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22 March 2010 @ 01:27 pm
Well, Gee...  
A meme from omteddy2006 who got it from applebeing  who got it from mai_shiranui  who presumably got it from someone else...

Leave me a comment and I will give you a letter.
Then, write 10 things that you love starting with that letter.
Post the list in your journal.
Give out letters to your commenters in return.

Due to me implying polydactylism in omteddy2006's classmates she determined I should give her 12 things for the letter 'G'...
1. Gordon Kennedy
Let's do the obvious one first, shall we? ;) I've always had a thing for comedians - being made to laugh is a huge turn on for me. If the person making me laugh is a tall, good looking Scotsman with lovely brown eyes - game over, no others need apply (unless of course they are David Tennant, who handily fits all the same criteria).

Gordon first popped up on British TV in 1989 in a sketch show called 'Absolutely' - I was 16... and instantly smitten. When 'Red Cap' came out and I got to see him a) doing more serious acting and b) in uniform... *thud*

When Robin Hood came out I was living in the States and would probably have missed it except for my beloved Mother phoning me up...

Her: "There's a new BBC adaptation of Robin Hood you should look out for."

Me: "Any good?"

Her: "It's alright... Richard Armitage is in it..."

*sound of ears pricking up*

Her: "...and Gordon Kennedy's playing Little John."

*sound of someone frantically checking internet and setting Tivo*

Me: "...Oh... I may give it a look then..." ;)

2. Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.

I'm a lousy cook. Actually let me rephrase - for all I know I might be a fantastic cook but I have always been around people who enjoy doing it more than I do so I let them. I really don't have much time for generic cookery programs as a result but there is something deliciously satisfying about watching Gordon Ramsay tear strips off someone for stocking their fridge with 3 month old lettuce... especially (and I apologise for rampant nationalism here) if that person is an American. Added bonus? When I came back to the UK I discovered that I could carry on watching the American version of the show and the narration was re-dubbed for British transmission by Gordon Kennedy(!) - win/win. XD

3. Gluteus maximus muscles

Please see previous two entries (and my husband)... There are also very few rear views in 'Robin Hood' I don't approve of - thank God for all the chase scenes and horse riding...

4. Gordon's Gin
Advertised over here by one Mr Gordon Ramsay (see? There's a thread) I drink lager for everyday (Stella Artois for preference) but G&T is my cocktail of choice, especially as the weather gets warmer. For flat out unconsciousness however, nothing beats straight-from-the-freezer Patron Tequila...

5. Garam Masala
Had the drink, here's the food. I love Indian food... and sushi... and Mexican... but you can't beat a good curry for getting your pulse racing. If it doesn't make my eyeballs sweat it's not trying...

6. Giggling
Please see item #1 again... I laugh all the time - at the stupidest things - and I'm forever cracking jokes (which my friends assure me is endearing and not annoying - not all the time any way). I firmly believe that laughter is good for the soul (which is why I get so pissed off when the blues come to call). My particular favourite to watch for stand-up is Lee Evans.

My husband is not a joker - he's a very quiet, shy, reserved person - which makes it all the more special when he does come out with something because it is invariably the funniest thing I've heard that month - he has a truly wicked sense of humour.

7. Giein' it laldy

I love singing. I sing along to everything in the car at the top of my lungs whether I am alone or not (robinfanatic - you have been warned!) Fortunately I can actually sing and I have a good memory for tunes and lyrics. If the tune is catchy enough and/or one of my favourites I will find it almost physically impossible not to join in. This leads to some very interesting looks in supermarkets, post offices, elevators...

By extension I also love Musical Comedy - the Producers and Rocky Horror are my favourites in that category - speaking of which...

8. Glottal stops

For those of you not into phonetics this is the official description of what my vocal cords are doing when faced with a double letter 'T' in the middle of a word. There was a fantastic Scottish TV advertising campaign a while back which played on this - the tag line was (in proper English) "You can't spread a better bit of butter on your bread." In the Scots dialect this comes out as "Ye cannae spread a be'er bi' o' bu'er on yer bread."

T's - who needs 'em? ;)

I love my accent - so did lots of complete strangers in the US who felt the need to tell me so when I lived there. Of course 90% of them would follow up with "Which part of Ireland are you from?"

9. Goals
Goals, touchdowns, tries, runs - but not baskets, never really got into basketball - I love a wide variety of sports. Association Football (or soccer if you must) is my first love, with rugby a very close second. I used to play both until a very nasty knee injury put me on my arse for three months and I discovered the Internet...

I only made it to one Redskins game in the States (it was fun but way too expensive) but we went to the baseball all the time in Baltimore. Now I'm back home I try to get along to watch my football team (Hibernian) as much as possible. I love watching most sports... and sportsmen - Aussie Rules must get a special mention in this category. (Finding pictures like this also makes me happy - that bowler looks familiar...)

10. Going topless

Relax - not me, my car. I saved up for years to get a Mazda MX-5 (Miata) and though the Scottish weather can be extremely temperamental, when it looks like it'll stay dry for more than 5 minutes between the months of April and October - down comes the roof.

