All entries for Friday 17 September 2004
September 17, 2004
1. What would your favourite pet animal be and why?
Ah, here's a good question with an odd answer. I'm a goldfish person. But not just someone who gets a forlorn looking thing in a plastic bag at a fairground and watches it die two days later. No, over the years (and I mean years) myself and my dad got pretty damn good at raising huge, if slightly bonkers, goldfish.
Some were rescued from fairgrounds. I'll never forget the bonfire night when my mum told me I was not to win anymore fish at the fair. So I didn't. I went to the stall where the goldfish were the booby prize for losers and spectacularly failed to get any of the hoops over the 'proper' prizes. Mind you I doubt I could have got the hoop over them anyway, but that's not the point.
Goldfish, especially Fantails, are pretty and low-ish maintainence, and as soon as I have a house of my own I'm getting some more.
2. Your porn star name is your first pet's name and your first street name put together. What's yours?
3. If you could have a famous person cook you dinner, what would you have him/her cook and who would it be?
Lasagne as cooked by… oooo, that's a hard one. There's a choice there between getting a TV chef who would definitely make a good lasagne, and could possibly teach me to cook one as well, or getting a famous person I want to meet to make it so I could talk to them.
Chef-wise it would have to be Nigella Lawson. Deila, Oliver and that lot don't really appeal to me, I can't watch their shows, but on occasion I have sat through Nigella's show (not that I have any culinary skills to show for it).
However, if it was a famous and interesting person, then I would want Steve Bell, the Guardian cartoonist. Yes I know it's an obscure choice (Gary Larson is better known), but I'm a huge fan of cartoons and comic art, and I draw a lot myself. I'd want to ask how he got started, how to get a decent career out of something like that… and how to make lasagne of course.
4. What would you like your first childs (if you plan to have children, or have children) name to be.
I'm not a big fan of children. I don't mind other people's but I don't have much in the way of child rearing skills (what with that and being unable to cook I'm a bit useless really).
But naming children is a fun game. I wouldn't go for any really odd names because the kid will get teased and resent it. My brother, Kyle, disliked his name for many many years, no doubt due to the chart success of a certain singing Australian midget.
With girls I like Gaelic names. Siobhan or Niamh, although this can cause I problem with the utter inability of the English to spell these names or say them when they see them written down (my dad long ago gave up trying to get people to pronounce his Gaelic name, Cathal). But I also like Trish, even though it the name of both my mother and godmother.
Boys names… I like Richard or Sean (but not Shaun/Shawn) or possibly, if I had a different surname, Nial.
5. If you are doing your degree, or have done one, would you rather you had done a different one? Or are you completely 100% satisfied with the one you are doing?
I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that my degree, history, going into second year, could not possibly be any better. I absolutely love it, even though I have no idea what I will do with it once I'm finished. I think not having a clear idea of the sort of job I want has made sure I only ever picked subjects (at GCSE, at A level and at Uni) which I wanted to do and enjoyed. That's why I think I got good grades.
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