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From bedlamsbard:

1. What is your favorite historical period?

This is hard to answer. I probably know most about some of the medieval eras, but my knowledge is all jumbled up by more than 20 years of reading fantasy. Aside from which, I wouldn't really want to live in that era anyway; the chances of my dying reasonably swiftly from injury or disease would be fairly high, and if my glasses got broken, I'd live out the rest of my life in a visible bubble about 80cm in diameter.

For one I'd want to live in, I think I'd go for the Edwardian era, a lá Jeeves & Wooster. There's enough of modern technology and medicine to be comfortable, and not yet so much going on in the world that you can't get a fair understanding of most of it.

2. What are your opinions toward apples? (The fruit, not the company.)

I like apples. I will like apples even better when we can grow our own (the trees are in their second year), and I get used to those particular breeds of apple. My current favoured apple, sadly, is usually imported from New Zealand, which is something I'm not willing to encourage any more.

3. Where have you always wanted to travel, but never gone?

Norway. The mountains in Norway, to be more specific - we've flown over them several times, and a penfriend I had when I was a teenager (and re-connected with on Facebook a while ago) lives in Vesterålen.

4. If you were a kitten, what would you look like, and how would you act?

I suspect I'd be one of the solid grey type with eyes more yellow than green. I would spend my time lurking in dark corners, and attacking people's ankles with wild abandon when they least expect it. Also, no bird, mouse, or dog would be safe.

5. What is your favorite holiday, modern or ancient?

I am very fond of Christmas, these days. My family never made much of holidays, so most of the assocations are from sabayone's family. However, I also like Hallowe'en, in its modern form.

For ancient celebrations, the relighting of the fires at Bealtaine sticks firmly in my mind, although the image that's there now is more from the beacons in the film version of The Return of the King than anything I've ever really seen. But I've stood on the Hill of Uisneach, and it's a good concept to keep in mind.

If you want 5 questions, tell me what your favourite striped animal is.


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Mar. 21st, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
Always looking for things to do at work....

My favorite striped animal is my cat Kethri (she has a stripe down the middle of her nose).
Mar. 23rd, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
1. Warmth aside, what's your favourite thing about summer?
2. Are there any books you'd like to get hold of, but haven't been able to?
3. You walk the same areas regularly; have you seen local signs of climate change, or are things much as they've always been?
4. What kind of furniture and decor would be in your ideal study?
5. Have you ever experienced anything that can't be explained by conventional science?
Mar. 21st, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Siberian tiger!
Mar. 23rd, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
1. You're looking to move house; given complete freedom, where would you move to?
2. How many books do you own?
3. What's your favourite season?
4. How would you describe your preferred music, without using genre labels?
5. What do you think of the recent upsurge in steampunk?
Mar. 21st, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Tigers, no contest
Mar. 23rd, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
1. Who is your favourite poet, and why?
2. Where's the best place in Ireland to walk?
3. What kind of religious beliefs do you hold?
4. Given complete freedom, where in the world would you visit for a year?
5. Under what conditions would you consider emigrating to another planet?
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Mar. 29th, 2010 09:26 am (UTC)
1. What can change the nature of a man?
2. What are your current concepts of divinity like?
3. What's your all-time favourite book?
4. If you could change one event in history, what would it be?
5. Why does the modern human eschew the noble hat?
Mar. 21st, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
Tiger here too. Or Tyger, if you prefer.
Mar. 29th, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)
1. What features would be in your ideal MMO?
2. What do you think is the most significant - as in, influential - non-computer game in the history of Irish Gaming?
3. Having left Catholicism behind, are you leaning toward any other religion, or agnosticism or atheism?
4. Is the answer, in fact, blowing in the wind?
5. What was the last fiction book you read and really liked?
Mar. 21st, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
The quagga.
Mar. 29th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
1. If you could safely make one change in the climate, anywhere in the world, without repercussions, what would you change?
2. What way do you approach religion and religious thinking?
3. Are there foods you haven't tried, but want to?
4. In Ireland, we get a lot of coverage of the rest of the Anglophone world, and very little of anywhere else. You've lived in a lot of places; is this language-centred-news thing the case elsewhere?
5. What's the most mind-blowing experience you've had?
Mar. 22nd, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
Mar. 22nd, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
I do adore tigers, particularly the Siberian variety, but to be slightly more original I will also add the Indian Three-striped Palm squirrel.
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