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Today, at The Bear's Lair

Hi, Everyone.

I'd like to invite you to join me today at 13:00 UTC, 9 AM Eastern, 8 AM Central, 6 AM Pacific, or 2 PM in the UK, for your weekly visit to the Bear's Lair.

Take your seat on the big squashy sofa, let Bert, my little leprechaun helper, pour you your favourite drink, and prepare for two hours of friendly chat, fun and, of course, fantastic music.

This week, in the crank it up corner, a twin spin from one of my favourite pop groups of all time. In the love zone, two beautiful songs from two great female vocalists. Plus lots more great tunes and plenty of room for your requests.

To contact the show, Email yourvoice@theglovalvoice.info or tweet @lulu_bear. I look forward to seeing you later.

Today, at The Bear's Lair.

Hi, Everyone.

Do you fancy two hours of fun, friendly chat and, of course, fantastic music? Then I'd love it if you could join me at 13:00 UTC, 9 AM Eastern, 8 AM Central, 6 PM Pacific, or 2 PM in the UK, in The Bear's Lair. Take your seat on the big, squashy sofa, let Bert, my little lep helper pour you your favourite drink, and prepare for a good time.

This week we have two absolute belters in the Crank it Up corner that I haven't heard for ages, and two great songs by boy bands in the Love Zone, as well as loads of great tunage and plenty of room for your requests.

Contacting the show is very easy. Just Email yourvoice@theglobalvoice.info or send a tweet to @lulu_bear. I really look forward to seeing you later today in The Bear's Lair, only on The Global Voice.

Some News, and More Survey Fun

Hi, Everyone.

Well, this has been a fairly quiet week, taken all in all, made slightly more awkward than usual by ill health for both of us. We do not need a combination of Alergies, Migraine and Osteoporosis stalking the halls of the Lair, but here they have been, and they are taking their time about leaving, how rude!

Still, there have been nice things about this week. I always love it when I have a new game for Glinda, my beautiful black, glittery IPhone. The number of games I have does tend to fluctuate, because so many I try I find insult my inteligence, or just get plain boring after a while. I find that many games which are fully accessible with voice over are text based adventure games, which involve me reading a story and answering multiple choice questions. Yawn yawn! Please, don't misunderstand, excellent they are, I am sure, and I know a lot of people like them, but I just lose interest very fast indeed. I want a game with sound, music, it either has to be accessible or else if there are difficulties I have to be able to overcome them fairly easily, it mustn't crash all the time, and it has to be fun to play.

This week I found Accessible Fruitmachine. It is fully accessible, never crashes, is wonderfully easy to play, has, to my mind, good sounds and music for what it is, and I find it completely and totally addictive! The thing I really like is that the game improves, the more you play. At 69 p from the Aps Store, It is cheap at double the price.

The other game I got last night is Dimensions. Now this is not so much a game as a sonic experience, although there is a game element in it. It is free, but be warned, there are hidden charges, because to do anything, you need quantum cells, which you can only get by buying them, or you can get free ones by taking out free trials of things, I did not want to do that. I have to say, I am finding the sound of the game, and the music, amazing, the way that it reacts to your surroundings is very weird, but cool, but there are problems which I am having difficulty overcoming. For a start, the game does seem to mess up things on the phone, so that I sometimes have to reboot after having played for a while. This gave me a real scare the first time, because it turned the volume right down, and I thought we had a dead IPhone before I remembered the disconnect headphones and turn up the volume trick. As well as what the game does to the phone, there are in-game problems. To collect artifacts, you have to touch and hold down a button, which, obviously, necessitates the turning off of VO. However, you cannot keep it turned off, as information sometimes comes up on screen which you need to read. Also, I find said beam button hard to find, and by the time I have turned off Vo, tried to find the button, pressed and held it, I have usually missed what I am trying to catch. Pressing Beam burns up cells, which is annoying, as I usually press it to no purpose! I have a lot of cells left to play with, but if I have not made more progress by the time they are gone, I will not be buying anymore, and I think this ap will be leaving my IPhone for the journey into the dimensions of the deleted.

Finally, B seems to have caught the survey bug! He seems to like looking at ones which I have filled in, and has asked me if I can find anymore, so I have been scouring my old blogs to see what I could find, and rather an ouchy journey it could be at times. Anyway, I have not one, but two here, although the second is very short, as the answers only consist of one word. So, before I buzz off to get ready for The Bear's Lair later, have some Surveyage!

50 questions

Random questions to get to know me better!
Sometimes deep, sometimes just random. Either way, It'd be nice if you'd answer honestly.

1. How old are you? 45.
2. How old do you think you are mentally? A difficult one. Some parts of me never grew up, I am playful, I sometimes live in fantasy, witness my love of my babies. But parts of me feel battle scarred and very grown up, even maybe older than my years.

3. Diet coke or coke zero? Neither! Yukk in a bucket! Regular coke all the way.

4. Summer or winter? Winter, as long as I can be cosy and warm!

5. Do you have a life motto? I have two. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.

6. Happiest year in your life? I honestly can't answer this one. I have just lived each year as it has come, each one has had its happiness and its troubles, I don't think I have ever had a year without those.

7. Happiest day this year? I don't think I can answer that one either. I have had wonderful days and awful ones. The day I first physically met B should have been amazing, but I was so deeply sick physically I could not call that the happiest. I am just grateful for all my good days.

8. Singing or dancing? Singing all the way!!

9. spontaneous or well-planned? Usually well planned. I can be spontaneous, but more often every I is dotted and every T crossed!

10. School or work? Work. I was useless at school. I only had one dead end job, but I have learned lately that if I need to work, I can, and do a good job, work very hard and get things done.

11. Rice or pasta?
Oh both. My boyfriend hates both, so I rarely get the chance to eat them now. Just thinking of all the lovely things I could make with them is making me drool! Ah well!

12. Are you happy where you live? Totally. I love the town where I live, and have a lovely little home, which I really love. I would not really want to move, unless it was to a larger flat in this block, or one near it.

13. What do you wish the most right now? That things which are not settled could become so, it is not good to have worries hanging over us. Oh, and of course, there is that person called Sherry Collette, who I am longing to meet on one sweet and distant day.

