Monday 21 November 2016

My answers to the questions

Hello. I'm a bit stuck for ideas tonight, so I thought I would have a go with this questions and answers thingy nicked from the Guardian. If you want to read Suzi Quatro's answers click here. Lovely Grey did it the other day, thanks for the idea. If you want to read LG's answers click here.

When were you happiest?
 Lying in my bunk under my duvet in a truck, listening to the rain hammering down on the roof. 
What is your greatest fear?
A traumatic death. I just want to fall asleep.
What is your earliest memory?
Peeing my pants on the way home from school.
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Susan Boyle. She knew she had a talent for singing and never gave up. She followed her dream.  
What was your most embarrassing moment?
I pulled out of a Lucas Factory in Birmingham with a trailer full of machinery. I had only just got out of the gate when a large machine fell off and covered the road in oil. Everyone came to see what caused the loud bang. The fire brigade had to come and mop the oil up.  
Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
 A car.
What makes you unhappy?
The way the world is going. Too many power crazy people. Cruelty to animals makes me very unhappy.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Bette Midler
What is your most unappealing habit?
Talking over people before they have finished their sentence. I want to move on quickly and they are rambling all around the houses.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
I never feel guilty. Life is a pleasure.
What is top of your bucket list?
I don’t have a bucket list. I make the best of each day as it comes.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A bricklayer, then a fashion model.
What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
My brother said, you look bloody awful, why don’t you get some contact lenses. He was right, and I did. It hurt at the time but it turned out to be the best thing anyone said.  
What do you owe your parents?
I owe my mother everything because she gave birth to me. I suppose my father had a part in that too. 
What does love feel like?
Sort of mushy.
What was the best kiss of your life?
Impossible to answer, can’t pinpoint one. There’s been some pretty hot ones over the years.

 Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Noel Fitzpatrick, the Supervet.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Can’t be bothered.
What has been your biggest disappointment?
 That I was never pretty. 
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
1968. I left home and got a bedsit in Blackpool.
How often do you have sex?
 I'm celibate, can't be bothered, been there, done that.
When did you last cry, and why?
A few days ago, missing Rocky.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Sticking with lorry driving for 32 years, despite all the bullying.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Down Down  Status Quo. As loud as possible.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Nothing stays the same. Every day is a brand new start, you can’t change what happened yesterday so move on. 

Thanks to everyone who has shared their money saving tips for Christmas. I knew you wouldn't let me down. You're chuffin brilliant. 
Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

PS this is copy and pasted, I hope it works. Please excuse the higgledypiggledy margins. I ain't changing it. 


  1. Excellent! You had some slightly different questions. xx

  2. "Down Down Status Quo. As loud as possible." This made me laugh. Mine is 'Going Underground' by The Jam.

  3. I can't believe you said you were not pretty - I think you look lovely! Best wishes, Claire x

  4. Some of my answers would be similar to yours, some I'm not sure how I'd answer. I think I'd like Those Were the Days My Friend and Seasons in the Sun at my funeral.

  5. I love that you selected Bette Midler to play you in a film. She is one of my favorites. Love her spirit and her dedication to the environment, too.

    You said that you greatest achievement was your 32 years of lorry driving. But I'd say your greatest achievement is inspiring all of us through this blog, giving good advice and a laugh when we need it most. Thank you, Ilona.

  6. my songs stairway to heaven/ highway to hell

  7. I can't stand people rambling on either. But I also hate people talking over the top of me. Does this mean I'm a rambler? Oh dear. Karen.

  8. People who can't take the time to listen to others are impatient and rude and miss out on hearing about other people. Then they don't understand why people feel upset with them when they don't know something important that they were told. Some people are just only interested in themselves and it shows. People who finish other people's sentences act as if they know what they were going to say and can't be bothered to wait. When they finish sentences, they get it wrong so often it is embarrassing. You get it on the radio all the time. For instance a person rings up and says they have two children aged 4 and 7 and a short while later they will be asked if they have children. They will repeat the same info again and then the presenter will ask them their ages. It drives me mad as they are paid to listen and engage with callers.

    Being pretty doesn't improve lives. Pretty people get exploited by men from such a young age it can be tragic. Then women are often nasty to them as well, being filled with misguided envy and petty jealousy. Being average leads to greater happiness and a better quality of life I think.

  9. Stairway to Heaven, In the Army Now, that Christmas song by those lads in baggy pants, Marc Almond, Mr B Ferry, a whole lot of cinema music. Biggest purchase - have never owned a house and have only had 3 second hand cars (not got one now). So I guess my biggest purchase is my bed. Dinner party guests - so many - perhaps the painter Vermeer and any seamstress who could give me some tips. I wouldn't mind hosting some despots so I could give them a piece of my mind. Natalie

  10. Pretty is only skin deep and can be gone in the blink of an eye. Integrity and kindness are of much greater worth.

  11. Brilliant answers to the questions :-)


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