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What Are Your Hobbies?

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Beki
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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#21 Post by Beki » June 4th, 2008, 12:28 pm

Latest post of the previous page:

My main hobby is netball which I am now playing three times per week. I used to just play once a week but I put on about a stone in a year when I started my new job. Now that I am getting a better handle on the work, it is time to try and take it back off again - a long, slow process. I'm managing to lose about a pound a week which is not bad I suppose given that I haven't given up any of my favourite food. The other good thing was that it eventually made me give up smoking - hoorah, I've been clean for about a month now!

Like Nick, I used to be a good piano player (and share the same regrets about the classical bias of my lessons). However, I got right into The Pogues when I was about 17 and got myself an accordian. I used to play it at weekly Folk Sessions in my local pub, but this has died a death a bit since I started trying to stay out of the pubs and do more exercise. I still have a piano in the house, but don't really play it as it needs tuned and I still haven't got round to sorting that out yet.

Xman - liked your comments about your comic books. I used to LOVE 2000AD and Tank Girl. A very underrated genre......
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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#22 Post by kbell » June 9th, 2008, 1:42 pm

I envy you, Beki, I wish I could find a game of netball but I'm lucky to get a game of tennis. I've always been a keen swimmer and a year ago I took up squash in an effort to lose weight. It worked!

Apart from that I just enjoy doing brain teasers and mathematical problems generally though I'm not as talented at these as some on this forum, alas.
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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#23 Post by Maria Mac » June 9th, 2008, 5:35 pm

Felicia wrote:I had a hobby as a child, writing stories. When I was 36ish, my first book was accepted for publication, with a 3 book contract. Suddenly, what had been fun became a chore. I tried to make it as a professional writer - had a number of novels published, but the fun had gone. It was to make money. But now I've given up being a professional writer, writing has returned to what I always loved - a welcome escape, a magnificent mental playground and lots of fun. I go to a local writers workshop, so its not just narcissistic, I do entertain and interest others, just as their work entertains and interests me.
The point of this is a general recommendation: Don't try and make a profession out of your hobby!
Very interesting. Writing children's fiction was my hobby when I was bored out of my skull being at home with pre-school children and I had some success with it - the best thing was winning a big cash prize after beating 3,000 others to first place in a short story competition. I also made the shortlist of the Kathleen Fidler award for a kids' novel I wrote. But as my children got older and went to school and I went back to work, I totally lost interest. It saved my sanity at a certain time in my life but I don't think I'd like to make a living out of it.

One of my other hobbies that I still pursue is collecting string puppets. I have a fabulous collection - no idea how many but over 100 I think - of puppets I've collected from all over the place. The best ones are the British Pelham puppets - remember Sandy McBoozle? He has pride of place in the bedroom: most of the others are stored away in boxes until we have enough houseroom to display them (together with the dolls houses, of course).
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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#24 Post by Felicia » June 9th, 2008, 8:14 pm

How interesting too, Maria. Do you still write at all? I'd love to read some of your stories. I often wonder whether to try and get an online writing group going, (there are several others of us here, like Ted Harvey) but writing is such a lonely pursuit that I wonder if we wouldn't all be better off going to our local writing groups (as far as I know, there's one in every British town of any size). I really appreciate the warm human contact of people who say, lets go on to the bar, and continue the work in a really friendly happy (slightly drunken) atmosphere. It's well known that alcohol facilitates fluency!

Also, I really liked Pelham puppets too... ihey're only one step away from fictional constructions of making people act as we want, after all.... Do you also do amateur dramatics? I've only once very tentatively put my toe in the water, but it is a lot of fun.

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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#25 Post by Jem » June 10th, 2008, 1:07 am

Well apart from enjoying sudoku and crosswords, I can't really say I've had a proper hobby since I was wee, when I used to spend hours putting together airfix models. My mother still has about 30 of my collection proudly on display in the guest bedroom. :redface:

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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#26 Post by Maria Mac » June 10th, 2008, 11:38 am

Felicia wrote:How interesting too, Maria. Do you still write at all? I'd love to read some of your stories. I often wonder whether to try and get an online writing group going, (there are several others of us here, like Ted Harvey) but writing is such a lonely pursuit that I wonder if we wouldn't all be better off going to our local writing groups (as far as I know, there's one in every British town of any size). I really appreciate the warm human contact of people who say, lets go on to the bar, and continue the work in a really friendly happy (slightly drunken) atmosphere. It's well known that alcohol facilitates fluency!
The continuing in the bar sounds really nice. My only experience of a writing group was when I first came to Glasgow. It was a short term project exploring 'isolation' for just six sessions, I think, and my motivation for attending was more social than because I cared about writing. I quite enjoyed it but it didn't serve my purpose (of meeting people and developing a social life) and it didn't get me any more interested in writing either. Ironically, as the only non-Glaswegian in the group, I ended up feeling more isolated than ever.

I don't think I really like writing that much and if I do it at all, I prefer to write non-fiction. However, there is a proposal on the table about having a creative writing forum on this website so if anyone likes the idea they should say so in the thread jaywhat started.

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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#27 Post by Bryn » June 24th, 2008, 11:52 pm

I notice Maria has avoided telling us about her main hobby these days (at least that's the impression I get from the numerous mentions of the 'p' word :wink: ).

Being Welsh I obviously play rugby and I've recently started singing in a (secular) choir.

