Friday, October 24, 2008

Six Random Things

I've been tagged by Scarlet-Blue, who decided I needed cheering up. To play the game I have to reveal six random things about myself. As somebody who is 'obsessively secretive' I find this a challenge, but here goes...

  1. Back in the old days when I was a Museums Cataloguer I literally found a mummy's hand in a box of candles. It was relict of one of the Flinders Petrie collections that had been swapped around the museums of Metropolitan Lancashire in the inter-war years. A colleague went to see a brown friend off to the sea, heard a clunking in the cistern when he pulled the chain and found a burlap sack full of Napoleonic War bayonets (mostly English). This is one of the reasons why I laugh when Museums Professionals get all Vanessa about their professionalism.

  2. My parents tell me that the first famous person I ever saw was Yuri Gagarin, when he visited Metro-Vics in Trafford Park.

  3. When I was little I really did believe that sterilised milk warded off the lightning. Now that I'm older and, perhaps, wiser I really don't want to know why my granny took so many milk bottles to bed during thunderstorms.

  4. I have been teetotal for twenty-six years, two months, five days and something like sixteen hours. Not that I'm keeping tabs on it, of course.

  5. I'm doing a fairly mediocre job of being responsible for two of the one-mile tetrads in the British Bird Atlas Survey. They're two urban survey areas but even so the breeding birds survey this year was profoundly disappointing.

  6. Looking about my living room at the moment, the set dressings include a digeridoo, a unicycle, a cast-iron winged lion, a smoke machine, a stuffed scorpion, a life-size rubber duck and a chocolate reindeer. All have been presents from family.

Tag rules: Link to the person who tagged you. Post the rules on your blog. Write 6 random things about yourself. Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them. Let each person you have tagged know by leaving a comment on their blog. Let the tagger know when your entry is posted...

I shall tag: Mr. Gadjo, Lizzie, Ms. Cow, Papercuts, Lavinia and Fairy Hedgehog.

24 comments:

Papercuts said...

I are haz been just meming.

Oh god, I really must stop talking LOLCATZese.

*ahem*

Bonsoir. Je suis une blogger avec le meme.

Or something.

Kevin Musgrove said...

I'm not going to ask which celebrity reminds you of the stolen red pool ball.

scarlet-blue said...

Thanks Kev!!! Sorry Papercuts!!!
Sx

savannah said...

came over from scarlet's to find out all about you, sugar! ;) xox

librarylizzie said...

tis done. no more secrets anymore.

Kevin Musgrove said...

I'll get you at playtime, Scarlet!

Hello Savannah!

Liz - Ta, though I didn't ask for secrets. We all seem to be in soul-baring mode this week.

Gadjo Dilo said...

Terrific! Mummified hands, bayonets, tetrads, chocolate reindeer, jobbies and Yuri Friggin' Gagarin. Thanks for the tag; I'll try to think of 6 interesting things that have happened to me but I suspect I may fail.

Papercuts said...

There's no need for anyone to concern themselves with my red ball.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Not even Jared Leto?

scarlet-blue said...

Jared Leto is gorgeous. I first spotted him in 'My So Called Life', years ago . . . Papercuts will know . . .
Sx

Papercuts said...

Never seen that; it probably wasn't shown where I live.

I bought the DVD of 'Alexander' the other day. Oh...my...god...

The script! The 'acting'!

Teh Jarrid! *swoon*

Guyliner really does it for me.

Mrs Pouncer said...

Well done with the teetotalitarianism. What do you do instead? I've often wanted to give up drink - weekly, actually - but I can't begin to think what I'd do to replace it. Do you just have to get to a place where you accept that sobriety isn't as much fun as being hammered? How do you get there? Is there a short cut?

Gadjo Dilo said...

Kevin, I hereby inform you that I've done my list of 6.

Mrs Pouncer said...

Kev, off topic, but WTF. Today I read Billy Liar for the first time since girlhood, and I thought about you from page one. Not because you're like Billy, but because I think you come from Stradhoughton and know people like Cllr Duxbury and Mr Shadrack. Do you?

sheboygan said...

Actually Kevin is Joe Lampton from "Room At The Top"

Mrs Pouncer said...

I'm there, Kevvie, I'm so there.

Kevin Musgrove said...

I suspect that Scarlet and I both need to apologise to the estate of Papercuts for damage to her blood pressure.

Mrs P: Teetotalism was sheer hell the first time. Crawling back out of the bottle the second times was difficult but made easier by the fact I was so badly-paid I couldn't afford to drink. Back in the eighties my being dry seemed to cause other people a humongous amount of trouble and some got very aggressive because I wasn't drinking alcohol. There are still days when I would kill for a drink.

gd: well done young sir! I commend your list.

Mrs. P and the Major: I do know characters like Cllr Duxbury and Mr. Shadrack, and have met at least two Joe Lamptons. The Major is wrong, though: I am, in fact, Lord Emsworth.

Papercuts said...

There is no situation so bad that a good birra Jarrid can't sort it.

fairyhedgehog said...

I've memedz.

fairyhedgehog said...

^
I don't know where that extra z came from.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Ta Fairy Hedgehog!

willow said...

I'm picturing you drinking milk in an odd manor, while trying to hide those pointy teeth. And I notice you didn't mention any framed photos of yourself around the living room.

Kevin Musgrove said...

The Major will confirm your word picture, Willow.

Lavinia said...

Your six random things are so unique and so.......well, random. A little quirky and obscure, just like you. (YOu know I mean that in a good way!)

Okay I'll take you up on the tag!