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You know how sometimes people on your friends list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when were they working THERE? Since when were they dating HIM/HER? Since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you should already know? It happens to all of us sometimes. Rfachir, for instance, had suffered a major loss, and I only found out from the meme.

Please copy the topics below, erase my answers and put yours in their place, and then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration. One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out.

FIRST NAME: Fabio Paolo
AGE: 50
LOCATION: South Ruislip, London, England
OCCUPATION: translator.
PARTNER: None ever.
KIDS: (Hysterical laughter).
BROTHERS/SISTERS: 1 brother, 1 sister, 1 half-sister.
PETS:Never had one in my life, don't intend to start now.


1) Franco Urru, my closest friend since I was 18 has died, an immense grief with many ramifications. (E.G., he died of lung cancer after a lifelong twenty-a-day habit, which has hardened my already negative attitude for smoking. I had been begging him for thirty years to lay off those things.) He was a source of light and laughter in my life, and I can never remember him without a bright smile on his face. It is also atrociously unfair that he should have died so early, when, after a lifetime spent in hope, he had finally managed to build a solid international reputation as the great cartoonist he was.
2) Since last spring I have been treated for a long-term wound in my lower left calf, which, if untreated, could have gone on bleeding and stinking for ever. The plumbing in that part of the human body is rather badly designed, apparently, and can spring incurable leaks for no apparent reason. The treatment is now nearing its end, but I will have to wear special stockings for the rest of my life.
3) I have started seriously trying to do something about my severe overweight problem, which had got much worse over the last couple of years. Results thus far mediocre, but at least I have stopped ballooning. The Christmas holidays don't help.
4) I am working on an extended essay on Homer and a book on the fraudulent peace of 1918-1923. Both are late and the computer seems to have declared war on the Homer.
5) Over the last couple of years I have got to know my half-sister, a fascinating person, both like and extraordinarily unlike me in every way. Before we got in touch via Facebook, I had only met her once, decades ago.

PARENTS: Both in remarkable shape for their years. My father, class 1938, is working on setting up a fashion company, with my occasional help and support. My mother, born 1945, has just been retired - over her own objections - from her post in one of Italy's highest courts, the Council of State, and is developing new interests - and learning to use the internet - to compensate.

Hobbies: maybe I should develop one or two.

Repost at will.
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1) - in Italy

2) - in the USA

3) - In the UK

What can I say? there was some good music being played when I was born.
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For the many of you I didn't know last time, this goes as follows:

1) I shall make a list of 15 characters first, which I shall keep confidential

2) You wonderful f-list ladies and gentlemen will post questions in the comments, such as:

"4, 6, 12 & 15 are starting a band together, what is their name and what kind of music do they play? Also, who's the lead singer, and what instruments do the others play?"

3) Once I received enough questions, I shall answer them using the previously selected 15 characters and post the answers. (On one occasion, the answers ended up being so wonderful that I didn't even have to make stories up to fit them.)

4) Everybody laugh!

Note: most characters are apt to be from the Marvel universe,Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek TNG and Voyager, BtVS and even my own (which you can see in two stories I published in FA: Harry Potter and the Silver Angel and Hermione Granger and the Nundu).
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Swunked from [personal profile] wemyss:

If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach. —Alfred Hitchcock

When I write a story, what do readers immediately look for?
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Swunked tihs from [livejournal.com profile] ani_bester.

"The first ten Five (let me be realistic here, 10 won't happen) people to comment get to request that I write a drabble or sketch a doodle. Any pairing/character of their choosing (in a fandom I'm familiar with). In return, they have to post this in their journal. Share the love!"
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Once upon a time I used to do a lot of comics reviewing, especially in the area of independent and small-press comics; and I found myself having a lot of good to say about a supernatural-themed comic called MERCEDES. (Anyone remember it?) I was well disorganized in those days (dear me, how things change... NOT!) and one morning I woke up and realized that I did not have a single t-shirt or shirt fit to wear. They all needed washing. Then the postman knocked at the door. There was a large flat parcel for me - and I was expecting nothing.

It was a free t-shirt from the MERCEDES authors, to thank me for the numerous positive reviews. And as it turned out, they'd got my measurements exactly right.
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Some bloke from the West Country:

Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportion'd thought his act.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade. Beware
Of entrance to a quarrel; but, being in,
Bear't that the opposed may beware of thee.
Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice:
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy:
For the apparel oft proclaims the man;
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are most select and generous chief in that.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be:
For loan oft loses both itself and friend;
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all,—to thine own self be true;
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
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Well, since everyone else is doing it...

In 2011 I am living in a first floor flat in a residential area of Ruislip, on the very edge of London.

IN 2001 I was living in a shared house (my last, thank God) in an estate in Hackney/Shoreditch. I also worked as a census taker that year, with many interesting results, one of which is that I have no confidence whatever in the results of the census.

