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Friday Five

1. What’s the last vivid dream that you remember having?
Last night, my first dream in ages. Was being interviewed for a job for a computer game company, and I had to complete the game to get the job. Anne Robinson was the interviewee and the game was Pitfall I think…

2. Do you have any recurring dreams?
Not that I am aware of no.

3. What’s the scariest nightmare you’ve ever had?
Probably something when I was a kid, the scariest recently was dreaming about a snake slithering into our bed past my head. At the same instance my beloved wife decided to move her hand and it brushed the side of my head. AARGH! Sat bolt up right in a blind panic before I realised what had happened. She didn’t wake at all needless to say….

4. Have you ever written your dreams down or considered it? Why or why not?
I think I’ve mentioned them in passing on here, but never really considered them a valid enough to write down. Every dream I can remember I can dissect and pin-point where most of the components came from (Last nights was the result of revisiting the BBC’s IQ Test website, the programme was hosted by Anne Robinson; The interview was from Friends, Chandler went for an interview; and Pitfall is my wife’s favourite ‘old’ game)

5. Have you ever had a lucid dream? What did you do in it?
Hmmm don’t think so no. I do have dreams when I know I’m having a dream, but nothing more than low-level lucidity I think.


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Friday Five

1. What shampoo do you use?
Head and Shoulders to help calm down my dry scalp and give me dandruff-free kissable hair…

2. Do you use conditioner? What kind?
None. Nil. Nada. My hair is usually too short to warrant conditioning.

3. When was the last time you got your hair cut?
5 weeks ago – or if I can leap one day forward – tomorrow!

4. What styling products do you use?
Occasionally use some styling wax, but with a thinning hair line it’s best to keep it short and tidy I think.

5. What’s your worst hair-related experience?
When I was a student, I had a date with a gorgeous Asian woman, Semina. Unfortunately in my haste to get out the door in time to meet her, I forgot to double check my hair. The last thing I’d done was brush my teeth, and somehow some of the toothpaste had gotten into my hair (to this day I still can’t figure out how…). Anyway I had a rather fetching white streak down the left side of my head which I didn’t notice until mid-way through the date when I nipped to the toilet. Argh! I washed it out, and returned to the table. I could tell she had noticed as the first thing she did was glance at my hair. I fessed up and we had a good laugh and went on to… ohhh now that bit’s NOT hair related!


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I’m working from home today, tapping away on my laptop. I get twice, nay thrice as much done when I work at home as there are NO interruptions. I don’t mean that in a bad way, as a team leader/manager type bod my team require me to answer questions. I get involved in impromptu discussion concerning a process or procedure that needs altering, a decision that needs taken. I enjoy that aspect of office life, I enjoy the way it can go from lull to chaos in seconds. But I like working at home too. I get to drink good coffee, I have music playing quietly in the background, I control the temperature of the room, I also can stop and look out of the window and see our back garden (damn must cut the grass).

I’m also in the midst (well I was last night) of finishing off some more thoughts and ramblings to post here, should be up over the weekend sometime, although if the weather stays like it is (switching between glorious sunshine and hailstones) expect them sooner rather than later.

Other plans for the weekend include a family friends wedding on Saturday, and… ehh.. that’s about it I think! Although should really be thinking about my sister’s 21st party the following weekend. Need to get something purple to wear as that’s the theme.

Ohhh and while I remember…

Time for the Friday Five
1. What are your hobbies?
Hmmm reading. I’ve always read a lot of books, and go through spells of reading lots then nothing. I guess this infernal website could be classed as a hobby. Ohhh and when I get around to buying a keyboard, that’ll be a hobby too.

2. Do you collect anything?
Used to collect keyrings and badges. Now I just collect bills and payment demands (or so it seems). Again, kinda geeky but I do ‘collect’ wallpapers for my PC… sad isn’t it..

3. Is there a hobby you’re interested in, but just don’t have the time/money to do?
Painting – watercolours especially, lack of time, money and basic artisitic ability (ok, so mainly the last one)

4. Have you ever turned a hobby into a moneymaking opportunity?
Nope, not once. Does that make me a bad person? Or a good one? 😉

5. Besides web-related stuff (burbs, rings, etc.), what clubs do you belong to?
None, never really been my thing to be honest.

Right that’s me done for the day. Have a good weekend y’all!


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The Friday Five

1. What’s your favorite TV show and why?
Without a doubt, The Sopranos. Well written, superbly acted, and completely rewatchable. Main cast are all very strong, and supporting actors bring the whole thing to life.
Previously I was horribly addicted to This Life. I miss Anna, Miles, Milly, Warren and all the rest of them – must go and get it on DVD!

2. Who is your favorite television star?
Currently Claudia Harrison, gorgeous and a very good actress, think her star is on the rise…

3. What was your favorite TV show as a child?
Roobarb and Custard.

4. What show do you think should have been cancelled by now?
Coronation Street!!! Awful awful awful. Mind you I haven’t watched it in about 8 years (since I left my parents house) so who knows it may have improved. No.. sorry… kill it now…

5. What new show do you hope escapes the axe this season?
Bit of an American bias this? Us Brits don’t AXE shows, they just stop making them… 😉
I really hope that Teachers and Attachments keep going, although I do wish they weren’t on at the same time, come on program schedulers get it sorted!


