In a break with form, I shall answer these all myself, once I’ve put a point on the end of my crayon…
Have you ever driven the wrong way on a one-way street? How did this come about?
It’s been known to happen though I haven’t yet driven very far into one. As a driver, I can be very frustrated with the rules.
There’s that scene in a Michael Caine film, Shiner, where his bodyguards – one played by Andy Serkis, unusually as a recognisable Andy Serkis – have taken a wrong turn down a one way street. They meet a car going the correct way. The meek driver protests that it’s a one way street, to which the bodyguard driving replies, “well, I’m only going one way”. That’s me, that is.
As a kid, did you ever decide to run away? Did you have a plan? Take a pet? Sandwiches?
Never as a kid – I had an uncomplicated childhood – but many times as a working adult. Too much responsibility and boredom. I wasn’t made for employment. My plan was to keep driving or not get off the train at the right stop; not too complicated a plan. Pets? Nooo. Sandwiches? No, I had a wallet and credit cards by then. But that would be hypothetical as I chickened out.
You suddenly found you have a hidden talent for playing a musical instrument. What musical instrument do you hope that accompanies your talent? Any particular song?
Drums or trumpet, either will do for me. For drums, something funky, or maybe a Joe Morello solo. For trumpet, something sublime, mellow and melancholic, maybe with a mute. How about “Almost Blue”?
Do you accessorize with jewelry? There was an opal necklace (cursed) and Slytherin’s locket (also cursed) in the Potter story. Have you had any heirloom jewelry passed down through the generations? Is it more ‘keepsake’ or do you wear it on occasion? (Hopefully, yours was not cursed?)
I can’t stand to wear jewellery. I don’t even wear a wristwatch now. Funnily enough, my Grandmother bought me a signet ring for my twenty-first birthday. It broke when the jeweller tried to enlarge the band to fit, so I asked for a watch instead. That broke too, in time.
I was given a St. Christopher by a girlfriend and lost it at a Sports Centre. I had one of those silver engraved ID bracelets too, and lost that. What’s the point? What is it trying to say about the wearer? That they don’t lose stuff – yet!
What ingredients go into YOUR favorite salad?
There is a chef on Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube Youtube channel who says salads need flavours. He’s right, the make or break of a salad is flavours. For me, there has to be a good dressing – that’s dressing not soaking! A simple one would comprise oil, sourness, sweetness, and a characteristic flavour.
Anything can make a salad if the dressing is right. In a restaurant in France, I was served a simple plate of dressed lettuce and it was absolutely gorgeous!
I also like to bake croutons with left over bread, cubed and adding herbs, garlic and chilli oil. These go well in a salad, especially with tomatoes, and saves wasting stale bread.
If you care to, share something that really irritates you.
Smart Alecs who treat any conversation as if it was a contest. These people were the prototype trolls of social media, it’s nothing new.
What are your favorite ‘lounging around the house’ items of clothing? Now that a lot of people ‘lounge around the house’ waiting for the all clear in respect to Covid being shown the door, have those lounging items changed?
I don’t think of it as lounging but my go to trousers of late are a pair of workman’s trousers I picked up at Lidl in the middle for £11. They’ve got pockets everywhere and I’ll often find I’ve sat down on a screwdriver or a bunch of Allen keys in the back pockets.
But unless I’m heading out to a DIY store, I’ll always change into fresh jeans to be seen in public.