wirralbagpuss: (Zilly On The Mat)
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Oh this would be Chess. I loved Chess alot. I played it with my Parents and my Grandfather. I was not very good but i like to think i have progressed a bit since my childhood as i have managed to beat the computer a few times! But i have very fond childhood memories of playing the game. I still have my chessboard and chess pieces which was handed down to me by my Father who used it when he was a child :) I think everyone should learn how to play Chess at some point even though if they only play the game once or twice.
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My teddy bear. It was made by a blind lady when i was around 4/5 years old. I cried when it was put in the washing machine fearing i would never see it again! I still have my teddy bear although it is very worn now but i would never throw my teddy away. If i ever live to be 100 i will still have my teddy bear!
wirralbagpuss: (Star Trek 1)
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Oh easy! I would call the planet Vulcan out of homage to Star Trek! If it had a sister planet it would have to be called Romulus!!! Or if we were looking for a new home to live after destroying Earth i would call it Terran II
wirralbagpuss: (Garden Zilly!)
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Can i cheat and name three? Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. And i also enjoyed the Road Runner!!! :)
wirralbagpuss: (Helloooo Zilly)
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I have had three cats thus far. Sylvester was my first, and he ran away. He always went on far flung adventures, only a kitten and i think he must have been about one or two when he finally wnet off and never came back. I was about four at the time and i could not understand really what had happened to him. All i was told was that he has jumped on a milk float and never came back. I must have been upset for weeks over this and rescue came when the next door neighbours got kittens and that is when i got my second cat. She lived for 21 years. But that is another story!
wirralbagpuss: (Helloooo Zilly)
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When i was very young i was very much into Wonder Woman and the Man from Atlantis! I did the Wonder Woman spinning thing and in the swimming pool i did the Atlantis man swimming thingy, i think alot of kids from my generation were trying to emulate that famous swimming by Patrick Duffy back then!! Then i discovered Star Wars and i just adored R2D2 and wore a tee shirt all summer with my name on and of course R2D2 on it. But when Superman came out i settled for him for a good few years. The reason i liked Superman was that he came from another planet and could fly! If i could have a super power i would choose to be able to fly! I have to confess I have all the Superman films on DVD and when it is a rainy day and i am in not in work i do watch the entire DVD boxset of Superman films!
wirralbagpuss: (Garden Zilly!)
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Make a fuss of my cat who is sitting on my bed trying to wake me up!! She quite often sleeps next to me but not always. My cat knows when it is work day and always tries to make me wake up before 6am. Never works until she resorts to nibbling my arm!! She never really hurts me, it is more of a "wake up i want my breakfast" nip! After feline intervention is dealt with i do sometimes play back my dreams. And then i wake up and start the day. 
wirralbagpuss: (Daleks)
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Well now this is a two tier question. If ailens landed in my back yard i would first consider what speices of ailens they were. If they were Reptilians  then i would run a mile as this race are alledged to be the bad guys. Same goes for the Greys. There are different speices of Greys apparently some good some bad, so i would have to be careful with them. Good news is that if it was the Nordics or Pleadians  landing then you know they are the good guys and would definetely get a cake! There are supposed to other races such as the Talls, blue ailens and others but not much is known about them. All this i have read from books over many years and of course online. I have been interested in ailens and UFOs since i was 8!
 As to how ailens would regard our society, well i think they would regard us as being a very primative race playing with dangerous toys like nuclear weapons. They would despair at all our wars and wars of the past. Of course we are not all bad and there are alot of positive things about our society which they would find fascinating. However the fact is that the first transmission that is now able to be seen/heard by any Ailen civilisations say 70-100 light years away would be the 1938 Olympics in which Hitler made opening speeches etc. That would be an embarrasement to Earth once ailens figure out he was an evil human being. On the same token however I Love Lucy has been transmitting for the same amount of time. I am sure ailens would be scratching their heads over that one!! ;)
 I think in all of this you must remember the following famous quote..."It's Life Jim but not as we know it..." Dr Mccoy from Star Trek was of course right. We should not impose OUR ideas of what ailens would think of our society, we can make some assumptions but in the end ailens may have a completely different way of living and thus will view things in a totally ailen way. They may not even have a society at all but a hive mentality like the Borg!! (baddie ailens in Star Trek for those who are wondering who they are) . So when First Contact is made then we should expect nothing and yet be surprised by something completely new and revealatory! 
wirralbagpuss: (Happy Zilly)
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I would describe the last decade as being one of  greed, oil, war, environmental disasters, Disclosure movement, terrorism, religious intolerance. Need i go on?
wirralbagpuss: (Shakespeare)
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My mentor was someone called Margaret Kay. She is dead now, died in the mid 1990s from cancer. But she was my English teacher when i was at School. it was Margaret Kay who encouraged me to hone my writing further (i was already writing since i was oh ten i suppose) and i ended up writing a few memeorable short stories, some funny, but one or two were serious writings. Margaret Kay also fired up my enthusiam for acting as well. I guess my most treasured memory was taking part in a production that lasted two nights in a local theatre which i throughly enjoyed despite an accident with a prop! As to how she influenced me i guess it was her own love of theatre and acting which influenced me. She clearly had a love for it. Actually i bet she took part in local drama theatre when she was younger, that would not surprise me at all.

