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That 'Five Questions' Biznai. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
That 'Five Questions' Biznai.

Because dolorous_ett asked.

1. What was the wisest thing Churchill ever said?

‘War is the natural occupation of man: war – and gardening.’ Well, no, perhaps not. ‘War is horrible, but slavery is worse, and you may be sure the British people would rather go down fighting than live in servitude’, perhaps – though I wonder if that’s true any longer. Practically anything he said about appeasement and not finishing the job would have been useful to bear in mind in the decade between 1991 and 2001.

2. Where is the furthest you have been from Wiltshire?

Oh, dear, this will take map-work. Great circle routes … hmmm … no, that’s coming back the other direction … bugger … ah. Los Angeles, California, would be the answer. (You get much past that, and you’re getting closer in the other direction, as when my father was in Korea during the war there.)

3. Byrd, Purcell or Parry?

Tallis. Oh, all right, of the three, I suppose Purcell, but not for the damned operas.

4. Why did you feel it was necessary to provide Draco and Harry with children in Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn?

Because, hackneyed though that form of happy ending is, they wanted them. Specifically, these are their brighter hopes, this dubiously prophetic future, and one of Draco’s few canonical virtues is a fierce family loyalty (as we’ve seen at the climax of HBP) just as Harry has a deep, aching need to belong to and be part of a ‘real’ family, a need that wants healing and to be assuaged.

5. What, in your view, constitutes the perfect English breakfast?

Devilled if I know. (Pauses for laughter.) Porridge, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, toast, ham, mutton ham, sausages, kidneys, kedgeree, chops, cutlets, black pudding, bubble-and-squeak, Arbroath kippers, game pie if possible (I don’t give a damn what time of day it is, I can always get stuck in to a good game pie), Finnan haddie (a Finnan haddie omelette is a wondrous thing), some starch, preferably fried (and so far as I am concerned, this can include lardy cake, potato scones, Dorset knobs, game chips, potato cakes, and anything else that may clog an artery), and all the tea in China. I know, I know, but I’ll die happy.


Now, of course, I am obliged to offer: anyone wishing to answer five impertinent questions posed by me, may say so in comments.  As I understand them, the rules require that you then answer those queries in yr own LJ and extend the same offer to interrogate others, there ('no one expects the Spanish Inquisition!').

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magic_at_mungos From: magic_at_mungos Date: October 28th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go on. :)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 29th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

You Have My Attention.

1. To be, or not to be?
2. Narcissa: Good Black behind enemy lines or Bad Black?
3. The Yankification of Britain: how bad has it got?
4. Tonkseses, my precious. Discuss.
5. Dean or Blaise? Does JKR even know?
magic_at_mungos From: magic_at_mungos Date: October 31st, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You Have My Attention.

backinblack From: backinblack Date: October 28th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ask me! Ask me!

You've been to LA, then? God save us all from LA.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 29th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Five Easy Pieces. Or Not.

1. Is Los Angeles really the way it appears to the rest of the world?
2. For a night: fit but vacuous, or cuddly but intelligent?
3. For a long relationship, same question.
4. Neville: A Good Thing? Discuss.
5. Snape: Villain or 007? Choose only ONE.
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 29th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)


P.S. What are Dorset knobs when they're at home?
A biscuit, excellent with anything. Commonly served for tea, but originally part of a farm breakfast, and still a damned good choice for that purpose. Here: http://www.moores-biscuits.co.uk/moores_content.html.

Now, to the questions!

1. Wherefore chickens?
2. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
3. Whence this snooker obsession?
4. Sir WS Gilbert, or Wilde? (If Wilde, kindly hum any bars set to music by Sullivan. What? Wilde wasn't good enough for Sullivan to partner in operettas? Well, there's your answer, then.)
5. Cider or real ale?
wren_chan From: wren_chan Date: October 29th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, please do. ^^ I am wildly curious to know what questions you would ask me.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 29th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Comfy Chair!

Prepare for the Spanish Inquisition!

1. Harry or Draco? Discuss.
2. After long immersion in the Potterverse, what do you see as the characteristics in common of JKR's idealised Britain and your native USA?
3. If there were anything you cd force JKR to rewrite or 'fix' ... well, tell us.
4. How weird ARE the Weird Sisters?
5. What one magical spell, potion, or ability from the Potterverse wd you most wish to have?
BONUS QUESTIONS: Where is an uncropped photo for that icon, and, Why is Malfoy not visible at the bottom of the frame?
dolorous_ett From: dolorous_ett Date: October 30th, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was most impressed by your ideal English breakfast. Delicious! You must have two or three house elves working overtime to produce it, though?

I'm glad you like Tallis (can't recall now why I didn't put him in the question). And agree with you about Purcell on the whole, though individual arias and bits from his operas are sublime ("O let me weep", for example). I take it you're not a fan of music that forces you to sing "tit-willow, tit-willow, tit-willow" repeatedly, then?

And thanks for clearing up the GoIGoH point - I confess, it had been bothering me. But you're right about the need for families on both sides, of course.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 30th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

My Dear....

You asked for my ideal FEB. The distance between the ideal and the quotidian ... well, as Professor Kirke was wont to mutter, 'it's all in Plato', so....

As for Purcell, if I'm to be singing 'tit-willow, tit-willow' repeatedly, it had damned well better be The Mikado.

Thank YOU for asking such penetrating questions. It's been quite fun, really.
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