Sunday, 6 December 2020

Best Things to Talk About


Welcome to a grey but dry day in South Manchester. England is now free of lockdown and back into a tiered system. Sadly we are tier 3 so really the only difference between the lockdown and the situation we are in now is that we can go to the shops. It’s still crap if I’m honest.

Rather than wittering on about Covid-19, I shall just dive into questions from Sunday Stealing

1. What is the craziest, most outrageous thing you want to achieve?

I might have mentioned this before but I want to go on a trip around the world, visiting as many countries as I can and write a travelogue about my experiences. I have already written three travelogues about trips to China, Australia and Japan and I plan to pen another one about my experiences in all of the other countries I have visited, including the good old UK too. I don’t think these travelogues will ever see the light of day – they are too personal – but they are good to reread and remind myself of these wonderful places. 

Will I get to achieve it?

Who knows. It’s still on the bucket list.

2. Have your parents influenced what goals you have?

Not really. My dad basically pushed me to achieve the best academic qualifications I could but didn’t have any specific goals. He just wanted me to be the best that I can be. I think he would be proud. 

3. What is a fashion trend you’re glad went away.

Most of the fashion from the 1970’s. Big collars and big trousers with big platform shoes. It was horrific.

4. What word or saying from the past do you think should come back?

I probably use a few phrases that are out of fashion, probably from my youth.

How about:

“Hunky dory” – fine or OK.

“Pardon my French” – an apology (of sorts) if I accidentally swear.

“Strewth!” – an exclamation of frustration.

Or perhaps some things my parents used to say to me:

“I’ll wipe that smile off your face!” – a veiled threat.

“I wouldn’t change it for all the tea in China!” – I love this and I am not going to change it or give it away.

“Am I talking to a brick wall?” – are you ignoring me.

5. What do you bring with you everywhere you go?

I’m sad to say that it is my smartphone. I never thought I would come to rely on this gadget and when mobile phones first appeared I used to mock people who relied on them. And now I have become one of those people. I do not use it as a phone; it is a step counter, a language learner, a book, a connection to the internet and countless other things. 

6. Is there such a thing as a soul?

I guess there probably is and I would define it as the essence of a person. If you try to see beyond the physical appearance of a person, you can truly see them – and I think you are seeing their soul. Some people are just beautiful – not necessarily physically beautiful but just wonderful to be with, kind, considerate, funny and charming. Equally, others can be attractive but when you see past the outer beauty you can sometimes see unattractive traits. 

I like to think of this inner person as the soul, if that makes sense.

7. Is there life after death?

I would like to hope so. I was raised a Roman Catholic, guilty from the moment I popped into this world, and I was indoctrinated with all of the teachings, including Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. I was told that when I finally shuffle off this mortal coil I will stand before God and be sentenced to eternity in Heaven, Purgatory followed by Heaven or eternal damnation in Hell with Satan and all of his demons force-feeding me rhubarb while listening to Piers Morgan serenading me with acid jazz.

I would like to be reincarnated as another human being please, if that’s possible and I have a choice. 

Or maybe even just let my spirit roam the Earth and witness the future of mankind through the eyes of a ghost. 

8. Do you think there will ever be a third world war?

Sadly, I think there might be but it will be over in a flash – literally. 

9. What smell brings back great memories?

My mum used to bake pies, especially at Christmas. The smell of baking reminds me of her delicious pies.

10. How would you like to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as a nice guy, whose heart was in the right place and made people laugh. 

11. What kind of music are you into?

I could write a book on this subject but put simply, I like ambient electronic pop music, new age,  1970’s dance music, early 1980’s electronic pop music, blues, blues rock, heavy blues, soft rock, AOR, hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock, progressive metal, classical music (not opera) and other odd songs from other genres. I don’t like country music, hip hop, modern dance music, manufactured pop music (boy bands, girl bands) and anything created by arses like Simon Cowell.

Here are two examples of the music I like.

12. What is the biggest surprise of your life?

That I can grow a beard. Past attempts have been a disaster so I thought I would try again during lockdown. Mrs PM likes it (bizarrely). However, it is coming off in 2021. 

13. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A proper Sunday lunch. 

14. Where is the most awe-inspiring place you have been?

I have been to many awe-inspiring places and it is really difficult to choose amongst them. I could list them all but that would be another huge list.

I will choose The Great Wall of China simply because it is the first thing that popped into my head.

15. Describe your life in six words

Looking forward to the next chapter.


Lori said...

The smell of pies baking makes me think of my Granie. I love that. I am sure you have seen so many awe inspiring things. That is so cool. The sayings you put down I still hear sometimes. Loved your answers! Have a nice day!

Kwizgiver said...

I love your six words!

Elephant's Child said...

My partner loved the Great Wall of China - and it was considerably more crowded than your photos on the first day he saw it.
I like your definition of a soul. I do hope that there isn't a life after death though - this life is enough for me. I would like to quietly feed a tree and disappear after my death (and hope that eco funerals are more readily available).

CountryDew said...

Those are great answers. I started to say Paris or something in Paris as the most awe-inspiring place, but I haven't been there for 40 years. I always wanted to travel but married a farmer who never leaves the farm. Oh well.

2 gators said...

enjoyed your answers I too am glad bell bottoms and platforms are part of the past, some of your sayings I totally forgot about (thanks for the memories) my smell was also pies.
hope you have a great week PS I enjoy your photography & travels

zippiknits...sometimes said...

Strewth! It's perfectly suited to modern life. I think it's a contraction of, "It's the Truth." I'm not surprised the Mrs. PM likes your beard. Mr.Z has had a beard since the 60's, and with his red hair, he looked like a Viking!

And yes, sadly, a third world war would be over in a flash. So would life on earth, as what was left of it would take a tight right turn into total anarchy. Is it times to say, "Cheers"? *wink*

Me, Myself, and I said...

Weirdly, at first glance of your Wall of China pictures, I thought of Tintagel in Cornwall. I've never been to the UK, but I've always wanted to go THERE. One of my all time favorite series of books are the Mary Stewart Arthurian ones, and the pictures I've seen of the place are stunning. I envy your's just not something I've ever had the money for. I've traveled the States, and seen wondrous things, but I really would like to get to the UK someday...or France, or Spain, or anywhere not here. Have a great week!

Ordinarily Just Me said...

Best comment ever on the self descriptor. The pics are pretty amazing too!

Ordinarily Just Me said...

Best comment ever on the self description-I loved the pics too!

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Lori,

I may write some posts about my travel experiences.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Kwizgiver,

They sum me up at the moment.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi EC,

The Great Wall of China started to get crowded as we left (we were there early in the morning).

It was a great day.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi CD,

Paris is wonderful - but as I said above - I prefer to see Paris from ground level. I first visited there in 1984 - I've been there three times since. It's a wonderful place and really I should go back (it's not too far away).




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi 2 gators,

I have plenty of photos to pop onto the blog - maybe I will do sometime.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Zippiknits,

I don't think Mrs PM would like a viking beard on me (you never know though).

Strewth - I didn't know that. I use it a lot these days.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Me,Myself and I,

I've been to Cornwall a couple of times - it's a lovely part of the country. Visitors to the UK usually go the "usual" places but there is so much to see.

I've been to the States quite a few times now - it never ceases to amaze me.




Plastic Mancunian said...


Thanks - I liked my answer to #15 too.