Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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That meme again

A little confusion may have arisen over this meme. It's not supposed to be any kind of "test of Britishness", it was simply a response to yet another US-centric meme (that I actually didn't see) that was mostly baffling or not applicable to anyone from elsewhere. So cmcmck created this to baffle USians.

1. Marmite- love or hate?

I wouldn't say I love Marmite, but every so often I get a bit of a craving for something really savoury and then Marmite thinly spread on buttered toast is just the thing.

2. Marmalade- thick cut or thin cut?


3. Porridge- made with milk or water?

With water

4. Do you like salt, sugar or honey on your porridge?

Honey with full cream milk.

5. Loose tea or teabags?

I use both, but more teabags than loose tea if I'm honest.

6. Where on your door is your letterbox?

Set horizontally in the centre of the door.

7. What's your favourite curry?

I'm quite fond of chicken tikka masala.

8. What age is the place where you live?

If you mean the house, it was built in 1983 and we've been the only occupants. If you mean the town, well it began as a village in the twelfth century, but there are Bronze Age settlements just a few miles away and Roman coins were found by a healing well on the edge of town.

9. Where do the folks running your local corner shop come from?

We don't really have a "corner shop". There is the town centre and the surrounding houses. However, both newsagents, and the Spar convenience store are run by Welsh people. Some shops are run by English incomers and there is a Thai (I think) woman running a flower shop.

10. Instant or fresh coffee?

I haven't been able to drink coffee for years because it seemed to trigger my IBS. This is annoying because I used to love coffee. However, recently I've discovered that it's OK to occasionally drink a tiny bit of milky coffee after dinner. That's when I make real coffee. Otherwise G (who never drinks tea) gets instant. We use a simple cafetiere rather than a newfangled coffee machine. Which is the cue for this week's photo for the Weekly Alphabet Challenge. :)


This week's theme: F is for Filter

It was a bit of a rushed shot because I've been away for a few days and didn't spot a filter anywhere. So I've just gone for a totally literal interpretation this time.

Cafetiere filter

11. How far are you from the sea?

9 miles.

12. Have you travelled via Eurostar?


13. If you were going to travel abroad, where's the nearest country to you?

I'm tempted to say, "England" which is about 56 miles away, but it would be more correct to say Ireland, which is 145 miles via ferry.

14. If you're female (or possible even some males) do you carry a handbag?

I almost always carry a bag of some sort. My current every day handbag is quite large, but I also have smaller bags that will just fit some cash, cards and phone.

15. Do you have a garden? What do you like growing?

It's more like a barely tamed bit of forest than a garden, but I do have blackberries, jostaberries and (at the front) hazelnuts. Otherwise it just grows grass and weeds.

16. Full cream, semi skimmed or skimmed?

Unsweetened soya milk. I've never liked milk, though was forced to drink school milk when I was a kid. The soya milk is a hang over from the years I was vegetarian. Though I do eat meat now, I don't eat much dairy, though I do like real butter.

17. Which London terminal would you travel into if going to the capital?

Euston. Apart from the time when Euston was closed for refurbishment, in which case it would be Marylebone.

18. Is there a local greasy spoon where you live?

There are lots of cafés in town, but none of them are really what I would call a "greasy spoon". That's because they all try their best to attract the tourists, though most are also well frequented by locals throughout the year.

19. Do you keep Euros in the house?

Not so much "keep" as fail to change back into sterling after visits abroad.

20. Does your home town have a Latin, Gaelic or Welsh alternative.

The name is Welsh and this area was only tenuously under Roman control, so unlike places like Caernarfon (Segontium) and Caerleon (Isca), it doesn't have a Roman name.

21. Do you have a well known local artist or author?

For certain values of well known, we have the writer Marion Eames, best known for her novel Y Stafell Ddirgel (also translated into English as The Secret Room) one of the most popular Welsh novels of all time. The novel is about the persecution of the Quakers who lived in Meirionnydd in the seventeenth century. Another popular Welsh author, well known amongst Welsh learners for her Blodwen Jones series of comic romances but who also writes for first language Welsh speakers, is Bethan Gwanas.

22. Do you have a favourite Corrie character?

I don't think I've ever seen a complete episode in my life and couldn't name a character other then Ena Sharples! Which is going back a bit. :)

23. Are your kitchen sink taps separate or a mixer?


24. Do you have a favourite brand of blended tea?

My default tea bag tea is the Co-op 99 blend.

25. What's in your attic if you have one?

We have a roof space, but it's not very deep and it's mostly full of loft insulation.

26. If you go out for a cream tea, what jam do you like on your scone?


27. Talking of scones- scon or scown? Jam or cream first?

Sconn. Jam first, cream on top. The other way just doesn't work because jam is heavier and stickier than cream.

28. Barth or bath?


29. Carstle or castle?

Castle, definitely.

30. What flavour of crisps do you favour?

Cracked black pepper and sea salt.

31. If you go to the chippie, what do you like with your chips?

A nice battered cod or haddock. Or possibly curry sauce and mushy peas.

32. Take away, take out or carry out?

Take away, though we very rarely indulge.

33. If you have one, what colour is your wheelie bin?

A blue box for recyclables. A green wheelie bin for residual waste, a brown bin for garden waste, and a little brown bin for food waste.

34. What colour skips does your local skip hire use?

Yellow. Blue. Depends on the company.

35. Do you celebrate Guy Fawkes?

No. We used to celebrate Bonfire Night, which is what we always used to call it in Manchester where I was born and raised, but since the kids grew up and moved away, we don't bother.

36. Dettol or TCP?

Both. Dettol for disinfecting things, TCP for minor cuts etc.

37. Do you have a bidet in the bathroom?

No. Don't know anyone who has one.

38. Do you prefer courgettes or aubergines?

I'm not very fond of either, but courgettes are OK in moderation.

39. In the 'real world', do you have friends of other nationalities? Which nationalities?

I assume this means face-to-face as opposed to online. I had a very good American friend who died recently. We met at university and pre-internet, kept in touch via letter once she returned home. Otherwise, depending on how you define "friend", our next door neighbour is Iranian, I also have an Italian friend, a Dutch friend and an Irish friend.

40. Do you have a holy book of any sort in the house?

Several Bibles (different translations), a Koran and lots of books on Buddhism.

41. Do you prefer a hankie or tissues?

Both. Tissues in the house and at work, but for going out for walks when the wind will make my nose run, I tend to take a hanky.

42. Are you a fan of crumpets? What do you like on them?

I don't eat them often, but occasionally indulge. I have them toasted with butter and jam.

43. Doorbell, knocker or both?

Neither. People just have to knock on the door.

44. Do you own a car? What sort?

I used to drive a Vauxhall Astra, but a few months ago we downsized to just one vehicle so we now share a Daihatsu 4x4.

45. What sort of pants do you guys prefer? Y fronts or boxers?

Not applicable.

46. Anyone still a fan of suspenders?

No. Never liked them. Uncomfortable things.

47. Do you have a favourite quote from the bard?

"What are these
So withered and so wild in their attire,
That look not like th' inhabitants o' th' Earth,
And yet are on ’t?—Live you? Or are you aught
That man may question?"

(Banquo says this to the Three Witches in Macbeth) I remember it from when I once played Banquo in a 5 minute version of the play. Yes, really. :)

48. Do you like toasted muffins?


49. Do you think a traditional trifle should contain jelly?

Oh, yes. Definitely.

50. Do you attend regular religious worship? Of what kind?

I attend the local Quaker meeting.

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