14. Your dream holiday? I would like to go to a house where we have a swimming pool and a hot tub all to ourselves. We could just laze about and swim and splash in the tub whenever we like. Bliss!

15. Your goal in life? To be there when I'm needed, to make the most of every day, to know, each night before I go to sleep, that I have done my best.

16. Bodyshop or lush? Neither! I like body shop products, but can't get them often, as the nearest one to me is miles away in a town I can't visit. Never had anything from lush, but hate the stink of it! You can always tell you're near one, the smell's fit to knock you down!

17. Ever wanted to host a bodyshop party in your home? Nope. The only times I tried hosting parties, they were dismal flops.

18. When you look in the mirror (or, if you can't see, if you think about yourself), do you like what you see and what you are? Yes, I do. I'm not perfect by a long way, but I've worked hard to accept myself, warts and all.

19. Do your clothes have to be fashionable or comfortable? I can't see why one precludes the other. My clothes are both. I always dress in things I find comfortable to wear, but I also wear clothes that look modern, and won't date with time. I think it is very important to look wel-groomed and fit into the sighted world. No one is ever going to be ashamed to be seen out with me, ever, ever!

20. What do you think are your strengths? My loving heart, sense of humor, loyalty to my friends and loved ones, my ability to take hard knocks and go on standing.

21. Do you tend to think more about your weaknesses than your strengths? No, I have plenty of weaknesses, but to dwell on them would be self-distructive. There are enough people in this world trying to put you down, without you doing it to yourself!

22. How do you usually react when someone compliments you? I smile widely and thank them, and usually feel very pleased.

23. Are you good at giving compliments? yes, I try to do it whenever I can, knowing that it makes me feel good, I want to do the same for other people.

24. Can you sense atmospheres around people, like uneasiness or easy to talk to etc.? that really depends on who it is. If there is something wrong in the world of anyone I love, I usually know without being told. It doesn't work so well for people I don't know.

25. Where would you like to go on holiday? Hey, come on! You already asked me this one, move on already!

26. Would you say you are an honest person? Yes. I have made forays into the path of un honesty, and it was awful. Now I'm always honest about myself and my life, and with others when I can do it without hurting them.

27. Have you ever loved anyone, but were afraid to let them know? Oh yes indeed and indeed! It went on for a long time, and was miserable in the extreme, and great was my relief when I could finally get it out into the open, especially when I found I was not the only one who felt that way! Big smile.

28. Can you keep a secret? Yes. I am fierce about my privacy, if I tell someone something in confidence, and I then find I have had it betrayed, it is something I find hard to forgive, so I treat people as I would like to be treated. I hear all, as the old saying goes, and I say nowt!

29. Milk or water? Again, I don't like either much as a plain drink, but if I had to choose which, I'd say water.

30. Tea or coffee? I love both, but asked to choose, coffee's the one I couldn't do without!

31. Do you sometimes wish you were still a child? Not on your nellie! I wouldn't go back over that again for all the rice in china!

32. Describe yourself in 3 words! Passionate, impulsive, caring.

33. How much time do you spend caring for your hair and skin? For my skin, not. I generally leave it to get on with things, unless it feels really dry, in which case it gets a quick rub of whatever moisturiser I've got. For my hair, not a huge amount, but more, as I like it to be clean, and tied back off my face during the day.

34. Do you think you changed this year? Yes. I have learned some very bitter lessons about who I can and cannot trust this year, and I have grown harder, and much more self-contained. I don't like the change much at all, but I can't help it.

35. If someone hadn't seen you for a while and they'd see you again now, what do you think they'd say about you? Wow, that's hard. What people usually say is, Gosh, you're hair's long, you lost weight, you look well. We'll leave it at that, shall we? Smile.

36. Like getting drunk? Not drunk as such. I love having a couple of glasses of wine with B, having cigarettes, listening to music and relaxing after the hard work week, but we only ever get mildly buzzed, never really hammered.

37. Do you do things that your parents did and you swore never to do? Oh yeah. I used to hate my parents smoking, and then I started at twenty something, and it's a habit I never could kick, even though I use an electronic cigarette now, which doesn't pollute anyone else's air and is better in lots of ways.

38. favourite ssmell? Orange blossom.

39. which famous person did you fancy when you were a teen? Jeff Lynne, the lead singer of the Electric Light Orchestra.

40. Has anyone ever read your private diary and embarrassed you? No. Luckily, all my diaries have been on the web, and what I wish to keep private stays private, thank goodness.

41. What would be your perfect Christmas? All the people I love most under one roof, loads of presents, turkey, love and laughter.

42. Who in your family are you closest to? My Mother. She annoys me to screaming blue rage at times, but I wouldn't be without her for anything.

43. Anyone found you on facebook after more than 10 years? Yes, my friend Sue Hadfield, with whom I used to be at school.

44. Swimming or running? Swimming, I just love it, but haven't been in ages. a dream of mine is to have a house with an indoor pool, all to myself!

45. Most relaxing sound? I love nature sounds, so a summer garden, or a forest, maybe? I have lovely nature sounds on my IPhone, and play them to relax me.

46. Can you play an instrument? Yes, a bit of keyboard, but I suck royally!

47. If you could invent a job, what would it be? I'd love to do something with babies, help someone who makes reborn babies, maybe I could dress them and get them ready for going out to customers or something, anything to do with dolls would be my job made in heaven!

48. Best gift anyone ever gave you? This is such a hard one! I have had so so many wonderful gifts. Let me say that the two most recent best gifts I have had have been my ruby and diamond eternity ring, and a little blonde person called Miranda Taylor Hartgen who arrived back in February, she is an enormous comfort to me when I'm here alone.

49. Sweet or savery food? Both! Often!

50. Do you like gossiping? No, I hate it. Having too often been the victim of it, I try to keep a very tight control on my lips and fingers. The trouble is it's insidious. It's so easy to pick up things, especially over Twitter, and before you know it you've casually mentioned it to someone, who's casually mentioned it to someone else, we've all done it, I know I have, not meaning to do any harm. But too often what starts off harmless gets blown up out of all proportion, so I try to leave it strictly alone.

One Word Survey

Where is your cell phone?

