- My favourite toy as a small child was a Playmobil man who I called Poelliey (spelling worked out when I was 7). He had a green outfit with white sleeves, brown hair and light brown features. He had an evil twin and arch-nemesis called Joe who resembled him physically in all aspects apart from having the dark brown features. This was very important. The day I lost him, having foolishly taken him down town, was a sad one. Perhaps he is still out there having wild and crazy adventures.
- My first ever pet was a goldfish called Jack, who I got when I was 5. He perished 2 years later after a leaping-out-of-the-bowl incident, far from his first but presumably, by definition, his most daring. That fish liked to shoot for the moon.
- Despite being avowedly Scottish, I mostly grew up in Darlington, Co. Durham. The most remarkable fact about Darlo is that the world's first railway ran from there. Other than that... zip. Nada. It's pretty dull, truth be told. On the other hand, it is a stone's throw from the glories of York, not so far from Hadrian's Wall and on the doorstep of not one but two national parks. Best staging area ever.
- My father's family were Empire Loyalists, German sorts who were granted land in Pennsylvania, fought on the side of King George during the American Revolution and then scampered off to Ontario when that gig did not play out the way they had hoped.
- I somehow contrived to live in Göttingen, Germany for 5 and a bit years. My boyfriend, dr_mitch is a mathematician and worked at the university there. We now live in Sheffield, England, which now seems every bit as foreign to me. Give it a couple more years and we will have surpassed the former record for 'Longest Stay in One Place as an Adult'. We have both been around...
- Yes, under duress I will sometimes admit to being an adult. In many regards, this state is not as cool as I imagined when I was a child. In other respects, it's far better.
- Right now I have two cats chasing each other around the house and bouncing themselves off the headrest of my chair approximately every 30 seconds. This is probably a signal to stop.