Thursday, March 06, 2008


I have been tagged by (the highly readable, and ever so slightly addictive) Having My Cake to write down seven strange facts about myself...

The rules are as follows:
1. Link to the person who tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share seven random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog.
4. Tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
5. Leave a comment on their blogs so that they know they have been tagged.

Okay... not sure any of these are weird, but hopefully they are random.

1) For years I couldn't spell vacuum. I just refused to believe that a word could have two "u"s next to each other.

2) When the book Communion came out I became very scared of aliens invading my house. I couldn't even look at the cover it spooked me out so much, although ever the gluten for punishment I bought the sequel too.

3) I have a (these days mild) phobia about using the phone.

4) I once came second in a fancy dress competition with my brother (in 1977 at a Queen's Silver Jubilee party) dressed as St. George and the dragon.

5) One of my songs has been played on BBC Radio 1 (by DJ Steve Wright). My first band was called Air, we still get confused with the French band of the same name - although since we formed in 1986 we kinda beat them to it.

6) My surname means naive and innocent. In the book of Star Wars, Luke Skywalker is described as a callow youth.

7) I have been onstage with the Pet Shop Boys (in a white forensic suit wheeling a huge wooden cut-out of Neil Tennant's head during a very literal stage show for the song You Were Always On My Mind).

Which leads me nicely on to the fact that I'm recording a new podcast this afternoon... this time featuring the three tunes from Lullabies From The Wheels Of The Bus. Stay tuned - should be on-line by about 5pm.

Oh yeah, and I tag, Peach, Vi, Nobby & Me and Clarrisa - although it's a kinda soft tag, as I don't actually mind if you want to be tagged or not - your choice.


P.S. My song Vulnerable is play listed on two US radio stations: Radio KWSS 106.7 FM in Arizona, USA and Paridize Radio - do swing by their sites and put in a song request... thanks!!

P.P.S. I hope the photograph is suitably random for you. Hee hee.


Vi said...

Okay, the most random thing about that is the photo!!!! What the hell is on top of the icecream? LOL!!!!!!

I've done this tag before, but I may do it again next week, but with some sort of a twist.

Daren said...

Vi: No idea what it is, but I seem to recall it tasted pretty good.


Clarissa said...

Well, I want to know if you were St. George or the dragon!

Thanks for the soft tag. I did this one a little while ago; and struggled to find the weird things about myself. I am so normal, obviously! (The actual truth is: I didn't take the time at the time to self-examine. )

x, c

Nobby and Me said...

Hi there, we've been away in Belgium so I am a bit behind with my computing. Thanks for the tag, I still haven't done the last one!! Eek, at least that gives me plenty to do this week. Pickle is fighting me for the computer so I think it will have to wait until school restarts tomorrow. You know, I used to live for the holidays when I was a student, now I can't wait for them to finish! (kidding, it is nice really, but there's only so much excitement I can muster on the 5th trip to the same play park in as many days... aaaargh!)

Daren said...

Clarissa: I was St. George, with a silver helmet and a hand carved wooden sword. My brother was the dragon, with a green egg carton covered head... he didn't like having to crawl around after me much. I think I still have the rosette somewhere.

Nobby&Me: Holidays in Belgium huh? You are truly continental now. I look forward to seeing your lists.


Joanna Cake said...

WTF is that picture?

For the Silver Jubilee I won a packet of Silver Jubilee playing cards by winning the wheelbarrow race at the street party with my mate :)