Dock.

Significant other?

Gorgeous!
???

Your hair?

brown.

Your mother?

Rock.

Your father?

Unreliable.

Your favorite thing?

love.

Your dream last night?

Non-existent.

Your favorite drink?

champagne.

What room are you in?

den.

Your hobby?

Broadcasting.

Your fear?

Insects.

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Married.

Where were you last night?

Here.

Something that you aren't?

Vindictive.

Muffins?

Yumpsk!

Wish list item?

Reborn.

Last thing you did?

Recorded.

What are you wearing?

Robe.

TV?

Yuk!

Your pets?

Never!.

Friends?

Kind.

Your life?

Good!

Your mood?

Cheerful.

Missing someone?

no.

Drinking?

Nope.

Your car?

None.

Something you're not wearing?

Coat.

Your favorite store?

Amazon.

Your favorite color?

Red.

When is the last time you cried?

Yesterday.

Who will resend this?

B.

Where do you go to over and over?

Gran's.

Five people who email me regularly?

B, Friendmail, GlobalVoice, Jane, Charles.

My favorite place to eat?

Home.

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

here.

And I think that is more than enough! If you have read all of this, thanks for taking the trouble! See you later in The Bear's Lair, I hope. Have a great day, everyone.

Book I am Reading: SmokeScreen by Dick Francis.

I am looking forward to: doing the Bear's Lair, a couple of glasses of wine tonight.

Next Question?

Hi, Everyone!

Well, yesterday, as you will have seen, B and I both had fun with a survey, which we both filled in and posted to our blogs, and B has caught the survey bug, and implored me to see if I could find some more! So, here I have been, scouring my blogs for surveys, and I have come up with a wowzer!

Most of these things are aimed at teenagers, so some of these questions are a mite incongruous, as you shal see, but I do rather like surveys, as answering these questions will tell you a lot more about us than you know already. I always like reading someone's survey answers, if they're done properly, it's like looking through a window into their psyche, or as much of it as they want me to see. I was actually rather surprised by some of my answers to these questions, it showed me that some old scars have not healed as wel as I thought they had. I will have to work on this.

Ok, enough chit chat, here is my survey.

130 questions… promise you won't lie?
If I were going to lie, there would be no point in me doing this. I might perhaps evade a little, or refuse to answer, if you ask me something silly!

Do you get jealous easily?
Yes, I am afraid I do. I am a Scorpio, and scorps do get jealous, it is a trait about myself I don't like.

What are you currently waiting for?
I am waiting for the Music Machine to come on, I am looking forward to the show. Ah, there it goes!

Do you think more about the past, present, or future?
Well, the past is gone, and I do not like to look back at it much, except to remember happy memories. The future is always uncertain. So I stay in the present, and enjoy the moment as much as I can.

Is there anybody you wish you could be spending time with right now?
No. I am in the company of the person I love best in all the world, thank God.

Honestly, did you really love the last person you said I love you too?
I honestly did. I still do, as a matter of fact!

Is anything wrong with your eyes?
Not a thing. They just don't work, unfortunately. The eyes themselves are fine.

Do you have nice eyes?
Yes, they are large and hazel, I am told they are very nice.

Have you ever received a love letter more than a page long?
Yes I have, and I have also received some long love Emails.

Who's thinking about you right now?
The person sitting across the room, doing his radio show. WE always think about each other, even when we are working.

Is this year the best year of your life?
That is a ratehr difficult one. It had a very rough and rocky start, but it has improved dramatically, and it is getting better all the time. I don't know what year I would call the best year of my life. I am just glad things have started to go right for me and that I am settled and happy.

Which of your friends lives closest to you?
That would be Simon Cowan, he lives in Bridge End, not ttoo far from here.

How do you feel about Diet Dr Pepper?
Diet anything is absolutely disgusting, and I have never liked Doctor Pepper.

Have you ever thought someone died, when they really didn't?
Yes. My Migraines cause me sometimes to hallucinate, and once I was absolutely sure a friend was dead. I nearly screamed myself hoarse until someone called her and she talked to me and convinced me that she was alive and well.

Does your bedroom need cleaning?
Yes, it probably does at the moment, my treasure is not due till Wednesday!

Would you rather take a relationship really slow or really fast?
I would rather take it at the speed it naturally goes. Usually I am quick to love and quick to trust and impulsive by nature, which has got me into trouble in the past, but the one thing I hate is playing a guessing game. In any relationship I have to know where I am, or I just can't deal with things at all, so slow normally doesn't happen for me!

Do you ever hang out with someone of the opposite sex?
In a friendship capacity, no, not really. I used to, but it too often leads to messy situations, so I have had to learn the hard way to be a lot more reserved than is my nature.

Are you comfortable with your height?
Oh absolutely. They do say that good things come in small packages. Grin!

Do you act differently around the person you like?
I hope that I treat everyone the same, I try to be polite and friendly to everybody, though some people make it a bit more difficult! Smile.

Do you think anyone has feelings for you?
I would certainly hope so! If not, I am in serious trouble!

Is there one person in your life that can always make you smile?
yes, thank God there is! It is sometimes very difficult, especially when I am in pain or feeling scratchy because of my health issues, but he can always do it.

Do you like thunderstorms?
No, I hate them now. They mess up computers and make me nervous.

Do you think teenagers can be in love?
Oh absolutely! Love is no respecter of age, it strikes when and where it wants to.

How fast does your mood change?
Usually I am optemistic and upbeat my nature, but if something stresses or upsets me, or if someone presses my mad button, or does something bad to the one I love, I can flare up like a fireball, or drop into deep blackness faster than a stone.

Are there things that can't be joked about with you?
I hate prank phone calls, play one of those and I have to leave the room, they are just so unfunny and not fair on the person the prank is played on. I also really hate smutty jokes and sexual innuendo, and I find it really upsetting when I am imitated. It has happened to me at a couple of places I have worked, and I still hear about it. I cannot help the way I speak, nor can anyone else, and I can't see why imitating me is funny.

What do you always take with you?
My handbag. It has everything I need in it, including my keys. I'd be lost without it.

When is your birthday?
November 9.

