Friday, March 10, 2006


Tagged again, darn it.

Like a Rohrschach test, these responses are straight off the top of my head. Let's hope you find them interesting, Shakey!

Seven things to do before I die - not that I expect this to happen - I think I'm immortal, ineffable and so on. Still...
  • Get back to playing the piano.
  • Travel through the Congo.
  • Ditto the Savannah. Kenya, here I come.
  • Also Latin America.
  • Learn to play the saxophone. Alto sax a la Boots Randolph and Fausto Papetti.
  • Win a Booker. Or similar. (Modesty is not my virtue. Practicality and realism are not my mores.)
  • Swim with dolphins. Or whales (though preferably not Orcas)

Seven things I can't do:

  • Abide cruelty to animals
  • Make small talk
  • Play bridge (despite years of begging people to teach me)
  • Listen to music - any music - without tapping my feet or trying to sing along
  • Deal with dishonesty / a particular brand of smarmy sucking-up
  • Refrain from making cooing noises when faced with puppies
  • Fall asleep without reading for a while (unless excessive alcohol renders me unable to see straight, and even then, I try, while my crossed eyes try in vain to follow my finger across the words)

Seven things that attract me to Europe (really? Does it have to be Europe, or can it be any place that fascinates one? Oh well, going with the flow)

  • Language. Spanish, specifically.
  • Old looming cathedrals
  • History
  • My colonial roots
  • Wine & cheese
  • Adventure, or the hope of it
  • Je ne se quois

Seven excellent books:

  • To Kill A Mockinbird - Harper Lee
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
  • The Great Indian Novel - Shashi Tharoor
  • The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
  • Impossibility - John D. Barrow
  • The complete Winnie-the-Pooh (OK, so it's not "a" book and I'm cheating. Still.) - A. A. Milne
  • Falling Off The Map - Pico Iyer

Seven good movies:
  • Jungle Book (Disney animated)
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Usual Suspects (speaking of which, almost every Kevin Spacey movie I've ever seen)
  • Monsters, Inc. (yes, I'm an animation freak)
  • The Untouchables
  • Those Magnificent Men And Their Flying Machines
  • Beckett

Seven people on whom to inflict this!


shakester said...

I'm neating the end of Falling Off the Map, and its a lovely book. I love how observant, often strangely so, he is...

shakester said...

blah? youre tagging blah. this is the man who has not entered a post since August last year, which itself was a first after a couple of years.
ah, well forever the optimist

maverick said...

here we go again...
btw sent u the invite...

Nandu said...

Agree with Shakes, hoping for Blah to respond is, well, wishful.....

Shakey, read his other stuff, Video night in Kathmandu, AND, Tropical Classical - essays on various things including travel. IMO,the man is brilliant. BTW, Progs, I have never read English Patient - really that good?

progga said...

Cynics, one can only try.
N, yes, it is that good, and his other books too. Try Anil's Ghost, and Running in the Family.
Shakey - another great travel book is From Heaven Lake - Vikram Seth. Also chasing the monsoon - Alexander Frater.

The ramblings of a shoe fiend said...

My tag is up!

J. Alfred Prufrock said...

"Falling off the Map"? Lovely.

But oh Lor'! Why me?


D said...

"(yes, I'm an animation freak)" something to be proud of truly....

maverick said...

tag's up.

progga said...

JAP: yours but to do or die, to paraphrase some old geezer.

D: you too? I could live on them. Unless, umm, that was sarcasm...?