A-Z April 2012

M is for Many Things

M is for Many Things

I have been thinking all day about what I could post for my “M” day today and to be honest, I was struggling to come up with a single suitable category. So I’m going to bend the rules a little and give you a list of top 10 things or people in my life associated with the letter M and maybe one day come back to each one of these and do a proper post on them in the future.

1. Manchester – I was born, bred and still live in Manchester and I am extremely proud of my Mancunian heritage and background. A truly cosmopolitan city with a history dating back as far as the Romans, Manchester is one of a kind. It takes some getting your head round the fact that there is a part of Manchester that has the remains of buildings that stood before Jesus was born. Good stuff eh??!

2. My Mum – there’s not much I can add to that statement. I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for my Mum and I am blessed.

3. Music – I have been involved with music for the past 34 years in one way or another and it is another defining aspect of my character and my personality. I play it, listen to it, perform it, write it, arrange it, sing it, talk about it, bore other people to death with it and on the odd occasion manage to teach it to other people. I remember my music teacher asking the class at the age of 11 “What is Music?” and to this day, more than 30 years later, I still haven’t come up with a suitable answer! The closest I can get is “music is a series of sounds constructed in such a way as to convey a story and emotion”. I wonder if Mr Craven would be impressed with that answer or would be be holding his head in his hands?!

4. Manchester City – my team. I am a true blue having been brainwashed at birth. City Til I Die is tattooed on my bone marrow, and yes, Denis Tueart walks on water.

5. Ministry – this is a new term to me. Up until recently I was under the misapprehension that ministry was something that only ministers did. So that would be priests, vicars, rectors etc. People with a licence from the Church of England to go and preach and literally MINISTER to the parishes needs. But not so. Ministry is something that all followers of Christ do in their day to day lives and in every single interaction they have with other people. I have come to realise that the word “ministry” is just something that we do all the time but until it had a title it was just known as “kindness and compassion for other people with God in your heart”.

6. Mirth – I love laughing and I love things that make me laugh. My favourite mirth-making things are cartoons and wordplay, preferably at the same time.

7. Marine life – no, not the musclebound military type beefcakes (although they are quite nice I suppose) but the things that go on under the sea. I am a lover of all things seaside and my favourite place to be on holiday is anywhere near the shore, boats, fishing paraphernalia and all that.

8. Marmite – traditionally, you either love it or hate it. I love it. It’s particularly gorgeous when my tummy is playing me up and won’t let me eat anything very much, or like earlier this week when even my spit tasted poisonous to me (pancreatitis attack brewing….) a bit of Marmite on toast ticks all the right boxes when it comes to hiding the miserable taste in my mouth whilst getting something down me that won’t be brought back up.

9. Maine – right at the top of my “got to go and see before I die” list is the state of Maine. Can’t really explain it other than to say that it looks a lot like England used to be like, with a great seashore and seafood and lovely people. Although, if I were a resident of Maine I wouldn’t let Stephen King write my tourist brochures!

10. Mountains – there is something wild and wonderful about mountains that absolutely refused to be tamed by man. They stand resolute and relentlessly rigid in a world that is in a state of constant flux around them you just have to stand in awe of them. I have been up a few and there are some that are on my hit list (when I’m well again), top of which is Snowdon in Wales and closely followed by Ben Nevis in Scotland.

A day off the A-Z Challenge tomorrow so I will be doing a Daybook entry no doubt. Back to the challenge on Monday with the letter N. Toot toot!!

Random Challenge

Guilty Pleasure

I’m taking part in a “random” challenge over the next couple of weeks. Partly so I can fulfill my “postaday” challenge whilst I’m on holiday and have scheduled them in advance, and partly so I can free up my creativeness for other projects whilst having a break.

Here’s the first day’s question:

Day 01 — Guilty pleasure

Marmite: Not known in the US, but common here in the UK. I love it on toast, especially on those days when my system can’t tolerate anything very much. It is a very intense flavoured “stuff” and is wonderful of cool or cold toast. It’s one of those products that polarises people – you either love it or hate it, there’s no in between!!  I think the Australian version is Vegemite, but I’m sticking with good old Marmite thank you!


Wednesday Hodgepodge

Wednesday Hodgepodge – 20th July

1. July 20th marks the anniversary of the first time man stood on the moon. Flash forward 42 years to July 8, 2011 which marked the start of the final Space Shuttle mission. Should we continue to explore space? Should nations devote more or fewer of their resources to exploring space? Would you want to go into space if the opportunity arose?

I think with all the problems we face here on Earth and in our own societies, resources and efforts should be ploughed into solving those before we start looking for more that are of no concern to us. I totally get the fact that we have so many products now that have come about because of the need to crack space, but what about solving the problems such as drought and hunger? Maybe I see things differently because Britain hasn’t really been a forerunner in the space race, but to me the whole space exploration thing has been a huge waste of scientific research. And no, thank you, I wouldn’t like to go into space.

2. What are three things in your freezer?

Some home-made curries, Holland’s pies and a couple of ice packs for first-aid usage. That’s only three….but there is more obviously!

3. If you could see any band/artist perform live tonite who would it be? It has to be someone living-no Beatles, Elvis, etc.

I would jump through flaming hoops to see either Barry Manilow or Tom Jones.

4. Ice-cubed or crushed? Or are you one of those people who don’t like ice?

I have incredibly sensitive teeth, but I don’t like warm coke so I’d prefer to have ice than not, but not if there’s a chance it can stray into my mouth when I don’t expect it. I guess then my choice would be huge chunks of ice please!!! (The sensitive teeth thing drives me crackers. I can’t even eat tomatoes now whether they’ve been in the fridge or not).

5. The owner of a small restaurant outside of Pittsburgh recently announced he was banning children under six, saying they regularly disrupted other customer’s meals. You can read the story here in more detail but isn’t this a perfect topic to discuss in our Wednesday Hodgepodge? Have at it friends…what are your thoughts?

I agree with Joyce, it’s all about how parents expect their children to behave and then get on with enforcing that expectation. I can’t see how a restaurant owner can put an age limit on badly behaved children – what would he do about a 7yr old having a tantrum? Or an 8yr old running about or being noisy and abusive?? Similarly, you can’t tar all kids with the same brush – not all toddlers are fussy eaters, and not all 5yr olds are whingy, whiny, tantrummy little beasts!

6. What was your first car? How did it come to be yours?

My first car was a Mini 1275 and I bought it for £30. It originally was an automatic and the engine was a tad dodgy, so Kevin and I bought a new engine and manual gearbox and installed it ourselves. We resprayed it British Racing Green and replaced the interior. It was fantastic!! I bought it from a friend of a friend who wanted to scrap it.

7. If I had a nickel for every time I had to remind my son to brush his teeth in the morning I’d be rich.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

I love Marmite.