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January 25, 2006


Nosemonkey tags me:

Seven things to do before I die.

1) Get an article in The Guardian.
2) Cycle to Italy.
3) Do so on a bicycle made of the metal I sell. Which I cannot currently afford.
4) Make enough money to afford said bicycle.
5) Live in a castle.
6) Drink less but better.
7) Build a scandium factory. Anyone got a spare $10 million?

Seven things I cannot do.

1) Sing in tune.
2) "Get" maths.
3) Draw.
4) Paint.
5) "Get" any of the visual arts.
6) Enjoy "literary" fiction.
7) Understand what the hell either Tracey Emin or Damien Hirst are going on about.

Seven things that attract me to a? city.

1) Size. Should be between 50k and 150 k people.
2) Does not require a car to live in it.
3) Some reasonable number of English speakers.
4) Decent local cuisine.
5) The people don’t shout all the time (so not in Spain).
6) No or very little snow.
7) A decent pub.

Seven things I say.

1) Really?
2) Yes please.
3) Mais uma.
4) Mais piri-piri (at the chicken take away).
5) Yob t’voi mat’.
6) Does this country have a word with the same sense of urgency as "Doppo domani"?
7) Anyone here speak English?

Seven books that I love.

1) Any and all Terry Pratchetts.
2) Whatever I’m reading right now.
3) Guns, Germs and Steel.
4) Anything by Paul Erhlich or Lester Brown. So unfailingly awful that you can’t help but loving them.
5) 2005 Blogged.
6) "Anyone Here Been Raped and Speaks English?" By, I think, this guy’s father.
7) The collected Bernard Levin columns.

Seven movies that I’ve loved.

1) Animal House.
2) The Blues Brothers.
3) Animal House.
4) The Blues Brothers.
5) Animal House.
6) The Blues Brothers.
7) Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Seven people to tag.

1) Rafael.
2) Auntie.
3) The Camelids.
4) Chris.
5) Ken (or Richard).
6) Noreen.
7) Craig.

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Tracked on Jan 26, 2006 1:46:35 PM


"3) Mais uma"

Pretty much the only words one needs :)

Tim adds: Mais dois has its uses as well.

Posted by: Paul Davies | Jan 25, 2006 12:14:31 PM

What's a Scandium factory?

Tim adds: A factory for the production of scandium.

Posted by: Rub-a-dub | Jan 25, 2006 3:03:53 PM

If you haven't seen the movie Raising Arizona, you should.

Posted by: beloml | Jan 25, 2006 3:48:08 PM

Raising Arizona - a slapstick Wild at Heart. Fantastic double-bill, that.

Posted by: Nosemonkey | Jan 25, 2006 4:55:48 PM

You bad, bad man. I fucking hate memes

Posted by: Noreen | Jan 25, 2006 5:12:28 PM

The Guardian ??? Why not National Enquirer?

Posted by: Tom | Jan 25, 2006 5:53:54 PM

Are you autistic?

Tim adds: Could be , I suppose. I prefer to just think of myself as a philistine.

Posted by: paul | Jan 25, 2006 6:33:38 PM

It's "dopodomani" btw.

Tim adds: Did I mention I don’t do languages either?

Posted by: Jarndyce | Jan 25, 2006 7:18:53 PM

What's the modulus of scandium anyway? I don't see anything about it here.


Posted by: Charles | Jan 25, 2006 8:31:32 PM

Sorry, what I ment to write about scandium was...

"I postulate, but do not conclude unequivocally, that the modulus of the scandium material is adequate for its intended application."

Tim adds: Used in very small amounts (0.1%, 0.2%) in the more expensive Aluminium frames. Acts as a grain refiner.

Posted by: Charles | Jan 25, 2006 8:42:01 PM

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is flippin' awful! The Phantom of the Paradise is way better.

Posted by: Tony.T | Jan 25, 2006 11:58:39 PM

Tony? Heresy, Richard O' Brian remains god.

Um, Tim? There are other good films y'know. Princess Bride?

Posted by: MatGB | Jan 26, 2006 12:31:16 AM

Yob t’voi mat’.

I hope you use that carefully! Russians don't take these things as lightly as Brits. My girlfriend gave me a bollocking just for asking her to check my translation, and demanded to know where I read it and in what context.

Posted by: Tim Newman | Jan 26, 2006 9:44:35 AM

"You can say what you like about us, but we're not just going to sit here and listen to you bad mouth the United States of America!"

Posted by: Emily | Jan 26, 2006 5:06:22 PM

Thanks for the attention. Will be filling it out shortly.

Posted by: Ken | Jan 26, 2006 11:12:11 PM