There's a fad going around the Internet at the moment. It goes like this...
When you receive an electronic tap on the shoulder from someone who knows you, you're supposed to write a Blog or Facebook note with 25 random things, facts, habits or goals about yourself.
At the end you choose 25 people to message, including the one who nabbed you (eg by tagging them in Facebook) ... and thus it spreads.
OK then, here goes.
- My Mother was a Soprano singer who entertained troops all over Britain during World War II as a member of ENSA.
- When I was five years old I fell off my bicycle and broke my nose.
- I dropped out of my Ph.D. after two years of research – a decision which I sometimes regret when being intimidated by people called "Dr. ..."
- My Father was a radio operator assigned to Flying Boat patrols in the Indian Ocean region during the war. His plane crashed into a hillside one night in a storm and many of his pals were killed. So I nearly didn't exist.
- I grew up with a pet dog called "Rip", which was a cross-breed Alsatian-Doberman.
- I bought the house I live in on impulse one Sunday afternoon, after getting bored with the shops, passing the building site and falling in love with the show house.
- I'm an Aquarian – and people say typically so.
- My Sister is ten years older than me.
- I once produced a regular weekly magazine programme on local radio.
- I got involved with the local Conservative Party in Cheshire to annoy my boyfriend at the time. In my first week I was asked to become the branch secretary.
- There are 47 stuffed toys and nine porcelain dolls in my house.
- I once had an affair with the Principal of a local College
- I wear size 6½ shoes and don't like heels higher than 1½ inches.
- I'm a fan of the Smart Car. My first was called "Harriet". My second and current Smart is named "Hermione".
- I have a very low alcohol tolerance, which is why I say, "One glass and I'm anybody's; Two and I'm nobody's"
- My parents moved a lot when I was a child so I ended up attending six different schools.
- My first job when I left school was working in a Bakery; my second was in a carpet retailer, where I spent most of the day sitting on a large carpet roll and occasionally sweeping the floor.
- I remember watching the very first episode of Coronation Street with my Mum and Grandma.
- I have my finger nails manicured every week without fail.
- My parents ran a Public House in Kent for four years when I was between 11 and 15 years old, but I hated the taste of alcohol.
- During my first driving test I was overtaken by a hearse.
- I worked as a Samaritan telephone volunteer for nearly five years.
- My favourite perfume is "Eden" by Cacherel
- I once had full afternoon tea in the House of Commons Tea Room with Sir Gerald Kaufman
- My hands appeared in the Thames TV coverage of the Miss World competition in 1985, after I wrote the computerised scoring system for Eric Morley