Category: Memes

Six Of One(self)

Chris ‘Not Gareth’ Hale has tagged me with a meme, the rules of which go as follows:

1) Put the link of the person who tagged you on your blog.

2) Write the rules.

3) Mention 6 things or habits of no real importance about you. Please see below.

4) Tag 6 persons adding their links directly.

5) Alert the persons that you tagged them.

Things of no real importance? Oh, I think I can do that…

a) I’ve been a vegetarian for about 20 years now, but as a teenager I worked in McDonalds (albeit for the grand total of four weekends).

b) Since about the age of 15, I’ve tended to use the word ‘they’ as a gender non-specific pronoun, even in the singular. It may be wrong in grammar terms, but I think it’s less clumsy than ‘s/he’.

c) At school, I was the only boy in the ‘top 6’ recorder players. Much of the time, I’m sorry to say, I was miming.

d) My claim in my blog profile to climb mountains is more true than it appears at first glance; I’ve trekked to the summits of Ararat and Kilimanjaro, Mount Everest Base Camp (the Nepal side)and am currently making plans to go to the top of Toubkal in Morocco. I aim to climb all Seven Summits in my lifetime.

e) Appropriately enough given the title of this post, I was a member of the Prisoner appreciation society ‘Six Of One’ before I’d even seen an episode of it. I was right about the programme, but I have to say that it’s unlikely that I’d join it again.

f) I live in East London, within sight of the winking panopticon eye of One Canada Square (also known as Canary Wharf). When I catch sight of it, I find I am unable to look away until I’ve seen the light at its peak wink, at least once.

Okay, there’s yer six. Now, I shall pick my victims…

Of course, I shall reach out and touch M’colleague. He loves to be tagged. And touched, but that’s another matter.

Also, I’d be interested to know some trivial things about Laurence, as I’ve exchanged a fair number of e-mails with him recently, and he seems a thoroughly nice chap.

Using this meme to try to provoke Lianne into responding would be fairly reprehensible, wouldn’t it? Perhaps, but that’s what I’m doing. She’s been virtually silent for an alarmingly long time.

Speaking of nudging people to provoke a response, friend and expert photographer Toby has set up a blog, but not posted on it yet. Mayhap this meme-ing could be the nudge needed to set him off a-posting? I hope so…

Penultimately, hello to Lara, who I met the other week. As they say in’t north, consider thissen memed.

And last but quite leastly, on his blog Piers claims to be ‘ludicrously lovely’. Is this true? I don’t know, but let’s see if we can gain some insight into the workings of his mind.

Right, I’m off to tell people that they’re it

[Edited to add trivial fact (f) – clearly, I consider being able to count a trivial matter, and beneath me. I am an idiot.]

The Persistence Of Memery

Well now, I seem to have been memed, by the ever-charming Mr Hale. Let’s have a look at the question:

Sod Richard and Judy. Sod Oprah. What would you advise people to read? Name your favourite:

(a) Fiction book
(b) Autobiography
(c) Non-fiction book
(d) A fourth book of your choice from any genre.

Explain why the books are essential reads in no more than 30 words per book.

There’s a challenge, but let’s see if I can answer (almost certainly, I’m an opinionated swine), and do so within 30 words (almost certainly not, it’s painfully obvious to everyone that I suffer from logorrhoea)…

Fiction: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. A clear storyline, and strong characters make this a book to get lost in.

Autobiography: Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M Pirsig. Often difficult and complex, but never dull, you might argue it’s not really an autobiography, but there’s a lot of interesting stuff in there.

Non-Fiction: History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell. I was on the dole for a while, and reading this bent my brain out of shape, which was just what I needed. A slog, but worth it. Honest.

And any other book: The List Of Seven by Mark Frost. A well-written thriller, with theosophy, Arthur Conan Doyle, and many other aspects rolled into one. Full of clever twists, I could read this over and over. In fact, I have…

Just like Chris’s reply, this is my list for now, and could well change if you asked me again… ooh, in three minutes. That said, I do urge people to read the above books.

And I hereby pass the baton of this meme to Jon, Laura, and Lara. Would be interested to know your recommendations, folks!

Me Me Meme Me Me (Not Egotism, It’s The Sound Of A Singer Doing Warm-Up Exercises)…

Emerging from her blog-hibernation, Lianne has reassured the world that her radio silence wasn’t due to bad stuff (which is good to hear), and as if to prove it she’s thrown a ‘meme’ towards seven people, myself included. It goes like this:

“List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to”.