I often wonder what she would think now if she could see me now. Would she enjoy my fan fiction writing and poems? I certaintly hope so. :) In a way although i write to give myself pleasure and by sharing my writing i hope to give others pleasure, i also hope that it is a fitting tribute to my mentor and English teacher that i will always enjoy writing and reading, and if given a chance to act on stage again.
wirralbagpuss: (Zilly On The Mat)
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Well i have gone a week without much sleep once and had to resort to taking sleeping tablets in the end to break the cycle. Insomia strikes me more and more as i get older. So what do i do? well i like to read. I have my complete works of Shherlock Holmes besides my bed which i do enjoy. However at the moment i am enjoying Stephen Fry's very first biography which is really good. If it is the weekend and i have no work to do i will sneak down and watch some tv or a late night film. Actually i spent one night watchign the entire mini series called Bangcock Hilton which in which a very young Nicole Kidman was in and i think is one of her best performances to date and also Denholm Elliot who was also excellent. Worth seeing.

Counting sheep? Nah! But i do have my cat! ;)
wirralbagpuss: (Happy Zilly)
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I loath it. Mainly because of the fact that here in the UK it can be nasty with out of control children and teenagers bang on the door and start making trouble. Living on my own i feel quite vunerable . However i do enjoy seeing the pumpkins up in windows all lit up, that is nice and i like the costumes as well. That is fun.  However i much prefer bonfire night!  Far more entertaining and very pretty patterns in the sky! :D Only snag this year is that Zilly is going to be upset with all the noise. I shall look after her! But i bet she will spend the evening under my spare bed! Like she did when i first got her and then i gained her trust when i spent time talking to her and coaxing her out!

Anyway i am going off the track. Halloween is alright in some ways but in others not. If it was not for rowdy kids and some genuinely horrid behaviour i would not mind so much but unfortunately i have had a nasty experience and i dont care to repeat them.
wirralbagpuss: (Bandstand)
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Good question. I think there is life after death. I have had one or two experiences relating to this myself. I think the death process itself is the most frigtening bit really, the final breath struggle and the brain shutting down. Knowing that you are dying. Believe me it is not nice. But once you pass that stage you do enter a white light/tunnel. There is plenty of evidence of this from all around the world. But what happens after this i have no idea.
 I would like to think that you meet with God first and he answers your questions and discusses your life. Not all judgemental, just a chat over a coffee or something like that. i do beleive your life is played out in front of you and how your decisions affect others. So for example if you have had an arguement with someone and caused them pain you will experience the pain caused and vice versa. Call it a learning session. I do think though God will decide what happens with you , either go back to School that is Earth or stay and enjoy the rest. You usually dont get a choice but if you insist on going back to experience something in particular, there would be no objections. And then after the review whatever the decision you are allowed to see your loved ones, family and friends who have passed on. That would be a wonderful reunion.  I very much hope this will happen. And you get to see your pets again too! :)
 Of course noone can be sure what really does happen after you die. Which makes all the wars over religion which is still going on today all the more tragic. When will Humanity grow up?
wirralbagpuss: (Daleks)
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Yes of course it is important. Firstly Mankind cannot stick it's collective head in the sand, we are born explorers and to quote those immortal words spoken by Captain James T Kirk and Captain Jean Luc Picard, "Space..The Final Frontier.." and so right it is too. As far as we are concerned space is the final frontier unless of course you argue that time travel and quantum leaping and stargates would make us an interdimensional race of explorers as well, but anyway i disgress! 
  Planet Earth is slowly dying. We are destroying our ecosystem and basically there are too many people on the planet. That is fact. You cannot escape that whether one likes it or not! So it makes sense that the Human Race has to reach to the stars. In the first instance we need to establish bases on the Moon and build more space stations. We also need to be seriously looking at setting up colonies on Mars. It wont be easy but if we turned swords into plowshares and pour the money into developing this then this would be by no means impossible. Once that is sorted we can even consider carving out colonies in the Asteroid belt, but we are not yet advanced enough for that. Anyway the point is we really do need to be branching out into our solar system and by doing so releiving the pressure on Earth.
  However space exploration is also essential for the advancement of technology and science benefiting manking too. Look at what the Apollo Missions gave us..computers, digital watches, microwave ovens, improved telecommunications systems, the list goes on and on. And now with the International Space Station  in orbit medical science can improve too as they can look at researching stuff without the restrictions of gravity and atmosphere/poulltion etc.
  If we as a Human Race are to progress then we need to look to the stars. By doing so we might answer some long held questions about ourselves such as are we alone? And get a little closer to God/Creator at the same time. We will be touching the Face of God! :) So bring us those Constellation class starships. I would prefer one with registry number NCC17010~A but i must not get greedy!! Phoneix One will do just fine!! ;)
wirralbagpuss: (Helloooo Zilly)
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Well now lets see. My house is crammed with books. My favourite books are kept downstairs in the lounge. If one were to take a look at my bookcase you would see half of my bookshelf is lined with Penguin Classics! I have Charlotte Bronte (Jayne Eyre) Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, Leo Tolstoy and Crime and Punishment. I also have Homer and Plato. Oh and the Seven Pillars of Wisdom written by TE Lawrence. Clever title that as it comes from the Koran which is also on my bookshelf. Moving along the bookshelf you would also find a large collection of Sherlock Holmes Pastiches and related books And of course my complete collection of canon Sherlock Holmes complete with Sydney pagnet illustrations. I also have TS Elliots Poetry and that of Wilfred Owen, I also have a selection of Irish writers too, such as James Joyce (Love Dubliners!) and  Oscar Wilde (damn good writer) On my other bookshelves i have book on history of Russia, America (particualrly the Civil War) and of course British history including Ireland. My history period goes back to the Romans!  I also have books on Victorian England as well which has always interested me since i was a child. Recently got myself the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe!  Also have the complete works of Shakespeare given to me as a prize for my Drama/play work at school. God i loved acting.

