Sunday 21 July 2019

Book of Questions

Here we go again – stealing questions and answering them on a Sunday morning.

As usual these are from Sunday Stealing so let’s dive straight in.

1. Do you think the world will be a better or worse place 100 years from now?

I love technology so I would like to think that we will have achieved a lot of things by the year 2119. Sadly, though, it is becoming evident that there is a price to pay and I don’t think that we will see what that is until it comes to bite us on the arse – and then it will be too late.  I would love to see what it is like – I really would – but I fear it will be worse, thanks to the toilet we are making of our planet. I’m ever the optimist though and I have faith in humanity to sort things out.

2.  Would you accept $1,000,000 to leave the country and never set foot in it again.

At the moment, with Brexit looming again, and the outlook for the UK under the clown prince of idiocy, (Alexander) Boris Johnson, the answer is a definite yes.

3. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the body or the mind of a 30 year old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

I’m a relatively old git now and my body is falling apart slowly, which is something I am getting used to. My mind was really sharp when I was 30 years old (albeit a little na├»ve) so I would gladly live until 90 with my mind from that time.

4. What would constitute a “perfect” evening for you?

A couple of beers with Mrs PM, followed by a nice meal and a progressive rock concert (which sadly Mrs PM would not want to attend because she hates my music).

5. Whom do you admire most?  In what way does that person inspire you?

That’s a really difficult question to answer. As an ageing cynic, I believe that a lot of people, no matter how good they seem to be, have a hidden agenda. That said, I was very impressed with Barack Obama and his bid to become the first African American President of the USA, especially given the mess being made at the moment with Donald Trump in charge. It just goes to prove that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it unlike the arses we have had as Prime Minister in the UK for the past decade or so.

6. Do you prefer being around men or women?  Do your closest friends tend to be men or women?

I like being around both men and women. I am lucky to count both within my circle of close friends.

7. If you could use a voodoo doll to hurt anyone you chose, would you?

Oh yes but only if the doll was an effigy of a complete and utter arse like (Alexander) Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Jamie Oliver, Piers Morgan and an ever increasing list of people that is too long to publish at the moment. And I’m a nice guy so it would just be enough pain to make them realise what arses they were being and hopefully change their ways as a result.

8. What is your most treasured memory?

There are far too many to mention – and more being made as time goes by.

9. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?  Is there anything you hope to do that is even better?  (Let’s exclude raising children, if you have them)

I have travelled extensively to a lot of very interesting countries, both with work and for pleasure. I like to think that I have made a small difference to people I have met and if their memories of me make them smile, that’s even better. I do hope to write a book at some point in the future when time permits.

10. If you went to a dinner party and were offered a dish you had never tried, would you want to taste it, even if it sounded strange and not very appealing?

Yes indeed – but it depends what it is. I have eaten some very strange food in my life, especially in China and Japan, so I’m not averse to trying something new as long as I know exactly what it is.

11. Do your close friends tend to be older or younger than you?

Both. I have close friends of all ages.

12. How do you feel when people sing Happy Birthday to you in a restaurant?

I feel very embarrassed. I’m not very good at being the centre of attention.

13. When you tell a story, do you often exaggerate or embellish it?  If so, why?

I have been known to exaggerate on occasion, usually to get a laugh out of a funny story.

14. If a friend were almost always late, would you resent it or simply allow for it?  Can you be allowed to be on time?

Mrs PM is always late, despite my best efforts to make her more punctual. I usually allow for it but I moan in the hope that they will get fed up me going on about it.

15. If you could have free, unlimited service for five years from an extremely good cook, chauffeur, housekeeper, or personal secretary, which would you choose?

All of them. I need more free time to pursue more interesting hobbies.


Me, Myself, and I said...

So jealous of your travel! I've traveled to 40-something states here in the US, but have only made it out of the country to Canada and Puerto Rico (which is not really "out of the country". I'd love to spend several months just jaunting around Europe with an unimaginable amout of money, lol, but don't see THAT happening any time soon. Have a great week!

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Me, Myself and I,

You should come to Europe - we are very friendly and very welcoming.

I've been to Canada but never Puerto Rico.

Of course, I've also been to the US but only about 12 states.




Bev Sykes said...

I have been fortunate to have traveled more than I ever imagined, about 25 different countries and 30 states. I have enjoyed it, but would like not to do it again, for all sorts of reasons.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Bev,

25 different countries is impressive - especially for an American. The only reason I say that is because the Americans I have met don't seem to travel outside of the US for some reason.

As you know there is a lot to see in the world and I have always encouraged people to go for it if they can.




Stacy said...

Count me as another impressed by and jealous of all your traveling! I wonder sometimes if the reason we Americans don't travel abroad very much (as you mentioned in your response to Bev) is because most of the world is so stinking far away from us? And maybe because we are a big country with a lot of variety in culture and scenery from one region to another?

River said...

Interesting set of questions. For the last one, I'd choose housekeeper, she might be more inclined to do the floors and clean the oven, whereas I ignore them both as long as possible.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Stacey,

Perhaps you are right. I've been to Alaska, California, Georgia, New Orleans, New York, Boston and Florida (and others) and although there are similarities, you are right about the cultural differences.

Oh and Las Vegas is something else.

It's worth a trip to Europe though - the cultural differences there are immense.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi River,

You and me both - but I am lazy and would want all of them.