January 31, 2009

25 Random And Personal Things About Me

I've been tagged. (No, not one of those tags that naughty boys have to wear!) Normally my response towards tagging is: "Hey it's Saturday, I have important stuff to do like eating, sleeping and sharing time with friends and family; and you expect me to play tag?"  And that's the gist of what I told Diane Corriette when she skyped me to tell me she'd tagged me. But she's a great friend so I guess I'd better do as I'm told.  ;-)

Anyway, here’s how this one works:

Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a post with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose five more people to be tagged. You also have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you. To do this, you simply link to their blogs so that they know you responded to their tag.

You may include the above rules in your post so that the person being tagged knows them, too. You may also want to tweet your post to notify them on Twitter, too.

So here we go.  25 things you may or may not care to know about me, randomized:

  1. I've lost 5lbs in weight since Christmas.
  2. If you described me as young, free and single.. you'd get two out of three right.
  3. I've ridden all the way from John O'Groats the most northern point in Scotland all the way to Land's End the southernmost tip of England by bicyle to raise funds for a children's hospice. It was a journey of 942 miles; and it took 84 hours, several punctures, a couple of broken wheels and a very sore bottom!
  4. I had a lot of fun in the sixties getting to see The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and other great bands at live concerts.
  5. I read at least one book every week, my favourite authors include: David Baldacci, Margaret Forster, David Frey and many others.
  6. My springer spaniel Muffin insists that I take her for a walk at least once a day.
  7. In my younger days I was a "Biker" and have owned an Aerial Square Four, a Norton Commando, a James 197 and a Triumph Tiger Cub together with several more modern motor bikes.
  8. I used to be heavily involved in Rally Sport, was licenced to International level and have navigated for championship drivers such as Russell Brooks.
  9. I love game fishing and I've caught Trout and Salmon on many of the greatest rivers in Britain.
  10. My music collection includes Eric Clapton, U2, The Rolling Stones, Whitesnake, Van Morrison, Coldplay,  Rush, Cream, Jethro Tull, Annie Lennox, Bob Marley & The Whalers, Pink Floyd, BB King, Led Zeppelin…
  11. I once stayed in the Salmon Leap Inn a local pub owned by Billy Connelly in Drymen, near Loch Lomond and spent a couple of hours chatting with him in the bar. The pub, I'm sad to say has since been demolished.. perhaps all the laughter was responsible?
  12. My favourite clothing designers are Armani and Hugo Boss. I wear Hugo Boss underwear. I love to shop at the Brown Thomas depeartment store in Grafton Street, Dublin. Shopping is thirsty work and is usually followed by several pints of the Dublin brewed Guiness which somehow tastes better than it does anywhere else.
  13. I was born on 13th August 1952 in Frizington a small west Cumbrian town on the western fringe of the English lake District.
  14. I'm allergic to walnuts but I love cashew nuts.
  15. I hope to be cremated when I die and it's my wish to have my ashes scattered in Wastwater in the hope I may in some small way clog up the Sellafield nuclear plant.  ;-)
  16. I used to have a small flock of Hedwick sheep but unfortunately they were lost during the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001. They all had names beginning with the letter M..  Mary, Molly, Milly, Methuselah, Madge, etc.
  17. The first word I ever uttered was "Tess" the name of our next door neighbour's springer spaniel.
  18. My favourite flower is the "Gloire de Dijon" climbing rose, because it has a wonderful scent, a soft cream colour and it's a vigorous grower.
  19. The "Maison du Cygne" in Brussels is one of my favourite restaurants, I just wish it was moved to wonderful area around Neuhaven in Copenhagen where the busy evening atmosphere is amazing.
  20. I've met the Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Alexander on different occasions. Prince Phillip had a bandaged hand because he'd had a wart removed and shook with his left hand.
  21. My Dad, George Taylor served in the Northumberland Fusiliers during World War Two and was a policeman with the Cumberland County Constabulary for 25 years.
  22. My passport used to show "Cordwainer" as my occupation.
  23. I'm a member of the British Psychological Society and I'm qualified to administer a wide range of psychometric tests including OPQ, MBTI and HBDI.
  24. I always carry a small black notebook and a pencil when I leave my house, I don't like being unable to jot down my thoughts and ideas when they come to me. There's something special about catching ideas in the moment. That specialness seems to be lost when trying to remember the details when you get home.
  25. While running an online business allows a great deal of flexibility and freedom, and it's an exciting environment in which to work, I really miss leading and working with people, I miss the friendly banter, the deadlines, the joint problem solving and recognising and rewarding team successes.

Now, who shall I tag?
Let's see… Dana Willhoit, Andy Henry, Robert Puddy, Kevin Riley and Michelle MacPhearson

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January 31, 2009

Diane Corriette @ 11:23 am

Well this post is about spending time with virtual friends because now I know where to go to buy your undies and I know your favourite nuts

Plus we both share something in number 25!

Thanks for playing John ;)


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February 1, 2009

Michelle MacPhearson @ 2:19 pm

My husband would be sooo drooling over your past in rally - he wants to be a rally driver more than anything in the world. We have a cat names McRae to prove it.
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February 3, 2009

Peggy @ 9:23 am

I didn't know Hugo Boss made underwear.

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