These are just some of my books. i have music books for piano playing/clarinet including music theory. I do have some cookery books but up to now i have not used, but i think they will be well used over the comming months! Hehehe. I have books on Law. I  wish i had done an LLB in Law. I still do. Maybe i can do an OU course in Law someday. Oh and i have books on meditation and world religions as well. I have so many books i could not possibly list them all here!

Margaret Kay would be pleased. She was my mentor and i am sure she would be smiling at my progress and i bet she pops in from time to time to see how my collection of books is growing. Oh and it seems i am following a family tradition of having so many books and not enough space to put them all in! :D

So what does that say about me? I havent the foggiest! But one thing i can say with certainty. I love reading and always have done since an early age. And i always will :)
wirralbagpuss: (Zilly Likes Sherlock)
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Oh the Big Question we all ask at some point in our lives. Do we survive death? When i was growing up the thought of death terrified me and i feared this a great deal. The thought of the lights going out and nothingness really scared me  very badly and had terrible nightmares about that. I sometimes still do. However with the years gone by and me getting older and having seen and heard things, the thought does not terrify me so much. I have seen death and i know the body only houses the soul. What was the person we loved has gone. Not only that but i have had a personal reading from a meduim and other things i have experienced  lead me to believe that we do go on after we die. I certaintly hope so anyway. 
 

I think the one thing we can do is not to worry about this so much and just enjoy the life we have now. Something i had to remember time and time again when i have had my bouts of depression which last year became very bad.  Lord knows we have less than 100 years of it and some of us dont even have that long. So make the most of things and above all have FUN! Life is for living!

The only other Big Question left would be is there  life in the Universe and have we been visited. I feel in my bones that not only is there life in the universe but also we have been visited. I also have a gut feeling that First Contact and or some form of Disclourse is comming very soon, maybe even in the next 5 to 10 years. The question is will it be friendly Contact or will it be an Independence Day/War of the Worlds scenerio?


wirralbagpuss: (Garden Zilly!)
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Oh easy that would be the world of fog enclosed Victorian London and  walking diwn Baker Street!! Actually i have always loved Victorian England. I have had a fascination with it since i was in Junior school after we did a month of Victorian studies and i was hooked. In fact i bought a new book on Victorian England in the summer. Of course i would need the money to live in comfort, as that was the best way to live in that time especially in London. It was only in the late 1800s after all that public health laws were comming into being.  So sannitation, health and housing were very much a problem.  And i would love the sound of horses hooves everywhere. I adore horses and i would give a right arm to ride in a hansom cab! :D In fact it would be likely i would have my own horse! :) And the clothing is faboulous. Victorians sure did have style. And it is interestign to note that Victorian fashion is comming back into vogue. Look at  military style coats for example. I want one! Hopefully i can save up for one as a treat for Christmas. 

