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9 Random Facts About You
19 March 2015
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1.  My day job is doing tax returns.  Sad but true.

2.  My greatest achievements are my children.  My son, 30, lives in Northampton and my daughter, 28, lives in Switzerland.  Neither cares for The Beatles.  I am intensely proud of both of them.  I really should tell them so, shouldn’t I?

3.  I have written several plays which have been staged.  I have written several books (none published).  I have painted paintings which hang on walls.  I have recorded an album.  None of this has had any commercial life whatsoever, and I make no comment as to their quality as it’s not my place to do so.

4.  My grandfather was in the Royal Navy during both World Wars.

5.  I qualified as a Chartered Accountant, but resigned from the Institute to which I belonged on a point of principle.

6.  The solo careers of all four Beatles disappointed me, and I have no wish to listen to Paul any more because the quality of his voice, compared to what it was, distresses me.

7.  I lost interest in music as the 70s progressed.  Then, about 3 or 4 years ago, I discovered Japanese girl vocal duo Puffy Amiyumi, and found that that interest rekindled.  Their melodic pop flicked a switch which hadn’t been flicked since the Fabs.

8.  I have a cinema season ticket and try to catch 3 new movies every week.

9.  I have the best wife in the world.  Not the easiest to get along with (although we’ve been married for 35 years and together for 40), but the best.

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Yeah, tell your daughters you are proud of them @vectisfabber. They almost certainly do know already but to hear it would be something they really remember and treasure – just make sure they know you’re not dying when/if you tell them.

Why is it “sad but true” you are a tax collector? If you enjoy it then thats all that matters, if you dont then i’d suggest looking elsewhere as life is too short (bills have to be paid yadda yadda). One of Jesus’s disciples, Matthew, was a tax collector (yip, he’s the only one i can remember who is).

What type of books and plays do you write?

Not sure this is meant to be the interview thread but i’m interested.

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6. As I type this, “Got My Mind Set On You” is stuck in my head– badly. 

That one’s easy to get stuck in your head and hard to get out. Just reading your post stuck it in my head!

World’s Catchiest (Harri) Song Ever 

It about drove me batty, especially since it’s a cover and SOOO 80’s. Fortunately, it’s out now. Ahhh… 

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7) I love horses.  

Awesome.

To the fountain of perpetual mirth, let it roll for all its worth. And all the children boogie.

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1. I was born in Romford – 18 days before the Decca Audition.
2. I was in a Rock Band called The BandAids long before Bob Geldof came along.
3. I have Irish Heritage
4. I was friends with Debbie Bonham, little sister of Led Zep drummer John.
5. I have completed the London Moonwalk twice.
6. I served 6 years in The Royal Navy.
7. I played Basil Fawlty on stage
8. I wrote the music for a local schools production of Willa Wonka
9. I celebrate 30 years marriage this year

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meanmistermustard said
Yeah, tell your daughters you are proud of them @vectisfabber. They almost certainly do know already but to hear it would be something they really remember and treasure – just make sure they know you’re not dying when/if you tell them.

Why is it “sad but true” you are a tax collector? If you enjoy it then thats all that matters, if you dont then i’d suggest looking elsewhere as life is too short (bills have to be paid yadda yadda). One of Jesus’s disciples, Matthew, was a tax collector (yip, he’s the only one i can remember who is).

What type of books and plays do you write?

Not sure this is meant to be the interview thread but i’m interested.

My kids do know, but I should tell them more.

I’m a tax accountant, not a collector – more a poacher than a gamekeeper!  But Monty Python boring.

Performed plays: two one-woman plays (one quite dark, one less so, but both with humour), a panto (Goldilocks), and a short macabre gothic black comedy for teenagers.  Books/stories – lean towards fantasy, often featuring horror and/or humour.  My favourites of my own stuff are Maisie’s Cave, a short (47,000 words) kids’ novel about four 12-ish friends who get stuck exploring seaside caves when the tide comes in, and Cloud, (30,000 words) about a boy and a girl who become friends at age 6 and grow up together: it’s a bit of a tearkjerker.

