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The 5 Thing Meme - Again! 
17th-Mar-2010 03:18 pm
James - buzz cut & name.
I am meant to be writing letters this afternoon, buthaving spent some time looking at job and work related sites on the internet, I decided to take a few minutes to do this meme, which although I had done before ... well, you know me, I'm doing it again!

1. Reply to this meme by yelling "my name is the master", and I will give you five words that remind me of you.
2. Then post them in your journal and explain what they mean to you.
3. Keep in mind that if I don't know you that well, your words might end up kind of odd or weird. If I do know you, your words will maybe probably be weird.

So, I replied to lupina78  ... and here is the list (as she typed them) -

1. Jiffy
2. Instruments
3. Horses
4. James Marsters (you know he has to be in all of your memes) *smile*
5. United Kingdom

1. Jiffy
Mum and Dad have had dogs since I was a teenager - spaniels, and when Misty died, Dad said "no more" as he was then approaching 80.  However the house seemed quiet, so they decided to have a smaller breed, and wrongly thinking they would be quiet!  Jiffy chose them - as they wanted a girl, but he came and made a fuss, and clung on ... so home he came.
He has been great for Mum and Dad, even though he manages to annoy them at some point most days.  He won't let Dad miss a walk, we won't let Mum miss a meal or evening play.  He is nosy, busy ... but one very happy boy, who thinks that humans have one purpose in life ... to make a fuss of him! 

2. Instruments
I played clarinet a bit as a kid, as I can't sing (my brothers can) ... but never really learnt much ... group lessons don't work if you are quiet!  When I moved to Bude in 1986 someone at the Church heard we had all learnt something in the past, and turned up 2 days later with music - panic!!!!!  So, I decided that as they had worked out the music the least I could do is dig out the clarinet and play!  A year later I joined what is now the orchestra ... we wer 8 players who played easy music for fun - until someone asked us to play at a care home!  I have been lucky to learn to play along with the orchestra growing ... we now play complicated music, and although a challenge, it is one I enjoy.
I have played in a couple of bands as well - one of which was 80% military ... and really helped me learn to relax while playing.
I had always wanted a sax, and about 10 years ago my aunt was left some money which she didn't want - and gave it to her 5 "kids" ... I had the exact money for a sax ... Nick and Tim just spent theirs on bills.  I'm glad I have that ... both to be able to play, but also as a legacy from Auntie Mary.

3. Horses
Every girl wants a pony as a kid - I lived in greater London, so no way could I ride.  When I was 21 I was run over (yes my bike accident) and damaged my pelvis, so things like horses seemed a long lost thought.  I moved to Bude and live opposite a stable.  There the owner asked my advice about a race horse, and I sat on a horse for the first time, as payment.  I had a few rires, fell off a few times, but loved it.  Then after a gap of a year, Toni asked my advice about an elderly pony at her stables and I had a pony ride as payment ... so at 35 I made the mistake of asking if I could ever learrn to ride ... she made the bigger mistake of saying yes!  The rest is history.
Horses are amazing animals - and so aware of their rider - they will care for you, or tease you ... but I can honestly ay the few times I have really needed a horse to look after me when I've been riding, they have.  They care for each other as well - the mourning they go through can be horrific.   All in all stunnig creatures however, I still have a healthy respect for their size and strength - LOL

4. James Marsters
How can I sum up James?  I did a whole post about why I am a fan, last month.
He is a great actor, a friendly person, a loving father and energetically committed to whatever he is involved in at the time.
As a fan I have much to appreciate in him, but like many, he has led me to do things I would never have thought about doing before I saw 1/2 an episode of BtVS.
All I can say is that my greatest hope for him is that he is happy, and loved ... he deserves it. 

5. United Kingdom
This is actually the hardest as the UK is England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales ... and I have only been to 2 of those countries!
I call myself English, but I love the diversity that is within the UK ... and would love to visit both Ireland and Scotalnd at some point.
We are so lucky here in that we have history and heritage down every road, every village has something dating back centuries.  There are local traditions and hobbies that date back so far, no one really knows where they come from.
Sadly this spread of interests has meant that we are running out of space - but it means that we are always near something of interest to someone.
"God Save The Queen!"

17th-Mar-2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
I Love to try so I'm yelling "my name is the master", can't wait wich 5 words you will give me.
17th-Mar-2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Have fun -

1) Holland.
2) Travel.
3) Photography.
4) Family.
5) And, last but not least, James!
17th-Mar-2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
I you don't mind me responding in comments my name is the master :)
17th-Mar-2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
No - that's fine.

1) Suffolk.
2) Siblings.
3) Theatre.
4) Numfar.
5) And, last but not least, James!
17th-Mar-2010 05:59 pm (UTC)

I live here, I work here, I love it here! A beautiful county though sometimes I wish there were a little less of it because my "Patch" for work is vast and can involve up to an 80 mile each way drive to get to the furthest flung places.It's green and rural and even the big towns have a certain charm. I live in a village in a valley surrounded by fields and less than an hour's drive from a lovely ( if flat) coastline. The roads are awful, the transport links are execrable yet I can't imagine living happily anywhere else.


