Friday, 11 June 2010


I've been tagged by Fly in the Web at French Leave.  She thinks I need something else to do instead of weeding...and she's right!

I have to answer 10 questions that Fly has asked me.  Then I have to think up 10 questions and pass them on to 5 other bloggers.

So here goes with Fly's questions...and my answers.

1. What will you be doing while the football world cup is on?

I'll be watching the England games....and maybe a few others if the mood takes me.  We don't have a TV anymore because I now watch UK TV on subscription on my internet connection and electricity permitting...I can watch all the programmes I like and miss from the UK.

2. What picks you up when you're down?

A few things do.  Seeing Stella and Billy on webcam.  Spending rare time with Mr Ayak.  Blogging...and in particular receiving comments from people I now consider as friends.

3. Indian or China...we're talking tea here, not economics...

Neither.  I'm not a tea drinker.  Although I do have the occasional glass of çay (Turkish tea) when offered...out of politeness.  I'm a coffee drinker and I drink far too much of it.

4. What do you value most about blogging?

I kind of answered that in question 2.  The fact that I have regular followers, who give me advice, offer an encouraging word, and who take the time to read my words, is what I value most.  But I also value the fact that it's an outlet for everything that's going on in my head.   I find it very therapeutic to write it all down.

5. What can't you bring yourself to throw out of your wardrobe?

There are two things.  Both kept for sentimental reasons but will probably never be worn again.  The first is a long flowing skirt...multicoloured...the first item of clothing that Mr Ayak bought for me 11 or so years ago.  It was quite expensive but it's hideous...he has no taste in clothes.  But I wore it several times because I love him and I didn't want to hurt his feelings.  He has bought other clothes for me over the years...all hideous, until I sat him down one day and gently asked him not to buy any more. I told him that I don't need more clothes...which is partly true.  Anyway I just can't throw the skirt away.

The second is the dress that I wore to Stella's wedding in July 2007.  I had bought it in Monsoon in England the previous January, gained weight between then and July and only just managed to squeeze into it and hold my breath for 12 hours.  It's a lovely dress and I live in hope that I will wake up one morning to find all my excess weight has disappeared overnight and I can wear it again.

6. Would you rather someone didn't ask your views on controversial issues?

Yes...most definitely.  It's a sure way to lose friends and gain enemies.

7. Do you recommend people..and then wish you hadn't?

Oh yes...often..and then having to keep apologising for it.

8. Do you own up to reading light novels, or hide them under the cushions if visitors arrive?

I own up to it.  I used to be more discriminating when I lived in England.  But it's almost impossible to find English books if anyone offers me books, I'll read them.  I don't always enjoy them but I can't imagine a life without books.

9. Content with your own company or gregarious?

Very much content with my own company.  I would say that I was gregarious when I was younger, but having spent years working with people and their problems, I very much value time on my own.

10. One thing which would noticeably improve your life.

To receive a letter from my credit card company to say they've cancelled my debt.  I was going to say a lottery win...that would be nice...but getting shot of the credit card would be a start!

................................................... my 10 questions:  (They're not as good as Fly's and I was tempted to cheat and use hers!)

1. Is there anything in your life that you wish you'd done differently?

2. Are you a morning or night person?

3. Cats or dogs?

4.  Savoury or sweet?

5. Do you keep in touch with old friends or do they get lost or forgotten along the way?

6.  If you had the choice, where in the world would you like to live?

7.  Popular or classical music?

8.  What characteristic in people in general do you most dislike?

9.  Do you enjoy spending hours shopping, or do you try to get it over with as fast as possible?

10. Who is the person who has had the most influence in your life?

I'm going to nominate 5 people, in accordance with this tag, but I've picked them at random, and would be really pleased if  anyone else  takes up the task.  I love finding out more about you all.

Cross the Pond


Diary of an all Pakistani girl  (Kaibee...I know you're bored...this will give you something to do!)

Nuts in May

My Life


  1. Ayak - thanks for tagging me - I'll get on it this weekend! And thank heavens your okay after your car episode. Teenage boys are the surge of the earth!

  2. Cross the Pond: I'll look forward to reading yours. I thought teenage boys were so different here..well they mostly are..but I guess when it comes to cars they're much the same as boys anywhere!

  3. Interesting tag! Love the way you answered the questions! xxx

  4. Thanks. I am working on it now.

  5. This tag is everywhere now and it is great seeing the answers and then the new questions. I'm with you on Monsoon selling lovely clothes - it is one shop I always used to go to for pretty things.

  6. Mel...Thanks...and do please take the tag as well...I'd love to see your answers xx

    Monalisa: Looking forward to it.

    FF: I do quite like this tag. I like learning things about people..some things can come as quite a surprise.
    Oh I love Monsoon..I'd really love to get into that dress again!

  7. Hope it was betterthan weeding, Ayak!
    I was a bit dubious when Pueblo girl tagged me...but it was fun, after all.
    The book question came to me after we had been visiting and the friends took us on to friends of theirs - people with all the latest well reviewed books on their coffee table - only to find three paperback 'romances' stuffed behind the cushion on the sofa!

    I'll read anything...only Harry Potter has defeated me...nothing more turgid and lifeless could be imagined...give me the back of the cornflakes packet anyday.

  8. Fly: Yes I did enjoy the tag...thanks...much better than weeding.

    I'm with you on Harry Potter...the books just do not appeal to me at all. I'd go as far as to say that if a Harry Potter was the only book I had here..I still wouldn't read it. I attempted to watch the films but gave up after 5 minutes.

  9. Thank you for the tag too, Ill be on to it as well this weekend, just remembered I still need to do a blogger award one too duh silly me I forgo xx

  10. Good answers :) It's funny to see how we have both answered Fly's questions, quite fun I'd say and a good way of getting to know one another.

    Oh, I so love Monsoon dresses! I have two here and I would love to fit back into them...

  11. Bomb: I'm looking forward to yours xx

    Pıglet. It's a good tag, particularly as you have to change the questions. If the same questions were repeated, it would probably get a bit boring.

  12. OMG..Ayak, thanks for the tag. Did I mention you are the most awesome reader ever?
    My blog and I are lucky to have to you as a reader. I feel honored.

    And seriously, I can swear, when I say your comments are so helpful and they kept me going too.

    Loved your answers and questions. Do drop in to check out my answers! :)

    Ayak, you are amazing! :)

  13. Oh are so nice...and you have me blushing now with your lovely comment. I'm glad my advice has been of some help.

    Now I will pop over to have a look at your answers. xxxx


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