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vectisfabber said
7.  I lost interest in music as the 70s progressed.  Then, about 3 or 4 years ago, I discovered Japanese girl vocal duo Puffy Amiyumi, and found that that interest rekindled.  Their melodic pop flicked a switch which hadn’t been flicked since the Fabs.

Just curious, what was it about Puffy AmiYumi that captured your attention? And have you seen their animated show?

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parlance said

vectisfabber said
7.  I lost interest in music as the 70s progressed.  Then, about 3 or 4 years ago, I discovered Japanese girl vocal duo Puffy Amiyumi, and found that that interest rekindled.  Their melodic pop flicked a switch which hadn’t been flicked since the Fabs.

Just curious, what was it about Puffy AmiYumi that captured your attention? And have you seen their animated show?

parlance
 

I encountered them via the theme song for the Teen Titans animated series – a clever pastiche, riffing on the 60s Batman TV series theme, but also full of cod Japanesey-ness as homage to the manga-style animation.  So I bought a CD, which turned out to be drawn from their Hi Hi TV show (which I’m not fond of, it’s a bit too kiddy for me), and found that I loved every song on it, whether it was an English or Japanese lyric – it was simply filled with happy sounds.  So I dipped my toe in further and bought Jet -CD and Fever Fever – and loved every track on both albums.  If fact, I was relieved when I finally found a track I didn’t enjoy!

I have most of their albums now, and have found out more about them – now aged 40 and 41, they have been going for 17 years, which commands some respect, and they appear to be good friends who enjoy each others’ company (Ami Onuki was at the hospital when Yumi Yoshimura had her first child a couple of years ago).  The Beatles are among their influences – they have covered Lucy – and they wear their influences quite blatantly.  I recommend looking out the video for Korega Watashi No Ikiru Michi (That’s The Way It Is), and registering the direct Beatles musical quotes in it: I got up to 9.

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  1. I know how to speak in 3 different languages; English, Spanish, and Chinese.
  2. I once competed at a EVO tournament. Lost, though. :(
  3. Me and my sister have the same birthday. We weren’t born on the same year, though.
  4. I performed my first fatality in Mortal Kombat, using the character Johnny Cage, at the age of 7.
  5. I have a big LEGO minifgure collection of 300+ minifgures.
  6. My favorite Mortal Kombat character is Sonya Blade.
  7. My all time favorite song is “Empire State Human” by The Human League.
  8. I have created few LEGO stop motion films for private viewing (Brickfilms).
  9. I like to eat Pringles, and Ruffles.

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23 April 2015
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EmpireStateHuman said

7. My all time favorite song is “Empire State Human” by The Human League.

10. Tall tall tall, you want to be tall tall tall, as big as a wall wall wall… (haha I was gonna post that as soon as I saw your username, before I saw your #7 even)

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EmpireStateHuman said

    1. My all time favorite song is “Empire State Human” by The Human League.

    Well, that makes sense. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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    EmpireStateHuman said

      1. I know how to speak in 3 different languages; English, Spanish, and Chinese.

      Well, If you ever want to speak Spanish with someone, here you have a native speaker a-hard-days-night-john-5. And Sonya is great, I don’t play much MK (though, my brother does) but when I do, I choose her.

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      what the hell, 9 more:

      1. My dad took me to see a jumpsuit-clad 4-piece band who did Beatles covers back about 1974, when I was around seven. Closest I’ve ever come to seeing a Beatle perform. 

      2. Also in 1974, I independently came up with the word “frig” as my own personal substitute f-bomb. (I was scared to use the real thing)
      3. I spent half an hour picking up trash outside the office building today. They provided us with free pizza. 
      4. My grandfather had twin sisters named Pearl and Ruby.
      5. More family weirdness: My grandfather married my grandmother, and his brother married her sister.
      6. I worship the Coen Brothers and their filmography (except for a couple)
      7. I’ve got the complete 1971-1988 run of Creem (“America’s Only Rock ‘n Roll Magazine”) in my storage closet, about 200 issues or so. Including this one from ’76

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      8. I really need to buy a new Wah-Wah pedal someday. First one hasn’t worked for over a year now.
      9. I’m done.

