I'm starting with what seems to me like the easiest questions first ... all of the ones yet to come are going to keep me going for a week - brilliant! Thank you everyone! These are with thanks to ditdotdat.
What is the worst electric shock you've had?
When I got trapped astride the cow-wire when I was eleven. Not nice. None professionally, though. So far.
Have you ever fallen off a ladder?
No. But my father once fell fifteen feet off a ladder through the roof of one of the greenhouses he was repairing, landing in a pile of shards and crushed chrysanthemums*. Can I claim a point for that as a kind of genetic disposition towards survival? He was seventy-three at the time and got up and walked away.
Have you ever killed an animal?
Yes. A few rabbits in the road that were half-dead. I've finished them off. And the summer I was sixteen I caught Charlie the Pet Chicken's head under the back door as I opened it and broke his neck. It was horrible. He squauked and turned somersaults for ages and there was nothing I could do. I've also helped take sheep to the slaughter house and assisted with the holding of coats while Pa wrung chicken's necks.
What is your position on the West Lothian question?
In brief? I think Lord Falconer is wrong (I often think Lord Falconer is wrong). The system as it stands in inconsistent. It probably doesn't matter which way it's resolved; but there should be consistency. I should also admit that I have not spent a great deal of time pondering the question before now ... .
Do you favour hand-coding html or do you use a design environment like Dreamweaver?
Hand-coding. Every time. I am a complete Luddite snob about it.
How many html tags do you know off by heart?
Ooooh! Quite a few. Probably more that I should admit to if I don't want to appear a complete geek. And I can write CSS from my head as well. Luckily B subscribes to the Doonsbury maxim "There's nothing sexier than a girl geek on a big coding run". I love him. :).
That's the lot for now. I may have a weekend with the computer turned off. If it's sunny. You know - important garden-sitting to be done.
I had a big list of things to do today, but I seem to have lost it. B arrived home at about 4am. I have said that I will wake him up before Liam gets to the point where he needs to gloss the stairs and literally paints him in to the attic.
The East European Contingent got a phone call from their agency about half an hour ago and have gone off to work in a factory in Ellesmere Port for the day.
Unspeakable lack-of-Death-Metal relief.
* 'Chrysanthemum' was my first word by the way. That's what growing up on a horticultural nursery does for your vocabulary. On the downside, I could never get to the end of 'Day of the Triffids', without having nightmares about being eaten by giant orchids.