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20 Questions with Historywitch
Member Name: historywitch
Advantages: I dont know, someone might enjoy it,
Disadvantages: its quite long and there are 20 of them and chainsaws are involved
JUMPING. ON. THIS. BANDWAGON.
******1. How long, on average, does it take you to get rid of someone trying to sell you something over the phone?******
However long my 2 year old wants to chat to them on the phone for, I guess. Usually about five minutes but I couldnít tell you exactly when they get tired of listening to her and ring off.
When Olivia isnít around I put the phone down as soon as I establish that they are trying to flog me something, I canít bear to waste my time trying to explain that I am not interested. The time I would be taking to explain I wasnít interested could be much better employed in whatever they disturbed me from in the first place (usually studying).
******2. What is the most expensive object you have ever broken on purpose? ('when angry' counts as 'on purpose' even if you regretted it soon afterwards)******
I cannot bear regular attacks on my senses e.g being tapped on the hand regularly and especially clocks ticking, it makes me irrationally crazy, really crazy. We only have one working clock in the house and that makes no noise, the rest are for decoration only. I canít concentrate and certainly canít sleep if I can hear a clock ticking, even a watch on the bedside table.
When I was a teenager my dad left one of the clocks he was refurbishing outside my room for the night, not deliberately. After two hours I was so wound up and frustrated from trying to sleep I lost all control and went out and attacked the clock, pulling its hands and pendulum off. My dad was furious and I paid for it to be fixed but he was more careful about where he left his clocks again!
******3. If you buy something for 99p with a £1 coin, do you really want the 1p back? ******
Yes, I do. Here in Switzerland the equivalent is the 5 centime piece and I regularly clear them out of my purse and into a box. The stamp machine outside the post office here takes 5 centime pieces so I use them to pay for the odd stamps I need(they are only between 1 franc and 1 franc 30 each so I am not standing there for hours!).
In the UK my husband would take all of our spare coppers to work to pay for his three or four coffees a day.
******4. What was the last thing you shouted while alone in a car? ******
I donít drive so am rarely alone in the car. As a pedestrian in Switzerland Iím quite likely to shout expletives after the cars. In order to cross the road you have to find the yellow lines on the road, make eye contact with the drivers approaching and step out. Any delay will often result in the driver assuming you donít want to cross and speeding up. When itís a juggernaut approaching at speed itís certainly an adrenaline rush! Lots of drivers deliberately donít make eye contact so they donít have to stop, they get the insults, as do those who zoom ahead or behind me whilst I am crossing.
******5. What is your typical path through a supermarket? ******
Fruit, Veg, Milk, Cheese, Meat and then whatever else is on my list. I am blessed with a small supermarket opposite so I do two or three small shops a week. I tend to avoid big supermarkets as I end up spending so much more than I intended!
******6. Do you lick the underside of the foil top when eating a pot of yoghurt? ******
I did when I was younger but now I am trying to set a good example to my daughter and I use a spoon.
******7. How many greetings cards have you sent in the last 12 months?******
None. I donít send greetings cards. I get infuriated by all the cards that I have to recycle and refuse to enter into the whole ridiculous business. If I am sending a present to someone I will get my daughter to draw a picture and will scribble a few words on the back to the recipient. Cards really do get out of hand, especially at Christmas or childrenís birthdays so all my family know that I make a donation to charity instead of sending them cards.
******8. A criminal maniac invites you to "Pick a city for destruction, Mr. Bond." Which one do you choose? ******
None, in top Bond style I will have wriggled free from my bonds, defeated the maniac and saved the world by the time he has finished his question.
I couldnít possibly (Milton Keynes) choose any town (Milton Keynes) for destruction (Milton Keynes).
[Sorry Milton Keynes, those roundabouts sealed your doom]
******9. Which font do you use most often?******
Times New Roman 12. Default settings rock!
I write a lot of essays, I have to do enough primping and fiddling with them as it is to meet certain standards, I will not add to my burden by messing with the font too.
******10. If you had the choice between a petrol chainsaw or a bread knife, which would you use for felling a small tree with a 1" diameter trunk? ******
Chainsaw, chainsaw, chainsaw, chainsaw.
[watches the face of her husband pale as he considers the prospect of his scatty and forgetful wife in possession of a chainsaw]
******11. On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident are you that you know when to use a semicolon?******
In an essay- 10
In; everyday; life; - 3
******12. What proportion of the CDs you own are in their original cases right now?******
All of them. No-one would dare risk my wrath and even attempt to put them back in the wrong case. My husbandís CDís are another matter, but as I donít listen to Genesis or Pink Floyd its of no interest to me.
******13. Favourite colour black or white?******
I own nothing white. Is it a colour or the absence of colour? Whatever it is I find it impractical, prone to stains and hard to keep clean
I am fat so black is my friend.
******14. How accurate is the time on your watch?******
Watch! I donít wear a watch (see answer to question 2). I have a lovely one that my husband bought me (very understanding man) which has no tick but the strap broke so I am waiting for it to be fixed.
And no, I am never late.
******15. What you wearing right now?******
Cheap old jeans, top with paint stains on it, quantities of flour (we have been cooking this morning).
******16. Have you ever written to, emailed or telephoned a newspaper, radio station, TV programme etc? If so, what did you say?******
Nope, I get angry but it never occurs to me to take that next logical step and complain about it. My husband is a scientist and emailed the BBC about a documentary which was inaccurate. He got an apology and has been invited to do a couple of radio things where they need a Ďscientific opinioní.
******17. Do you, in the most fundamental depths of your soul, give a crap about the extinction of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker?******
Not as a individual species, but instead as part of the worldwide pattern of extinction that worries me. Off to Google it and see if it is cute enough for me to care about its fate [sarcasm]
******18. What is the cheapest thing youíve bought with a debit or credit card in the past month?******
30 francs of shopping. Couldnít face dragging my daughter to town on the bus in the torrential rain. Switzerland is more of a cash society so donít use my debit card nearly as much as I did in the UK.
*****19. Favourite books?******
Too many to mention and too many that may qualify in the future once I have read them. I wrote a review on Dooyoo about some of my favourites so check that for more info.
Just reading The Complete Claudine by Collette which is currently looking like it might be a qualifier.
******20. What is your most favourite meal?******
Chicken, bacon and pea risotto with lashings of garlic. Home made ťclairs to follow. Yum.
That was fun, who is next?
Summary: Chainsaw chainsaw chainsaw