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You know, flooring the throttle and pulling out across me two lanes in front of me is scary enough. More so when it’s a minibus full of kids. Don’t make things worse by tailgating me to the end of the road. Asshole. Shouldn’t there be speed/acceleration limiters on minibuses?


Friday Five
1. What is your favorite restaurant and why?
Hmmmm probably Cafe Mao. Food was excellent but more because of the night it fell into to.

2. What fast food restaurant are you partial to?
None/Any. Fast food is a convenience so the taste is a secondary consideration – obviously or I wouldn’t be eating fast food!

3. What are your standards and rules for tipping?
Depends on the service and standards of the restaurant. We don’t have the social expectation that a tip will always be left, unlike America. Typically 10% of the bill or so, but that’s only a rough guideline. I HAVE left without tipping a couple of times but as I was leaving midway through the main course I thought that’d be OK.

4. Do you usually order an appetizer and/or dessert?
Depends when we are eating, if it’s an occasion meal, then usually both. A casual dinner, usually a starter. A pig out dinner both twice!!

5. What do you usually order to drink at a restaurant?
If I’m not driving, wine or beer, depends on the food. Ohh and MUST have cold non-sparkling water. If I’m driving Diet Pepsi.


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So Saturday saw us in gardening mode. Well it saw Louise in gardening mode, I was in “watching the rugby” mode… Congratulations to France for their Grand Slam.

Sunday was visiting parents mode, and also led to “slight sunburn mode”. Glorious weekend, just wasn’t long enough, when is it ever!

Only a few days late
Friday Five: Routine.
1. What are the first things that you do in the morning to start your day?
Hit the snooze button. Go to the toilet, put on my dressing gown, have breakfast. Wash, dress… ehh pretty standard stuff really.

2. What are the last things that you do at night before going to bed?
Think about what I’ll be doing the next day.

3. What daily routine have you recently added to your day?
Trying to drink 4-5 glasses of water.

4. What routine do you wish you get rid of?
Brushing my teeth. Never have enjoyed it, and surely by now someone must’ve invented some sort of permanent, non-rottening tooth cover or something.

5. What’s the one thing that makes you feel like something is missing if you don’t do it some point within your day?
If I don’t see or hear from Louise, doesn’t happen very often thankfully, but I hate it when it does.


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Friday Five

1. If you could eat dinner with and “get to know” one famous person (living or dead), who would you choose?
Wow, just one? That’s a toughie – Martin Luther King Jnr.? Hitler? Margaret Thatcher? Robert F. Scott? Einstein? John Lennon? Ayn Rand? Arthur C Clarke?

John Lennon probably. I think he would be the most fun and interesting of them all, and I have the feeling some of the others would end up talking AT me rather than with me.

2. Has the death of a famous person ever had an effect on you? Who was it and how did you feel?
Freddie Mercury and for entirely (horribly) personal reasons. I am a huge Queen fan and was 16 when Freddie passed away. I remember hearing it on the news. I was shocked. What still shocks me about it was the first thought that passed through my head “I’ll never get to see Queen live”. What a horrible person I am.

3. If you could BE a famous person for 24 hours, who would you choose?
Brad Pitt. Easy. Why? Just to see what it’s like to have women MOAN at you.

4. Do people ever tell you that you look like someone famous? Who?
Ehhh no I’ve never heard anyone compare me (several years ago when I had more hair) to Jason Donovan… oh dear…

5. Have you ever met anyone famous?
Ehhh lemme think. Nope not that I recall. Tiff Needell? I’ve SEEN quite a few, in fact it seems I can’t visit London without seeing someone ‘off the telly’. Lynda Bellingham, Colin Jackson


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Friday Five

1. What is your favorite time of year?
Spring I think, or maybe Autumn, Winter’s not too bad either.

2. What is it about your favorite season that, well, makes it your favorite season?
Spring: I like the cool days, occasional sunshine and all tha growth and new greenery.
Autumn: cool evenings, the heat slowly fading, the colours and cooling wintery breezes.

3. What is your least favorite time of year? Why?
Summer. Has lost it’s appeal since I ‘grew up’. No longer have 6 weeks off, and end up sitting in an air-conditioned office, and emerging to the heat shivering. Seconds later I’m a horrible sweaty mess. Not pretty for me, or others.

4. Do you do anything to celebrate or recognize the changing of seasons?
Other than change my jacket? Not really. Not consciously anyway. Although I did find myself complimenting the weather this morning – blue sky, very mild, lovely spring morning.

5. What’s your favorite thing to do outside?
I can’t tell you that! My mother might be reading!!
I do enjoy walking. Always have, be it up hill and down dale, or just strolling through a city.


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