8 February 2006

Joke's meme gets another thrashing

Oh how I do like a good meme.

I have been enjoying Joke’s meme doing the rounds,
Badger’s addition to it, and Gina’s and BabelBabe’s versions.

Here’s my attempt, with the disclaimer that not all of the following are necessarily my favourite things right now, but are merely things which have made an impression on me, for better or worse, in the course of my life.

Movies you need to watch in order to understand me better
Shakespeare in Love
Jesus of Montreal
You’ve Got Mail
Roman Holiday
Love Actually
The Dish
Four Weddings & A Funeral
A Common Thread
Chariots of Fire
Much Ado About Nothing
About a Boy
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Look Both Ways
Toy Story 2
Life is Beautiful

TV Programmes you need to watch in order to understand me better
Two Fat Ladies
The Office (UK version)
Creature Comforts
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
I Dream of Jeannie
Adventure Island

Albums you need to listen to in order to understand me better
Carole King ‘Tapestry’
Anything by Icehouse before Iva Davies grew his hair long
Everything by Crowded House
Paul Kelly ‘Post’ especially but everything else by him too
Elvis Costello ‘Punch the Clock’
Joe Jackson ‘Night and Day’
Everything But the Girl
Renee Fleming ‘Handel Arias’
Chet Baker ‘My Funny Valentine’
Vince Jones ‘On the Brink of It’
The Pogues ‘Rum, Sodomy and the Lash’
k d Lang, ‘Ingenue’
Coco’s Lunch ‘A Whole New Way of Getting Dressed’
INXS ‘Shabooh Shabaah’ and ‘The Swing’
Absent Friends ‘Here’s Looking Up Your Address
Models ‘The Pleasure of Your Company’

Books you need to read in order to understand me better
Gabriel Garcia Marquez ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’
Rohinton Mistry ‘A Fine Balance’
Geraldine Brooks ‘Year of Wonders’
Everything by Enid Blyton (except the Noddy stories, and the Secret Seven)
Arthur Ransome ‘Swallows and Amazons’
Everything by Beatrix Potter
Everything by Bill Bryson except Walk in the Woods
Lynne Truss ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’
The Children’s Year
Jackie French ‘Backyard Self Sufficiency’
Crime and Punishment
Mary Stewart’s Arthurian quartet
AA Milne’s ‘When We Were Very Young’ and ‘Now We Are Six’
The Adventures of Pooh
The Wind in the Willows
Watership Down
Harry Potter 1-6
Audrey Niffenegger ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’

Plays/Musicals you need to watch in order to understand me better
Tom Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia’
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
La Boheme
The Norman Conquests
Wars of the Roses (the Bell Shakespeare production last year)

Periodicals/Journals/Magazines/Newspapers you need to read in order to understand me better
Australian Women’s Book Review
Australian Country Style
Melbourne’s Child
Classical Quarterly
Gourmet Traveller
The Age

Places you need to visit in order to understand me better
Melbourne CBD, specifically the little laneways and alleys and arcades
St Andrews Market
Ricketts Point, Beaumaris
The Block Arcade, Melbourne
The Botanic Gardens
Royal Brighton Yacht Club

Comestibles and libations of which you need to partake in order to understand me better
rice pudding
Eggs Florentine
vanilla slice
gin & tonic (with Gordon’s gin)
Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne
homemade goats cheese & spinach pizza
apple crumble
Black Label lemonade
Stone's Ginger Beer
a fortified wine from Rutherglen


herhimnbryn said...

You must originally be from the UK!
So, many of your items are me too!
Of course it HAS to be Gordons Gin, nothing else will do. Mary Stewart's Arthur Books are the best interpretation of that era ( possible Mary Sutcliffe's Sword at Sunset is equal). B.Y.C.!!! What about The Lanes in Brighton too!

lisette said...

i'm intrigued - why not a walk in the woods?

blackbird said...

all the more reasons to love you!

gosh we are the same on the movies...

Joke said...

Gourmet Traveller...why is it the rest of the Anglosphere has better magazines than us?


jorth said...

Great meme! Do you know that I know every word to every Icehouse song ever written, thanks to an older brother with a slight obsession (har! geddit? obsession, oh, don't worry). Anyway, what a waste of brainspace (although their really early stuff was quite cool)

Suse said...

Herhimnbryn - I yam. See 100 things about me. RBYC in Brighton, Victoria. Although I have visited the Lanes in the English Brighton and thought it was beautiful.

Lisette - thought Walk in the Woods was dull and tedious. Love everything else he has ever written. Particularly Notes from a Small Island, and Mother Tongue.

Joke - Gourmet Traveller is indeed one of the best mags ever. Have you ever seen a copy? Pretty darn good.

Lazy cow said...

All the food except vanilla slices. Urgh. Snot blocks.


Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

Spooky commonality, right down to the goat's cheese and spinach (or rocket) pizza; did you ever see Baz Luhrman's La Boheme?

Di said...

a great read! brought up lots of memories of childhood books and tv.

I especially love the last section: commestibles and libations... delightful! (although I'm a Bombay Saphire chick myself..)

Gina E. said...

I now know why you never responded to my hint to meet for a coffee after you moved to Warrandyte - we have NOTHING in common except a few books - lol!

Suse said...

Oh dearest Gina! I actually don't remember a suggestion of coffee! But to be honest, I am quite happy to remain anonymous, which is why I don't use my real name, or my children's and partner's names, and I have never mentioned that W place on my blog ... I hope I haven't hurt your feelings ...

Gina E. said...

Hurt feelings? No, dear girl - I posted that comment tongue in cheek after reading that long list of your likes! We did actually communicate briefly by email last year, when you told me you were moving over near me, after I had mentioned where I live. Sorry about spelling out the W suburb here; hope it hasn't undone your anonimoty...anonimous...duh. you know what I mean. I do respect your desire to stay just "suse"; I am not quite as circumspect, but I would be more so if I had children to think of. There are some nasty types on the Net...

Carol said...

As a former American Midwesterner, I have to ask, Idaho? In the US?

Carol in TX, USA

Suse said...

Carol, yes Idaho. I lived in a tiny town in northern Idaho at the tender age of 17. I was there for one year, as an exchange student. And that ... is how I know the brilliant and gorgeous Sueeeus!!!

Anonymous said...

My mom got Tapestry back when it came out in 1971 and we both loved it from first play. I listened to it until my 20's when the record, worn from being played a million times, fell in two peices when I pulled it out of the sleeve one day. I have it on CD now. I can still sing every song by heart.

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