Tuesday, January 08, 2008

7 random things

Maybe this is a bit lazy of me, but I did that '7 random things about yourself' meme last night on the Random Reality blog and thought I'd stick an amended version on here, minus the obvious ones (I might have already mentioned I was doing a Phd....)

1. I knew moth balls didn't work when one ate a hole in the middle of my favourite Black Watch tartan wool and cashmere mix pencil skirt, while hanging right next to a moth ball. Cheeky little sod. Moth balls stink anyway, so another reason not to use them.

2. I tried to run away from a nun on my first day at school when we lived in Aden, but she shut the VERY LARGE iron gate so I couldn't. Tiny child... strange woman in flapping black clothes and a weird headdress... utterly terrifying situation!! Not bad instincts for a kid, though....

3. I had pink hair when I was young. I don't now, but still think the natural look is highly over-rated.

4. I sat opposite Michael Howard in an NHS waiting room once and I smiled at him, as he looked small and harmless. I still feel vaguely guilty about that. (He is a Tory politician, ex-Home Secretary from the Thatcher years, described by one of his colleagues as having 'something of the night' about him. He is usually portrayed in tabloids crawling out of a coffin like a vampire).

5. Sounds a bit revolting now, but I used to eat Marmite by the spoonful when I was a child. I'm not dead and I don't have high blood pressure, so no harm done, eh!

6. I think the very beautiful Billy Fury has just replaced Elvis as my favourite singer from that era. It's a pity I was born much too late to ever see them in real life and in their prime, but records, photos and films are a good reminder of why they were (and still are) popular.

7. I complained about my neighbour's hideous late night Sunday sing-song in my dressing gown once, then found out afterwards it was his birthday party. Maybe I'm a partypooper, but they were singing The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Tight Fit. It sounded like this X-Factor reject's version. I'm sure anyone else would have done the same thing, whether they were getting up for work the next day or not.

It's been quite interesting to read other people's 7 random things on their blogs, so feel free to do your own, unless you have already and I'll pop over and have a look.

7 comments:

Annette said...

oh, claire I had to laugh to when I read this. I love marmite too!!I can just imagine your fear with the nun!!
Do you know Alice the architect? Shes done this a swell.
I think I mught have a go too.

Claire said...

Yes, give it a go, Annette, it's an interesting one to do!

While I remember, I thought of you when I noticed there's a programme about Marc Bolan on BBC4 on the 18th Jan, it's narrated by Suzi Quatro. Part of that Pop Britannia season, it was great last Friday about post-war British pop! It had a tiny clip of Billy Fury on, also film of Chas McDevitt and Nancy Whiskey, which reminded me of Dickiebo. I'm hoping someone at work recorded it. Definitely worth watching if you like music!

Annette said...

Thanks claire,will look out for that.

Hotter Than... said...

I knew I liked you, but this last post confirmed it! You like Marmite!!! What a woman of taste you are. And pink hair!! What shade? Hot or baby?

Claire said...

I think it was cyclamen pink - a bit on the fluorescent side really, but I'm not a baby pink fan. A friend was doing hairdressing at college and practised on me. She had some creative vision of doing bright pink with darker streaks, but she went a bit mad with the bleach so I ended up with pink all over. So feminine, though!!! And matching lipstick...

dickiebo said...

I used to quite like Billy Fury. Funnily enough, he was on the juke-box at the 'Freight Train' in Soho when I would stand outside, enjoying the music.

Claire said...

Good taste there!