Meme machine

Book blogger extraordinary Debra Hamel has lobbed a meme grenade in the direction of This Writing Life and, lacking a cricket bat to send the bugger into deep square leg, here goes with ‘five things about me’. (Coincidentally, this is quite similar to the title of Aliya Whiteley‘s acclaimed debut novel, Three Things About Me.)


‘Remember that it isn’t always the sensational stuff that writers are looking for, it can just as easily be something that you take for granted like having raised twins or knowing how to grow beetroot. Mind you, if you know how to fly a helicopter or have worked as a film extra, do feel free to let the rest of us know about it.’

(1) When I was a secondary (high) school pupil, some friends and I designed a hypertext guide for the Commodore Amiga, which won a Spark design award. That was in 1990, a while before the world wide web had ‘happened’. I think we earned about seventy pounds from royalties, which one of group squandered on an alarmingly expensive money box in which to store future earnings, which never arrived.

(2) I can become spectacularly travel sick if (a) I sit in the back of a car, (b) run up the stairs too fast or (c) watch Supernanny without my Joo-Janta 500 Super-Chromatic Peril-Sensitive sunglasses.

(3) My girlfriend shares her name, though not 100% of the spelling, of a water-filter company.

(4) By the age of fourteen or so, I had read all the available novelisations of Doctor Who serials, as well as several quiz books. When Doctor Who was the specialist subject of a Mastermind contestant, he scored about 70%. I, in the comfort of my computerized lair/bedroom, romped home with 100%.

(5) Remember the Karate Kid films? The protagonist, Danny LaRusso, studied a style of karate called goju-ryu. I also have a black belt in this style of karate, although I’ve never worn one of those nifty headbands, and the beard of my teacher (are we back to beards again?) was honeysuckle, not white. (I haven’t been to a class in about fifteen years, though, so don’t expect any high kicks on the webcam.)

Wax on, dudes.

Tag three people: Aliya Whiteley (masquerading as the Blue Pootle), Sian Lewis, Tim Footman

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  1. Wooo… think I might have done something like this already, several months ago… but you can’t keep a good meme down, so I’ll have a think.

    btw, I also had an addiction to the Who novelisations, but managed to shake it off by the time Peter Davison came into view. But be fair, Ian – Mastermind is much harder when you’re in the chair.

  2. I didn’t mind Peter Davidson, but couldn’t bloody stand Colin Baker and all that ‘Trial of a Time Lord’ malarkey.

    OK, so I wasn’t in the chair, but he didn’t know that the core of the ice planet Spiridon was made of ice. I mean, come on.

  3. Jeez, Ian, I never thought you’d do it! I thought you were far too grand. Bonnie Writes totally ignored me when I tagged her on it (but I did achieve success with Debra’s 10 year old daughter, such is life).

    I can’t believe anyone actually reads those Dr Who books. In fact I didn’t even know there were such things until my girls evolved a C Eccleston followed by Barty Crouch Jr (you know who I mean) even more serious crush —- and they got some of the books on a 3 for 2 offer, read a chapter and never opened them again.

    But probably the ones they tried were “modern” compared with the ones you allude to in your post? (said she, desperately).

  4. Maxine, I’m totally up for something that gets me away from the novel! As for all those novelisations, I’ve got shelves full of them. It breaks my heart that I just can’t read them these days, but I like have as many books that I’ve read as possible on the shelf…BTW, they’re mostly Target originals, and I don’t have much past 1989…

  5. Gosh this meme really has worked it’s way around since Sharon J started it.
    I am particularly impressed by number 5 – seeing as I was in love with the beautiful Danny LaRusso for most of my youth.
    And – until this very moment I had forgotten about him!
    I am so fickle!

  6. It’s funny to think that, at the time, the actor who played Danny was in his early fifties or something.

  7. ah hah! this is where it originated!

    i don’t really get it, you guys are bloggers and authors, and you still do a five things about me meme!

    isn’t it enough that you keep a blog about you, you also need to be specifically numerical about you? 😀

    hello, Dr. Ian!

  8. Thanks for your comment, Treespotter. I actually got memed by Debra Hamel, so you can blame her for starting it…

  9. i’m sure we can track it down all the way to Mr. Dawkins.

    that’s okay, it allows the selfish me to come out (i’m tagged by Tim).

    always a good thing, me.

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