However i would also want to go and visit Earth and the era of warp drive and United Federation of Planets! Earth had solved all it's problems following a world war (think i'd skip that bit!) and was an amazing place to live on. I would also love to explore the solar system and beyond in a constellation class ship! I'd love that. I am at heart an explorer. My first trip on my own was when i was oh roughly seven when i walked round the block on my own!

Why would i choose these two fictional time periods? Well in all honesty i have always felt i was born in the wrong time. I dont feel i belong in the time i am living in now. I have always felt though i have lived before. I think i was alive in the Roman Empire. When i was in Rome for example i had a very strong feeling of having been before. I cant explain it. It just felt very real to me. Never felt anything like that since. Pure speculation of course but anyway it is a nice thought!
 

 


wirralbagpuss: (Garden Zilly!)
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Yes of course. If people want to have children then they should be allowed to do so. Anyway it is a natural consequence of being in a relationship! Babies are made! :D As to restrictions that is a vexed question. I certaintly dont agree with the one child per couple policy in China.  If there was a medical emergency ie a plague that threatened the existence of humanity then yes restrictions should be in place. Here in the UK there are well known stories of families having eight to ten children who are on benefits and wanting a bigger house to fit all the children in! I think there should be action on that front. It is unfair that the tax payer should foot the bill in this situation. Why should i pay for a family that has more children whilst on benefits who know they cant afford this and not only that but deliberately have more children in order to claim more benefits. Teenage pregancies is also another issue. Teenagers having children deliberately as they know they will get their own house off the council and benefits. I know this is a wider economic social issue but it does need to be addressed.  But what about couples who cant have children? I feel very strongly about the restrictions placed by local authorites on who can adopt children. Does rejection based on one's disability sound fair? No its not.

Alot to think about with this question and it is NOT a black and white scenerio, there are alot of shades of greys!
wirralbagpuss: (Garden Zilly!)
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Oh thats easy, but can i cheat and choose two? :)

1st Law (Global Peace Enforcement Law)
  Make all forms of war illegal. Wars solve nothing. So what if a country lauched a pre emptive attack? Well long before that a more beefed up UN with real teeth and not the talking shop it is most of the time would send negoiators to the country and discuss what their problem is and try to resolve it. If this did not work then send in  UN troops to deal with the country which would be madatory in this sort of situation. Very Star Trek i know but hey it could work!

2nd Law (Here is where i cheat!)
  Introduce a Freedom of Information Act that would require any nation holding back secrets relating to ET prescene on or around Earth to be made public. Humanity has a right to know what is happening. In the past and right now. Of course there may be nothing that has happened but there is too much evidence to suggest otherwise. So we need to know one way or another. Anyhow i do beleive disclourse is on it's way anyway. but that is a subject for another day.
wirralbagpuss: (Garden Zilly!)
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OOH good question! Lets see now i thought of the following

1. Witness the time Christ was alive, go to one of his sermons and with any luck have a chat with Him about stuff.
 The reason for this is that i would like to meet Him and discuss things such as life, death why and how. The basic questions we have all asked ourselves since he left 2,000 years ago. Oh and ask Him when he plans to come and say hello to us all again!

2. Nazi Germany at the beginning of the 1930s. The reason for this is twofold. From a historical perspective to understand why people allowed such an evil party rise to power and become what we all know they became..a monster that had to be fought. Had i lived in Nazi Germany before the war i would have been wise enough to see what was happening and get out before it was too late. So why did the people of Germany not do anything about it? I know there was some resistance, but even so... Secondly to bump of Adolf Hitler and then WW2 would never have happened, but i guess that would be breaking a rule of time travel , one cannot change what has happened, only observe. Pity though, he was an evil man.

3. Go to 1945 and have a chat with the scientists who invented the nuclear bomb. Tell them not to go ahead with it as it is such an evil weapon of mass destruction. Again i know that is breakign the rules of time travel, but i think in this case in a good cause.

4. Visit Roswell in 1947 and see for myself if a UFO really did crash there! Becasue i do beleive we have been visited in the past many times before but with Roswell i just dont know. i want to see for myself.

5. On a more personal note, history important to me, go back in time and chat with my Mother again and warn her about breast cancer and that she needed to get checked out. Had i done that then i am sure my Mother would have been alive today.  

I know there are many other places and time lines i would like to visit, such as seeing the Romans, visiting ancient Greece and Eygpt  at the time of the pyramid building and so forth, i think i would enjoy time travelling come to think of it. Anyone got a Tardis i can borrow! :D


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