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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?

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!