11. Great Outdoors
I don't need to tell anybody how beautiful Scotland is - you can look up the pictures yourself.  And it looks even better from a convertible on a sunny day... I don't go yomping up hills any more (the knee won't let me) but I love being out in the countryside for the day and then sitting by a nice fire with a good single malt in the evening... It doesn't really ever get completely dark in the middle of summer this far north and those long evenings are just delightful when the weather holds good.

12. Giant Erections
Castles and monuments - what did you think I meant? Although given the (affectionate) nickname of the "Phallus Monument" there may be some confusion... I'm a proud member of Historic Scotland and have visited some truly wonderful historic sites both here and abroad (everybody should see the Alhambra in Granada) - bagging a castle is frequently the final destination of the summer topless trips... Looking forward to ticking off a few more with robinfanatic...
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omteddy2006omteddy2006 on March 22nd, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
Until you got to the singing, I was beginning to convince myself that you were the "Scottish me." I can carry a tune in a bucket. Usually, it's the melody I just murdered ready for disposal. I CANNOT remember lyrics at all. It's why I make mine up all the time.

Also, I do NOT have a funny accent. I'm from Texas.

With you on all the rest...
Railise: Lucas - eyebrowrailise on March 22nd, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Also, I do NOT have a funny accent. I'm from Texas.

I call shenanigans. :D
WYG: LJ Allan no goodwastingyourgum on March 22nd, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Well Allan's the supposed minstrel - he can do the singing - you just need to strum his lute...

I will now hear all your posts in the voice of Penelope Pitstop.

And darkentwisted is the Hooded Claw obvs... XD
jagnikjenjagnikjen on March 22nd, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
LOL very hard and very out loud at #12. I really needed a cheering up and you have provided in spades. TYVM. Not that it'll last longer than it takes me to get to the next friend's post. But I may come back to recapture the glee.
WYG: John S3 happywastingyourgum on March 22nd, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
YW - feel free to come back any time for giggles.
Railiserailise on March 22nd, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
we went to the baseball all the time in Baltimore

Ooo, Orioles! I'm not much of a sports fan, but I'm the only one from my family who's not. And we were all raised by my dad to be Orioles fans. :D I'm not sure if that's what prompted both of my sisters to have lived in the area at some point, but my dad's now the proud owner of an autographed copy of Cal Ripken, Jr.'s book and a photo of Cal with my youngest sister, so it appears that the not-so-subliminal upbringing succeeded with two out of three daughters. ;) (The rest of my family have also caught Orioles games, but I've only been to the park once, for a tour right after they opened it.)

I love watching rugby, though. :) I don't have any channels that show it atm, but I got sucked in when I did.
WYG: Hibswastingyourgum on March 22nd, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Camden Yards was beautiful - I always enjoyed going there. And the concept of sitting in the sunshine, having people bring me food and drink while I get to watch fit men run about for my amusement brought out my inner Roman I'm sure...

I also loved how they always emphasised the "O" in the National Anthem - which I always sang since it seemed rude not to but I was never sure of the etiquette of that...

Ah rugby... I watched all three of Wales/Italy, Ireland/Scotland and England/France on Saturday. Bliss.
Railise: Arthur - need a drinkrailise on March 22nd, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
sitting in the sunshine, having people bring me food and drink while I get to watch fit men run about for my amusement

I got to do this at our minor league park this past summer; my sisters and I went in on a box for our dad's bday. The two of them made fun of me for not knowing any of the terms, while Dad just soaked up the game. Much fun was had by all. :D

As to the anthem-- I'm not sure of the etiquette, either, but seems fine to me. ;)

I'd LOVE that. *glares at stupid sports channels that just show basketball and football and not rugby*
rochvelleth: RH - LJ fearrochvelleth on March 22nd, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
It seems I haven't done this meme for aaages, so can I have a letter please? My reply might be delayed until I get back from conferenceness though :(

Yay for giant erections!
WYG: Smugwastingyourgum on March 22nd, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
As an ancient language scholar you can have 'J' - since Latin doesn't ;)

Yay for giant erections!

I fully reserve the right to take this quote entirely out of context and use it against you at a future date... ;)
Railise: Dean - arrightrailise on March 22nd, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
I'll act as a witness!!! :D
robinfanaticrobinfanatic on March 22nd, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
I love singing. I sing along to everything in the car at the top of my lungs whether I am alone or not ([info]robinfanatic - you have been warned!)

I love to sing, too! I was in a rock band, dontcha' know? 'Course I have little knowledge of current hits except some my kids have indoctrinated me with... but Beatles, Billy Joel, pop rock I suppose from the 60s, 70s, 80s in particular... lemme have it!

Fortunately I can actually sing

I shall duly report my findings...

Looking forward to your accent & your jokes but don't expect any from me... I can't remember jokes to save my life! :(
WYG: LJ Monkwastingyourgum on March 22nd, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
I can't remember jokes to save my life! :(

My husband's the same and I actually really envy that - I always remember them so I never get to hear a joke again and laugh at it as if it's the first time I've heard it.
Emma: Robin Hood - Robin/Marian hugmylogiceatsyou on March 22nd, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
There are also very few rear views in 'Robin Hood' I don't approve of - thank God for all the chase scenes and horse riding...

Amen to that. And, G&T's with Gordon's gin on a hot summers day? Heaven.