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Five things meme thing. [Mar. 5th, 2009|04:08 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
miss_newham gave me 5 things to talk about. She made them very specific, which puts paid to my plan to do this by rambling a lot. Oh well.

An interesting thing about Nottingham which I did not notice on my fleeting visit.

There's a good tunnel in Nottingham, which is fun to take friends down if they've never been that way before. Missus. No, really, it's great - I think this is the entrance to it. It's between Derby Road (near Canning Circus, where there are a couple of decent pubs) and The Park, which is a posh private estate between town and Lenton, the big student area so it's a handy shortcut when you're walking home. The first time you get taken down the tunnel it can be a bit scary (oh, behave) because it looks like you're just going down into an underground carpark, and then some guard dogs start barking, but if you carry on you suddenly emerge from a sandstone cave onto a tree lined path. It's great.

Something you like about Hornsey.

I wouldn't say I like anything hugely about Hornsey, but it has lots of little things that are good about it. It's an easy commute for one thing - Hornsey station to Moorgate in 20 minutes, and then another 10 minutes to London Bridge. There's a nice Italian deli on the High Street, and a nice pizzeria which I worry about because there's hardly ever anyone in there. And it's near lots of nice places, like Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Alexandra Palace/Park for all your farmer's market needs. It's also near less attractive but functional places like Wood Green (hideous, but Argos, WHSmiths, Wilkinsons, CEX, HMV, M&S all within 10-15 minutes' walk. It's a shame Waterstone's closed but not entirely surprising.) Hornsey also has the New River running through it, bringing good bird life like swans, cormorants and kingfishers close to my flat. So yeah, Hornsey's a good place to live.

Something likeable about Manchester United (I have no strong like or dislike for them, though I believe this makes me unique among English people with even the vaguest interest in football).

Think of a Premier League footballer. Not a specific one, but just a composite of what you associate with one.

The opposite of that is Paul Scholes.

Headlines you'll never see: "Scholes contract dispute drags on", "Scholes in 3am nightclub bust-up", "Exclusive: my nights of passion with small ginger footballer". You'll never find videos on the internet featuring Paul Scholes and a number of other footballers taking turns to have sex with a woman. He'll never be photographed having dinner with his agent and the chairman of another football club. He'll never write a self-justifying book about how offended he was about the dismally low number of tens of thousands of pounds a week he was offered to play football. What he will do is turn up for the game, quietly play - sadly not always to the phenomenal standard of a few years ago - then he'll go home to his family. In short, he's great.

The first TV comedy programme you can remember enjoying.

Ooh, that's a good one, I'm not sure which would be first. I remember loving Emu's Broadcasting Company which was on from 1975-80 so that must be a candidate, although I can remember very little about it beyond Doctor Emu and the Deadly Dustbins. There's other stuff from the late 70s that I like, but I don't know exactly when I started watching them. My dad bought a video recorder in 1978 - which I always remind him about whenever he expresses surprise at my own early-adopter tendencies - and started recording everything that moved. I wish I still had all the stuff he recorded, particularly the football as little of that's available on DVD now, but there were some of what are still my favourite comedies - Series 2 of Fawlty Towers, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and loads of episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus which I used to watch repeatedly. The other early thing I remember watching was a little known sitcom called A Sharp Intake of Breath starring a pre-OFAH David Jason. I don't remember anything about it, beyond the fact that I used to watch it with my mum and we both used to love it. I'd like to see it again, but apparently David Jason refuses to let this - or indeed any of the ITV sitcoms he was in around this time - be repeated. Miserable sod.

Something you like to play on the guitar.

Hmm, that would have to be something pretty simple. I can play pretty much anything, as long as only the chords G, C and D are used. Okay, I'm not quite that basic, but you don't have to get that far before I'm struggling. I suppose the best thing that I can play reasonably well is the Stone Roses' Waterfall - I can even have a pretty decent bash at the solo at the end.

I think I'm supposed to offer to give other people 5 things to write about now. So if you want me to give you five things that I connect you with, let me know.

[User Picture]From: caramel_betty
2009-03-05 04:32 pm (UTC)
Headlines you'll never see: "Exclusive: my nights of passion with small ginger footballer".

Curses. *shakes fist*
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[User Picture]From: carrot_rope
2009-03-05 05:39 pm (UTC)
We've all seen his ballbag, though.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-03-08 09:52 pm (UTC)

I thought about including this in the post, but it might have upset people at work.
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[User Picture]From: chiller
2009-03-05 07:20 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-03-08 10:02 pm (UTC)
Chance'd be a fine thing. Catford, Jeremy Paxman, making your house, sushi, gardening.
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[User Picture]From: chiller
2009-03-08 10:40 pm (UTC)
Hee! Right, I shall comply!
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[User Picture]From: annasilverlight
2009-03-05 07:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn't know about the tunnel, despite having lived near it for nine months. I will explore...
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From: mrs_leroy_brown
2009-03-05 09:04 pm (UTC)
meme me up, scotty!
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-03-08 10:07 pm (UTC)
The White Stripes, animal crossing, wisconsin, hating fun, Seinfeld.
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[User Picture]From: classytart
2009-03-05 10:26 pm (UTC)
hit me!
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-03-08 10:14 pm (UTC)
Comedy, Edinburgh, being quite tall, your job, hats.
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[User Picture]From: webofevil
2009-03-06 12:49 am (UTC)
> apparently David Jason refuses to let this - or indeed any of the ITV sitcoms he was in around this time - be repeated. Miserable sod.

I'm not sure this can be true any more. It used to be the case under Equity rules that all the participants had to agree before a programme could be repeated, but as cable stations started proliferating and hunting out old shows to broadcast, the rules were changed in order that things could just go ahead and be shown and royalties paid without having to track down that one guy in the hotel scene who went on to have a small recurring part in a sitcom before moving to Australia and then his cousin thinks he may have gone to Singapore but they're not in touch any more. So if those David Jason shows haven't turned up anywhere, maybe it's just because they're a load of old mimsy-hammocks.
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From: minnesattva
2009-03-07 12:25 am (UTC)
I immediately sussed Man Utd as the Yankees of the football world and thus have hated them ever since, as any right-thinking person would of course. I think you've found the first thing about them that has ever made me smile. That's awesome. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: shereenb
2009-03-08 10:42 am (UTC)
I remember watching 'A Sharp Intake of Breath" and liking it, but I can't for the life of me remember any of the characters or storylines.
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[User Picture]From: miss_newham
2009-03-09 09:58 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to tie you down with my questions, but you gave excellent answers!
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