Time for a meme!

I’ve been tagged by Nikki Pilkington.

This is a sort of playground game for bloggers… you chase each other round the internet, and if you get tagged you get to play “truth or dare”. In this particular game I have to reveal 6 random things about myself… and then tag six more bloggers to do the same. By the laws of exponential calculus this means that in about a month the whole world will have revealed six facts each and none of us will actually be any wiser.

Anyway. Here are my six things:

1. I am the granddaughter of one of the first ever international footballers. Really. My Grandad was trialled by Preston Northend in about 1910 and offered a place as striker in the first team. But his father wouldn’t hear of it. So my Grandad ran away from home and joined the merchant navy. After a time he ended up in Germany and played football for F.C. Solingen between 1911 and 1914 (when he returned to England ahead of the outbreak of WW1).

2. I am married to a rock star. OK – you might not actually have heard of him. My husband sings and plays bass for a group called The Afflicted.

3. My workplace is a pig sty. I’m not just referring to a messy desk (though I have to plead guilty to that one!). No – my office is actually in a building which was formerly used as a pigsty. Obviously it now has smart wooden flooring, broadband internet etc. and no pigs. (I’m waving nicely at my colleagues while typing that….)

4. I once wrote an article in an academic journal on Dutch literature. It was about a medieval manuscript (currently in an archive in Amsterdam) telling the story of a young nun who fell in love and ran away from the monastry, became a prostitute, had seven children and then on returning to the monastery found the Virgin Mary had taken her place in her absence and nobody had notice she’d been gone. It’s a cracking story. Shame they didn’t have the Booker Prize in those days….

5. I once broke my thumb falling off a tandem. Yes.. I know, I know. Someone with my lack of physical co-ordination shouldn’t have been on a tandem in the first place… frankly I was lucky it wasn’t my neck that I broke. All I can say is, when flying at high speed through the air towards a gravelly road with a workman’s hole in it, extending your thumb and expecting to make a soft landing on that digit alone is not a realistic option. Trust me… I’ve been there….

6. Osama bin Laden missed me. I was due to be in a meeting in the World Trade Center on the day it was bombed (not 9/11, but the time a couple of years before when a car bomb went off in the basement). At the time I was working for a big German bank and was in New York, supposed to be seeing one of their clients on one of the top floors of the WTC. I was in a taxi on the way there, but there was gridlock traffic. (It turned out to be because the area had been cordoned off following the explosion). Attempts to phone ahead to the client and apologise for lateness failed – no-one was answering the phone (in fact they were on a looooong walk down the dark, smoke-filled staircase). I never did get to meet that client.

Okay, for those of you tagged, here (apparently) are the rules, as I was given:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on the blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know they have been tagged.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Here are the following six people I tag:

1. Ian in Hamburg – because everything he writes about himself is fascinating… and leaves you wanting more

2. Blogging Mama – because she writes much more perceptive stuff about life in Germany than I do and knows lots of other great bloggers

3. ClickClackGorilla – because she finds ways to describe people and places that send shivers down your spine. And because she blogs about doing things the rest of us wouldn’t dream of getting ourselves into – let alone in a foreign country….

4. Big Apple to Big Bear – because she has the coolest masthead on the whole blogosphere (I like to think it’s inspired by the words Planet Germany – but I’m probably kidding myself)

5. Pasi in Finland – because he’s green. And because he does cool things like keep ants and build saunas in the woods.

6. Deutschland über Elvis – the coolest blog-title and the funniest photos on the web.

(Only if you want to – obviously)



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5 responses to “Time for a meme!

  1. You know Cat, I have been having the lousiest three weeks in one hell of a long time, but your comment there has lifted me a little. I really appreciate it – and will definitely get to that meme… even though I’m a bit like DE über E, who, if you read his sidebar closely, just doesn’t do them.

  2. Oh dear Ian… sorry to hear you’ve been having a tough time. I hope things sort themselves out for you soon.

    I hadn’t spotted DE über E’s anti Meme note – but anyway, it’s up to him. Nobody is forced to do it. Tis all just a bit of fun (and it sometimes helps cure bloggers-block when you run out of inspiration…)

  3. I thank you for the meme! Now to think of something I’d actually be willing to reveal…

  4. Enjoyed learning more about you! Off to check out the other expats.

  5. G

    I’m working my way down the list of rules on this meme. I hope to finish before Jay finishes his monologue.

    The masthead is by a great SF artist, Bob Eggleton. Tor books had a few months of giving out downloads of art and I loved this one. I should get around to rotating again one day, though…

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