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Writer's Block: It's payday! [Nov. 15th, 2011|09:38 am]
Kath
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[Current Location |home]
[mood |awakeawake]
[music |Money - The Flying Lizards]

What would you do if you had a million dollars?

Buy my parents a retirement home and bank the rest. It's really not that much money if you want it to fund a reasonable number of years living expenses.
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Writer's Block: Hand me a tissue, please. [Nov. 10th, 2011|09:34 am]
Kath
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[Current Location |home]
[mood |calmcalm]
[music |Breaking Down - Florence+The Machine(easily the best track off the new album)]

When was the last time you cried?

I get emotional about the smallest thing since becoming a parent (I'm blaming the hormones - they've never been the same, you know!) and as I was quite a sentimental person to start with, that means healthy profits for Kleenex. Children and animals are the most reliable triggers. In the absence of any kitten related mild peril in yesterdays paper, it was an article about 'problem' youngsters which set me off.
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'Girl Panic!' - Duran Duran [Nov. 9th, 2011|09:50 am]
Kath
[Current Location |home]
[mood |nostalgicnostalgic]
[music |Girl Panic! - Duran Duran, of course ;-)]

I just watched the video for the above, which is the band's new single. If you're a fan of Duran, the 80s, electronica or incredibly well produced pop music then I urge you to check it out. I have a soft spot for the band, tinged inevitably with a hefty dose of rose coloured nostalgia, but I was very pleasantly surprised by this. It's smart, funny, cool and very sexy. And, more importantly for me, it's an object lesson in how to use scantily clad models in a video without it being offensively misogynistic, gratuitous or objectifying. Rappers, hip hop artists etc, please take note.
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Writer's Block: Instant replay [Nov. 8th, 2011|10:01 am]
Kath
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[Current Location |home]
[mood |grumpygrumpy]
[music |Brittle Heart - Brett Anderson(maturing like fine wine!)]

If you could only listen to one song the rest of your life what would it be?

Music has been massively important to me over the years and I could certainly wax lyrical (no pun intended!) about some of the tracks which have held the most meaning, either through their artistic virtuosity or just for soundtracking pivotal moments. However, this isn't what the question asked, is it? As with most of these Writers Block fiascos, it's so glib, reductive and facile as to lack any meaningful purpose. Just "What's your favourite song?" would have been an improvement. Hey ho...

My answer, for what it's worth : Any song/piece of music, however beautifully crafted and laden with personal relevance, would become a form of torture if repeated ad infinitum. Therefore, I would rather forego the option and choose silence instead.
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Writer's Block: Daylight Saving Time [Nov. 6th, 2011|10:25 am]
Kath
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[Current Location |home]
[mood |blahblah]
[music |Some Candy Talking - Jesus+Mary Chain]

What would you do with your time if you had one more hour in the day?

No doubt fritter it away in a similar manner to the rest of them...

Although the hours spent perusing LJ are diminishing, seeing as no one posts here anymore :-(
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Writer's Block: Movember is Men’s Health Awareness Month [Nov. 1st, 2011|09:26 am]
Kath
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[Current Location |home]
[mood |lovedloved]
[music |Vagabond - Greenskeepers]

Who is the most important man in your life?

My husband :-)
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Writer's Block: Musically inclined [Oct. 29th, 2011|01:58 pm]
Kath
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[Current Location |home]
[mood |mischievouspedantic]
[music |Wild Man - Kate Bush]

Do you play a musical instrument? For how long?

This question is badly phrased. A guitarist, for example, could quite legitimately reply : "Guitar. Until my arm aches."
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Writer's Block: R.I.P [Oct. 28th, 2011|01:49 pm]
Kath
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[Current Location |home]
[mood |calmelegiac]
[music |Some Kind Of Nothingness - The Manic Street Preachers]

What do you want done with your body after you die?

I would like to be cremated, and then have my ashes scattered from the top of Orrest Head - a local landmark in The Lakes, where I grew up. As a child, I would often stand on the summit (it's not one of the really high peaks that the area is famous for; more a hill with pretensions), look at the rolling fells grandly receding into the distance, and dream of escape. Having come to realise that there is more involved in this than mere geography, perhaps death could represent a deferred apotheosis. And the landscape is beautiful and inspirational, which also seems appropriate.
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Writer's Block: Oodles of noodles [Oct. 25th, 2011|06:11 pm]
Kath
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[Current Location |home]
[mood |blahblah]
[music |The Preacher - Jamie N Commons(real class)]

What is your favorite go-to pasta dish?

As far as I'm aware, noodles and pasta are completely different entities. Of course, I cannot be held responsible for America's willful misrepresentation of any language it attempts to appropriate...

Ignoring the misleading title (and the banality of the question; first pizzas, now pasta; what is it about Italian food?) I'm going to advocate a dish that my favourite Italian eatery regularly has on the menu : pumpkin and almond ravioli with a cream and saffron sauce. Simple, delicious, and tastes gloriously decadent. All for well under a tenner. It's no wonder myself and my other half chose to have our somewhat ad-hoc wedding reception there. They do a mean tiramisu too ;-). 'Il Paradiso' in York, if your curiosity and appetite are piqued. Just tell Paolo I sent you...
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Writer's Block: Study break [Oct. 22nd, 2011|10:10 am]
Kath
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[Current Location |home]
[mood |nostalgicnostalgic]
[music |To Sir With Love - LuLu]

What was/is your favorite class?

I did not like school. At all. Despite being quite gifted academically (as far as Arts and Humanities subjects were concerned; Maths and Science were and remain a complete mystery to me), I resented all the petty rules and regulations. The fact that I was a spotty redhead, socially inept and crap at Games didn't help either. But there was, nevertheless, one lesson that I always looked forward to : double English with Mr Jackson. I thought his slightly rumpled black hair, steel rimmed glasses and chunky jumpers worn over titillatingly tight black trousers were the last word in masculine desirability. His smile made me melt. I was totally smitten. And as English was my best subject by a margin, at least some of the regard was reciprocated. Returning to school to complete my A-levels after an ill advised three year hiatus, one of the more tantalising prospects was being of an age to consolidate my tender teenage crush. Imagine my despair on discovering that the object of my necessarily unconsummated passion had decamped to teach in the Orkneys. Devastated hardly covers it. Although maybe those chunky jumpers had provided a clue, if only I hadn't been too infatuated to decipher it...
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