Where is the weirdest place you have slept?
I slept on a barge once, the bunk was very narrow, and conditions were privitive, verging on squalid.

Anything on your walls?
A couple of pictures. I am just waiting for Mum and Dad to find a frame for the amazing picture of Bert the Leprechaun that Scott Clark painted for Bert's area of our site. I can't wait to have it hung up in here.

What do you bite more, your tongue, lip, or cheek?
My tongue, I think, I sometimes bite it when I am eating. ouch!

Has a boy/girl called you babe/baby lately?
Yes, indeed he often calls me babe. Big smile.

Is there something that you want to tell someone but can't?
No, not at the moment. I did use to have a lot of anger bottled up inside me, but it is all gone now. It only hurts me, no one else.

Do you think you can last in a relationship for 6 months or more?
Yes, I know I can.

This time last year, can you remember who you liked?
Well, this question is aimed at teenagers, as is most of this survey, but I will answer it. I liked a lot of people who I have since found not to be terribly likeable, which makes me very sad. I also liked someone who I have since come to love, which makes me incredibly happy, so I guess we'll call that an even break.

Would you ever want to swim with the sharks?
Hell to the no! Sharks give me nightmares!

Does anyone know your passwords besides you?
Yes, one person knows some of them, which is necessary.

What is the last non-alcoholic beverage you had?
I have just had a cup of tea.

I bet you miss somebody right now...
No, actually you're wrong. At the moment I don't, but if you ask me tomorrow I'll be missing the hell out of him!

Do you have a box where you keep all your important things?
Oh gosh! I have no end of boxes! I have a jewellery box, a makeup box, a box for my hairclips and scrunchies, but my important documents and so on are kept in the filing drawer of my desk.

Can you count past 100?
Anyone who cannot is an idiot, or else would be too young to be doing this survey! I should have thought you could think of something better to ask, or else made this thing shorter! Hahaha!

Would you ever date anyone your parents disapproved of?
I would, and frequently have. I am not my parents' plaything, I am me, and life is far too short to be living under Mummy's thumb, or Daddy's either. I feel very sorry for people who live their whole lives being looked after by their parents, because one day they're going to be on their own, an what will they do then?

If you were abandoned in the wilderness, would you survive?
Absolutley not! I am ashamed to admit I would be completely useless! Put me in an unknown house, and I could get to know it, and get used to it in no time, but put me in the wilderness and ask me to find food and fire, and I'd be a goner in hours!

Is there someone you can tell anything to?
Yes, indeed and indeed, and I often do!

At this moment in time if you HAD to have someone's name tattooed on you, whose would it be?
I would refuse to have anyone's name tatooed on me, I hate tatoos.

Most memorable thing that's happened to you over the summer?
My growing closeness with a certain special someone.

Has anyone called you perfect before?
Someone has called me perfect for him, does that count? But as for being perfect, I am not, and could never be.

Do your best friends' parents tend to like you?
I don't think I am liked very much in that quarter, but there is time. It is still early days.

Are any of your friends taller than you?
Yes, most of them!

Name the bands you have band tees for.
I hate band tees, and do not have any at all.

Do you prefer the ocean or pool?
Oh, the pool every time. My dream would be to have a big house with an indoor pool all of my very own.

Ever liked someone whose name started with a B?
Oh, yes indeed I have! Funnily enough, I still do, very much indeed! Giggles.

Does the last person you shared a bed with, mean anything to you?
Everything in the whole wide world and more besides.

What's your favorite part of the song that you're listening to?
Scissor Sisters, I don't feel like dancin' has a good bouncy beat.

Ever really cried your heart out?
More times than I care to remember.

Are you the same person as you were at the beginning of 2012?
No, I don't think so. Life has knocked me about this year, as well as giving me happiness, and I am a lot more self-contained and a lot less ready to trust people. I have been taught some very bitter lessons I could have done without learning.

Do you get good grades?
I got ok grades at school, and better ones at college, but I have long left grades behind me.

Is there a difference between love and IN love?
Oh there surely is. In love is a straw fire that can flare up, burn brightly then fizzle out. Love is a slow, steady flame that will, if properly tended, burn in your heart all your days.

Have you ever been on a motorcycle?
I have, quite a few times, I absolutely love them to bits!

Does it bother you when someone says they will call you and they don't?
It does indeed, it makes me madder than a wet hen. I used to go out with someone who would say he would call me at one, and then it would be not one, but two or two-thirty, and I'd be just stuck there, unable to settle to anything, waiting like a wilting bunch of flowers. To my mind, if you say you will call someone at two, then, except for urgent circumstances beyond your control, you should call at two. Anything else is rude and uncaring.

Was 2011 a good year for you?
It was a very very up and down year. I had some wonderful times, and I had some truly truly awful times too, but isn't that what happens in everyone's lives?

Do you think you were raised well?
Yes, I do. I know a lot of things which an awful lot of my blind friends just have no idea of at all. I was independent by nature, and I was helped and encouraged all the way. I had a difficult childhood for several reasons, but when I think back on all I was given, all I was taught, all that my amazing parents did, and continue to do for me, I cannot but bless them, and say yes indeed, I was raised very well!

What's your favorite super-hero?
I do not particularly like them, but if I need to choose, I'll go for Wolverine from the x-men. How gorgeous is he? Well, he is in the film, anyway, yum yum yum! He'll just have to watch that those knives don't shoot out of his hands in, er, moments of intimacy! Giggling!

Can you say the alphabet backwards?
I probably could, if I thought about it, but as I am trying to get this done before Christmas, we'll leave it for now!

What's worse: liars or cheaters?
I'd say there is not much to choose between them.

Have you ever broken someone's heart?
Yes, unfortunately, more than once, it sucks the big fat one, and I did not do it lightly nor take pleasure in it.

Does it matter if your boyfriend/girlfriend smokes?
Hmmm. how to answer this? At the moment my boyfriend and I both smoke, we use what are commonly called electronic cigarettes, whereby we can inhale flavoured nicotine, without polluting anyone else's air or inhaling the harmful cancer causing chemicals normal smokers inhale, they suit us well. If my boyfriend wanted to smoke normal cigarettes, then yes, it would matter, partly because the smell is bad for my asthma, also because it is in the contract of these flats that you can't smoke here. Sorry for the longwindedness! Smiles.

