September 9th, 2009

Wanaka tree

Questions meme

As nicked from the wonderful naurwen.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
About 6.45am.

2. How do you like your steak?
As a vegetarian I suppose my answer has to be, as far away as possible!

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
I genuinely don't remember, it was so long ago.

4. What is your favourite TV show?
There are a few and I don't know how universal they are but....
--'QI' - the finest panel game/quiz programme ever;
--'Mock the Week' - a close second - Frankie Boyle should have railings put round him and worshipped as a national treasure;
--'Black Books' - more please;
--'Bro'Town' - New Zealand's finest prime time cartoon series; 

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
In a little crib on the shores of Lake Wanaka in Central Otago, New Zealand.

6. What did you have for breakfast?
Nothing - I'm a bad boy and don't do breakfast, I must try harder.

7. What is your favourite cuisine?
Difficult to pin it down and it very much depends on my mood but, Mexican, Italian, Indian, Chinese, and sometimes my personal combinations of any or all of them!

8. What foods do you dislike?
Milk, cream, butter, eggs, meat and fish (obviously) coriander and aubergine.

9. Favourite Place to Eat?
Again there are a few - Zizzi in either Taunton or Exeter, White House in Wanaka, Dux de Lux in Christchurch, Spice Club in Bridgwater, and I really must go back to Restaurant Hiltl in Zürich.

10. Favourite dressing?

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
I have a Toyota Yaris (Echo for people south of the equator!)

12. What are your favourite clothes?
T-shirts and odd socks.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Everywhere I possibly could. I would like to go back to New Zealand, Saint Petersburg, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, but would love to visit and discover Canada, Australia, Iceland, Greenland, Finland, Cook Islands, Samoa.....

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Almost always half full.

15. Where would you want to retire?
See my answer to question 5.

16. Favourite time of day?
Early morning on a Saturday or a Sunday. There is something great about being up early when you don't have to be and being places when there's no-one else around. 

17. Where were you born?
I was born in Castle Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, UK.

18. What is your favourite sport to watch?

19. Who do you think will not tag you back?
I'm not tagging anyone, so.....

20. Person you expect to tag you back first?
I'm not tagging anyone, so.....

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this?
I'm not tagging anyone, so.....

22. Bird watcher?
If this means, do I enjoy seeing birds in the wild, then the answer is yes. If it means do I go out with binoculars, camouflaged clothing and a notebook, the answer is no!

23. Are you a morning person or a night person?
A morning person, I wilt in the evenings.

24. Do you have any pets?
Not now, Buster died a few weeks ago.

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
Yes, in a couple of weeks' time I will be volunteering on an archaeological dig and I'm really looking forward to it.

26. What did you want to be when you were little?
Larger, and now I am.

27. What is your best childhood memory?
I think my best childhood memories are of visiting beaches and remote places, moorlands and rivers and generally being in the great outdoors. My worst childhood memories seem to be of the car journeys it took to get to those places.

28. Are you a cat or dog person?
Cat person.

29. Are you married?

30. Always wear your seat belt?
Yes, always - it would be stupid beyond belief not to.

31. Been in a car accident?

32. Any pet peeves?
Bad manners, ignorance, arrogance and a lack of thought for others.

33. Favourite Pizza Toppings?
I like it simple, so it would be a margarita topping with extra basil.

34. Favourite Flower?
Again, I like it simple, so it would be the flowers on a phormium. Though I do like the architectural quality of allium flowers too.

35. Favorite ice cream?
Mango sorbet - I don't do ice cream.

36. Favourite fast food restaurant?
I don't understand the concept, food is to be savoured and enjoyed and it's preparation is meant to be done with love and care - fast food has no soul, no quality and no redeeming features.

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
None, passed first time after only three lessons. (*smug face*)

38. From whom did you get your last email?
At work, from one of the sensory loss social workers asking whether I'm still me - don't ask!

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
I don't have a credit card but if I did it would be amazon, where you can get just about anything you want.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
Not desperately!

41. Like your job?
On the whole, yes. It can be a bit frustrating at times, but that's just sometimes.

42. Broccoli?
Yes, but prefer cauliflower!

43. What was your favourite vacation?
Four and a half months travelling and writing in New Zealand has to be the best, but last year's trip to Saint Petersburg was immensely fulfilling for me in lots of ways.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with?
Hannah - wonderful place, wonderful company - what more could I ask for?

45. What are you listening to right now?
The fan on my computer and a guy behind me on the phone.

46. What is your favourite colour?
Black, and sometimes red, and sometimes yellow. I tend to prefer bold colours to muted ones.

47. How many tattoos do you have?
None, though I should have got a small Maori one when I was in New Zealand last, but chickened out.

48. How many are you tagging for this quiz?
No-one, but all are welcome to give it a go.

49. What time did you finish this quiz?

50. Coffee Drinker?
Oh yes!