sir_guinglain: (Boyandbear)
( Mar. 16th, 2011 04:20 pm)
Which songs were number one in the UK, US and Australian charts on the day I was born? Courtesy of [ profile] wellinghall and This Day in Music.

UK: I Hear You Knockin' - Dave Edmunds; though I'd have gone for the top of the charts of 21 November 1970 rather than 28 November as the engine does, so I also offer Voodoo Chile - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Reviews for both on the excellent Popular: Voodoo Chile; I Hear You Knockin'.

US: I Think I Love You - Partridge Family

Australia: Lookin Out My Back Door - Creedence Clearwater Revival

and to counter accusations of Anglophone bias:

France: Deux amis pour un amour - Johnny Halliday

Germany: A Song of Joy - Miguel Rios

Italy: Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall - Aphrodite's Child

Netherlands: To My Father's House - Les Humphries Singers

France, Germany and Netherlands courtesy of Wikipedia; Italy courtesy of Hit Parade Italia.
Some of these are similar to last year:

On the twelfth day of Christmas, parrot_knight sent to me...
Twelve roads drumming
Eleven samoyeds piping
Ten whigs a-leaping
Nine oudws dancing
Eight tories a-blogging
Seven fanzines a-publishing
Six dogs a-learning
Five po-o-o-olitics
Four humanities-geek things
Three arthurian legends
Two non-chic geeks
...and a tolkien in a doonesbury.
Get your own Twelve Days:
A Turn on your MP3 player or music player on your computer.
B Go to SHUFFLE songs mode.
C Write down the first 15 songs that come up—song title and artist—NO editing/cheating, please.

1. Green, Green Grass of Home - Johnny Cash
2. It's All Too Much - The Beatles
3. Elephants Graveyard - Boomtown Rats
4. Kitty Jay - Seth Lakeman
5. Over my Head - Furslide
6. I Don't Want to Spoil the Party - The Beatles
7. Deborah Recitative - The King's Consort (Handel: Deborah)
8. Moonshiner - Bob Forrest
9. Trumpet Fanfare - The King's Consort (Handel: Music for the Coronation of King George II)
10. Let the Cold Wind Blow - Kate Rusby
11. Si Tu Dois Partir - Fairport Convention
12. One Sure Thing - Fairport Convention
13. The Unwelcome Guest - Billy Bragg and Wilco
14. The Legionnaire's Lament - The Decembrists
15. John the Gun - Fairport Convention
Pick a musical artist whose discography you know fairly well. Using only their song titles, try to answer these questions. Try not to repeat a song title.

Answers behind cut )
sir_guinglain: (Default)
( Apr. 29th, 2008 07:06 pm)

Your Thinking is Abstract and Random

You are flexible, adaptable, and creative.

There's many ways that you can learn - and you're up for any of them.

You relate well to other people, and you do well working in groups.

You can help people communicate together and work with each other's strengths.

You don't work well with people who are competitive or adversarial.

You prefer to work toward a common goal... not toward conflicting goals.

sir_guinglain: (Default)
( Mar. 9th, 2008 04:46 pm)
A meme, again. Listing the places where I've lived, and linking to the relevant Wikipedia articles:

1. Low Fell, Gateshead
2. Nuthall, Nottinghamshire
3. Woodthorpe, Nottinghamshire
4. Darras Hall, Ponteland, Northumberland
5. St John's College, Oxford
6. Deptford, London
7. New Cross, London
8. Kidlington, Oxfordshire
9. Jericho, Oxford
10. Woodstock, Oxfordshire
sir_guinglain: (Default)
( Mar. 8th, 2008 12:51 am)
From [ profile] nhw - warning, it's fussy about spellings where multiple English forms exist:

sir_guinglain: (Kirkcudbright Samoyed)
( Feb. 11th, 2008 10:21 pm)
To celebrate that I have finished reading my students' essays already, and so will not be up until 3.45am tonight, the random tracks meme, from [ profile] tree_and_leaf:

You probably know the rubric )

Guess the song and artist - or the composer and work for the classical pieces )
There are lots of questions on this one where I don't think the choices are mutually exclusive and where I could easily have chosen both, but for the record...


