Thursday, 3 July 2008

Copycat meme.. damn, I'm idle.

Just about to go on holiday (see sidebar and loathe me insanely). My mind is so occupied with this that I have been unable to come up with a post for today. Here is a meme I have nicked unashamedly off Reluctant Blogger and Rol. I apologise for the paucity of my ideas and will blog fulsomely when I get back...

1) What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was working for Air France. I had IBS and had failed to connect it to the fact that my job was simultaneously tedious and stressful. I loved my colleagues, I loved (LOVED) the cheap/free air travel, but I was definitely heading for the door.

2) Name 5 things on your to-do list today
Get some dinner stuff in on the way home. Pack. Remember to dig out the automatic cat feeder. Find/pack my passport. Don't forget sun-cream this time!

3) Name 5 things you would do if you became a billionaire
Pay off the mortgages of all my friends/family.
Buy all sites that Tesco's/Sainsbury's would consider developing and rent them cheaply to small local businesses.
Endow a school for affordable hit-men.
Replace everything in my wardrobe with the same thing in cashmere.
Buy Lindisfarne Castle and live in it.

4) Name 5 places you have lived
Montreal, Oxford, Durham, Avignon, London. All, coincidentally, cities on rivers. Couldn't live anywhere dry now.

5) Name 5 of your bad habits
Not knowing that that really WAS one glass too many.
Being a truly crap (lazy, sporadic, uncommunicative) correspondent.

6) name 5 jobs you've had
Hotel maid (Avignon)
Barmaid (everywhere)
Hearing-aid mender (London)
Concorde charter agent (London)
Bookseller (best move I ever made).

7) How did you come up with the title of your blog?
I fel it sums up, in one sentence, the general tone of la vie chez Fishwife.


Rol said...

There were supposed to be 5 bad habits?

Damn, I'll have to think up another 2.

Lucy Fishwife said...

I only assumed 5 as most of the others were 5! Don't feel impelled to make yourself look bad because of a conclusion-leap on my part...

Steve said...

The fact you want to nobble Tesco and Sainsbury's just makes me want to start a collection on your behalf. What a fabulous idea!

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah I'll donate some of my millions to the anti Tesco/Sainsbury cause as well.

I do think it was only meant to be 3 bad habits - you just got carried away there.

I knew very little about you before this but now I am much wiser. Didn't have you down as a smoker and certainly not an air hostess.

People have lived such interesting lives.

Oh and you have lived in such wonderful places.

Anyway, I expect you are miles away and I am talking to myself. Hope you are having a wonderful time. Weather is beautiful here.

Lucy Fishwife said...

Steve - the thing that made me hate Tescos the most was when they decided to take advantage of the very draconian libel laws Thailand has - they took a journalist to court for "libel" because he had criticised the way they had edged out small local supermarkets in Thailand. This would have meant he would be fined well over £1 million and had a hefty prison sentence, for writing a mildly critical article for which he got paid £16. They truly are the scum of the earth (see article wow that was a rant and a half but how DARE they? Large drink to calm down...

RB - Luckily not an air hostess (I am far from level-headed enough and my lipstick application is amateurish at best!) - I was in the Groups dept (orchestras, bands, corporate conferences) and can still remember more or less how to convert cms to inches in order to calculate the size of a non-standard cello/theremin...

Brother Tobias said...

I've just realised I've got all your bad habits (although the smoking is quiescent at present, unless the one drink too many one has kicked in). And some on top. I wonder if we are related? Are you descended from the emperor Charlemagne?

Lucy Fishwife said...

BT - Don't know about Charlemagne but descended from Bonnie Annie Laurie and Gonville Bromhead (Michael Caine in "Zulu"). Would definitely be proud of Charlemagne though! Wasn't he a redhead too? Don't feel bad about the smoking - I smoke Gauloises because EVERYBODY I know decides after a drink or two that they quite fancy a cigarette, and this way it's the poor unfortunate with the Silk Cut who ends up cigarette-less at the end of the night.

The Poet Laura-eate said...

Alas I think Tesco and Sainsburys have already amassed a frighteningly large 'landbank' of various 'sites' they intend to develop in the next 10-20 years.

Perhaps a job for your rookie hit men...?

Lucy Fishwife said...

Maybe I could train up rookie arsonists as well.. although irritatingly Tescburys are probably insured to the elbows..