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I'm waiting for an email which is looming so large it blots out most other useful thought, so have a fairly mindless "British" meme. Via [personal profile] hollymath, who is much wittier than I am, and everybody else.


1. Marmite- love or hate?
I don't voluntarily spread it on bread, and I rather dislike Marmite flavoured snacks. But I sometimes dissolve a spoonful in boiling water and use it in place of stock. And when I'm ill and dehydrated, I'll drink said stock in preference to energy drinks, it fulfils a similar role of only tasting good if you are really short of salt.

2. Marmalade- thick cut or thin cut?
Not really. I like marmalade made from other citrus than orange, and don't really care how thick the chunks of fruit peel are. But I don't like traditional Seville orange marmalade. And as with Marmite, I sometimes like it as a flavouring in other things; bread-and-butter pudding is improved with a little marmalade, for example, but on its own it's too bitter for me.

3. Porridge- made with milk or water? / 4. Do you like salt, sugar or honey on your porridge?
I have two approaches to porridge: cooked in water, and then milk added afterwards so that there's a lump of gloop sort of swimming in the milk, and in that case I add salt. And cooked in milk, with brown sugar and sometimes fruit, nuts or spices added.

5. Loose tea or teabags?
For generally getting enough tea into myself to keep me hydrated and caffeinated, teabags, because I am lazy. I like loose tea, especially if what I want is a really nice cup of tea as a sensory experience, and I do tend to keep a few varieties of green and white and fancier black teas around. But mostly teabags.

6. Where on your door is your letterbox?
In the middle, horizontal. I have rarely seen any other form of letterbox, really.

7. What's your favourite curry?
I basically just love all (vegetarian) curry, it's very hard to choose. In Indian restaurants I'll most often go for mutar paneer or dhansak or chana dal, cos I love pulses in almost every form. In Thai restaurants whatever doesn't have seafood in, either one of the basic traffic light curries or Massaman / Muslim-style curry. And it's not quite the hotter the better but I really like lots of capsaicin-heat.

8. What age is the place where you live?
Depends a lot how you define "place". I live in a flat built in the 80s on a campus established in the 40s in the grounds of a hall built in the nineteenth century. And the other half of my time I live in a house built in the 70s in a city of about 7-800 years old.

9. Where do the folks running your local corner shop come from?
I don't exactly have a local corner shop. On campus I have a Select & Save, which is mostly staffed by local who are not AFAIK from immigrant backgrounds at all. And in Cambridge I have a tiny Tesco, which is run by a giant multinational corporation which was originally founded by an immigrant from Poland to England.

10. Instant or fresh coffee?
As a flavouring in cake, otherwise no thank you. When I make coffee for friends usually fresh because [personal profile] jack has a coffee machine.

11. How far are you from the sea?
Roughly 50-ish miles to the mouth of the Dee, which I think is my nearest bit of sea. But I'm not sure how to go about calculating this accurately.

12. Have you travelled via Eurostar?
Yes, a couple of times. Once on the way back from [personal profile] withagreatlove's wedding with [personal profile] lethargic_man when we were both trying to avoid flying, and this year on the way back from Leipzig, again a trip undertaken without flying.

13. If you were going to travel abroad, where's the nearest country to you?
The nearest country to me is obviously the one I'm in, England. But the nearest abroad country is the Republic of Ireland. I think France may possibly be easier to get to in travel time rather than pure distance, not sure.

14. If you're female (or possible even some males) do you carry a handbag?
This question is phrased really badly. Why doesn't it just ask whether you carry a handbag, without bringing binary gender into it? Anyway, I am in fact female and also, which is a different question, wear clothes marketed to women which usually don't have pockets.

In fact I do always carry a handbag. It has to be big enough to carry at least a paperback book and an A5 diary and a bunch of gubbins, and it has to be on a shoulder strap that goes across my body, because I dislike having my hands full. (This is a change; when I was younger I used to carry just a purse or wallet in my hands, but I didn't regularly carry a phone then. Also I got robbed in the early 2000s by someone who distracted me and grabbed my purse out of my hands, so now I feel a bag is better.)

15. Do you have a garden? What do you like growing?
Yes, in Cambridge. I wasn't that keen but [personal profile] jack wanted one, and I think he was right; it is in fact really nice to host outdoor parties and BBQs. I like growing things that are low maintenance, cos I'm not very willing to put lots of time into gardening. Roses always make me happy, cos they bloom for a long time. And we inherited some deep pink peonies which I wouldn't have chosen myself but I do really like them.

16. Full cream, semi skimmed or skimmed?
Full cream pretty much always. I'll drink semi if other people prefer it, I think skimmed milk is pretty much pointless as it doesn't have any of the useful properties or taste of milk.

17. Which London terminal would you travel into if going to the capital?
Starting from Stoke or Crewe, usually Euston. Starting from Cambridge, usually Kings Cross.

18. Is there a local greasy spoon where you live?
Nooooo. They're often not very good for veggies anyway, but still. Campus has no real fast food at all, just a few little sandwich shop / cafeteria affairs. And our local shopping parade in Arbury has a Chinese takeaway but not a trad greasy spoon café.

