Sunday 25 May 2008

Inspired history

SG and Brennig, I'm loving you guys!

Inspiration (and, if I'm honest, time and inclination) being thin on the ground on these parts, I was delighted when I checked my TB feed this morning and found a highly acceptable idea for a post that I could pilfer from SG and Brennig.

Here goes, in no particular order:

4 things going on in my world 10 years ago (1998)
1. Finished my year abroad, left Bloke (later to become Hubby) and returned to Salford for 3rd year of degree
2. Lived in a student house with 11 other girls, then shared a flat in Bramall Court with Dickie and Tony
3. Had 3 different parties to celebrate my 21st birthday in November
4. Chose to write my final year dissertation on French voting behaviour and the far-right as a protest vote

4 things going on in my world 5 years ago (2003)
1. Had an awful job teaching English. I stuck it out for nearly six months, amazingly
2. Got my current job (back to translating, what I do best)
3. Went to Maui for Jeni & Andreas' wedding. Wow
4. Adopted Doggy!

4 things I did yesterday
1. Went to Ikea on a Saturday afternoon (am I mad?). Surprisingly few people. That's because the French are all feeling very skint
2. Walked the dog
3. Went to Stéph and Anthony's for dinner (celebrating Anthony's 30th)
4. Had a right laugh playing bowling with Anthony's birthday present (a Wii). Girls beat the boys

4 TV programmes I love/like to watch
1. Top Gear
2. The Apprentice
Actually, the above are the only two programmes I really adore
3. EastEnders (yes, I know)
4. There's a thing on at the mo' called Wild China and it's no bad

4 things I love to do
1. Play/cuddle/walk with the dog
2. Laugh with Hubby
3. Be with family and/or friends
4. Read

5 things in my bag
See here

5 favourite things in my room
1. Bed
2. Books
3. Hubby
4. My cropped jeans
5. My Maui hard rock café t-shirt

5 things I've always wanted to do
1. Get my pilot's licence
2. Have time to read all the books in my "to read" pile
3. See the Eiger (not climb it, of course!)
4. Visit the Eurasian steppe in Mongolia/Kazakhstan/etc and ride with the native horsemen
5. Learn more than 6 words of Spanish

5 things I'm currently in to
1. My vegetable plot (can you qualify two rows of carrots and some celery as a vegetable plot?)
2. Photography
3. Reading (I'm always into this)
4. Looking for a job for Hubby
5. Trying to be green

So if you too have been short on inspiration lately, please share your 4/5 lists.


Brennig said...

Oooh, oooh (he said in a 'Mr Peevly of the Hair Bear Bunch' kind of way)...

I see you've read Tell No-One. What did you think of it?

And not wishing to colour your answer but...

I met Harlan - had dinner with him in Manchester the year before last.

pierre l said...

Your dissertation on French voting behaviour sounds fascinating. And was it head of it's time? I can't remember exactly when it was that the extreme right wing protest vote put Mr. Le Pen in the run-off for President.
I don't have a dog, but I do have very demanding cat who wants to be stroked all the time.

Anonymous said...

Same as Pierre eher, your dissertation subject caught my eye. I'd love to hear your current opinion on French politics!

Pierre, the "sad election" was in April 2002, where Chirac and Le Pen made it to the second round.

Lis of the North said...

Very late replying to y'all but better late than never. No?

Brennig: Tell No-One. I thought it was pretty good, but I haven't read any others of his. I was sort of put off when a friend said that his second book was the same story re-done.

Salut Pierre! My dissertation was indeed ahead of its time [she grins conceitedly]. My case study was the southern town of Hyères, where traditionally conservative voters had grown tired of corruption and slapdash local politics and so elected an FN mayor. He only stayed in office for one term.

Ah Zhu, are you sure you want my opinion?? I'm a socialist at heart, but I don't believe in protectionism and state-sponsored meddling. I feel like France is being short-changed by its left-wing parties because none of them seem to have realised that we're in a 21st century economy and people don't all work in factories and have jobs for life any longer. The left-wing parties' ideology is stuck in the past, in my view. And they aren't a credible election choice, so we get stuck with the Gnome in Chief. I could go on about this a long time!

bloggy-love xx