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Interview the person below you.

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getreal
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Re: Interview the person below you.

#1481 Post by getreal » November 3rd, 2010, 10:46 pm

Latest post of the previous page:

A pink cardigan I wore on my first day at school. I have no idea why I wasn't wearing regulation grey, but the teacher always referred to me as "the girl in the pink jumper". I think you can tell a lot about my first school by the fact that the primary one teacher didn't even bother to learn our names!



Were your school years the happiest of your life (so far)?
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#1482 Post by jamesjones950 » November 4th, 2010, 6:11 pm

No.

Were yours?
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#1483 Post by Nick » November 4th, 2010, 6:26 pm

No. I enjoyed my sports, but found my youth very frustrating. I still have nightmares about my A-levels.




Have you ever been in an ambulance?

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#1484 Post by Dave B » November 4th, 2010, 6:31 pm

Too bloody often!

What was your funniest experience?
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#1485 Post by Alan C. » November 25th, 2010, 7:50 pm

A four day Hogmanay party in a hotel in Abberfoil, it was worse better than faulty towers and I wont bore you with the details, I could write a book about it.

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#1486 Post by thundril » November 25th, 2010, 8:27 pm

A few years ago, my mate and I arrived in Anglesey three hours too early for the ferry to Ireland. I would have been happy to just wait around, but my fellow traveller insisted we go to the cinema. It was 'Die Hard 2' .

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#1487 Post by jamesjones950 » November 26th, 2010, 6:56 pm

Tuesday?

If you were given a sort of Alan Sugar-like power to fire, which "public figures" would be on the end of your pointing finger?
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#1488 Post by thundril » December 6th, 2010, 2:09 pm

Alan Sugar.
Simon Cowell.
Rupert Murdoch.
A long, long list of other persons whose self-regard appears in inverse proportion to their actual usefulness on this planet.
Edited to add, (after kind reminder from Nick)

In which town would you least lke to be stuck for a fortnight?

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#1489 Post by Nick » December 6th, 2010, 2:25 pm

Based on towns I have actually visited, or had to visit, over the last year or so, I'd say Stevanage.



You find yourself stuck at a UK airport at 8AM. Your plane is re-scheduled to leave in 10 hours time. What, specifically, would you do to while away the hours?

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#1490 Post by thundril » December 8th, 2010, 1:44 pm

Get a local ramblers' map, find a nice coastal path (or similar walk) with a small town that's got a nice pub ..
Get a taxi...

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#1491 Post by Nick » December 9th, 2010, 1:36 am

Hmmm... I'm not sure Thundril's been to an airport recently....And, as he's forgotten to ask a question of the next person, maybe we can leave the question open? What would you do with 10 hours at an airport?

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#1492 Post by jaywhat » December 9th, 2010, 6:47 am

Nick wrote:Based on towns I have actually visited, or had to visit, over the last year or so, I'd say Stevanage.



You find yourself stuck at a UK airport at 8AM. Your plane is re-scheduled to leave in 10 hours time. What, specifically, would you do to while away the hours?

Lucky you didn't say Stevenage, Nick! I was born and brought up there (when it was a market town and not a 'New' town) and would have been hugely upset by your disparagement. :smile:

As for the airport it would depend on how definite the 10 hours was, how tired I was etc. I would like to get into the nearest town and have a look around and a bite to eat perhaps - or perhaps a quiet read and maybe write summat.


What is a memorable journey from a long time ago that you have clear in your mind?

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#1493 Post by Fia » December 9th, 2010, 12:40 pm

Woah, it's a long story, jaywhat, but here goes:

In the late 70s, by myself, I took my very first flight - to Delhi... with Ariana Afghan airlines. First stop Istanbul, where I saw my first ever armed policemen. On the second leg I asked the flight attendant where we were flying over as it was stunningly beautiful - golden hills and valleys, no sign of human habitation. It was Afghanistan. Second stop, Kabul. Unfortunately some US hostages had just been taken, and we were the only commercial plane in the airport, the rest buzzing with military. We were herded into the airport by massively armed uniformed men - I had no idea if they were police or military or what - and for a while I thought we might be taken hostage too. We were stuck there for 24 hrs, well cared for though. I was mightily relieved when we boarded the plane again to Delhi. I'll never forget the amazing smell of Delhi when the plane doors were opened: heat, dust, spices, drains (or lack of!), humanity... very exciting...

And that wasn't all...
My flight was the last one Ariana Afghan airlines flew for a long, long time. I transferred my return ticket to a US airline to Hanover. After another 24hrs of delay we took off. I was over the wing, watching the lights of Delhi and saying my goodbyes to that wonderful country, and musing on all my amazing Indian experiences had taught me. I noticed a little smoke from the engine, then flames. I was strangely calm, and quietly alerted the flight attendant. We circled Delhi for about 30 mins to dump fuel, the flames getting bigger all the time. It was the roughest landing I've ever experienced, on a corner of the airfield, where fire engines and emergency services were waiting. They duly put the fire out and we all walked relatively calmly off the plane in the usual manner. Hello again Delhi :D
3 days later I had a pleasingly uneventful flight to Hanover, and then back to London.