Seen c/o [ profile] richenda
American Cities That Best Fit You:

55% Austin

50% Atlanta

50% New York City

50% Washington, DC

45% Boston

As seen at [ profile] wryelle's LJ.
As seen at [ profile] nhw's journal:

86% Barack Obama
84% Chris Dodd
84% Joe Biden
81% John Edwards
81% Hillary Clinton
80% Dennis Kucinich
80% Bill Richardson
77% Mike Gravel
44% Rudy Giuliani
40% John McCain
30% Ron Paul
30% Mitt Romney
25% Mike Huckabee
17% Tom Tancredo
16% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz
In 2007, parrot_knight resolves to...
Find a better tolkien.
Go to the roads every month.
Start an arthuriana fund.
Go to woodthorpe every Sunday.
Find a new fandom.
Connect with my inner london.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Is any of this good advice? Answers welcome!
What was that someone once said about it always being the 1970s somewhere in my mind?

Haiku2 for parrot_knight
late 1970s but it is
now being joined by the
publisher '1912 1913'
Created by Grahame

I like this one too:

Haiku2 for parrot_knight
has dominance in
your past life over the wall
continued from here
Created by Grahame

William Shakespeare

Blow, blow, thou winter wind.
Thou art not so unkind
As man's parrot_knight.

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:

...brought back into my friends list by [ profile] tree_and_leaf

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal...
5. ...along with these instructions.

Like [ profile] tree_and_leaf, I'm grabbing the nearest books:

"Two British SF writers were identified as offering the best potential for adaptation: Fred Hoyle and John Wyndham." (Time And Relative Dissertations In Space, ed. David Butler, 2007)

"This went through two more editions during the Elizabethan period, after Veron's death." (part of endnote 7 to Carrie E. Euler, 'Bringing Reformed Theology: Jean Veron' in From Strangers to Citizens: The Integration of Immigrant Communities in Britain, Ireland and Colonial America, 1550-1750, ed. Randolph Vigne and Charles Littleton, 2001)

"The pages of the publication are printed on the quad sheet in an order determined by the pattern of folding to be applied to it during the binding process; the arrangement or 'imposition' of the pages on both sides of the sheet is complex, and the editor will usually be asked to check running sheets - a set of unbound pages - to ensure that the correct order results once the quad sheet is folded and trimmed." (New Hart's Rules, ed. R.M. Ritter, 2005)

and adding something from the book which is always falling onto my desk from the shelf above, in the interests of fiction:

"The sheepdog came stealthily into the kitchen and lay in front of the fire with its eyes fixed on the man as he spoke, and its head resting on its paws." (Colm Toibin, The Heather Blazing, Picador Thirty edition, 2002)
sir_guinglain: (Default)
( Nov. 7th, 2007 03:06 pm)
I'm sure a lot of you have seen this before, but I came across it while examining old roots, to to speak:

Diagrams )
As seen at [ profile] nhw's journal:

What will happen when you meet the Doctor?
Favourite Color
You live In a historical time period that is easily faked using NT properties
Your companions are You live alone
The Doctor arrived because He was trying to impress a Time Lord
You first met the Doctor when The TARDIS kidnapped you
The end result was Your entire family died horribly
This fun quiz by clanwilliam - Taken 2 Times.
New! Get Free Daily Horoscopes from Kwiz.Biz

sir_guinglain: (Default)
( Oct. 24th, 2007 05:10 pm)
Seen chez [ profile] pellegrina. Maybe this is why I get on so well with Poppy and Marmite, the cats downstairs (and have been able to get within a foot of their fell enemy, the Grey Cat):

What herb are you?

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