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Comment on this entry and I'll choose seven interests from your list which I'd like you to explain.

cakmpls asked me about...

Ancient history

I'm interested in history in general, but there are two things that draw me to history pre 300 CE. One of those is the same thing that fuels my love of SF and fantasy – the massive differences in art and thought and politics, not to mention social patterns, between different civilisations, while human nature stays within such close confines. The other is that I am old-fashioned enough to like the sweep and personalities of military and political history, and Rome, in particular, gives that to me in spades. Which is why Rome from Scipio to Hadrian is my favourite period.


Garrison's Gorillas




1960s TV series (26 episodes) starring Ron Harper, Cesare Danova, Rudi Solari, Chris Cary and Brendon Boone, so extremely high 'crumpet factor'. A sort of riff on the Dirty Dozen, about a team of criminals sent on undercover missions for 'allied intelligence' in Nazi occupied Europe. Paul Playdon, later to fulfil the same role in Mission Impossible was the script editor, and the plots are just as complex as MI. We made the mistake some twelve years ago of watching all the episodes from the beginning and went into fanwriting obsession mode, both fic and meta. I recently had several requests for the fanzines we published then. What I really loved was the complexity of the plotting, the humour, and the surprisingly good characterisation.

Geomorphology

The science of the way the landscape is shaped is one of the things I'm interested in from lessons at school, forty odd years ago. Landscape is beautiful at any time, but working out how it came to be the way it is right now adds so much to the interest of travel and photography. It is also very useful for designing landscapes for genre fiction. I get very fed up with fantasy maps where rivers flow uphill...

having fun

My interest list seemed kind of serious. My whole aim in life is to have fun - it would be difficult to have another attitude when I honestly believe that this is the only time of consciousness we've got. So this makes this interest serious too. Meh!

Showjumping

I love riding, horses, and watching all horse sports. Though I have only jumped on horseback in the safety of a school, and I am not keen on the experience itself (I'm old and cowardly), I love watching the experts from an educated point of view. The sport is colourful, exciting, and sometimes dangerous, and the atmosphere at a big competition – say the World Cup Qualifier at Olympia – is electric. Indeed, as I type I'm watching the Hickstead jumping Derby on TV at this moment. Watching a horse contemplate coming down the bank for the first time, or another horse hurtle down to a big oxer, jump it, then turn on three – or maybe even two - strides to take a five foot six upright... Well, I've been a fan since the days of Pat Smythe and Prince Hal and Tosca. (That's the 1950s, folks.) Oh yes, and it's one of the sports where women compete in equality with the men.

Singapura cats




Once we moved to a house where we could have cats, we were going to buy a Bengal and an Abyssinan but then we went to the National Cat Club show at Olympia in the days when it was big and sponsored, and saw these incredible small ivory coloured cats (technically ivory ticked sepia) with the huge eyes, fell in love, managed to buy a couple as pets when there were less than thirty in the country. We ended up breeding and showing, and now owning a stud cat, and helping to run the Singapura Cat Club. All the cats are descended from a litter found by an American oilman in Singapore harbour over thirty years ago. They are loving and mischievous and climb up everything, including you...

Vintage children's literature

If a book is worth reading when you are ten, it should be worth reading when you are fifty. There are a lot of books I read as a child – and others that I ought to have read and am now catching up with – that I still love to read. I've been quietly collecting to add to those I bought new back in the 60s. Mainly SF, fantasy, adventure series, and pony books, though there is the odd school story collection in there too.

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I'm not actually sure I've got seven :-)

I really need to add to my profile a bit.

Vintage children's literature

If a book is worth reading when you are ten, it should be worth reading when you are fifty. There are a lot of books I read as a child – and others that I ought to have read and am now catching up with – that I still love to read. I've been quietly collecting to add to those I bought new back in the 60s. Mainly SF, fantasy, adventure series, and pony books, though there is the odd school story collection in there too.


I've got a lot of kids book I bought and read as an adult. Don't do it so much now, I feel a bit out of place going into the kids book section these days, and there seems to be less of the really good stuff I liked back when I was twenty-five.

You have eleven. [grin]

Do you want me to choose seven? Or even three (the truncated version?)

You have eleven. [grin]

That many?

Do you want me to choose seven?

Ah, go on, choose seven :-)

BTW, I just noticed you've friended me, may I reciprocate?

crime (british), indie, linux, metal, old films, old houses, writing.

And please friend me.

I had to take very large liberties with plate tectonics to make my fantasy world map at least vaguely possible. (That will teach me to do the map on the fly and then have to correct it later)

I have a flying wedge in my continent that I'm saying magic put there.

Plates may be the exception rather than the rule. Mars doesn't have them, apparently.

I need to fill the holes in my children's bookshelf. Fool that I was to have left my books behind when I left home (although I could hardly have carried them with me); catching up on the Chalet School, and on Jill and her ponies, is difficult and expensive.

I don't think I have seven interests - or, possibly, any - obscure enough that need explaining, but if anything takes your fancy, please ask. It'll give me an excuse to talk about myself. As if I needed one.


Hmmm. Some of your interests are a bit repetitiive - but I will give you at least one excuse to talk about Sports Night. [grin]

creative writing, ignoring morons, john barrowman sometimes, laughing at terrorists, methos, opera, sports night

It was when I realised how much my Monica Edwards hardbacks, bought new, were going for on the internet that I went into a little blue heap. I'm not a Chalet School person, but I've paid a lot of money for books by Roger Lancelyn Green, Nicholas Stuart Gray and the aforementioned Monica Edwards.

I like to cover all the bases (as it were). On the remote offchance that someone might be doing an interests search, how sad it would be if they missed out on the wonder that is me because they were looking for Casey/Dan when I had Dan/Casey listed.

There's logic there!

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