This experience did not put me off flying, except that now, wherever possible and hang the expense, I fly with BA.

I'm sure I'm not the only one with a journey tale to tell, so am re-asking jaywhat's lovely question..... :)

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#1494 Post by Dave B » December 9th, 2010, 4:46 pm

Perhaps the strangest flight I took (in the RAF) was my first ever, sitting in the crew rest seats (the RAF book every seat when they charter a civvy aircraft) playing poker with the other three and rocking and feeding a baby that kept crying and disturbing the families in the main cabin. I was 18 and a week and on my way to Cyprus, just in time for the natives to start playing silly buggers again. 1963. Blimey - I feel old!

(It was a DC Seven Seas, luverly old turbo prop with trim reminiscent of pre-war aircraft - slightly art deco - they don't make them like that any more!)

Worth another go I think.
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#1495 Post by jamesjones950 » December 9th, 2010, 6:09 pm

In 1971, four of us drove from Halifax, Yorkshire, to Athens, Greece, going via Belgium, Germany, Austria and Yugoslavia. We reached Thessaloniki in three and a half days, then had a leisurely two weeks driving around Greece before heading back via the same route.

We were in a Humber Sceptre, which literally ate the journey (5,000 miles) for breakfast.

We repeated the journey in 1976, this time in a Ford Escort estate, but confining our Grecian travels to the north of the country, and heading off towards the Turkish border. The Escort behaved as impeccably, though not as quickly as the Sceptre.

I've driven around France many times, and in Italy once, and thoroughly enjoyed every journey, but none stand out quite like the two Greek trips.

This must be worthy of continuing as a subject, I think, so come on, let's be hearing from you travellers.
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#1496 Post by jaywhat » December 10th, 2010, 6:35 am

Perhaps a new thread on journeys you remember, eh? Another one might be 'What were you doing in .......?'

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#1497 Post by Nick » January 14th, 2011, 2:38 pm

Weseem to be lacking an interview question, so I'll ask you:

Do you have any particular plans for 2011?

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#1498 Post by Dave B » January 14th, 2011, 2:46 pm

No, each day as it comes . . .


What is your most favourite food?
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#1499 Post by thundril » January 14th, 2011, 2:55 pm

Cross posted with Dave, but anyway,
Bit more than one year's plan, but it starts this year:
I intend to buy a yacht, (around 28-30 ft) and sail:
Season1 the Hebrides.
Season 2 The West coast of Ireland,
Then, if the boat and I have stood up well to that test, in the winter after season 2 I hope to do a N. Atlantic circuit.(Bantry Bay-Portugal -Canaries-W.Indies-Azores-UK.
As you can see, I've been planning this for a while and saving pennies. I've very nearly got enough dosh to buy the cheapest boat that will do the job, and finance the first year's sailing. (I don't do this credit/debt malarkey. If you can't afford it, do without till you save enough, Is my motto.)

Favourite food...I like Toast. (Who sang that? Was it Ian Dury?)
Sorry, that should be in the 'songs' thread, I suppose, so:
Question more appropriate for this topic:
What would be the biggest adventure you would dare to embark on?

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#1500 Post by Sel » January 14th, 2011, 4:18 pm

With my limited resources and freedom (long story)...
I would pack my 1989 camper van and head into the Rocky Mountains, on my own, to camp. My first stop would be in Kananaskis Country at a small, rustic campground called Interlakes. Evenings would be spent at my campfire, drinking wine and dancing to my music. I am sure the nearby campers would tell their children to stay away from that crazy lady! By the way, this is grizzly country and I often have them wander through camp to find their beloved berries near the water. Just bang a pot - they hate the noise.

After having a few isolated days there, I would head back to the Trans-Canda highway and cross the mountain passes into British Columbia where I would camp on the Shushwap Lake for a few days and enjoy the water and warmth (hot as hell there). This is a huge campground but in the forest where you can barely see the next camper. All my favorite spots are like that.

Then it would be off to Kamloops and over another pass to Kelowna to stay at Okanagan North and more swimming. Time there to explore the fruit stands and pick up some peaches. Then South to the Crowsnest Pass and up into the logging roads to explore the back country....crawl up a mountain to look out over the prairies.

By then I would be in need of a real shower and might head back into Kananaskis Country for a fabulous drive on the #40 and back home. The entire trip would be about 1500 km or more.


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#1501 Post by getreal » January 14th, 2011, 11:40 pm

Unfortutnatly, there are a number of them. I wear my fathers cast off jumpers to keep warm when I'm walking the dogs. They are pretty desperate; baggy, linty and that shade of nondescript grey/brown which woolens take on when they have been put through the washing machine too much, and too vigerously.


Staying with apparel (should that be one "p" and 2 "l"s?)

what piece of clothing from the 70s or 80s (or even 90s if you are that young) do you regret having worn with love and affection?
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