Wednesday, 29 August 2007
The Fantastic Four
I don't normally find the time for these type of things, but the brilliant Joanna of Joanna's food tagged me a couple of weeks back for a Fantastic Four meme. And I can't resist a bit of chit chat. So here are mine. 5 points of interest with 4 answers. I now tag my brother Darren, Lynda at Lulu's Bay, Amanda at Little Foodies and Kelly at Kelly The Culinarian.
Four jobs I've had in my life:
1 - Working on the delicatessen at Gateways (before it became Safeways) when I was 15 years old. I had to endure every kind of double entendre from the 5 women I worked alongside, details of which I cannot repeat here. But it was hilarious.
2 - Royal Navy - I was a weapons engineer for almost 6 years after leaving school in the RN. I loved the first few years, travelled all over the world, Australia at 18, fabulous for a young lad. Then I was in the Gulf War and I couldn't stand it any longer for some reason!
3 - I was a professional buyer for 10 years working in I.T. - quite how and why I ended up doing this after going to Uni to learn to be a Primary school teacher is anyone's guess!
4 - Demonstration chef - and that is exactly what I do now, and I love it!
Places I have lived:
1 - South Shields in South Tyneside for the first 16 years of my life.
2 - Rosyth in Scotland - fantastic people, I miss Scotland.
3 - Bristol - after leaving Uni, I pretended to be a programmer and disappeared off to Bristol. It lasted for 5 months before I realised I was never going to cut it in the riveting world of programming!
4 - Leeds - my 2nd home, I moved there in 1994 and stayed until the end of last year. I made friends for life there and I miss them all dearly.
Four places I have been on holiday:
1 - Pelion in Greece - I fell in love with Pelion after this trip, and found a huge passion for their food. Lovely humble people making delicious simple food - my kind of place.
2 - Brittany, France - my cousin had a house there for a few years and I went when my daughter was only 4 months old. The memories are of her 1st dip in a pool, weaning her off her mother's breast and hilarious images of the tree in the back garden full of her jumper suits drying off!
3 - North West Scotland - probably my favourite place in the world, I travelled right up the West coast and fell head over heels in love with it. Amazing beautiful scenery and fabulous food.
4 - Rhodes - my first 'lads holiday' away. Gruesome.
Four of my favourite foods:
In no particular order and no waffle -
1 - Cheese (any).
2 - Chocolate (any).
3 - Fish (any).
4 - Curry (any).
Four places I would rather be right now:
1 - On a stage singing in my own band to 100,000 people with them all knowing the words. Dream time.
2 - Rising like a salmon on the edge of the 18 yard box and powering in an unstoppable volley in the FA Cup final for Newcastle United. More dream time.
3 - On a beach in the Pelion with my little girl, splashing in the crystal blue seas and then returning for some zucchini, tzatziki and home brewed red wine.
4 - On a hilltop in the Highlands of Scotland with a flask of strong tea, a wee dram of single malt and the cold heather scented air whistling around me.
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