Thank you Esther, for nominating me for a Liebster Award. As this involves answering a series of questions, I took the liberty of finishing the RA Challenge questions first!
The rules to be followed are:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog into your post.
- Answer 11 questions which you have been asked by the nominating blogger.
- Nominate 5 to 11 other bloggers who have fewer than 1,000 followers.
- Add a new list of 11 questions for the nominated bloggers.
- Paste these rules into your post.
- Make sure your nominees know about your post and their nomination.
So, without further ado, here are the questions from Esther and my responses. (Wow! Answering 11 questions takes a long time!)
1) What excites you at the moment?
Vacations! I am counting the days until our annual beach vacation in July! Then relatives from England are coming to stay in September. And then a trip to see family in Toronto, depending on what date is finally picked for a particular wedding.
2) In one sentence: what depresses you at the moment?
That there are people who believe that killing as many young people as possible is actually the right thing to do.
3) Cats or dogs? (Picture material appreciated!)
I am a dog person, through and through. My Japanese Chin:
4) Which TV series did you love in your youth?
I have fond memories of going home from school for lunch and watching The Flintstones while eating my lunch on a tray table. I loved the animals who were the household appliances! I heard on the radio the other day that there is a comic book rewrite of The Flintstones, done as dark comedy, with modern topics. Apparently, the one rule the author was given to follow was that the animals could interact with each other but not with the humans! Mark Russell talks here on CBC radio about the reboot.
5) Who is your favourite actor or actress no longer living?
I really loved Gene Kelly, for his dancing and choreography, his singing, his acting, and last but not least, his looks – well, who am I kidding… I found him quite handsome. Singing in the Rain, with Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor, is one of my all-time favourite happy movies. I saw recently that Gene Kelly’s widow, Patricia Ward Kelly, is making the rounds with Gene Kelly: The Legacy, in which she shows films and shares anecdotes from his career and their 10 years together. (She was only 26 to his 73 years when they met and wasn’t really familiar with his work.) I saw that it was in Toronto in March, but unfortunately it hasn’t come to Vancouver. Here’s a good summary of Gene Kelly’s work, style and contributions narrated by Christopher Walken for Turner Classic Movies.
6) What is the best movie you have seen so far in 2017?
That would have to be the very moving film, Lion, which I wrote about here. I also really enjoyed Hidden Figures, although that somehow felt like a much slicker, more produced movie.
7) The top 3 live theatre and/or concert experiences you’ve ever had?
Picking just 3 of the many I have seen in my life so far is really tough. So, these may not be the top three, but certainly right up there.
I saw Queen several times during the Bohemian Rhapsody era. Freddie in his skintight white jumpsuit was mesmerizing as he moved around the stage like a dancer. My biggest teenage crush – what a voice! I loved their music and their shows were great.
When Mamma Mia! first came to North America in 2000, after its successful run in London’s West End and before its run on Broadway, I was lucky enough to have been given a ticket. Not being a huge Abba fan, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But the show was so much fun and we all left singing the songs!
I saw Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in December, 2015. Even though it was in a big stadium, it felt more like being in his living room while he played us some tunes (some with the choice left up to the audience and even some Christmas classics) and enjoyed himself. Amazing that he still manages to sell out MSG every month! He tours a bit too. Great show if you get a chance to see it.
8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
I really enjoyed The Rosie Project and its sequel, The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion. It’s funny and endearing and a really different type of love story. Don Tillman is a brilliant genetics professor with a very rigid way of running his life. He seems to have classic Asperger tendencies, but is totally unaware. Deciding that it’s time to find a wife, he designs a 16-page questionnaire to find a suitable woman. But a totally unsuitable woman seems to take hold of his attention, as he tries to help her find her father. Don Tillman is totally clueless and takes things very literally, which makes for some hilarious situations. But I was really pulling for him.
9) What is your favourite photo of the past week on your mobile phone and are you willing to share it?
This is the beautiful dyed orchid that my older son bought me for Mother’s Day. It sits above my desk at work.
10) Your favourite dessert?
Anything chocolate! I really enjoy a warm chocolate brownie with ice cream. Simple, and yet so delicious.
11) For Armitage fans: your favourite Richard Armitage photo ever?
Looking at this Crucible rehearsal picture (and definitely not for the first time!), I am really taken with the scene. I love the beard and the strength shown. But, most of all I love the looks on Samantha Colley’s and Richard Armitage’s faces, as their characters are locked together, gripped by intense emotion.
Thanks to RichardArmitageNet.com.
MY NOMINATIONS FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD: (No obligation, of course!)
- Good Woman Going to Waste https://goodwomangonetowaste.wordpress.com/
- KellyDS https://gettingcaughtupinthemechanism.wordpress.com/
- Luscinnia https://luscinnia.wordpress.com/
- Sinnerz13 (My Mind Reels through Film) https://sindenlee3.wordpress.com/
- Fatima https://stacksandranges.com/
- Sarah https://filmsnknits.wordpress.com/
- Carly Quinn https://carlyquinn.co/
- heatherparish (Fully Grown-up Fangirl) https://grownupfan.wordpress.com/
MY LIST OF 11 QUESTIONS: (Some borrowed from Esther and some new questions)
- What is the best movie you have seen in the past year?
- What is the most memorable live theatre and/or concert experience you’ve had in the past year?
- What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?
- What is your favourite photo of the past week on your mobile phone and are you willing to share it?
- What is your favourite photo ever of your favourite actor or actress?
- What songs are at the top of your playlist right now?
- What is the most recent TV show that you binge-watched?
- What time of day do you usually write and/or blog and why?
- Does your avatar have special significance and if so, what is that significance?
- In your real life, how open are you about the fact that you have a blog?
- What are the boundaries for you in terms of how much of your real life you share on your blog?