19. Do you keep Euros in the house?
Yes, but more because I'm disorganized about changing them back when I return from travel than because I'm organized about having them available.

20. Does your home town have a Latin, Gaelic or Welsh alternative
Not really. Cambridge wasn't much of a place in Roman times, just a little settlement called Duroliponte, which isn't exactly the Latin equivalent of Cambridge. And I don't know of any Gaelic or Welsh name, it's kind of a long way from Scotland and Wales, but I suppose it's not impossible there is such a name.

21. Do you have a well known local artist or author?
Arnold Bennett is probably the most famous.

22. Do you have a favourite Corrie character?
No, I don't even think I could name a single Cor[onation Street] character.

23. Are your kitchen sink taps separate or a mixer?
Separate, and a bit awkward to use, besides. This flat has a rubbish kitchen in general.

24. Do you have a favourite brand of blended tea?
PG-Tips. I grew up drinking it, it's at least approximately ethical, it's what I always buy as my basic tea to keep in stock.

25. What's in your attic if you have one?
Not a lot, we only moved in less than a year ago and we're trying to not accumulate too much junk. Big suitcases, a few boxes, I think some Christmas decorations. Minimal amounts of stuff we will never ever use or want, anyway, we try to get all that out of the house altogether.

26. If you go out for a cream tea, what jam do you like on your scone?
Ideally, whatever the local growers had a glut of this year and made into jam and sold to the cream tea providing establishment

27. Talking of scones- scon or scown? Jam or cream first?
What's the fastest cake.... S'gone! I think usually cream first, but I don't actually have strong views on this.

28. Barth or bath? / 29. Carstle or castle?
These pronunciation examples are ridiculously bad. I have a fairly posh SE England accent, so I pronounce all these words with a long aa, and I don't pronounce R at the end of a syllable.

30. What flavour of crisps do you favour?
Salt and vinegar.

31. If you go to the chippie, what do you like with your chips?
I really like malt vinegar on chips, especially the big soft fluffy traditional chippie kind. I'm happy for good curry sauce in kebab shop style chippies, but I hate bad curry sauce so often don't take the risk. Also sometimes the thing I most want to eat in the world is melted cheese on chips.

32. Take away, take out or carry out?
I'm inconsistent between takeaway and take away. I never use the other terms.

33. If you have one, what colour is your wheelie bin?
Dark grey for general waste, blue for mixed recycling, green for food and garden waste.

34. What colour skips does your local skip hire use?
I have no idea but I generally assume skips to be yellow.

35. Do you celebrate Guy Fawkes?
No, it's a kind of horrible "celebration". I don't absolutely boycott fireworks parties around 5th November but I don't celebrate either the attempt to blow up Parliament or the fact that in the seventeenth century Catholics were not politically in favour.

36. Dettol or TCP?
Dettol, but I don't think about disinfectant very much.

37. Do you have a bidet in the bathroom?
No.

38. Do you prefer courgettes or aubergines?
I like courgettes a lot just as a vegetable, but I like really well-done aubergines more, especially fish-scented aubergine in Chinese food.

39. In the 'real world', do you have friends of other nationalities? Which nationalities?
Lessee. German, Irish, Swedish, American, Australian, Dutch, Israeli are the first that come to mind among close friends. I don't always keep track of everybody's nationality though.

40. Do you have a holy book of any sort in the house?
About half a bookcase of Judaica, plus a translated Qur'an and I really ought to have a Christian Bible around but don't currently own one.

41. Do you prefer a hankie or tissues?
Tissues.

42. Are you a fan of crumpets? What do you like on them?
Yes, my regular breakfast food is crumpets with either butter, jam or chocolate spread.

43. Doorbell, knocker or both?
Both is probably a good idea; I generally prefer doorbells.

44. Do you own a car? What sort?
No.

45. What sort of pants do you guys prefer? Y fronts or boxers?
I mildly prefer boxers over Y-fronts, both to wear and to look at. But for myself I wear mostly female-marketed knickers and for people who let me look at them in their underwear, whatever is comfortable for them is fine by me.

46. Anyone still a fan of suspenders?
I have been known to admire the legs of people wearing suspenders, but I am scared of the fiddliness myself, and if people have good legs I'll probably admire them in tights or hold-ups or socks or bare or whatever. I wouldn't say I was a fan.

47. Do you have a favourite quote from the bard?
Nothing can come of nothing: speak again is a line my Dad used to quote a lot when we were being bratty and evading his questions, so I'm fond of it for that reason.

48. Do you like toasted muffins?
Yeah, but not passionately, as far as I'm concerned they're basically just toast.

49. Do you think a traditional trifle should contain jelly?
Yes, but only if it's vegetarian jelly. And custard and cream and sponge fingers and lots of booze.

50. Do you attend regular religious worship? Of what kind?
Yes, I attend, and lead, Jewish Friday night services every week. I am not very regular in my attendance of other Jewish worship but the services happen regularly and I attend them.
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