Sunday, 28 July 2019

For the Queen's Curiosity

On Thursday of this week we had the July hottest day on record in the United Kingdom. Now, it is raining – as it did yesterday.

UK weather can be depressing and to lift myself out of the doldrums, I thought, for a laugh,  I would answer some bizarre questions that I found on Sunday Stealing until I actually force myself to write a proper blog post drawing from the inane nonsense in my head.

Here goes:

1. What is the nearest book to you?  Your Kindle does not count.

The nearest book to me at the moment is my Kindle. However, next to that sits “The Dictionary of Insulting Quotations” by Jonathan Green. I love reading insults, the funnier the better. Here’s an example:

Nancy Astor to Winston Churchill: “If I were your wife, I would put poison in your coffee.”

Winston Churchill in reply: “If I were your husband, I would drink it!”

2.  When was the last time you took a "me" vacation

Earlier this year. Mrs PM and I went to Vietnam for the first time, which was her idea. However, I insisted that we pay a visit to Hong Kong on the way back. I love Hong Kong and I always feel at my most content when exploring that amazing city.  Mrs PM also being there with me was the icing on the cake. I like to think Mrs PM enjoyed it too.

3.  How many telephone numbers do you have?

If you count work then three. We have a landline that we hardly ever use and I have my own personal mobile phone. I would willingly refuse to answer my work phone though.

4.  If you could fix one thing in the public school system, what is the one thing you would do immediately?

By public school, do you actually mean those schools in England where the super-rich pay extraordinary amounts of money to send their obnoxious children only for them to leave and then do their best to ruin our country by becoming a Conservative Prime Minister like the nasty blustering clown that a tiny minority of Conservatives have just elected?

If you do then I would close them in favour of normal schools and then overhaul our entire education system to make things more equal instead of biased towards the privileged few.

5.  Are you a big tipper?

No I am not. I know that in America it is expected but in the UK and Europe, it isn’t because a lot of the times service charge is included. If it isn’t then I usually only tip if the service has been good.

6.  Do you watch reality shows?

The only one I watch is The Apprentice (the UK version) because I love to see useless egomaniacs brought down to earth with a crash. I watched the American version once or twice but soon became sick of watching Donald Trump’s ego seeping out of my TV screen.

I can’t stand other reality shows because they are full of people who just want to be famous but have zero talent whatsoever.

7.  Who is your favorite sports team player?

I’ll tell you in May next year when the football season is over.

Note for American readers – when I say “football” I do not mean American football. I believe you guys call the sport “soccer” for some crazy reason.

8.  If you could travel in a spaceship to any planet, which planet would you like to visit and why?

I think that would have to be Saturn because it is beautiful –just as long as I don’t have to land there.

9.  When was the last time you sat in a church?

In 2017. I do not go to churches other than for weddings and funerals, or if I simply want to take photos of them.

10.  Are there any aspects of blogging that annoy you?

From a personal perspective, I am annoyed with myself for not posting more often. I am now trying to remedy this situation by making time to do so.

11.  When someone follows you on their blog or subscribes to your Facebook page, do you automatically follow and subscribe back?

I am on Facebook but only in name. I tend not to use it at all unless somebody takes a photo of me and tags me (usually with me pulling a funny face because I hate having my photo taken).

If somebody comments on my blog, I usually return the favour and pop across to theirs (if they have one).


Lori said...

Your trip sounds wonderful! I am glad you both had a nice time.
I am with you om Saturn! I think it is just gorgeous. Loved your answers! Have a nice Sunday.

CountryDew said...

I haven't been blogging as much lately, either, and am working to remedy that. I prefer to do it daily but have slacked off. However, most of my thoughts center around #45 is an idiot and I can only write that so often.

Bev Sykes said...

It's interesting that what you call "Public school" is what we call "Private School." Public school is the same as the UK in Brasil as well. Most kids here go to public school, which is free and not at all for the wealthy.

The wait staff in restaurants must love Americans because we all feel it's appropriate to tip.

Loved the Churchill joke.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Lori,

It was a wonderful trip. Vietnam was pleasantly surprising.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi CountryDew,

It's a little frustrating but I'm getting there.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Bev,

There are quite a few of them in the UK and they cost a fortune and churn out lots of unsavoury people - like our current Prime Minister.




J Lenni Dorner said...

I hate falling behind in blogging too. I try to keep a schedule, but life doesn't always allow it.

A lot of people seem to want to go to Saturn this week.

River said...

#1, the closest book to me is called Bonegilla's Beginnings. It's about the Bonegilla migrant camp area in the days before it became a migrant camp.
#4, the type of school you've described is what we call a private school, public schools are the state run schools where most kids go because the parents can't afford a private school.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi J,

I used to keep a schedule but I really need to start doing that again.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi River,

The entire education system needs an overhaul over here regardless.

I was lucky - I got into a (free) grammar school. It's not that way now.