Saturday 18 November 2017

Anything But Books ~ fun blog tag thingy from @ShelleyWilson72 and @BrizzleLass

I'm pleased to take part in one of those random questions things, after being tagged by writer pal Shelley Wilson ~ you can read her post HERE.  She in turn was tagged by Claire from BrizzleLass Books ~ I shall tag a few people later, too...

 Q1. Name a cartoon that you love.

There is no finer cartoon than South Park, ever.   I've watched some of them nearly as many times as I've watched The Walking Dead....  I have Eric Cartman on my mantelpiece and keyring!

Q2. What is your favourite song right now? 

I don't listen to the radio/watch music channels and have no idea what the popular music is these days, because about ten years ago I reached the point when I find chart/pop music mostly abhorrent (if you're younger than forty-five: you'll get there too, I promise!).  In our house we listen to all sorts.  Yesterday it was Rosemary Clooney.  Lately, there's been a fair bit of AC/DC.  Can never have too much.  πŸ˜‰

Film from 1970s of Let There Be Rock, which is one of my all time AC/DC faves... (note a few hours later: just found out that Malcolm Young has died...)

Q3. What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Watch The Walking Dead.  Can and DO!


Q4. What is something that you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I'm always stumped by questions that ask me to reveal something fascinating about myself.  I am possibly the most unfascinating person I know.  I've done a whole bunch of stuff but nothing I would want to put in a blog questionnaire.  Mostly, I just write.  And read, and watch telly.  Okay.  My husband says that doing the washing is my hobby.  It's true.  I get a little bit excited when, say, I come home from a rare few days away and there are at least four loads to do.  I love having all our clothes and bedding washed and ironed at all times.  There.  Told you it wouldn't be very interesting.  And ps, it's the only domestic chore that I do much of!

Q5. What is your favourite, unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

History.  I read lots of non-fiction history, as well as the sort of historical fiction that teaches you about a time period (not the women in long dresses/castles/period unspecified historical romance type!).  I also watch lots of historical documentaries, read articles, etc.  Wish I'd developed the interest earlier and become a learnΓ©d historian, or something.

Q6. What is something unusual you know how to do?

It’s not particularly unusual but (as per Shelley's answer), it's about the only thing I can do well that not everyone can.  I am very good at stuff like logic problems, and games on my tablet that require logic, like backgammon and Plague Inc.

Q7. Name something that you’ve made in the last year.

Made?  I don't make anything, except the bed!  I'm not arty.  I heat food rather than cook.  A friend came to stay for three nights last May, and I was panicking over what the hell I was going to give her to eat.  My sister has just stayed for three nights, too, and it was great, because she has the same attitude as me.  She had fish fingers and broccoli, every night.

Q8. What is your most recent personal project?

I became a vegan a few months ago.  I did so because I don't want to support the animal agriculture industry, which is the responsible for most of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and, thus, a whole other bunch of crap things that are happening to the planet.  


Q9. Tell us something that you think of often.

My dad, who died in September.  Sorry, don't want to bring the mood of the post down, but it was my immediate answer.  And they're often happy thoughts, remembering all the lovely things about him.

Q10. Tell us something that’s your favourite, but make it oddly specific.

I will do as Shelley did, and name my current favourite TV shows.

The Walking Dead - of course!  A link to the many blog posts I've written about it HERE.

The Deuce ~ fabulous series set in early 1970s New York.  James Franco, nuff said. πŸ˜‹ Read more about it HERE

Currently watching Mindhunter, terrific series set in 1977, in which two FBI agents visit lots of serial killers....

Just finished watching Tin Star with the fabulous Tim Roth playing an alcoholic cop who you loathe more and more as the series unfolds...

I'm tagging....

(Please don't feel obliged to do this, it just means I'm suggesting it to you!) 

My sister, Julia
My friend Andrea, because she has recently started up her blog again.
Book blogger chum Liz
Book blogger chum Abbie
Writer chum Georgia


  1. Love your answers, Terry (and your speedy response!!) Never watched The Deuce but read great things about it.

  2. Still, James Franco, eh - phwoooar! Oh, excuse me, will now revert to more cerebral pursuits!

    1. Yes. This whole thing was simply another excuse to post a picture of him.

  3. What awesome answers, won't be a surprise to you that I loathe chart music as well! πŸ˜‚

    1. It's shit, isn't it?! I only ever hear it in the hairdressers and have, on occasion, had to ask them to turn the TV off. Actually makes my brain hurt!

  4. Great answers (I expected nothing less) and also interesting. I had no idea you were vegan now! I stopped eating meat about 3 years ago as part of a fundraising effort and just carried it on but turkey got to me last Christmas and I fell by the wayside. I'm a 'pollotarian' now!

    Chart music is the music of the Devil...80s was the best decade for music.

    1. 'Challenge' accepted, blog posted :-)

    2. If you click the 'watch' link I've just put on, Andrea, and watch the trailer, then watch the film on Netflix ~ you might be converted too. Several people I've made watch it are now vegan!

      Chart music these days is TERRIBLE. Computer produced junk. I watched this programme about how they identify which sounds appeals to kids' ears, and construct 'songs' around them. Then they find a suitable dance artist/MTV friendly would-be singer to lip-sync. It's about money, not music. I think the 70s was the best decade, but so much, from so many!

  5. I have The Deuce and Tinstar recorded for my future pleasure :-D This is a great post, really different questions, and thanks for tagging me T - I shall have a good think about this when I go away for a few days next week.

    1. I envy you having them yet to watch, and look forward to reading your answers!

  6. Thanks Terry I will definitely take part. Great answers. Love the photo of your dad. Gutted to hear about Malcolm Young.

    1. Thank you, it's one of my favourites, taken in August; we used it for his order of service. It was taken outside the house where him and Mum used to live in the 1950s. Yes... so sad re Malcolm Young. I look forward to reading your answers :)