“Rachel has tagged”:http://www.frizzylogic.org/fl/2006/12/31/pentatag/ (spattered?) me with one of those nasty meme things. If I do it now, that’s my lot for the year. So, here goes: five things you had no reason to know about me, and which I don’t mind sharing with the world. That last stipulation, I know, rules out the possibility that they might be very interesting.
# I grew up pretty much bilingual in English and Serbo-Croat because we moved to Belgrade when I was three. After six months in an English boarding school, I had forgotten all my serbo-croat by the time I was nine. I can now just about spell out words in cyrillic, and I remember the Serbian word for “arse”.
# When I was fourteen, I made quite a lot of pocket money selling dry flies to the local fishing shop.
# I was thrown out of Bedales when I was sixteen, so I never went to university, nor even acquired any A levels.
# I was entirely happy in the autumn of 1986, playing trivial pursuit machines in pubs. I did not pay for an evening’s drinking for three months.
# The night that “Windsor Castle burnt,”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windsor_Castle_fire,_1992 I was the only journalist inside the building, since I was attending a seminar in the library.
In a spirit of seasonal misanthropy, I nominate [“Jorun Boklöv”:http://www.boklov.se/lifedeluxe], [“Fred Clark”:http://slacktivist.typepad.com/], [“Rafe Coburn”:http://www.3c3.org], and [“Larry Moran”:http://sandwalk.blogspot.com].