My belated response to the challenge passed on by Raynotbradbury at
1] List 10 people [alive or dead] you would invite to dinner?
Grace Dalrymple Elliott (18th century Courtesan and Spy); Nora Ephron; Gloria Steinem; Virginia Woolf; Captain Richard Burton (19th century explorer not actor – am basing a character on him – though the actor too!); Boris Pasternak; Ada Lovelace; Carl Sagan… A mix of arts, science, thinkers and changers.
2] What are your goals to be achieved in the month of July 2018?
Get my new book out and persuade someone to buy it.
Get to the end of the school term – endless events, kids’ parties, tombola prizes, teacher gifts, costumes… While juggling work. Then comes holiday packing –
Biggest goal: to relax on holiday!
3] What is your earliest memory?
Sitting in a paddling pool in the back garden, in red swimsuit – perhaps because it must have been a day like this.
4] What are your views on mainstream music?
I have an irritating habit of hearing the words (if in English), so they do matter – and it’s often not good news.
5] Where would you like to be in 7 years’ time?
Kids will be about to fly – I must set some new ambitions. Okay if I am on my own, but would prefer to be with a love.
6] What are the colour of your eyes?
Brown plus bits of green
8] What are your favourite comfort foods?
Dark chocolate. Buttery baked potato. Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup when ill.
9] What animal would you like to have as a pet?
A cat or a miniature unicorn – my daughter would be crazed with joy.
10] Classical music or not?
Yes – an eclectic mix.
11] 5 things about society that annoy you?
That taking care of the planet is always someone else’s problem.
Tax avoidance – we need a culture of pride in paying our taxes – that’s you too, multi-nationals.
Bad manners in every-day life.
People not using their vote – I may not always agree with your choice, but women and the working many worked hard for that.
13] Do you have any siblings?
One brother – think I’ll keep him.
14] Which 3 questions will you be deleting to add your own in?
18 – daily routine too boring to print
15 – can’t pick a favourite childhood movie
16 – can remember almost nothing about Frankenstein the book, only rubbish (in a good way) old films.
15) You are a chef of the kitchen for the White House. What is on the menu today?
Ah – here’s where I resist the temptation to put Epsom salts into everything. Anyhow, DT is over here at the moment.
16) Google your name (only the name, without the last name) – tell us what Google tells you about it.
It’s the same name as lots of venerable dead white guys.
17] What traits do you display when nervous?
Yattering on – and on…
19] What are your 5 most favourite scents/smells?
Jasmine; people I love; hot tar (why?); fresh citrus; fresh bread
20] If you could go back in time to assassinate someone, would you do it, and who?
21] Would you give up five years of your life for $10 million?
22] What was your best kiss like (figuratively)?
The three bloggers you are nominating are?
Useless at nominating – so I nominate you. Yes, you.