Thanks Steve. I was amazed to discover that it is 2 years since the “5 things” meme was about. Anyway, here goes:
1. I lived on the street in Amsterdam where Theo Van Gogh was murdered in 2004. At a time when the Netherlands was supposed to be on the verge of inter-ethnic conflict, and it was almost a comfort to be able to walk past the spot where it happened and see people acting still like normal. Almost a comfort.
2. My wife made me guess her nationality when we met. After going half way round the Mediterannean, I gave up. She’s Swedish.
3. That was 2001. In 2009 we are expecting our second child, very soon. It is possible you did not know this.
4. I have lived outside of my native country for almost all of my adult life. If I return to England, I find the barrage of the immediately comprehensible and/or culturally significant to be intrusive: this was a phenomenon that Jane called my attention to.
5. I pulled a sheep out of a bog from which it could not esacape in 1990. It was clearly frightened of me, and struggled. After I had freed it, rather than it frolicing away as hoped, it sat down and did not move. I wondered if this was from a newfound trust, or exhaustion, or even broken legs, and I came to realise that the only satisfaction one can necessarily take from one’s own actions is the intent. I plan accordingly.
6. I once had the nickname “Elvis” in a band I was in, but not for my singing voice nor my dietary habits.
7. Were it not for the few very close friends I made there, I would entirely regret going to university. I worked hard, but I was not happy.
That’s it. And here are the rules of engagement:
- Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
- Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
- Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
- Let them know they’ve been tagged.
So, I hereby nominate:
Erwin Tenhumberg, who needs to blog more;