Sunday, February 08, 2009

25 (More) Random Things About Me

1. When I was 9 I stuck a pitchfork through my big toe.
2. My Saturday job was mucking out my Dad's pigs. I was paid 10p per hour.
3. At primary school my friend threw a lump of plasticine at me from the other side of the classroom. It went straight into my mouth.
4. If I could buy a 20 tog duvet, I would. I like to sleep under two duvets.
5. I have blogged from the Oval Office.
6. Quite unbelievably I have done fashion shoots for both GQ and Esquire.
7. I once compered a wrestling match.
8. I once grew a beard, but it was a bit ginger, so had to come off.
9. I was once interviewed by Giggle the guinea pig for the Sheringham Independent.
10. The first time I ever got drunk, I downed 11 pernod & blacks in two hours in a Norwich nightclub.
11. I have never tried any illegal drug.
12. I once won a pig playing bowls.
13. On my first visit to America in 1987 I insisted on visiting Southfork ranch. I now wish to go to Dollywood.
14. The best hotel I ever stayed in was the Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda.
15. The worst hotel I ever stayed in was a guest house in Blackpool. The bed had rubber sheets.
16. The first speeding ticket I ever got was in South Dakota.
17. I once had blonde streaks in my hair. It was a mistake.
18. I appeared on the Multi Coloured Swap Shop in 1978 with a photo of a funny road sign in Cambridge which said SHORT STAY - TOILETS - P.
19. The only time I have sung in public was when I played one of Mack the Knife's henchmen in Brecht's Die Drei Groschenoper and had to sing Soldaten Wohnen. Not pretty.
20. I once got hit by several eggs which had been meant for Cecil Parkinson.
21. I failed biology O Level and got ungraded in Physics.
22. I owned an Audi Cabriolet formerly owned by Princess Diana. I sold it a year too early, if you get my drift.
23. In 1994 I took my father to visit the Normandy war cemeteries. I found a grave with my name on it.
24. On local election day 1985, the day before my finals, I knocked a Labour voting motorcyclist off his bike while driving three Tory voting old ladies to the polling station.
25. I was stopped for speeding in North Norfolk on the night of my selection as candidate. I was, ahem, let off with a warning.

25 comments:

Tom Harris said...

So, numerous speeding tickets, you knocked a motorcyclist off his vehicle and yesterday you pranged your car... Remind me never to accept a lift from you.

molesworth 1 said...

"21. I failed biology O Level and got ungraded in Physics."

I'd keep quiet on the AGW debate, then.

(I got an A in both ;))

Stephen said...

"I once grew a beard, but it was a bit ginger, so had to come off."

If you worked at the BBC you'd be sacked by now.

JuliaM said...

"20. I once got hit by several eggs which had been meant for Cecil Parkinson."

Well, how can you be su...

Oh. Cecil Parkinson. Now I see....

Letters From A Tory said...

"I have never tried any illegal drug"

But cannabis has been decriminalised....

javelin said...

I wouldn't have admitted to the blonde streaks - how does Minister for sill hair sound Iain?.

Chris Paul said...

Blackpool - rubber sheets? they must have heard about your Moscow performance.

Dick the Prick said...

I've got ginger beard issues too - never been ginger in my life but... I just don't understand it.

Comedy plastercine shot - he shoots, he scores.

DespairingLiberal said...

Well done for falling in front of poor Cecil and "taking the egg" for him Iain. Shows Tory dedication well above and beyond. I hope Cecil appreciated it, but he may have been too distracted by thoughts of the ladies.

Bit surprised to hear that you didn't at some point hurl yourself across a puddle for Mistress Grantham - is that in a forthcoming "25 random things"?

RJT said...

25. It's a disgrace. Soft on crime. A criminal caught red-handed and the police just let him go. You couldn't make it up.

Mandy said...

"The bed had rubber sheets."

Ooh you are awful...but I like you.

Bird said...

How do I get on this Twitter thing?
I'm just dying to report that I looked out of the window and it's raining. And tonight we've got a ham for dinner.
I don't know how to do facebook either. I'd love to tell the world about 25 things that have happened to me. Especially I'd like my brother-in-law to read it, to pay back the mind-numbing times when we had to see all three hundred of his holiday snaps.

Irfan Ahmed said...

when did you blog from the Oval Office?

Guido Fawkes said...

Draper will out you as a Gingerist now.

Advanced Media Watch said...

" I was stopped for speeding in North Norfolk on the night of my selection as candidate. I was, ahem, let off with a warning."
.....................

Was the police officer wearing pink stilettos and had a mustache by any chance ?

Richard said...

"12. I once won a pig playing bowls."

How did they get the pig to play bowls?

CarnackiUK said...

You evade the really important issues...like did you ever possess a gollywog?

Anoneumouse said...

I failed biology O Level

The word verification for this post was headd

I really did forget what I was going to write

Adrian Nice But Dim said...

"CarnackiUK said...

You evade the really important issues...like did you ever possess a gollywog?

February 08, 2009 12:32 PM"


I am shocked and appalled.

Twig said...

24. On local election day 1985, the day before my finals, I knocked a Labour voting motorcyclist off his bike while driving three Tory voting old ladies to the polling station.


Four people on a motorcycle!
Quite common in some third world countries, but very unusual in the UK. Mind you it was good of him to offer to take Tory voters to the polling station being a Labour supporter and all.

Wrinkled Weasel said...

Being an old lag on this blog, I remember you mentioning many of them. They are part of life's rich tapestry, the warp and woof of this mortal coil.

I was once in the back of a jaguar car.

That, in itself is not a big boast.

What was unusual is that Prince Michael of Kent was driving me.

What is even more unusual is that he deliberately drove the jag into the back of an articulated lorry.

Top that, sweethearts.

www.wrinkledweasel.blogspot.com


WV boatioxy

need that bad.

jailhouselawyer said...

"I once won a pig playing bowls".

I bet you cheated or the pig did not know the rules.

Adrian Nice But Dim said...

"8. I once grew a beard, but it was a bit ginger, so had to come off."

Quite frankly Iain, I am shocked, outraged and appalled.

Jonny Wright said...

It's all out now: you're (at least semi) ginger! How long till you join the Lib Dems?

The Remittance Man said...

Some people pay a lot of money to go to places with rubber sheets, or so I am given to understand. Perhaps you shouldn't be so quick to judge.

Like Stephen I think you should be careful describing things as "a bit ginger", Nanny (or Jo Brand) might be listening.