Friday 20 July 2007

Coerced Self-Assessment

Two days ago, Kevin Of Disillusioned Lefty tagged me. The gauntlet was thrown down and now he requires from me a list of eight interesting facts about myself. Being a man of honour, I must accept this challenge... Actually, it's no bother really. Arbitrary whims are The New(ish) Journalism's bag baby, yeah!
  1. I have written, directed, and produced a short film entitled First Day.
  2. A few years ago, a group of friends and I recorded an album entitled Urine Soaked Veranda. Think Tenacious D via A Flock Of Seagulls.
  3. I once courted a girl for three months and never knew her surname.
  4. I have played Wolfenstein 3D in a Catholic priest's house in Germany.
  5. I have a man crush on Dylan Moran.
  6. In no way can I stomach a full Irish breakfast after a night on the beer. The taste of the breakfast or the sickening cliché.
  7. I know I am a good kisser.
  8. I have been held at knife point by a Catalunyan pimp.

So there you go. John Trivia #1 (and only).

Tagging, in advance: Aoife Of The Indie Hour, Michael Of That's Ireland, Shane Of The Torture Garden, and Master Green Ink. Also, Una (definitely) Rocks, but I think she has already been tagged elsewhere. If I am wrong Una, please oblige!


Una said...

hisies! My answers are here

John Cav said...


Actually, it don't matter at all. However, when I did my MA Film Studies a fellow student had NEVER SEEN Jaws! Now that is weird.

shane said...

I'm honoured. I'll post my answers here though, because my readers are a cruel bunch...

1 - I have seen the Godfather, but have never watched Jaws to the end.

2 - I once talked myself out of getting arrested for stealing public property, despite being full of whiskey. I discovered I have an amazing propensity for sobering up when a Guard is trying to put me into a squad car.

3 - I once accidentally bowed to an enormous portrait of Adolf Hitler in front of lots of Germans.

4 - I play guitar, piano and violin, with varying degrees of success.

5 - For some reason, homeless people in Cork like to argue with me.

6 - I used to work in a record shop, but they accused me of stealing a box of Rod Stewart cds.

7 - I once voiced a German robot from the future called PC1715 in a radio play.

8 - An American stripper nearly broke my face with an ashtray a few months ago.

There. The Hitler thing really was an accident. And I didn't know there was gonna be strippers at that club.

aoife mc said...

I'm going to follow Shane's lead:

I was born in Monaghan, but grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from the age of 4 to 14, then went to boarding school in Dublin, and then Uni in London. All of which, of course, explains the Canadian accent.

When I moved back to Dublin from Saudi Arabia, I didn't really understand what stamps were.

I recorded an album of original material last year called The Chocolate Teapot. I don't have the balls to set up a myspage page for it, let alone release it. Work in progress.

One of my favourite memories is visiting Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee with my Dad when I was 9 years old. We went to Graceland and The Grand Old Opry.

I went to school with one of Idi Amin's sons, and met Osama Bin Laden's nephew at a party once in Saudi. They both really liked hip hop and were nice guys.

For most of my young life, I wanted to be a taxi driver in New York. That or a radio DJ.

One of my most embarrassing moments is falling asleep in the middle of an English class. That I was teaching. Cringe. Very hungover.

I do not have an iPod, nor would I have a clue how to download music onto one. Shock!

Enjoy Buck 65 tonight Mr New(ish)
The interview will be up tomorrow morning on the indie hour blog.

John Cav said...

Thanking you guys. Sterling facts one and all.

Michael said...

Okay, here goes (I've also put the list, with my tags, on

1. I keep thinking Tom Barnaby of Midsomer Murders is Jim Bergerac. So I recently bought the box-sets of the first four series of Bergerac. Now I also keep thinking Jim Bergerac is Tom Barnaby. I am sure that this is not normal.

2. Some friends and I have an annual Christmas lunch at which we vote for the Eejit of the Year. My hot tips this year are Eddie Hobbs, for his photos in ‘You and Your Money’, and Liam O Maoinlai for his Irish phrases cd that was free with the Indo.

3. As a child I liked Gary Glitter, but in retrospect I prefer Slade because they combined equally good music with not being paedophiles.

4. When in College, after a student protest, the Dublin VEC wrote to my parents asking them to sign a guarantee about my behaviour. My parents wrote to the head of the VEC, saying that the letter he had sent to them was not signed by his parents.

5. At least ten businesspeople still owe me money since the 1980s, when there were no laws in Ireland. Unlike them, I can sleep at night. Actually, knowing them, they probably can too. Except for one, who I think might be dead.

6. A traffic jam for me is two cats, instead of one, between the bedroom and the computer room. When I am writing, I play looped background music. For the last while it has been Plaything by Plone.

7. Fave Writers: Dave Barry, Al Franken. Movies: Life of Brian, Pleasantville. TV shows: Big Brother, Curb Your Enthusiasm. Albums: Tubular Bells, Moon Safari. Bands: Beautiful South, Boards of Canada. Singers: Joss Stone, Tori Amos. Lyricists: Tom Lehrer, Randy Newman. Cults: William Shatner, Christianity.

8. I spend too much time on the Internet.

Green Ink said...

Right done that.