In 1991 I was living in a shared house in Leyton, recovering from my catastrophic time at SOAS, and trying to find a path into professional comics.

In 1981 I was lodging with a family in Summertown, north Oxford, while studying for my A-levels.

In 1971 I lived in a pleasant flat in what was then a quiet residential area of near-central Milan (Corso Sempione quarter - we used to go to the Castello Sforzesco park for recreation).

Late in 1961 I first took residence in my mother's womb. This was in Rome.
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Strong, gentle, intelligent, courageous, affectionate, wise.
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One brunette and two blondes. Can anyone propose more? Two requirements: overwhelming beauty, not just pretty; and should be able to sing.

Silly Meme

May. 21st, 2010 05:49 am
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Swunked from [personal profile] pandoraculpa:

1. Post two truths and one lie.
2. Get your f-list to guess which is which.
3. Tag 15 people.

Well, tagging fifteen people is too much like work, but here is the truth and lies anywyay:

1) I once found a coconut in a snowstorm.
2) I have slept in the open in the quad of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
3) I have studied in the most ancient school in the world.
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The original of this meme was fairly obviously American-orientated. Where I thought the questions were too American, I struck them out, placing European-oriented ones in italics, and, of course, bolding the ones that I have carried out. (I also placed my own observations in italics and brackets.)

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower (No, but I tried to)
6. Given more than you can afford to charity (This one is dumb. If I had, would I say it in public? Let your left hand not know what your right hand does.)
7. Been to Disneyland Land and World.
8. Climbed a mountain (Walked up a few, actually.)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a thunder and lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning (Is it possible to be a student in a small flat with a small allowance and not get it?)
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty With the parents! (Will the top of St.Peter's dome with my grandfather do?)
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train (London-Rome, Rome-Paris. Also on a night coach and ferry, London-Dublin.)
21. Had a pillow fight (Pretty sure I did when I was a child.)
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run Scored a goal after dribbling past the whole defence
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community Visited an ancient local religious community, such as Italy's Waldensians or local Jews
36. Taught yourself a new language (It doesn't say well or successfully, does it?)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (For about six seconds...)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person (Alas, no)
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sang karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt Seen Mount Etna erupt.
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance And went to the emergency room. (At 13, when my mother had a road accident)
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling (Only once, but it was in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia! CAn you say "unforgettable"?)
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (Ye gods, this is impossible to translate! Can anyone think of an European equivalent? I've been in the Boy Scouts, but it's hardly the same.)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial Visited a national historical memorial or site
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square Stood in Trafalgar Square
74. Toured the Everglades Toured the Camargue
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House Visited Versailles or Schoenbrunn
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (Will a fish do? Because if so, I helped catch and dress a fish with my father when I was a child - an experience that contributed to my enduring distaste for fish)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous (More cartoonists than I can remember, including Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman; also a singer or two and some scholars)
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person Visited one of Garibaldi's battlefields
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake Swam in the Red Sea
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
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...here are the four items that nobody could get:

This is awesome new talent Imelda May from Dublin in her wonderful "Big Bad Handsome Man" and a life and vigour and fun I haven't heard since Ricky Martin in his prime:

This one, on the other hand, is a positive embarrassment; and oddly enough, Marty Robbins actually wrote one of the greatest love songs of all time - "My woman, my woman, my wife".

And this one, to finish with, is a masterpiece and one of the greatest songs ever composed - but it is, alas, in Italian.

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Step 1: Put your MP3 player (or WMP or whatever) on random.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 10 songs that play.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.
Step 5: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!

1 The bravest animals in the land
2 Talk to me, tell me your name and [profile] sevenorora bags this one!
3 The man is tall, mad, mean and goodlooking
4 Oooh, bet you wonder how I knew And congratulations to [personal profile] un_crayon_rouge for getting the right interpreter over a far better known one.
5 On a dark desert highway [personal profile] rfachir got it nearly as soon as I posted it.
6 These mist-covered mountains [personal profile] un_crayon_rouge again.
7 What's that round your head, is it a halo?
8 Down around the corner, a half mile from here Congratulations to [profile] affablestranger
9 Bisogna che lo affermi fortemente, che certo non appartenevo al mare
10 Well I was running down the road and congratulations to [profile] saturndevouring!
BONUS (for those with no Italian): I am he as you are he and well done [personal profile] becomethesea!
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1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
What, there are any you line? But seriously, gas and electricity have been obscene and make me have murderous thoughts about directors, shareholders and privatizers.

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
My old shared home in Leyton, actually.

3. What do you really want to be doing right now?
Write a passionate panegyric for a man who's been dead a quarter of a century. What do you do when you find out that a man who was so far above you that you had to bend your neck to look up at him has seriously done you a major kindness, and you did not find out for 24 years?