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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#28 Post by Maria Mac » June 28th, 2008, 2:37 pm

Bryn wrote:I notice Maria has avoided telling us about her main hobby these days (at least that's the impression I get from the numerous mentions of the 'p' word :wink: ).
Are you, perchance, thinking of Nick? He's the one with the parrot. :D

The secular choir sounds interesting. What songs do you sing?

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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#29 Post by penguin » June 29th, 2008, 2:35 pm

Maria wrote:
Bryn wrote:I notice Maria has avoided telling us about her main hobby these days (at least that's the impression I get from the numerous mentions of the 'p' word :wink: ).
Are you, perchance, thinking of Nick? He's the one with the parrot. :D
Nice try, M. But I do believe he's talking about your vast collection of penguin memorabilia. Cuddly penguins, china penguins, penguin books, penguin videos - you've got them all. Don't try to deny it!

Receiving fan mail from you has almost become a hobby itself, for me. I've wallpapered the toilet with them. :nod:
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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#30 Post by Alan H » June 30th, 2008, 10:51 pm

penguin wrote:Receiving fan mail from you has almost become a hobby itself, for me. I've wallpapered the toilet with them. :nod:
As long as you've not been sticking them on a nail for later use...
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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#31 Post by Bryn » July 1st, 2008, 5:01 pm

penguin wrote:
Nice try, M. But I do believe he's talking about your vast collection of penguin memorabilia. Cuddly penguins, china penguins, penguin books, penguin videos - you've got them all. Don't try to deny it!

Receiving fan mail from you has almost become a hobby itself, for me. I've wallpapered the toilet with them. :nod:
Thanks for sharing, Peng, but actually I was talking about her poker addiction. Anyway, I know what to buy her for her birthday now.

*wanders off to browse penguin memorabilia websites*

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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#32 Post by Alan H » July 1st, 2008, 5:23 pm

Bryn wrote:*wanders off to browse penguin memorabilia websites*
Such sites exist? :shrug:
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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#33 Post by Maria Mac » July 2nd, 2008, 5:45 pm

Forget the penguin stuff, I can't stand the bloody birds. Yes, I do play poker. Wanna make something of it? :cross:

I'm still waiting to hear about your secular choir, Bryn, not that I blame you for forgetting to answer me. I did the same to Felicia when she said:
Felicia wrote: I'd love to read some of your stories.
I meant to mention that my writing career was years before I (and most other people) got online and I bashed out my stories on an Amstrad. I only have hard copies of the stories, some of which were published, and I think (hope) they are all stashed away in a box somewhere in my London house. One day I'll find them and scan them and put them on the web then you'll be welcome. :D

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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#34 Post by Alan H » July 3rd, 2008, 12:15 am

Maria wrote:Yes, I do play poker. Wanna make something of it? :cross:
But when are you going to win enough money so I can retire? :D
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#35 Post by Bryn » July 4th, 2008, 12:57 pm

Maria wrote:
I'm still waiting to hear about your secular choir, Bryn,
There's not much to tell, really, and I haven't been going for long. We sing unaccompanied songs in harmony and most of the songs come from countries where there is a strong harmony tradition like the USA, New Zealand and South Africa.

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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#36 Post by Diane » July 12th, 2008, 12:58 am

Did your choir enter the best choir in Britain or whatever it is, Bryn? You know the programme they're showing on TV on Saturdays?

My main hobby is kick boxing, which I've been doing for ten years.

I suppose I can count chess as a hobby these days. I'm getting more and more into it. I also enjoy backgammon.

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#37 Post by Alan H » July 12th, 2008, 1:02 am

Diane wrote:My main hobby is kick boxing, which I've been doing for ten years.
Ah! That would explain the avatar... :exit:
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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#38 Post by Alec » July 20th, 2008, 12:42 pm

Musicianship. I play Guitar, ukulele, harmonica & penny whistle (Though I don't play any of them particularly well) Diving (Primarily Snorkelling, SCUBA when I can afford it) Travelling (as far as funds will allow) Naturism, voracious reader, enjoy (but no longer participate in) Live theatre. Something of a Balletomane.

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Re: What Are Your Hobbies?

#39 Post by lewist » July 27th, 2008, 3:44 pm

I went gliding! It was a birthday present from the children last year but circumstances being as they were I couldn't do it till now. Cairngorm Gliding Club is only a couple of miles away and it was fab! I may not take it up as a serious hobby but I am going again. I flew with an instructor and it was a bit scary at times but generally just wonderful. We were towed into the air by a little aeroplane and then we let go at about 1500 feet. The pics are the two seater glider I flew in and Uath Lochans, a well known local beauty spot seen from the air, through the perspex, hence the slightly strange image.
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#40 Post by Alan C. » July 27th, 2008, 5:05 pm

Nice one Lewis :thumbsup: I don't think you would get me 1500 feet in the air in a plane with no engines :supershock: Nice photo, despite the cockpit.
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#41 Post by Felicia » July 27th, 2008, 9:54 pm

Oh, Lewist! What lovely children to give you such an imaginative present. Your photo from the sky is beautiful, entirely envy provoking, it must be the most amazing experience to be up there, quietly, riding the wind..... I hope you have many wonderful trips into the stratosphere (not sure this is the right technical term, but heavens doesn't feel right either!).

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