Monday. Just knocked off. Getting back into work mode is going quite successfully, but have not bothered looking at any job boards yet.
Anyway, what should be there to greet me as I knocked off but Melanie’s latest batch of Share Your World questions. A quick scan through has revealed that I’m probably going to be quite dull this week, but I’ll have a bash nevertheless.
In your opinion, what’s the closest thing to real magic?
When I thought of magic, my first thought was of the wizards I have seen with a soccer ball, whose skill is beyond belief. David Beckham, for example, was able to repeatedly kick a ball into a trashcan from thirty yards away.
Opening that our a bit, I suppose it is anybody who has mastered their craft so well that they defy belief.
That might include what we think of as a magician.
Did you ever watch a game of snooker, for example. Potting every ball, after each red ball, taking the black ball, then clearing up one colour ball at a time. That’s 147 points in total. Imposswible, right? Yet several people have done it.
My own favourite sport was cycling. Have a look at the trick in this video, from a professional cyclist called Peter Sagan:
Don’t you wish you could park like that?
Where is the worst smelling place you’ve been?
One of the things my wife and I agree on is that my sense of small is rubbish, so “worst smelling” is a relative term!
When my wife comes home from work at the local doctor’s surgery, she smells “clinical”. Of disinfectant. It’s pretty horrible.
I remember one of the cats (not the current cats) had an infected wound once, that was pretty awful.
At university, my department (Physics) was right next to the Chemistry Department. I swear they did it on purpose!
Lastly, I hate the rotten egg/sulphur smell that I burp if I have an upset tummy. Apparently, caused by some specific bacteria. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen very often.
What are some things that you’ve heard in your own life, which sounded like compliments but were actually insults?
There are always one or two keywords, polite ways of saying “that’s shit”.
“Interesting” is one such word. But you’ve got to second-guess it though. “Interesting” might just mean…interesting 🤣🤣🤣 So, if you say my post is interesting, I’ll know what you mean!
What incredibly common thing have you never done?
Gosh, what have I never done? I’m trying to rack my brain.
I’ve never done any sports like scuba diving or skydiving. Never had any desire to. Lots of people do one or other of those nowadays.
I’m not a big traveller, I haven’t been out of Europe for many years, although I did once spend a year in the USA.
I suppose I’ve never been arrested! But hardly “incredibly common”.
I flew in a helicopter once. The idea of flying in a helicopter was a much bigger deal than flying in one! I only mention it, because a few people seem to want to do that.
Please feel free to share some gratitude that you experienced during the past week! 🙂
Hmmmm, gratitude. Understand that these are marginal calls, I’m still not going out so both gratitude and ingratitude are close-run thing.
I had arranged to meet a friend for an al-fresco coffee. I was nervous about going, but he handily settled the issue by pulling out.
My belief is that the virus is more effective at spreading indoors than out, but I’m glad I didn’t have to put that to the test. I think my region (which is still a pretty big area (about 1/8 of the UK as a whole) registered about 10 deaths during the last week.
I was also glad we got a delivery from the supermarket Saturday night. They brought me a curry (last night’s supper) and a fresh supply of chocolate biscuits. I’m allowed one per day – I had today’s at about 8AM!