Monday 14 May 2007

In the Meme Time

I've been tagged with a meme!!!!! (I exclaim in my best JonnyB voice)

Lesly Finn has tagged me with a meme from Christy's Coffee Break called In the Spotlight. Here are my answers to the interview questions I've chosen from the list of possibles.

Is this your first meme?
Yes it is.

When did you start blogging?
Three years ago.

What do you hope to accomplish with with your blog?
When I started, I intended it to be something like a fanzine, a field I've had some experience in, with contributions from friends, emails as content and like so. But when I found there was a lack of support for the idea, I gradually morphed it into something more like an artist's journal.

The acquisition of a digital camera has speeded up this process, by allowing me to post much more of my work and show some of the processes in its making. Ultimately, I intend to tie it into a website of my own, so that there can be greater two-way traffic.

However, I still harbour an interest in writing as a skill in itself, so the occasional piece of writing, almost for its own sake, is always likely to appear.

What is your worst quality?

What is your best quality?

What is your favourite childhood memory?
Hard to choose. It's either :

  • Riding on the footplate of an 0-6-0 shunter in the marshalling yards in Edinburgh

  • Stealing a pencil stub from the Co-op.

Are you a spiritual person?
I'm spiritual in the sense that I feel a metaphysical connection to the world and I suspect there may be an underlying force in nature, which can be sometimes alluded to in art. I'm not a spiritual person in the sense proclaimed by the organised religions, whom I generally condemn for encouraging ignorance and superstition and on whom I blame many of the endless miseries of the world.

What is the weirdest thing that ever happened to you?
Being born.


In my turn, I hand on the Black Spot to:

Ian Gordon Craig - an artist whose on-line journal always fascinates.

Marja-Leena Rathje - another artist; her prints are quite lovely.

Anna - with funny taste in music but always a good view out of the window.

Winchester Whisperer - interesting political commentary.

Secret Simon - who may get something out of the moral and spiritual questions.

I crave their forgiveness.


Whispering Walls said...

Is this the equivalent of blogging chainmail?

harry bell said...

There seems to be an element of that in it, but no money will change hands, I promise! And it all appears harmless enough. I quite enjoyed finding answers to my questions.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for the attention and free publicity which as an ex(?) fan I naturally relish - and of course you are forgiven - but I'm afraid I have an unnatural horror of chain mail type stuff. So I'm hoping that the fact that we're (finally) moving *tomorrow* and will be without internet access at home for several weeks will be enough to get me off this. It will, won't it? I mean you can't expect me to write such personal stuff sitting in a public library - someone might be looking over my shoulder. One thing though: I think you're really more spiritual than you let on or you wouldn't be so indulgent towards my blog. As for all the horrors done in the name of religion, I agree with you, but my hunch is that if religion hadn't been around, they'd only have come up with some other excuse.

harry bell said...

If there's one thing I've learned in the last few years, it's that "I am not responsible for other people's actions." So it's your decision and you can rest easy: I have no intention of sending round the Meme Police, should such exist.

I can also reassure you that, as far as I'm aware, failure to take up a meme tag does not carry with it a penalty of 7 years bad luck and a gypsy's curse.

Spirtuality comes upon me in waves. You may have caught me at high tide.

Christy said...

Memes are pretty hamless since they can't show up in your email inbox, how else could we find out all of this interesting personal stuff about other bloggers? It's a great excuse to be nosy!

You're answers were great, and you are quite funny, thanks for participating!


harry bell said...

Thanks Christy, and welcome. I'm afraid some of the bloggers whom I've tagged with your meme are nosy-resistant, which is their prerogative.

I'll take "quite funny" to mean I shouldn't consider stand-up.