It’s my first time being tagged in this way (though there’s another similar post which I’ve been meaning to do for a few weeks, and hopefully which will surface in the next couple of days), so please be gentle with me if I make a fool of myself, but my answers are…

1. ‘November’ by Steven Lindsay – From the album Exit Music, which (along with his more recent album Kite) was looping as I did a lot of writing last week. It’s a beautiful song – very melancholy, but Lindsay’s voice is great, and the arrangement is perfect for the overall feel of the song. To my mild amusement, it reminds me of the U2 song ‘October’, and I was wondering if it was possible to create a playlist of songs with months in their titles, but I ran pretty dry after these two. Any suggestions? Please let me know.

2. ‘Alive’ by Meat Loaf – From the not really very good Bat Out Of Hell III, this is probably the only decent track on it that’s not written by Jim Steinman; in these apparently-sensitive times, I’m impressed by the use of the couplet ‘I’m a runway train on a broken track / I’m a ticker on a bomb that you can’t turn back’, and there’s a nice breakdown bit towards the end. It’s as ridiculous and overblown as you’d expect from a Meat Loaf song, of course, but I like it.

3. ‘Join With Us’ by The Feeling – I feel a combination of surprise and disappointment that this is being used in a car advert, as it struck me as an obvious choice for a single, but I guess in these downloadin’ days the idea of single releases is kind of limited to the songs they make a video for, and maybe they see the advert as a similar promotional tool? I dunno, but I’ve thought this was the best song on the album of the same name, mainly because of the frankly ludicrous lyric ‘Ring Ring, beep beep, ah-ha’, which I think is delightfully stupid, though of course it does rather invite criticism for being, well, nonsense. But I like it.

4. ‘The Beat that my Heart Skipped’ by Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – This is a strange one. This song was one listed as part of the soundtrack for the latest issue of the comic Casanova (first issue to read free online here – fourth row down), suggested by the rather talented writer, Matt Fraction. It’s a pacey little number, awash with lyrics, and my first hearing of it made me think it was kind of positive and romantic, and the title inevitably made me think of m’lady. However, having looked at the lyrics, I have to say that it’s far more ambivalent about the object of his affection. Oop. Anyway, I think it’s a good song regardless of this.

5. ‘Foux du Fafa’ by Flight of The Conchords – Is stuck in my head a lot at the moment, mainly because of the utterly ridiculous lyrics. I love the exchange ‘Ou est le discotheque?’ ‘C’est ici, bebe!’ but that may be because I am little more than a child. I genuinely urge you to listen to the whole album, it’s a great deal of fun – even if the impressive sales of it do rather undermine the joke that the ‘Chords (as they’re known by, er, nobody but me) are a failure as a group. Though for me, that makes it even funnier.

6. ‘True Faith’ by New Order – I used to share a house with a chap who was a huge fan of New Order, and the following dialogue took place more than once:
Me: Come on Jason, you must know the one I mean.
He: No, I don’t.
Me: You MUST. It goes ‘de-de-de-de-de-de-de-de-dee-dee-dee, something-something-something, rising sun’
He: No, I don’t know what you’re talking about. Stop going on about this.
…After I found out what the song actually is, I discover it’s one of New Order’s bigger hits. Makes me wonder if he was a fan at all. Anyway, I think it’s a really strong song (in either its original or its 1994 remixed version), and if I get another tune stuck in my head – an irritating one, I mean – I tend to focus on this one and push the unwanted one out. Might sound mad, but it works for me, probably something to do with the drums at the start. Oh, the sound of drums…

7. ‘Only Myself To Blame’ by Scott Walker – I was reminded of this song after hearing the similarly-titled ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’ by Beth Rowley (which is also rather good), and it’s a smashing recent re-discovery. I’ve heard Mr Walker referred to as ‘God’s Tonsils’, and the sheer breadth of his voice on this song shows why. Oddly enough, this song is from the soundtrack to the Bond film ‘The World Is Not Enough’, but I’m not quite sure how it’s supposed to fit in with the theme of the film, as it’s brimful with regret and melancholy, and not so much about boat chases down the Thames. Not that it really matters; the song’s fab, in my opinion.

… so, then, those are my (currently) magnificent seven. I think they should all be easy enough to find and download through the wonders of the internet, so you can always make up a mixtape or playlist and give it some witty variation on my name like ‘Danger Soanes’. Oh all right then, don’t. Suit yerself.

Now, I’m supposed to tag seven people with this, so I will – lord only knows if they’ll even see this or respond, but I want to do my bit for the spread of the meme, since I was amused and slightly touched to be tagged in the first place. And so I hereby tag M’colleague, Steve, Fwengebola, Marie, Angie, Elinor, and lastly but not leastly Jon (this last is a thinly-veiled attempt to check Jon’s all right, as he seems – as Lianne recently was – to be blog-hibernating. See how I returned to the opening theme there? Ah, life and its cycles…).

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