your age?

Right now, older… For the longest time I felt younger than my age, but since hitting menopause a few years ago I’ve really started to feel my real age. And then since catching Covid in January, and still not quite being over it yet (Long Covid is so exhausting to deal with) I feel the whole experience has really aged me – I suppose because the combination of such prolonged deep-seated tiredness and shortness of breath and aching limbs and headaches leaves me feeling more than a bit down, and drained, and old before my time.

What is a cause you’ll always passionately support?

Feminism… We’ve come a long way – well, some of us have, although sadly some are steadily going backwards – but too many people only pay lip service to the idea of gender equality without it ever meaning anything. In my experience in far too many places it’s still a man’s world at source, where man is the entitled norm and woman the faithful side-kick, the after-thought, the spare rib to be indulged or controlled as necessary… It bothers me that so many (usually insecure) men complain of emasculation by women when all that is being asked is the removal of the invisible male privilege inherent in society. In my mind if anyone’s sense of self-importance is dependent only on the subtle (or not so subtle) subjugation of someone else then it’s no more than a puffed-up illusion in the first place. I understand that the wholesale removal of that beneficial-to-half-the-population illusion of gender superiority is perceived by many men to be a threat to their lived experience to date, but that perception doesn’t alter the reality of fact. Being born with a penis doesn’t make you a better person straight out of the womb than someone without, it’s just culture that creates that belief. And it’s clear that religion – including Christianity, look at Adam and Eve – definitely helps create and perpetuate that cultural belief in a male-dominated system. (A similar argument could probably be made for racism, of course, but being a white woman that’s not my personal experience – and yes, I’m very aware that’s my white privilege talking…)

What is your personal affirmation (if you have one)?

‘Something will turn up’… Whatever happens in life, whenever the chips are down I reassure myself that something will turn up to move things forward again, and so far I must be right because I’m still here…

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Share Your World: 9th August 2021

Restrictions are being lifted all over the world. Do you feel it’s safe to go out and mingle in crowds in light of the pandemic?

Here in Scotland the last of the restrictions on social distancing and numbers meeting up together were only removed on Monday, although we are all still required legally to wear masks in indoor public places.

I must admit after all this time I’m finding it a bit odd to have strangers standing so close to me again while waiting in line at the supermarket, but so far that’s the only place I’ve been this week other than at home, in the garden, or out for a walk. And to be honest I’m not the world’s greatest mixer in large groups at the best of times, so I’m still remaining decidedly cautious about public social interactions with strangers.

Happy to be able to meet up more easily with family and friends though, that’s going to be nice… 🙂

What are some things that are OK to do occasionally, but definitely not OK to do every day?

Drink too much alcohol, eat too much fast food/ junk food/ cakes and sweets, stay in bed all day… Spoil-sport! 😦

Would you relocate for love (romantic or otherwise)?

Yes, already have done, both for romantic reasons and for family reasons ❤

Do you believe in any conspiracy theories (no judgement)?

Not really, although I suppose it depends on where you come from as to how realistic covert government intervention may be seen as a reason for certain individuals being suspicious about stuff they don’t like…

For example with some so-called ‘conspiracy theories’ currently circulating in the USA it’s seriously hard for all of us on the outside looking in not to be at least a little bit judgemental about what are clearly, to the rest of us, such decidedly dubious claims. I mean, off the top of my head, as far as I can see the Covid 19 pandemic is not a politically-biased hoax invented by the Democrats, none of the Covid 19 vaccinations implant any microchips under your skin or make you infertile, Trump definitely did not win the 2020 election, and the Capitol insurrection by revved-up Republican rioters on January 6th was a very real event, like it or not – across the world we watched it happen live on TV, moment by inglorious moment…

But on the other hand if you live in one of the old Eastern Bloc countries and you’ve spoken out about social injustice and you believe your government is out to get you, well… potentially that could be a different story altogether…

Gratitude: Please share something sweet

Jaffa donut to enjoy with my coffee… plain donut base with gooey orange jelly injected into the middle and coated in chocolate – yum! 😛

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