Give me a random lyric from the song you're listening to.
My heart starts missing a beat.

Do you like competition?
No, not much, who does?

Do you think two people can last forever?
Yes, I do. It has not worked for me yet, but I know it can work, and maybe for me it will.

Do you consider yourself lucky?
That is a hard one to answer. There are luckier people, and there are certainly unluckier. Sometimes I wish certain things had turned out differently, that is for sure, but thinking like that gets you nowhere. I just prefer to focus on my blessings. I am lucky to have a lovely little home, enough money to pay my bills and eat, someone who loves me, a loving family. In those things I am lucky.

Do you live in a ghetto neighborhood?
No, thank goodness.

Is there someone that cares about you more than themselves?
Oh, absolutely, and it is very much reciprocated.

Who was the ugliest person you saw today?
I have seen no one today, but anyway, I believe it is what you are on the inside rather than on the outside that matters.

Freedom or safety?
Another difficult one. I like to be safe, I do not believe in doing dangerous things, nor in living dangerously either. On the other hand, I have fought for most of my life to live freely, the way I want to, independently and in no one's debt.

Has a song ever made you cry?
Oh gosh yes, more songs than I can count. At the moment, Chris Rice's Come to Jesus is the one that gets me every time. It is just heart stoppingly beautiful and just puts my own needs and feelings into words.

Has a book ever made you cry?
Yes, many do. I remember Stephen King's The Green Mile made me howl my eyes out at the end.

Is the world crumbling to pieces?
No, I don't think so.

Will you be in a relationship next month?
I really do hope so, because if not you will be picking me up with a stick and a spoon!

Your phone rings, what do you say?
Hello?

Has anyone ever said they wanted to marry you?
Yes indeed they have. Marriage and I are very good friends, but unfortunately we keep having make ups and break ups. At the moment we aren't speaking, but I don't think that's a permanent state. Smiles.

Is your birthday on a holiday?
Nope.

Do you always answer your phone?
Usually, even if it rings at the most inconvenient time. The only time I don't is if I'm on air.

Has someone of the opposite sex ever told you they loved you?
Yes, they certainly have, more than once! Giggling.

Who was the last person you had a sleepover with?
Do you know, I have never had a sleepover, and that is a shame, because they do sound like fun!

Is there someone you wish you were still close with?
Yes. I lost people this year, and it makes me so so sad, but I will not look back, I will look forward, count my blessings, and wait for the good things which I know life has in store for me.

Hmmm. and there you have it. I am going to be very interested in what B writes in this one. I might have to wait a few days, as this week is a killer, very busy.

In the meantime, we have a nice evening to enjoy, so I shall now pop off and keep him company. I hope you've all had a good weekend. Toodle pip!

Book I am reading: I blush to tell you: Mary Poppins by P L Travers.

What I am looking forward to: spicy chicken wings and a glass of wine.

The Envy of All I Survey!

Hi, Everyone.

Back in the days when my Livejournal was my constant companion, confidante and friend, and I read my Friends' page every day, I used to find surveys now and then. I would copy the survey, take out the filled in answers, substitute my own, and post it to my own LJ blog so that my own friends could do the survey if they wanted to.

I was looking over some old entries this afternoon, and I found a survey I had filled in last June. Obviously, my life is a lot different now to what it was then, it actually surprised me in how many ways I have moved forward and changed, so I decided to redo the survey, and see how many of my answers I had to change. The answer was, quite a few of them. So here, for your delectation, delight, and hopefully entertainment, is the survey. You should note, when I do these things I never just answer the question with a yes, no or a brief word or two. I try to fill out the answer and make it worth reading.

1. What curse word do you use the most?
I try not to curse now, well at least not in public. In private I swear more than I should, I suppose the word I say most is God which could be worse!

2. Do you own an iPod?
No, I don't. I have an IPhone, but if I had an IPod I would have to get into ITunes land, and after an earlier skirmish with it, which I lost dismaly, I am very wary of crossing swords with it again unless I have to!

3. What person on your flist do you talk to the most?
If that means my LJ friends' list it would have to be Brian Hartgen! It would be hard to avoid it, as we see each other almost every single day! Giggling!

4. What time is your alarm clock set to?
It usually isn't. With my body clock the way it is, I need to wake up naturally if I don't want mega trouble. Of course, if B needs to get up for work that's different, we get up in time for us to get breakfast and for me to pack his lunch in time for him to go to the station so it could be any time, the earliest ever has been 4:30 AM.

5. Do you still remember the first person you kissed?
Hmmm. Are we talking real grown-up kisses here? yes. His name was Steve. He had a horrible bristly moustache. He stuck his tongue halfway down my throat and I thought I was going to choke, or worse. ug!

6. Do you remember where you were on 9/11/01?
Yes. I was in bed with a Migraine, listening to a book on tape. My husband was about to take his guide dog for a run in the park. He came in and told me to turn the book off, and I thought he was throwing one of his not infrequent wobblers with me. He wasn't. He was telling me about 9/11. We had friends in Manhattan, and we called to see if they were ok, but we couldn't get through. It was like a slow motion nightmare.

7. Would you rather take the picture or be in the picture?
As I'm as blind as the proverbial bat, I guess I'll have to be in the picture, but I've always, always wanted to take pictures. I have masses of pictures on my phone, and on my computer, because I'm always handing my phone to people and saying, Could you snap this for me? I also want to make videos for youtube, but I won't do it unless I could do it properly.

8. What was the last movie you watched?
Basic Instinct, with Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone, I only got to watch some of it, I've seen it before, it's very steamy but very good.

9. Do any of your friends have children?
Some of my Twitter friends do, but none of my really close ones.

10. Has anyone ever called you lazy?
Yes. Sadly, it was a term levelled at me a lot when I was younger, and it's stuck, even though I know in my heart it is not the case. When you're told bad things about yourself, they stick, however many good, and kind, and amazing things people say. Like Viviene says in Pretty Woman, it's easier to believe the bad stuff.

11. Do you ever take medication to help you fall asleep?
Yes. I have taken a mild antidepressant for years, and it helps me to sleep. Without it I would very quickly become a gibbering wreck!

