Seeing all of those tag blogs going around triggered a sense of anxiety in me. The vain part was ever hopeful that I actually am well known enough to have someone single me out to ask those questions that bare my soul. The shy part is just glad that no one had found me yet. But the fact that this is published indicates that someone hates / likes me enough to call me out. And with a sense of inevitability it had have been Lisa who chose to tag a F-list celebrity like me (a much lower level of celebrity than the great APC who was singularly tagged by Mr OTN, Justin Kestelyn)
So what is not known about me? Well a lot of obscure stuff has already appeared in the back pages of this blog or even on the about me tab. So that leaves me with two main options, make it up or rehash the old material. Or I could just write 16 ‘facts’ and leave you to work out the wheat from the chaff. The other point is that my ‘uniques’ aren’t that unique – I sympathise with Niall about arguing over the meaning of words – my wife has been known to force me out of bed to confirm or deny a word derivation in our handy, bedroom copy of the Shorter Oxford Dictionary, fortunately this two volume edition is able to resolve most of disputes – the tricky stuff comes when she insists we go to the whole dictionary.
- I left University (for the first time) when I was 12. My father worked in one of the University of London colleges and had a ‘grace and favour’ apartment in return for supervising one of the college student houses. This was not a great deal of trouble as in those days the college was for woman only and men had not been invented. We moved on after my father died, which of course is the downside to tied accomodation
- My aunt taught me to ride a bicycle one summer when I stayed on her farm, she did not teach me to get off though, this was achieved by controlled (?) falling into ditches
- I went to primary (elementary) school with Emma Thompson (but if you ask her she won’t remember me, perhaps because I was a year or so ahead of her or she was the creative type and I was the numbers type)
- Between being a research scientist and working for a IT consultancy I spent a while working in pharmaceutical marketing consultancy doing odd things like writing award-winning computer games (Doug is not the only one paid to code games, but I never used a Spectrum) for exhibition stands and touring places such as Pakistan running medical education road-shows for doctors.
- I used to be a quite good (club level) long distance runner, but over-flexible ankle joints put an end to serious running
- I used to be a bell ringer (but was never as good as my wife)
- I have been told that I am a good cook and should open a restaurant, and a humorous writer and should become an author, Neither actually sound that feasible as career choices. But I could combine both, cook books and become an accountant
- I talked blindfolded colleagues into stepping of cliffs! – this is called leadership training. (they were wearing safety gear and no executives were (very) hurt in this training process)
Now who to tag in return, well being the Johnny-come-lately there are few people that have not be shamed into writing – I choose…
no one in particular (or at all) as I must be last man standing.