There’s a meme doing the rounds on Facebook where you have to write 25 things about yourself, then tag 25 people to do the same.
Several people have been kind enough to tag me, and I have lost track a bit of who. I am also not at all on top of who’s already done this and who hasn’t.
1 When I was going to the gym briefly four years ago, I discovered I actually quite like running.
2 Although music is really important to me, and I consider myself a singer, I almost never listen to music. No concerts, no music radio, rarely any CDs in the car. It’s Radio 4 and speech podcasts all the way.
3 I think I know roughly what I will be doing with my life until approx 2015, but I have no idea after that at all.
4 In the words of Acorn Antiques: “I go bellringing on Wednesday nights.” Actually, I go Fridays and some Tuesdays. I have been ringing since 1989 but haven’t actually got any better since about 1993.
5 I am not remotely interested in any sort of sport. Following it, doing it, nope, just don’t care. Cricket, rugby, football, meh, whatever.
6 There used to be a sign with my family name on a street corner in my hometown. My forebears on that side of the family were preachers and corn merchants and a distant relative was once mayor.
7 I really don’t want to be an MP, although everyone assumes I do when they hear I am a councillor at the tender age of 30.
8 I like camping – and I like it all the more now that I take two duvets and can stay toasty warm all night.
9 I can cook tasty food but it always looks a bit odd.
10 I’m too clumsy for arts and crafts.
11 I can’t draw or paint despite years of art lessons in my formative years. I can’t play tennis either. I think my parents just wanted us out of the house on Saturday mornings.
12 I used to think that beer and Radio 4 were the only things keeping me in England, but now I’m not so sure.
13 I regret not insuring my cats.
14 I love bonfires.
15 I am clinically obese. My diet is atrocious and I take next to no exercise but I don’t seem to be getting any fatter.
16 I played tuba, euphonium, trombone at school and I still occasionally get out my recorders from sopranino to tenor, but my fingers never stretched far enough to play bass recorder.
17 I can’t read bass clef without counting the lines and working it out by analogy to treble clef.
18 I went to three different secondary schools.
19 I have recurring nightmares about taking final exams for French/German literature I haven’t read, and about standing in the wings about to go on stage to deliver lines I haven’t learnt. I’ve sort of done both of those things in real life.
20 I can play the following guitar chords: E Em G C A D Am D7, which is enough to play well known songs like Hallelujah, Jolene, Ghostriders in the Sky, and quite a lot of the songs off the Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs album.
21 GFA BASIC on the Atari ST taught me some of the fundamentals of computer programming but I don’t know any computer languages that are commonly used today.
22 IRC taught me to type at 60wpm but these days if I do that too much my wrists and hands hurt.
23 I live in chaos and squalor and half think that owning a copy of “Getting Things Done” by David Allen will help me get on top of things.
24 I love reading, but mostly just read trashy crime novels. When I was doing my A Levels, I worked for a library alternate Saturdays, and borrowed as many books as I could. These days when I borrow books from the library I can rarely read them fast enough to get them back before the due date.
25 I would not be where I am today if it hadn’t been for Nick Clegg.