Thursday, August 13, 2009
EOTWQ: Better Late Than Never
The place I go back and back to... see question 2
Since there don't seem to be any takers this week, here are some getting-very-near-the-End of the Week Quiz question for y'all.
1. Unlike some RRers, I’ve not spent time investigating my family history, but know of a few interesting branches in the family tree. Someone on my dad’s side a few generations back, one William Harbutt, invented plasticene. My maternal great-grandmother was an opera singer who appeared in the English premiere of Wagner’s Ring cycle and was friends with Dame Nellie Melba, of peach and toast fame. And my mum’s half-sister’s daughter’s son’s father (my half-cousin once-removed’s father – do keep up) was Steve Peregrin Took, the one in early T-Rex who wasn’t Mark Bolan.
Question: what interesting ancestors and spurious claims to fame have you unearthed in your family?
2. This week’s theme got me thinking about holidays. I’ve been going to the Isles of Scilly at least once a year since the age of three – but this year, with the demands of two under-2s, we’re missing out, leaving my soul a little underfed. Much as I enjoy discovering new places, I’m much more likely to go back to somewhere I love.
A two-part question: do you seek out new places on holiday or return to the same ones? And where’s your favourite?
3. Back to work: my day job involves writing and copyediting for charities. This often means putting phrases like “We will leverage engagement and empowerment to achieve meaningful real-world impacts on target groups” into plain English. There’s probably a robust framework to be implemented as well.
In your own line of work, what buzzwords and jargon do you most despise?
4. Until recently, I also worked for AQA63336. You text in a question, and they text back an answer, usually within 10 minutes. Some of the questions are practical, some are personal, some are impossible, some are bizarre, and some are obviously from people cheating in pub quizzes. The pay was rubbish, but I used to enjoy settling pub arguments (Franz Beckenbauer is the best defensive midfielder of all time) and estimating answers to ridiculous questions (you could fit 1.65 million Rory Bremners in the Tate Turbine Hall). The anonymous questions asked also gave you a fascinating insight into the preoccupations of the British public, particularly in the early hours of the morning.
So over to you for this one: what question do you really want answered?
5. RR is, as we all know, the nicest place on the internet. Anyone who’s strayed onto other blogs will know how horrible they can be. I’ve got into occasional debates on things like immigration, vegetarianism and climate change with online nutters, and been called some nasty names. This amuses rather than upsets me. In real life, I get on with people, and bend over horizontal to avoid conflict.
But not everyone’s like this. Have you ever had somebody you’d consider an enemy?