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      Only nine? Well ok. I may have repeated myself here.

      1. I love penguins and cats. Birds like me for some reason.
      2. I can be reduced to goggle-eyed boyhood by any airplane.
      3. At one stage I had the ability to recall a song in my mind and have it play on some device in public within a day without fail for decades. It’s the weirdest superpower, but I think it’s waned now.
      4. I am a voracious reader of non-fiction, very choosy now about fiction.
      5. Was told at 7 that I had a reading age of 11 and a maths age of 3. I’ve fixed it up a bit since then though.
      6. I am addicted to comedy podcasts.
      7. I write ambient techno music
      8. I love Thai and Malaysian curries, particularly laksa
      9. I still play computer games I bought in the mid ’90s

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      Hey, this is nice. Let’s see…

       

      1. I live in the country with the biggest average height, yet I’m only 5’3″.

      2. I’m a catlady.

      3. I own 3 guitars (an acoustic 6-string, an acoustic 12-string and a Gibson SG, which has a story of its own to tell), and I can’t even play properly.

      4. I am the same personality type as George (INTP)

      5. I’ve got 4 tattoos…. so far.

      6. I don’t have a driver’s permit.

      7. I’m a natural redhead.

      8. I would like to take up skydiving as a hobby.

      9. People are often surprised to find I’m a lot more daring and complex than they thought.

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      vectisfabber said

      6.  The solo careers of all four Beatles disappointed me, and I have no wish to listen to Paul any more because the quality of his voice, compared to what it was, distresses me.

      @vectisfabber 

      I saw Paul live in the “Out There” tour a few months ago. I guarantee you that his voice and singing were awesome. All I am saying / Is give Paul a chance…

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      JPM-Fangirl said

      4. I am the same personality type as George (INTP)

      We had a disscusion about that somewhere and it seems that INTP is the most common type.

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      vectisfabber said
      6.  The solo careers of all four Beatles disappointed me, and I have no wish to listen to Paul any more because the quality of his voice, compared to what it was, distresses me.

      @vectisfabber 

      I saw Paul live in the “Out There” tour a few months ago. I guarantee you that his voice and singing were awesome. All I am saying / Is give Paul a chance…

      I did – Jubilee, Olympics, New…  The voice I loved is not, to my ears at least, there any more.  I’m happy that others continue to get pleasure from it, but I simply don’t.

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      9 More, yay!

      1. My favourite food is curry, literally any Indian food and I’m a happy camper.

      2. If I could go to any country it would be Iceland because it just looks so beautiful!

      3. I can crack my knuckles on my left hand as many times I want at any time I want.

      4. I enjoy doing stereotypical accents- namely Southern-state American and Russian.

      5. My idiotic career guidance teachers wants me to study Mandarin Chinese in university despite me being competent in 2 other foreign languages that I want to improve in and the fact that tonal languages don’t interest me. 

      6. If I had my way, I would only speak Irish as I think it is far more poetic and beautiful than English is-pity nobody speaks it though a-hard-days-night-paul-11

      7. I am very sensitive- I can laugh at jokey comments but if you insult me and mean it I probably will start crying…. I admit I’m pathetic.

      8. I have never had a nickname, I imagine it’s because my first name is already a pet-name.

      9. I like traffic lights.

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      Well, since everyone is having another go, I might as well jump in:

      1. I am running out of room for my books. I recently got rid of a few, but my bookshelves will be full soon. I really need to do something about that…

      2. My favorite TV show is Sherlock

      3. I visit the forum at least once per day, but I post much less often.

      4. I have the highest average of my school year.

      5. I am an INTJ female (we form 0.8% of the population)

      6. I have an old classical guitar that I found in my grandparents’ basement. I use it from time to time, but the neck is a little too wide for my hands 

      7. Building on the previous point, I’m tall but I have small hands (it’s my fingers that are short). The bane of any guitar player.

      8. I am very shy and often hesitate to join conversations, even on the internet. Usually people have to address me directly to get me to talk.

      9. I’m out of things to say.

       

      Upon further reflection:

      9. I can come across as pedantic. Sorry about that; I don’t do it intentionally.

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