I have three. One older sister and a much younger brother and sister. I'm especially close to my "baby" sister Christy. My brother lives abroad and works as a journalist and I don't see as much of him as I'd like but from time to time he just shows up out of the blue and it's always great to see him. My elder sister married young and has three grown children. She's cleverer than me, much thinner and fitter than me, has a much higher powered and higher paid career than me. We're not especially close but she's my sister and I love and admire her but for a chat on the phone or a night on the town or a weekend of Jamesing It's always Christy who is not only my sister but my best friend.


Love it. I trained to teach drama and still do from time to time and I appreciate really good acting. However if a play bores me or the acting is bad I'm outta there in the first interval. Life is too short to watch bad theatre and there's a LOT of bad theatre out there. For the past 6 years I've had the great pleasure and privilege of being a Director and board member of one of the best theatres in England and having helped in a £5.4 million restoration programme which has had stunning results. It's a gem and a national treasure and both produces and receives some of the best productions I've ever seen. Really good theatre on my doorstep! This makes me happy.In October I leave the board but I'm carrying on as a Patron. This makes me even happier.


Awww, my cat and supreme ruler of the household. Numfar came to us as a half starved, very sick, badly mistreated scrap of felinity . She is now sleek and healthy and an utter delight. She has her own fanclub on LJ. Many of my LJ frends are there for the Numfar.

5. James!!

Quite simply he's an astonishingly good actor.I mean stunningly good. I enjoy his music. I love his intelligence and the way he reaches out to his fans but it's as an actor that he really shines whether on stage or on screen.
18th-Mar-2010 09:52 am (UTC)
Thanks for playing, Deborah -

Suffolk is one of those counties I am sure I have driven through, but that is my limit on it!

Siblings - yes, I've met Christy - but wondered if you see the others as much as see mine! Thanks.

Theatre - glad to know you don't like bad stuff. I have met a few musicians who will listen to anything in their particular genre ... I so agree with you, it's a waste of precious time!

Numfar - it's to be hoped that Jiffy doesn't read about the fandom! I think he thinks he's the only one with LJ friend s... I didn't even tell him about DJ. Mind you, if the 2 joined forces, they would take over the world!

Brilliant summary of James - Thank you for that.
17th-Mar-2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Weeeeeeh!! Thank you for playing! *hugs*
Great answers - you learned riding at the age of 35? Well, that let´s me hope I´ll learn it some time too! :)

Your answer for Jiffy made me smile..I can imagine him being nosy and wanting to be everywhere "his humans" go too. He definitely has a way to sneak into one´s heart: :)

Thanks again! ♥

18th-Mar-2010 10:04 am (UTC)
Oh yes - Jiffy has his humans pretty well under control!

Glad you enjoyed the answers - and it's true, before 35 I had never even stroked a horse - so don't lose sight of your dreams.
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18th-Mar-2010 09:47 am (UTC)
Yay - good to meme!

1) Cooking
2) Art
3) Music
4) Stevie
5) Family
17th-Mar-2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Love your answers.
This looks like fun, Deborah, 'my name is the master'!
18th-Mar-2010 10:07 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed - and glad you want to play!

How about -
1) Spuffy
2) Family
3) LJ
4) New York city
5) Cooking.

Have fun!
22nd-Mar-2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
I love reading stories that have Spike and Buffy at the heart. As long as the characters are real and genuine I'll try to give every kind a chance. I read dark Spuffy,and light Spuffy,and even ambiguous Spuffy.

There is a wonderful husband and we've been married longer than not. We have three children and two grand kids. Luckily, we live close enough for visits and closeness.

LJ has provided stories, art and meta about BTVS and many unexpected delightful friendships.

New York City
I have lived in many boroughs of the city and worked for years 'in the city' [Manhattan]. NYC is always a whirligig of activity and interests from art museums to zoo.

I love to eat! And collect recipes. The last few years, my husband has taken over cooking. Now, I watch him and try out his efforts.
22nd-Mar-2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for plying ...

Yes - Spuffy all the way!!! And I certainly agree with you about LJ - I came here looking for help to find a bit of Spuffy, and found so, so much more.

I like NYC when I was there - but that was a 2 day stay back in 1989! (Met Claires x-boyfriend on the Satton Island Ferry!!!)

And - who is the better cook???

Edited at 2010-03-22 05:33 pm (UTC)
23rd-Mar-2010 12:55 am (UTC)
He cooks some great meals [but I had more variety and flexibility].
23rd-Mar-2010 09:00 am (UTC)
So its "Win-Win", whoever cooks.
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