I was recently challenged to take part in the “8 random things about me” meme by fellow blogger dungeekin, so here goes nothing. There’s so much that I want to do in life, so I’d like to think that this will be a lot more interesting in a few years time, but here goes nothing. 🙂
1. Jane Eyre is my favourite book of all time.
When you love reading, it’s difficult to choose just one favourite book, but I think mine would have to be Jane Eyre. I read it when I was about 12 and I’d like to believe that it deeply influenced my ideas of feminism (does that sound pretentious? It was supposed to!). 😉 Jane’s character challenged traditional role of women in the 19th century, but beyond that, Charlotte Bronte’s writing is just beautiful and timeless. Last year, I went to see the Shared Experience Theatre Company production of it in the West End, which was excellent. However, I think the 1944 Orson Welles film with Joan Fontaine is probably the best movie version, definitely worth checking out.
2. I once played a Chinese laundry worker in the school play.
Acting was never my forte, but when I was 11, I had a small part in our school production of Bugsy Malone, which was both the first and last time I was on the stage. I had one line, (“Chinese rice and noodles”), so not exactly classical Mandarin Chinese, but nevertheless, it was great fun. The less said about my acting skills, the better.
3. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson, and I knew all along that he would be proven innocent.
I first heard Thriller when I was two, and even back then, I knew he was a legend. Liking Michael Jackson never made me one of the cool kids at school, not that that’s necessarily a bad thing! 🙂 I never get bored of his music, and yes, I’m one of those crazy people who supported MJ throughout the bad times… think I’ll stop here before I get too sycophantic… 😉
4. I love Japanese food
Ah, sushi and bento. I usually get sushi cravings at least once a week, and salmon hand rolls are great way to get those essential omega-3s and 6s into your diet. I also love miso; not only is it ridiculously healthy, it tastes great and is a great alternative to coffee. Wagamamas is also fabulous; last year they were awarded the prize for the most popular restaurant in the 2007 Zagat survey.
5. I will always watch the following films every time that they’re on:
- Mrs Doubtfire
- Father of the Bride
- Groundhog Day
- Mean Girls (was debating whether this one was too embarrassing to admit…)
I’ve already listed my favourite films on my About page, but everyone has guilty pleasure films that they never tire of. In my defence, I liked Mean Girls before Lynsey Lohan went all crazy, although admittedly, that’s rather a poor excuse by any standards.
6. I love Banksy.
I liked Banksy back when City traders weren’t buying his art. I like Bansky and street art in general because it’s subversive and unpretentious. There’s also something to be said for the freedom of expression that graffiti art represents; not only can anyone appreciate street art, but at the same time, it’s an art form open to anyone, as you don’t need a gallery or even widespread recognition to display your work. 🙂
7. Whatever happens, you’ll always see me wearing a scarf.
I love scarves. No matter if it’s boiling hot or freezing cold, I’ll always be wearing one. My favourite scarf is my Palestinian one (Keffiyeh is the technical term), and not just because it makes look a little more emo, but also because it symbolises Palestinian solidarity.
Well, this isn’t called 8 *random* things for nothing.
8. Sarcasm is my friend.
I really don’t believe those people who say that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Rather, sarcasm is beautiful; the highest form of humour on my opinion. I love sarcasm because it means that you always win in an argument; there’s no way you can debate with a sarcastic person. 😉 And yes, I’m known for my sarcasm, but it’s one of those things that you can’t over-do, otherwise it loses its impact.
Update: I’m also nominating a couple of other bloggers for this meme: verso aka Banana Lee Fishbones (real name Kelly; the short story: I helped her out when she was looking for novelty Guantanamo Bay clothing) and also Jenn, who writes one of my favourite blogs: LifeInYour20s, which is definitely worth checking for all twenty-somethings! 🙂