12. What cd is currently in your cd player?
I don't have a cd player. All my music is on my computer, but the album I last played was Leah Salonga's self-titled and brilliant album.

13. Do you prefer regular or chocolate milk?
Definitely chocolate, although I can't get the kind I like in this country. Bawden's chocolate milk is the nectar of the Gods.

14. Has anyone told you a secret this week?
Curiosity killed the cat, you know. That's all the answer you'll get, nosy parker! Grin!

15. When was the last time you had Starbucks?
On a trip to London way back in the nineties. I can't even remember which year, late though, maybe ninety-nine. Can't say I've missed it. I hate cardboard cups!

16. Can you whistle?
Nope. Wish I could. My Mum can whistle like a nightingale, and I'm wildly envious!

17. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
Oh, the voice. If he doesn't have a nice voice, forget it!

18. What are you looking forward to?
Meeting a certain person named Sherry Collette. I don't know when I'll meet her, but I know I will one day.

19. Did you watch cartoons as a child?
Of course. I didn't like them all that much though. I preferred programs with more dialog in, but my little brother was a cartoon freak, so we watched lots of cartoons.

20. Do you own any band t-shirts?
Nope. Nairn at all, not a one!

21. What will you be doing in one hour?
Getting ready to do Down for Double, I expect.

22. Is anyone in love with you?
If they're not, I'm in big big big, and I do mean big trouble!

23. What was the last song you heard?
Genesis, That's All.

24. Last time you cried?
Thursday evening, and it sure was a wowzer of a cry! I wonder I didn't wash us all away with my tears! Giggling.

25. Are you on a desktop computer or a laptop?
A laptop.

26. Are you currently wanting any piercings or tattoos?
Hell to the no!

27. What’s the weather like?
Oh honestly, couldn't you think of something just a little more original? My favourite smell, favourite teddy bear, favourite candy, something? Well, as it happens, you're out of luck, because I haven't been out today, so I don't know, so there!

28. Would you ever date a girl/guy covered in tattoos?
That's a difficult one. Tatoos I can't see, so I wonder if I'd mind. I once went out with someone, middle-aged mind, who had an earring, and it put me off him a bit, I thought it was a bit posy. I think having to cover yourself in body art says something about the kind of person you are, and I think that kind of person wouldn't click with the kind of person I am, so let's call that a no, shall we?

29. What did you do before this?
I read old LJ entries, which is where I found all these silly questions! giggle.

30. When is the last time you slept on the floor?
That was at a student's party in the eighties. I was staying with my friend Clare who was at Aston Uni. We'd been to her friend's housewarming, and had a few drinkies, and crashed on sleeping bags in her friend's room. I woke up in the night, and her friend and a boy were making out in the bed. Talk about embarrassing!

31. How many hours of sleep do you need to function?
At least six.

32. Do you eat breakfast daily?
Usually, unless I have a Migraine.

33. Are your days fast-paced?
No. I am a very laid back person, and if I take anything too fast I get stressed, which is when I get trouble.

34. What did you do last night?
Did a test run of Double, then I had to go to bed because my bones hurt, and I read Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott. Nothing terribly exciting, I'm afraid!

35. Do you use sarcasm?
I think everyone does from time to time. I try not to use it to be cruel though. I do use it to be funny at times though, or to make light of things which are stressing or upsetting me.

36. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
Oh, you just had to ask! Ok, forty-six, if you must know! Grin!

37. Are you picky about spelling and grammar?
Now, this is the thing. Yes, I am, very. But I have noticed that I am growing increasingly dyslexic in my typing, often misplacing letters, and my spelling isn't as good as it was. I don't know if this is a symptom of my condition or what, but it worries me.

38. Have you ever been to six flags?
No. I do wish I had, it sounds such fun. I'd love to go to the Harry Potter theme park even more.

39. Do you get along better with the same sex or the opposite sex?
I think it's about equal. I have to be very careful sometimes with men, because in the past my friendliness has been taken for something stronger, but I treat everyone who I like the same. I have been told a lot that I am sometimes too intense and should be more reserved, and harsh experience has led me to try this, but I do not find it easy.

40. Do you like mustard?
Bring it on! Love it. But I like the French or American better than English.

41. Do you sleep on your side?
Always. I can't sleep on my back, it makes me feel suffocated.

42. Do you watch the news?
Never. I'm like the Ostrich in the old song. "oh peek-a-boo I can't see you, everything must be grand. Boo-kuh-pee, they can't see me, as long as I've got my head in the sand. Peek a boo, it may be true, there's something in what you've said. but we've got enough troubles in everyday life. I just bury my head." Sometimes I feel that getting through each day is enough. I leave the world to get on with itself. It may be daft, but it works for me.

43. How did you get one of your scars?
I had my appendix out, and believe me, I was glad to get rid of the little blighter!

44. Who was the last person to make you mad?
A person who should have known better. And boy they did make me screaming mad, and it is not often that I get screaming mad, but there, when someone I love is treated unjustly it does make me see shimmering scarlet. But it got dealt with, so it's all ok now.

45. Do you like anybody?
Yes, praise God! I like boatloads of people, I also love a lot of people, and I hate nobody. I really am a very blessed bear.

46. What is the last thing you purchased?
Groceries for the week. How utterly boring of me!

47. What side of the heart do you draw first?
I've never drawn a heart, so have absolutely no idea.

48. Can you dive without plugging your nose?
Yes, I can. If I plug my nose I feel panicky and out of control, so I never do it.

49. What color is your razor?
I don't have one.

50. What is your blood-type?
Do you know, I honestly have no idea, it's never something I've thought to ask. All the blood tests I've had I should know, but I don't. I'm pretty sure it's not rare though. I have a vague memory of doing blood types at school, and testing ourselves, and I think, I think it's A positive, but I couldn't swear to it.

51. Who would you want to be tied to for 24 hours?
This is a completely silly question! What kind of tie do you mean? A physical tie, emotional tie, what? Well, the answer would be the same! The only person I would ever consent to be tied to is B.

