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I originally spotted this little thing on a journal entry by brennennn ; though I haven't been 'tagged' I've decided to start a cycle myself, pretty much for the hell of it, though perhaps based upon my own variation on the human need for understanding. :)

The rules are: The player of this "game" starts with the topic "6 weird habits/things about yourself" and people who get tagged need to write a journal about their 6 weird habits/things as well as stating the rules clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you are tagged" in their devpage comments and tell them to read yours.... "
So my, 6 would be:

1) I can't remember a night where I have slept without dreaming, and I have some rather vivid dreams. These range from suddenly being back in school (and sometimes being the oldest 'kid' there), to surviving the apocalypse (frequent flyers include the undead, alien invasion and thermonuclear war). I think the most strangely amusing one ran: the icecaps had completely melted thanks to some undetermined unpleasant weapon, so I hitched a ride up to Lancashire on a submarine and an ex-military aquatic landing vehicle, only to find my father half-way through converting his semi-rural cottage into a Mexican restaurant called "Chico's Bodega" and arguing with the Mexican refugees he had hired to help out about shares in the profits. All, of course, a product of my own worries, political pre-occupations and environmentalist leanings. And the odd action movie.

2) I have a pretty substantial and reasonably eclectic book collection. Part of the reason for this is that I have inherited a bit of 'hoarding gene': my grandfather NEVER threw anything away, and my father has a tendency to keep things that could come in handy or be of some value at a later date. This does seem to be diminishing as the generations pass; my dad doesn't hoard things to the extent that my grandad did, and my own hoarding tendencies are restricted to cultural goods: thus, my book collection, my similarly large and diverse music collection, and my rapidly growing DVD collection (in addition to my VHS collection, which is now starting to diminish from its peak a few years ago).

3) I'm very political indeed, and a very morally-focussed person. Not in a right-wing religious sense, I hasten to add; I have a very strong sense of justice, social responsibilty, and a very nuanced view of most of the major political issues of our time. This means I have an acute dislike of the current political process in Britain; I think it needs top-to-bottom reform, if not a complete redesign, and I would like to see statesmen/women running things rather than 'politicians' obsessed with spin, appearance and electoral advantage. I like to think of myself as quite chivalrous, but (as my ex-girlfriend once said at a friend's wedding), I have a nuanced view of the world and an intensity that disqualifies me from true 'knight in shining armour' status (and I don't always keep a fresh cloth handkerchief handy...)

4) My accent often seems similar to a typical English home-counties accent, albeit somewhat deeper (I have a fairly deep voice, especially just after I wake up). However, 15 years ago, I had the thickest central Lancashire accent around. I started deliberately 'neutralising' my accent in my teens, when I was bullied at lot at high school in London, partly for being from a different bit of the country. After that, I picked up elements of local inflections from London, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, and some 'amercianisms' from sharing a place with an American for a year and watching too much Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Thus, most people in Lancashire think I have a 'posh' accent, though genuinely over-priviledged people I've encountered (and people who know such people) know that it's more a lack of a specific regional connection than anything else.

5) I don't drink coffee, though I'm as much of a caffeine addict as any archetypal New Yorker. I prefer my everyday caffeine in cold, cloying form, usually Pepsi. Though I have a thing for good tea (especially Lapsang Soushong and Darjeeling, drunk black and strong; I can't stand bog-standard PG Tips), I don't drink it as obsessively as the archetypal Englishman. It's more of a contemplative drink for me, on a par with a good Single Malt Highland Whisky.

6) The obligatory 'ick' factor: I've had much of my lower digestive system removed due to the effects of Crohn's Disease. My friend Chris once suggested I should have told the doctors to keep and pickle the diseased chunk of bowel to scare people with.

So, who to tag? Let's see, who on DevArt what I like to get to know more about?

How about:

tinzart DusanMalobabic Phifty trudy81 AbCat and diamondie

Great people I've discovered on DA:

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  • Listening to: 'Gov't Mule':Deja Voodoo
  • Reading: The Onion and B3TA
  • Watching: Delicatessen, Once Upon a Time In The West
  • Playing: Spider Solitaire
  • Eating: Traditional Creamy Lancashire cheese
  • Drinking: Gold-top milk
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fleetfoot Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2007
Very interesting things there!
Cool to see so many interesting folk around DA tagged. :D
dave-hoghtoncarter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007
Thanks :)
AbCat Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007   Writer
These things spread like wildfire. I was tagged twice last year. What I tend to do is reply to the tag but not post it in a new journal or tag six others.

So here are six very weird things about me.

1. I hold the unofficial land speed record for the 1200cc Vauxhall Nova (118mph).
2. I once managed to become overdrawn on a savings account.
3. I have a 20 year fascination with fish and haven't eaten seafood since I was eight.
4. I can hold my breath for over three minutes.
5. I knew every country and European capital by the age of eight.
6. I purr and meow in my sleep.
dave-hoghtoncarter Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007

cool dude :)
tinzart Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007   Digital Artist
Oh, bugger, thanks a lot Dave. You know I'm not a wordsmith like you my friend. I didn't buy all these computers to 'do typing' lol. but because it's you I will have go when time allows. :D
trudy81 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
hahaha, nice to meet you (better) Dave!

Will write mine soon too! :aww:
trudy81 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
My 6 weird things:

1. I'm addicted to liquorice tea
2. Everything in my house must be in the right place (where i've put it) If not, i will put it back to it's place... over and over again. People sometimes put my things in different places as a joke... i cannot laugh about it. ;)
3. I walk in my sleep sometimes. I can get others awake, and by the time they are, i'm already back to sleep.
4. When i close my door, i always check three times if i closed it for sure...
5. i laugh (very hard) in my sleep... well: sometimes... ;)
6. I'm addicted to red wine (but i'm not an alcoholic hahaha)
dave-hoghtoncarter Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
Intriguing :D

I can't really imagine what liqourice tea must taste like. Any source of comparison? :)

I suppose I have some low-level ob-com tendencies too. Checking that I've locked the door is something I do, and (after living with a 'fridge with a dodgy seal for while) I've also got into the habit of checking that the fridge is shut properly, especially before I go to bed, despite now having a near-brand-new 11-month appliance. ;)
trudy81 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you know the alcoholic drank 'dropshot'? well Liqourice tea taste pretty much the same... only then with no alcoholic in it, haha ;)

people really do have weird things huh? It was hard for me to write mine... but after asking a few people, they came up with a lot.... hahaha :hmm:
dave-hoghtoncarter Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007
Hmm, afriad not. (Checks Wikipedia and various cocktail websites). What's in one of those things?
trudy81 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
liqourice! ;)
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