Just Jane 002

A semi-regular series in which I share a fact or three about myself.

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Me, circa 1984

I’m one of six children; chronologically I come fifth, though intellectually, I’m obviously at the top. (Just kidding, any siblings who might be reading this.) We’re three boys and three girls, and that many siblings mean that I’m an aunt many times over (five nieces, five nephews, a great-niece, two step-nephews, a step-niece, and a step-great-niece). I love being part of a big family, and I can’t imagine it any other way.

I once made the statement: “I never wear lipstick.” (It was swiftly followed by “Sometimes I wear lipstick,” which has gone on to become one of those things that my friends repeat with much hilarity due to how overwhelmingly ridiculous it is.) Pretty much since that day, I’ve found that wearing lipstick is a really good way to lift my confidence. This is not news; it’s been the way of the world for many years, but it took me a while to cotton on. Now, you can usually find at least two lipsticks in any bag I own, and I’ve bought the same MUA colour about sixteen times (without using any up first).

I really like my name. I never, ever find it on personalised things like bookmarks or pencil cases, but I’m mostly OK with that. I like that it’s a bit of an old lady name because it means that I rarely meet people of my own age with the same name. I like that it’s one syllable because it can’t be shortened but it can be lengthened. I’ve been known as Janey and Janus in the past, though mostly now I am just Jane.

Day 1 ~ Blog Every Day in May

Well here we are again. It’s time for another ‘Blog Every Day…’ challenge, and I’ve been foolish enough to sign up again. I say foolish, because even though I love these challenges, I put myself under far too much pressure to complete them.

The sensible part of my brain thought, “May is a busy month for you, and you’ll never do it.” At the same time, the idealistic part of my brain thought, “But it’s so much fun, and if I try to avoid that self-imposed pressure, I’ll be fine.” As such, at 11.30pm on 1st May, I signed up and gave myself half an hour to write post number one!

If you’re interested in finding out more about BEDM, it’s the brainchild of the excellent Elizabeth from Rosalilium. All is explained in her post here

The prompt for today is ‘Introduce Yourself’. I love reading ‘x facts about me posts’, and presuming I can think of enough things, here are five facts about me. 

  • I work for an events and publishing company, primarily for yoga and vegan titles and events. My job is pretty varied, but officially, I’m in press and promotions. 
  • I’ve only recently moved out of home, at the ripe age of 32. I now live in a flat with my friend Hannah, who I also work with. 
  • I like stories. Primarily, this means I’m a voracious reader, but anything with a story – film, television, drama – makes my heart happy. 
  • Not to overstate things, but my best day ever was 20th September 2015. As someone without a children or a partner of their own, I feel comfortable saying that seeing one of the best films of my adult life on the same day that my celebrity hero picked me out the crowd is my best day ever. 
  • I’m a sister to five people, and I like that I am. I like being a daughter, an auntie, a friend, but I think I like being a sister best of all. 

So time marches on, and I won’t feel as though I’ve started this challenge properly if I have to hit publish after midnight (remember what I said about self-imposed pressure?). Thus, with total awareness that this isn’t the prettiest looking post, or the most fantastically written, I’m starting BEDM. 

Things I Have Learned This Week 005

Things That Would Be Helpful in a Pub Quiz

♥ The Vienna Secession was a group of Austrian artists, including Gustav Klimt and Max Fabiani, who resigned from the Association of Austrian Artists in 1897, because they objected to the conservatism and traditional outlook of the movement.

♥ A purple poppy was created in 2006 to commemorate the animal victims of war. A white poppy was introduced in the 1930s that, like the traditional red poppy, remembers those who have died in war, but puts an emphasis on a lasting commitment to peace.

♥ Charles Dickens slept facing north, because he believed it help improve his writing.

♥ Anthropodermic bibliopegy is the art of binding books in human skin. It was commonly used in the case of criminals, including Guy Fawkes conspirator Henry Garnet, whose record of offenses against him were bound in his own skin.

Things That Wouldn’t Be Helpful in a Pub Quiz

♥ As long as Primark keep producing their Harry Potter t-shirts, I will keep buying them.

♥ If you don’t ask, you won’t get. Sometimes you won’t get if you do ask, but you stand more chance if you actually do ask.

♥ I can go to the cinema and watch a horror film without any adverse effects.

♥ The tension of said horror films will be affected by fellow audience members farting audibly in the middle of the film.

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Things That Would Be Helpful in a Pub Quiz

♥ The oldest zoo in the world is located in the ground of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. It dates back to 1752.

♥ Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian ethnographer (study of people and cultures) and adventurer. He sailed across the Pacific Ocean in a raft he built by hand, called Kon-Tiki.

♥ Blackbeard’s real name was Edward Teach, or Edward Thatch.

♥ The Struve Geodetic Arc is a chain of survey triangulations that starts in Norway and stretches for 2820km to the Black Sea. The survey was the designed to help establish the exact size of the planet.

♥ From east to west, Hawaii is the widest US state, but it would fit inside Texas around forty times.

♥ The term Spandau Ballet refers to the twitching that would occur to the bodies of people hanged at Spandau prison. The band Spandau Ballet used it when it was seen written on a toilet wall and decided on as a good name for a band.

Things That Wouldn’t Be Helpful in a Pub Quiz

♥ The rules of chess aren’t as hard to learn as I had assumed.

♥ Watching clips of old Neighbours characters dying is not a bad way to spend a Saturday night with your besties.

♥ It’s a month until my birthday, and the chances of me completing more than a couple more of my 32 Before 32 list are minimal.

♥ When Mark Kermode retweets you, you get a lot of replies and favourites and retweets.

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Things That Would Be Helpful in a Pub Quiz

♥ The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the 1920s.

♥ A tetraconch is a building, usually a church, with four apses, of equal size, in each direction. The Zvartnots Cathedral in Armenia is an example of one.

♥ The –super-Mare part of Weston-super-Mare is Latin for ‘upon sea’. It was added to the name Weston to distinguish it from other places with the same name.

♥ The word toponymy means the study of place names.

♥ The Solway Spaceman mystery involves a photograph of a child, taken by her father on a day out, that has a man in what seems to be a spacesuit standing behind her. It has never been discovered who or what the figure is.

Things That Wouldn’t Be Helpful in a Pub Quiz

♥ Talking to Rob while he’s asleep is actually the funniest thing.

♥ Buying the soundtrack to Pride will result in dance parties in my living room. Sometimes these will involve Anna and Isla, sometimes they will be solitary affairs. They will always be entertaining.

♥ Little Mix are a lot of fun to watch live.

♥ I seem to have developed something of an intolerance to Weetabix.