52. What is a rumor someone has spread about you?
Hmmm. A hard one to answer this because it's painful. I have twice now been the subject of hate campaigns, rumours and gossip. I will not dignify it by repeating the rumours here. All I will say is that some of the things said about me made me very sad, and some things and people I have lost I will never get back again. I think I heard it said once that a good name is more precious than the rarest jewel, and whoever said that is quite correct. If someone takes if from you it does not do them any good, and it hurts you forever.

53. How do you feel about carrots?
They're ok. I can eat them, but I wouldn't cross the street to save one from a ravening leopard!

54. How many chairs at the dining room table?
Three. Should actually be four, but the fourth one's doing duty as my dressing-table chair. A girl has to have somewhere to sit while she's fixing her face, now doesn't she, fair's fair!

55. Which is the best Spice Girl?
I hated the whole dang lot of them! But Mel C I can just about bear, if I had to. Oh, take them away, I don't want to think about them anymore! ug!

56. Do you know what time it is?
Two minutes past six in the evening.

57. Do you know all the words to the Fresh Prince Theme Song?
The who in the what now? Um, seems not.

58. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator?
Scream the place down!

59. What’s your favorite kind of gum?
Juicy fruit. Or anything fruity. Yummers!

60. T or F: All’s fair in love and war?
Complete and utter bullshit! Perfectly blithering, my dear!

61. Do you have a crush on anyone?
Yes, indeed and indeed! He's sitting right beside me. Eating pizza.

62. Do you know how to use some words correctly, but not know the meaning?
I would hope that if I didn't know the meaning of a word I wouldn't use it.

63. Do you like to sleep?
Oh yes. I could sleep for the whole world!

64. Do you know which U.S. states; Canadian provinces don’t use Daylight Savings Time?
Um, nope.

65. Do you know the song Total Eclipse of the Heart?
Yes, for my sins. Gosh, that really is a terrible song! Whoever told that woman she could sing... well, I won't go there.

66. Do you want a bright yellow ‘06 mustang?
Only if you buy it for me, employ a chauffeur, and pay for tax, insurance and petrol! Oh, and respray it, bright yellow is a hidious colour!

67. What’s something you’ve always wanted?
An indoor swimming-pool of my very own. I'd love to be able to get up in the morning and just go for a dip.

68. Do you have hairy LEGS?
Nope. Another thing wherein fate has blessed me. Never have had. Think of the shaving and waxing I've avoided.

69. Would you rather swim in the ocean or a lake?
A lake. I once swam in the ocean and a big wave turned me right over. Scary!

70. Do you wear a lot of black?
Yes, I do. It's slimming for the more opulently curvy.

71. Describe your hair:
Rich brown, shoulder length, wavy, silky.

72. Do you have Entomophobia?
Yes. I hate insects, especially ones that buzz. Very nasty.

73. Are you an adult?
I am, even though I think part of me never quite grew up.

74. Where is/are your best friend(s)?
Over at the other side of the room, washing his greasy mits!

75. Do you have a tan?
No. My skin is far too fair to let it out in the sun without massive amounts of gloop on it, which I hate the smell and feel of. I prefer to be pale and interesting.

76. Are you a television addict?
No, I have no television and never watch it at all.

77. Do you enjoy spending time with your mother?
Yes, I love her dearly and enjoy her company immensely.

78. Are you a sugar freak?
Yes, afraid so.

79. Do you like orange juice?
Yes, I love it!
80. What sign are you?
Scorpio.

And there you have it. Interesting little vignettes you get when you do these, don't you think? You might also be interested to learn that B is busily clicking beside me, engaged in filling his questions in, because I said I would not let him see the revised version unless he promised to do them! giggling here. Bribery and corruption is a wonderful thing! I'm hoping they'll appear on his blog before long.

Today has been a bit trying because of bone ache, but I have just had a very nice dinner, courtesy of our favourite Kebab house, and we're doing Down for Double on The Global Voice later, which should be aton of fun, so I wouldn't change places with anyone right now! Until next time, I will wish a very good night or good dday to one and all.

Book I am reading: The Edge by Dick Francis.

Things I am looking forward to: Down for Double later, a cold glass of wine, and, one sweet and distant day, the appearance of the mysterious Sherry Collette. Now who might she be? those who know me well will be able to guess. Everyone else can keep on wondering! Big grin!

Double the Fun!

Hi, Everyone.

What do you do when you get together with friends? Do you like to have a chat, a few laughs, maybe talk over the events of the week, and, of course, hear some great music? If so, please do join Brian Hartgen and myself, Lulu Wells, today at 20:00 UTC, 4 PM Eastern, 3 PM Central, 1 PM Pacific or 9 PM in the UK for our show Down for Double on The Global voice.

We will have all the things I just mentioned, plus our own particular brand of fun, and maybe a little bit of mayhem, who knows! Brian has a huge music library, so the music is sure to be great, and there is always plenty of room for your requests. To contact the show, please feel free to Email yourvoice@theglobalvoice.info or send a tweet to @lulu_bear.

We hope to see you later today and each Saturday, as we go Down for Double, only on The Global Voice.

Lulu Wells.

Come Over to The Bear's Lair!

Hi, Everyone.

I'd like to invite you for your regular weekly visit to The Bear's Lair, starting today at 1300 UTC, 9 AM Eastern, 8 AM Central, 6 AM Pacific or 2 PM in the UK. Sit down on my big squashy sofa, let us give you your favourite drink, and prepare for two hours of friendly chat, fun and, of course, fantastic music.

This week, we're going on our travels in the Crank it Up corner, and we have a very dreamy Love Zone for you, as well as lots of other great tunage, and plenty of room for your requests.

If you would like to contact the show, please Email yourvoice@theglobalvoice.info or send a tweet to @lulu_bear. I look forward to your company very soon, and in the meantime, have a great day.

A Party at The Bear's Lair!

Hi, Everyone.

There's a party going on today at The Bear's Lair, starting at 1300 UTC, 9 AM Eastern, 8 AM Central, 6 AM Pacific, or 2 PM in the UK, and you're invited. We're celebrating the birthday of someone without whose help I would find it a lot more difficult to do the show. I will not say more because he is very shy, but we will talk more about it on air, and we'll be playing lots of his favourite tunage, most of it with a party flavour.