4. How many colleges did you attend?
St. John's College, University of Oxford, and, (alas), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

5. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
It was around and it was washed.

6. What are your thoughts on gas prices?
Gas and electricity prices are living evidence of collusion and cartelization.

7. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
I don't have an alarm.

8. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
Well, it still is last night as I am writing, so cf. question three.

9. Do you miss being a child?
No comment.

10. What errand/chore do you despise?
I kind of like errands and chores. The worst thing about most is that I might not be doing them well, and that I am lazy. But the only ones I hate are major breakdowns like the clogging of a drainpipe or the collapse of a heater.

11. Get up early or sleep in?
Depends. I used to think I was an evening person, but I found that is not really the case.

12. Have you found real love yet?
Too often.

13. Favorite lunch meat?
Bresaola rolled around a grissino.

14. What do you get every time you go into Wal-Mart?
It's called Asda in this country, and it always looks cheap and crowded. But they do have an amazing variety of stuff and it's cheap.

15. Beach or lake?
Lake. One thing that will never change is that I am a mountain person and beach holidays bore me unutterably.

16. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
Do I think brething is an outdated ritual?

17. Sopranos or Desperate Housewives?
Neither. Can we please have something that does not insult our most basic moral sense?

18. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Gilbert Keith Chesterton.

19. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?
Two-three times, if bicycles count.

20. Ever use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
Only in training as a security guard long ago. But I did have a real fire in my last flat, so my current one is well provided with extinguishers (plural).

21. Ring tone?
I don't use portable phones - it's too like being at the end of a long leash. In fact, I loathe the telephone altogether and I wish my countryman Antonio Meucci had seen fit to invent a jet-pack instead.

22. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
Army barracks in Sassari and L'Aquila.

23. Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go?
I'm still short of places in Italy - but sure, I won't mind visiting Yosemite Park or San Francisco or Disneyland or the Mojave Desert if the opportunity ever comes.

24. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
I would fuck up either, but I am working on a new career anyway.

25. How old are you
47 until next July

26. Do you have a go to person?
No, never did. Very occasionally, my mother.

27. Are you where you want to be in life?
Is that meant to be a funny question?

28. Growing up, what were your favourite cartoons?
Classic Popeye the Sailor. Also Disney. Also Japanese big robots - but I did not dare say that at the time, because it was all the fashion to despise them in Italy then.

29. What about you do you think has changed the most?
I am more constructive, and I know a bit more about managing money.

30. Looking back at high school were they the best years of your life?
No comment.

31. Are there times you still feel like a kid?
When I read old sixties comics - only the good ones, though. The dull ones only make me feel bored.

32. Did you ever own troll dolls?
I think I have one now, if that counts.

33. Did you have a pager?
Never had one, and never will have anything similar. Check my answer on portable phones: I would loathe to feel like I'm on the end of someone's leash. If I ever were given a pager by some well-meaning person, it would be sure to suffer an unfortunate incident involving the nearest river very soon.

34. Where was the hang out spot when you were a teenager?
No comment.

35. Were you the type of kid you would want your children to hang out with?
Christ, no.
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Tell me about a story I never wrote, (eg, "The one where Uncle Scrooge McDuck meets Lucy van Pelt") and I'll write you a snippet from it.

Snippets will be 100-500 words, unless they're not.

1. One per customer
2. Your request should begin: "The one where..."
4. Keep to DCU, Marvel, BSG Voyager, Buffy, classic comi characters, or Harry Potter, since I'm no good with much of anything else.
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Your result for The Your Type of Girl Test...

The Favorite Friend

60% Sexy-Cute, 70% Dark-Light, 44% Artsy-Stylish

Cute, Light, and neither Artsy nor Stylish, she's that friend we've all had. The great girl. The one we've been friends with since the third grade. The one who laughs at our jokes and sends funny text messages. The one with whom we secretly, desperately want to crawl under the covers and spend the next eighteen hours naked.


Take The Your Type of Girl Test at OkCupid

Debbie and Ruth were DEFINITELY like that
Clare was as unlike that as possible.
Cathy was unlike anything or anyone I will ever meet again.
So, on the whole, not bad, test.
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Christmas Wishes meme
It's that time of year again! I'm not flush this season, but hey, we are all in fandom, so I shall be trawling all your lists to see if there is anything I can fulfill anyway. :)
Read more... )
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The problem with LJ: We all think we are so close, but really we know nothing about one another. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.
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Your Word is "Think"
You see life as an amazing mix of possibilities, ideas, and fascinations.
And sometimes you feel like you don't have enough time to take it all in.

You love learning. Whether you're in school or not, you're probably immersed in several subjects right now.
When you're not learning, you're busy reflecting. You think a lot about the people you know and the things you've experienced.


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