Friday, 21 January 2011

Me, David Byrne, fairies, bondage and dreams

Lordy, I haven’t done a meme in positively years. I am so rubbish at keeping up with everyone’s blogs that nobody tags me anymore. But Clare is new to blogging and I thought it would be nice to introduce her to all you lot...check out her blog Seasider in the City and say hello from me.  I bet she’ll be much more polite than I am.

Her meme is ‘7 things you never knew about me.’ At first I thought no – I’ve splurged so much for so long that you probably already know WAY too much about my life...apart from all the parts I can’t talk about of course. ;)

But I’ve been playing memory lane quite a bit lately so maybe there are a few odd snippets...

taken from http://thesparklingmartins.blogspot.com/
1. When I was seven I didn’t just believe in fairies living in the old wall at the end of the garden – I knew they were there.

2. I was crap at maths – apart from equations. I have always been fascinated by quantum physics and I just wish I had a better brain for science.

3. When I was seventeen I dreamed I met a guy at a party. That weekend the dream came true and we both went white with shock - he had had exactly the same dream. I screwed it up big time; he killed himself. Not sure I’ve ever quite got over that.

4. When I was a student in Manchester I used to walk out in the middle of the night in the dodgiest areas of town. I thought I’d leave it up to Fate if I lived or died.  I guess Fate hasn't done with me yet. 

5. I got into journalism through a chance meeting with a photographer at the opening night of a bondage club. 

6. When I interviewed David Byrne of Talking Heads I could barely get two words out of him. So I asked him if it was true that... [no..on second thoughts, no.  For a moment there I really hadn't learned my lesson.  Famous people really DO google themselves and anyhow, it's his business]  Needlesstosay, the interview ended quite quickly after that.  I was crap at interviewing famous people.  Phil Collins spent an hour trying desperately to confess that he was splitting up from one of his wives (I forget which).  I blithely ignored every single hint and kept brightly congratulating him on being one of the few rock stars to stay happily married.  Doh.

7. I don’t really believe my mother has reincarnated in the Soul Puppy. At least, I don’t think she has. But then again... :)


I’m not going to tag anyone by name – I figure if you fancy it, just go for it!


btw, have shamelessly nicked that lovely picture of building a fairy house from The Sparkling Martins blog - came across it purely by chance while googling for fairy pics...it's really interesting - about how they "non-school" their children.  I once asked James if he'd like to be 'home' schooled and he just snorted.  I took that as a 'no' and a deep reflection on my teaching abilities.  But I think I could do non-schooling....  :)  Now I just have to convince him. 

btw2, while googling pictures of David Byrne, I came across his Journal - absolutely fascinating entry about people and computers, life merging into machines...click on the link to take you there. 

13 comments:

Esther Montgomery said...

Disturbing but rich set of seven.

Number three is a complete story in miniature.

It's also a positive post in how many good new opportunities life can throw.

(Despite everything!)

Esther

Milla said...

Jane, you have such a nice way about you. Am so pleased you're my friend. I even forgive you the unforgivable. The DB hint. Now, go and eat something. Forget the dog, all that fasting and Size Zero Mother will reincarnate in YOU!!

Belle_Lulu said...

Wonderful, expressive, funny, kind, generous Jane. I love your 7 things. I am going to steal your meme and run with it. In fact I can't wait - even though mine won't be half as star-spangled or interesting!

As Milla said: 1. EAT something and 2. I'm so very pleased you're my friend.

Lulu xxx

Exmoorjane said...

Esther: Ah yes, it is really...not sure I have the heart to tell it though. :( But indeed, life goes on and is amazing - and new opportunities are always around the corner.

Milla: I'm so pleased I'm your friend too.. :) So very pleased. I've told you the DB story, surely? If not, then it's a bribe...come and see me and I'll spill the dirt..(well, not literally)..
SZM reincarnating in me??? Aagh!

Lulu: Yay! Steal away, sweet girl. Hey, you're included in the DB divulge. You and Milla - at mine? I'll cook...well, okay, we could go to Woods. Might be safer.

banana said...

That was fun.

We non-schooled our sprog. Can't say it was a joyful experience - but for some people it obviously is.

It's a bit like working from home though - hard to tell when you've finished LOL He's 19 and it still seems to be continuing!

legend in his own lunchtime said...

If I home schooled our son, I'd end up strangling him. I don't want to see that on a list of 7 things you never knew about me, so we will stay with the old system

Irritatingly Optimistic said...

Its nice to know a few snippets of 'extra' info. I'm thinking of seven things to write about on my blog.

Oh and of course there are fairies!

SoulDragon said...

Hello there from "downunder"!

Well, how pleased am I that I have found your blog..in fact I could spend all day here - there is so much to read and experience....sould food indeed. And may I say, I am so pleased I found a Lady blogger! I subscribe to the magazine - my weekly bit of Britain, though all my friends say I should just give up & go there - don't watch any aussie or american tv at all.......
Will check out your books and all the little "click on thingies" that I'm still trying to get my head around - new to blogging, but find it great therapy. I humbly invite you to my early efforts...PS are we permitted to display The Lady as a link/widget on our blog pages/ If so, I must, I really must!
Take care
Kathleen

Miss Sadie said...

I have this faint notion, Jane, that if you were to home school James, he might end up being the teacher. At least when it comes to maths. You, on the other hand, could teach him about journalism, possibly photography, and bondage clubs.

Well, perhaps not.

Best leave things the way they are. For the sake of all those in the Bonkers' house.

seasiderinthecity said...

Thanks for joining in, it's great to find out something new! It really made me have to think about what I could possibly write!

Exmoorjane said...

Banana: you did? Wow. Total respect. I so couldn't do it. I have the patience of a gnat.

Legend: see above - we're singing from the same songsheet. :)

IO: can't wait. Of COURSE there are fairies! ;)

Kathleen: thank you so much. I really appreciate that. I would imagine The Lady would love all the advertising it can get - so go for it!!!
That goes for me too - so if the widget could direct people straigh to my l'il blog, that would be dandy!

Miss S: he has NO interest in journalism whatsoever and, given our conversation about pubic hair this morning over breakfast, I have NO interest in telling him about bondage clubs! :)

Seaside: my pleasure - was really good fun. And looks like a lot of other people will join in too. Thanks again for asking me. :)

banana said...

Sadly unschool for us just meant letting him get on with it for himself and throwing some food at him now and then. He is as a consequence a complete product of the times and will either become a millionaire before he's thirty, or not... ;) We'll wait and see.

Julia from KidsTravel2 said...

interesting facts - make mine seem dull and dreary!