It is my turn to answer four questions after Russell tagged me. Apparently it's a 'meme' - I looked up the definition of a meme the last time I came across the word, but have forgotten what it means, so I guess it's not that important, unlike the earth shattering stuff that follows...
Four Jobs I've Had
Paper boy. My route was the High Street in a place called Stony Stratford. At the north end of the street were terraced houses and copies of the Mirror. At the south end were some bigger houses and shops. The small houses had big letterboxes and the big houses had small letterboxes, which made delivering the Sunday Times one of the biggest workplace problems I've ever had to deal with.Garden centre operative. It was in Rochester in Kent. I used to water plants and carry massive bags of compost to people's cars. I was 17, it was winter and it was cold.
Shop assistant, The Kitchen Reject Shop. In Cambridge, selling teapots and those clip together picture frames. There was a small room where you went to smoke cigarettes and have a cup of tea, and sit in brown chairs that were stuffed with diseased foam. Very flammable. I would finish work and then go and spend all of my money in Jay's (a record shop).
Video recording monkey. One of my favourite jobs, at the Open University. I worked in a small bunker with a few other men and about 300 VHS video players. We used to record all of the tapes that would get sent out to people doing the courses. There wasn't much to do while the tapes recorded, so I used to listen to music with a Geordie lad called Keith, and do the run to the bookies at lunchtime to stick 50p each way on something at Newton Abbott.
Four Shows I DVRWe used to have Sky+ but got rid of it, not for moral reasons but just out of laziness. The four things that we recorded most often were...
Lost - I love Lost. But I haven't seen any of the new series yet because we don't have Sky anymore. Is it any good?
The Sopranos - because it's the best TV show ever. Even better than Junior Kickstart.
Curb Your Enthusiasm - funny show featuring rude man. I'm sure you've seen it.
Really long music documentaries on BBC4 - used to always record these but rarely had time to watch them. Very sad.
Four Places I've BeenTrollhattan. It's the home of Saab cars. An eerie place in Sweden with a large canal. I did my dissertation there and had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Interviewing the manager of the town's job centre about a recent increase in unemployment was a particular highlight.
Crete. This was the first time that me and my brother went on a proper package holiday with our parents, on a plane (Dan Air, of course). We learned the rules of pinochle, bought ice creams for 32 drachmas and met a man with a glass eye. Great times.
Leicester. I worked in Leicester on and off for a year. I never really got to love it.
The Banda Islands. They're part of Indonesia, in the middle of the sea quite near Papua New Guinea. They have the world's shortest airstrip (it kind of ends abruptly, in exactly the same spot where the island falls away into the sea) and were once the only place where you could find nutmeg. The result of some volcanic activity, there's still a proper volcano there (I climbed up and had a look over the edge) and were a favourite haunt of Jacques Cousteau. Worth a visit if you're passing.
Four Music Artists I'm Listening To NowSuper Furry Animals. I listen to them a lot, often.
Robert Wyatt. Something new to me. My friend Craig has been pushing Wyatt my way for a while and I am starting to get it.
Todd Rundgren. He's a bit of a maestro, insofar as you can be 'a bit' of a maestro.
Destroyer. I'd hate to try to describe Dan Bejar's music, but if you start anywhere, then his album Streethawk: A Seduction is a good spot.
That's my lot.