The day that we are all supposed to have our resolutions ready so we can transform ourselves over the coming year.
There is a character habituating the local bar that we have come to know as Sad Ed, who desperately wants to change his life. Since his arrival in the region he has been pursuing us relentlessly wanting to be our entomological advisor, (we would like to involve local people with next year's filming) we decided to have a meeting with him to discuss his areas of knowledge and experience (I'd suggested that he bring a resumé) and arranged to meet him at the village bar at 5pm yesterday. When we arrived at 5 he had clearly been there for a while already, he had one of Richard Dawkin’s books with him, I noticed him 'reading' this book last week - he hasn’t got past page 50 yet. Ed might be a great entomologist but we didn’t get to find that out.
I got home and opened my mail to find that foxy Prunella Jones has sent me a 5 question interview meme and I thought 'hey an interview theme' but also it was Dawkins who coined the term 'meme', the wiki link to him talks about memes and I was struck by this bit
Memes are not always copied perfectly, and might indeed become refined, combined or otherwise modified with other ideas, resulting in new memes, which may themselves prove more, or less, efficient replicators than their predecessors,
If you'd like get this articular meme passed on so you can refine, combine or otherwise modify it, say so in the comments with your email address, the only rule that I can remember is that you have to post the answers on your blog. Here are the results of Prunella's interview:
1. What do you like best about yourself? What are your vices? If you could change one thing what would it be? (I think you’ll find that is 3 questions Ms Jones)
a) I like that being quite tall means that I can eat more without the extra weight noticing so quickly.
b) Now what exactly do you term a vice – nose picking, farting and overdoing the stimulants/depressants or do you want to know about my worse excesses?
c) If I could change one thing it would be my shoes, my clothes size and my self doubt
2. Have you ever pictured your own death? How do you think you'll exit this world?
I picture my own death daily as I meet oncoming French drivers, I’d prefer to exit this world a bit later on maybe during or just after some pleasurable activity. I will probably exit this world in an embarrassingly inelegant and publicly performed scene involving a bus, a randy wolfhound and some unclean underwear.
3. Aliens exist and have been to our planet - yes or no? Explain.
Of course they exist, they are following me around and hiding my things. They might actually be the very small things we think of as ‘ants’
4. If I opened up your medicine cabinet right now what would I see?
My medicine cabinet is always open and consists of a series of racks in the back kitchen currently dotted with assorted bottles of Champagne, red wine and single malt whisky, there might be a drop of Armagnac left if you come round quick.
5. What did you have for dinner last night?
A lovely friend served me with a bowl of dense spiced pumpkin soup transformed into Food Of The Gods by the addition of a spoonful of garlicky yogurt and a big drool of toasted pine nuts in cinnamon and lemon butter.