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[Jun. 9th, 2003|02:19 pm]
Peter Sheil
If you haven't seen this yet, what happens is that I answer a series of 5 interview questions. Then anyone who reads it and wants to play, lets me know in a comment and I get to ask them 5 questions, which they post (along with the answers, of course) in their journal, and the game continues. These questions are from mysticprincess:

1. How many languages can you speak and which ones are they?

Well let's see:-
English (obviously),
American English if I concentrate,
French - I worked in Luxembourg in a bilingual French / English environment so I got to have technical discussions about screen layouts so I knew all the names of all the window componebts (forgotten most of them now though). My pronounciation is un peau mauvais [that sound like "urn per mauvey" when I do it].
German - enough to get about a ski resort in Germany or Austria ie can count to quite large numbers for ordering beers etc but not too much else.

Do computer languages count?
If so then COBOL (my first real job and where I learnt to spell environment correectly), FORTRAN, BASIC, PASCAL, various assembly languages, Macros in various Microsoft Office products, Access, SQL (various flavours) Prolog, PowerBuilder, Centura, various incarnations of C, plus other things far too esoteric to mention (or indeed remember).

2. What was your favorite toy as a child?
I remember a brown and yellow stripey knitted teddy bear and another teddy bear that got loved so much he kept needing skin transplants. And there was a big red fire engine I remember rushing around in hospital when I was supposed to be recovering from having my tonsils out.

3. If you had one week (7 days) of free time and all the money in the world, what would you do and why?
Oh, a tough one. I'd certainly arrange for large donations to two charities:
Macmillans Cancer Relief - the charity I support when I run marathons
The Macular Disease Society (may be slightly different name) - 'cos my mum has that and they need money for research to treat it - it can be very disabling
As for something for me ... hmmm
Concorde flight (but it looks like I can't afford that before they withdraw it)
A week on the train that goes across Canada with the panoramic views - I remember having a jigsaw with a picture of this train winding between mountain scenery.
A world cruise ... hmm ... maybe not in a week :)

4. Do you like sushi?
Yes, love most of them although some of the more chewey ones are not so nice.

5. If you were exiled from England, where would you live and why?
Not sure, depends on what is happening to my life at the time.
Maybe mainland Europe 'cos I enjoyed my time working in Luxembourg.
Maybe America 'cos I've got quite a few friends out there.
Maybe New Zealand 'cos I like the sound of it, spectacular scenery and weather like Britain - perfect :)

[User Picture]From: acoolsecretary
2003-06-09 06:48 am (UTC)
across Canada with the panoramic views
That is my ultimate goal on travel.
Very interesting stuff here. :)
Have a good day, Peter.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-06-09 07:01 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm having a race between caffine input and sleep - it's evens at the moment :) Time for another coffee before I ZZZzzz... [too late]
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[User Picture]From: acoolsecretary
2003-06-09 07:17 am (UTC)


The Java Pot is calling me too!!
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[User Picture]From: mysticprincess
2003-06-09 08:40 am (UTC)
A week on the train that goes across Canada with the panoramic views

My in-laws did that in September, 2001. They had a terrible time getting back across the border.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-06-10 06:14 am (UTC)
Any particular reason for that? Did they look like terrorists or was it just that they were snowed in?
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[User Picture]From: mysticprincess
2003-06-10 06:36 am (UTC)


It was a day or two after the terrorist attacks, so security was excruciatingly high (and therefore S----L----O----W). If I recall correctly, they ended up walking across the border because it was quicker and less hassle.
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[User Picture]From: mysticprincess
2003-06-10 06:37 am (UTC)
And no, they didn't look like terrorists, my MIL was 73 and my FIL 79 at the time.
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[User Picture]From: goddess_2000
2003-06-13 07:06 pm (UTC)


Okay...fire away.
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