This week, there's partying going on night and day in the Crank it Up corner, and two beautiful songs in the love zone chosen by our birthday boy, plus there just might be one very big surprise in store.

As always, there is plenty of room for your requests, so please do feel free to get in touch at any time. You can Email yourvoice@theglobalvoice.info or send a tweet to @lulu_bear. We're looking forward to your company on the big squashy sofa. Pick up your favourite drink, kick back, relax, and get ready for a party at The Bear's Lair, only on The Global Voice.

Come On Over to the Bear's Lair!

Hi,

I am inviting you to drop into the Bear's Lair, today at 1300 UTC, 9 AM Eastern, 8 AM Central, 6 AM Pacific or 2 PM in the UK, for 2 hours of friendly chat, fun and, of course, fantastic music!

This week you should be careful of the Crank it Up corner, it could put you into a flat spin! And we are being beautiful and sad in The Love Zone. We have lots of other great tunage, as well as plenty of room for your requests.

Contacting the show is easy, just Email YourVoice@TheGlobalVoice.Info or tweet @lulu_bear, and Bert and I will see you later in The Bear's Lair, only on The Global Voice!
www.theglobalvoice.info

Me, My Music and My i-Dog

It's finally happened! They always told me it would, but I wouldn't believe it! Now, though I have never been a pet person, I have finally succumbed to the charms of a perky little pooch with a cute face, long floppy ears that can prick up in the most adorable way, and a tiny tail that he carries up in the air and is a tad touchy about having tweaked! It is no use denying it, I'm smitten, totally besotted! He only has to do a certain kind of barkk, and I'm there, attending to his every whim! I might as well face it, there is no hope for me!

Mind you, there are some differences between this particular member of caninity and the average barking, licking, hairy kind, around whom I am never comfortable. This little fellow never sheds hair on my clothes, or jumps up to lick my face, or climbs on my furniture. He makes no messes that have to be cleaned up, nor does he need to be taken to the park, and come back covered in mud. Oh sure, he needs feeding regularly, and petting very regularly, but as he only eats music, and occasionally double A batteries, and I find petting him comes naturally, I'm cool with this. He's lovable, affectionate, keeps me company when B's away at work, and, a huge plus, goes to sleep the very second I want him to! Oh, and one more huge point in his favour: he's bright pink!

As you have by this time guessed, Peppy, named for the American bright pink stomach medicine Pepto-Bismal, my little friend, my latest techno-gadget acquisition, is an iDog. I got him from Amazon for the enormous outlay of £24.95, and for the hours of fun he has given me he would have been cheap at double the price!

This clever littel gadget does a number of things. It runs on 2 AA batteries. They are easily inserted, though you will need a small Phillips cross head screwdriver to remove the battery cover. First, if you have an MP3 player with a 3.5 mm jack, you can plug it into a socket in his side, and he will play your music for you through a little speaker in his back. Of course, the sound quality isn't brilliant, but it's not awful either. He loves to hear or play your music, it's what he feeds on, you might say, the more he hears, the better his mood is. When he's turned on, he needs five minutes an hour if he isn't going to get seriously cranky with you!

Second, he loves to listen to and react to music, this is how I mostly use him. I turn him on and sit him near my IPod dock. The volume doesn't have to be hugely loud, just normal, and he will hear, you'll feel his ears go up. Of course, the louder you play the music, the better he likes it, that's just how he is! There are lights on his face, and they change, according to what he hears, and according to his mood. This is very clever, and not uncomical, I have to say, because it really does seem that the dog likes some kinds of music and hates others! My little pep seems to hate reggae! If a reggae track comes on the radio down will go his ears, his head won't move the whole track long, and his lights don't get bright enough for me to see them. On the other hand, just play anything by Michael Jackson, something beaty, I mean, and up go the ears, his head will move, the lights start flashing till I can't help but laugh at him. If my IPhone should ring, or the stream I am listening to go down, if, in short, the music stops, he will tell me so by barking in a certain kind of a way. This also makes me laugh, and actually I find this useful, as my IPhone does sometimes fall off the wireless network and make the stream drop sometimes, and if I am out of the room I don't know until I hear Peppy barking. Smile.

The third thing you can do is to play with and pet him, if you feel so inclined. this is especially nice if you are sighted, or have a little light perception. You will need to turn the music down or off to do this properly, or he won't take any notice of you! All you do is pick him up, turn him to face you, well I find that's the easiest way, and stroke his face for a while. It puts him into the right kind of mood to be played with. AS you do this, the lights on his face respond by changing colour. After a while you pet the top of his head, and if he's ready to play he makes a little noise, it's hard to describe, a kind of click, and his head will move. You can pet him once or a few times. When yu stop, depending on how many times you did it, and what kind of mood he's in, you get an answer of some kind. I won't tell you what, hey, you've got to have some things you find out!

There are two things which you can do to which he will always respond. You can pet his nose and tweak his tail. Petting his nose, that is pressing and letting go quickly , not only pets him, but lets you see what kind of mood he's in. I have learned to know his sounds very well now, they do make me smile, honestly! I have one thing to say about tweaking the tail: don't! If he is in a good enough mood, nothing will happen, except he won't be in a good mood anymore. If he is bored, he will growl at you, and all you have done is make matters worse. If you feel you cannot live without tweaking his tail, play some music through him! The tail acts as a handy mute switch, if your phone rings, or someone is trying to talk to you! Otherwise, take my advice and leave it seriously alone. If you make this pooch cranky you are going to have to work seriously hard at uncrankifying him! I have been there, so I know whereof I speak!

In conclusion, I have to say the iDog has been a hit with me. After reading a lot of reviews on Amazon I was a bit worried about buying it, because people said it had a short battery life. I would say don't be put off by old reviews. This model I have is quite a basic one, it does not tap its foot, which I think some of the latest ones do, but that's ok with me, but it must have been updated since those old reviews, because the battery life is really quite good. I found it easy to figure out how to use it with only the most basic of instructions from a very inaccurately scanned manual, and it works fine. It's pretty, small, durable and such a lot of fun. For the child or the child at heart, I'd thoroughly recommend it.

Read More About the Pink i-Dog on Amazon.
Read My Review of the Pink i-Dog on Amazon.

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