The many and various ways I pass the time now has a new addition. Usually it involves drinking coffee whilst sitting at a computer keeping in touch with chums, or sipping wine sitting on our tiny terrace catching the sun, and wondering what else I can do to avoid any cleaning or tidying or putting away of stuff and things that aren't even MINE. And now I am going to type this blog. Provided that doesn't become a chore as well, in which case...

Monday, 22 August 2011

Your Starter for Ten....

I am just going to squidge this in quickly, in that slight sliver of time between the end of dinner (melon, cannelloni, cafe espresso and a glass of licor de caramele) and University Challenge.  This evening I have just 13 minutes at my disposal, before The Husband and I settle down in front of his gi-normous screen and TV/film projector to shout out "answers" with more enthusiasm that accuracy when a more-than-life-size Jeremy Paxman (eek!) asks a question.  The screen and projector configuration gives us a home cinema in our study, which is utterly wonderful.  Last night we watched the Verdi Requiem from the Proms on it and it was magnificent, almost as good as singing in the Verdi Requiem in the RAH oneself.  Which I have done, so I speak as I have found.

When it comes to University Bong (as we fondly and familiarly call it, back from the time when the theme tune started with tuned timpani and went Bing Bang Bong doopy doowy doo etc) we are avid followers and "participants".  I have pretty much got it covered when it comes to English Lit, European History, Classical Music, Fine Art, Film and Entertainment.  I can also manage (some) current affairs and the occasional sideways detour into the biological sciences.  The Husband has flashes of brilliance in engineering, physics and mathematics.  We just need two others on Sport and Joggers and we'd have a fabby UC team right there in our own home cinema.

I have five minutes left to finish, proofread and post.  I am typing any old tosh today as I have noticed that otherwise (if I don't post for a day or seven) I sink without trace in the stats and have day after day of no visitors at all.  Which in Blogdom is shame indeed.  Almost as bad as not grabbing all the available points when the Music round is on Opera, which would be a disgrace, now, wouldn't it? 


  1. Have you read David Nicholls' Starter for Ten? (Or his even better novel, One Day?) I recommend them.

  2. You see I managed it this time... but had to sign in even further than usual!

  3. Judi, I think she's read Starter For Ten. I know I have and enjoyed the TV film that it was made in to too (not least because it starred that delicious Scottish actor - be still my beating heart).

    My husband's sibling could help you out with the sports questions and my old school chum would be pretty handy on the geography. I, on the other hand, would be perfectly useless. I can't even think of the name of that actor I profess to adore...

    ... James Mcavoy! That's his name...

  4. I was the one who bought Starter For Ten in a charity shop, read it, and passed it on to you, Heeyurk. The film was on telly again this week. Haven't read One Day.

    Your husband's sibling is your bro-in-law, but typing that doesn't enable you to type my husband. Still enjoying the novelty?