Five Questions

I truly admire bloggers who sit down and throw together blogs to post immediately. I love the idea of being able to do that, but I know it’s just not for me. I could use the excuse that I’m producing posts for three sites, each of which has a different purpose but, in truth, I only ever feel comfortable knowing there’s a buffer.

The reason I like a buffer is for when “stuff” happens. In the last few weeks, “stuff” has been happening. Following hard on the heels of a dose of shingles, my back has been causing all kinds of problems, refusing to settle down, despite the hard work of my chiropractors. The result being that my rather inadequate comfort buffer ran dry a couple of weeks ago.

In order to avoid yet another week without posting, lurking in my drafts folder were the questions asked by Ally Bean of her regular visitors, so here’s my replies …


Q1 – What’s your favorite movie?

Oh my, that’s almost as tough as asking what’s my favourite book! Although I have managed to work out one book to hang my hat on, I’d not done that before with a movie. I mean, how do you equate a feel-good lighted-hearted film, possibly a musical, with one that made you think, or how do you judge something that made you laugh like crazy against one that’s enormously moving?

A bit like my book, I decided to to simply plumb for one – and my choice is Gandhi. It has much personal meaning to me, and not only because I was born and brought up in India, but also as I worked for the primary backer of the film (Goldcrest Films) while the film was being made. Goldcrest were a small company – having only 4 employees at the time – but with the cream of the crop of British companies and film-makers on their board. I worked as a temporary secretary one summer and stayed, unable to miss out on the opportunity – however tiny – of working on the film.

One memory which will stick with me always is that, with telecommunications being decidedly ropey, I was often to be found hammering away on an old telex keyboard while my boss “talked” to the film’s director, Dickie Attenborough. I absolutely loved the experience and delighted in the film’s success.

Q2 – When trying to buy shoes, what’s your biggest problem?

Currently, it’s trying to find the right size – I can say with absolute confidence that virtual shoe shopping is not to be recommended 😦 I’m 10 pairs in and still yet to find a simple pair of black slip ons for every day wear, as my previous pair died during the year which shall not be named. The most recent hopeful pair are awaiting return and I’m hugely frustrated as I’ve never experienced a problem before, being a fairly common stock size.

In “normal” times, it’s comfort which is key. I’m prepared to pay a relatively large sum of money to find comfortable shoes, so rarely have a large selection in my wardrobe. I do have a fair few pairs of boots though… 😉

Q3 – Ice cream cone or cupcake?

It would be ice cream (cone or otherwise) for me every day of the week. I absolutely love ice cream – it’s so light it feels almost calorie (and so guilt) free – and cupcakes are probably my least favourite cake option.

Q4 – What’s one good thing you have learned about yourself during this pandemic?

How little I actually need and what simple things give me pleasure – things like sea air and an inexpensive bunch of flowers.

Q5 – Any eccentric people in your family? Discuss.

You know this picture?

That’s my family. I’m not entirely sure that “eccentric” is the word, but we sure have some characters.

I’m not telling you any more, as I’m saving it all to put into my family memoir 😉

I’d love to hear your answers – either in the comments or if you decide to do a blog post yourself. You could also answer the original questions which were asked of Ally (see link to her original post).


© Debra Carey, 2021

15 Comments

  1. raventracks

    I don’t have a favourite film, though there are some I have seen many times for comfort when I’m sad.
    My shoes issues began long ago, when they stopped selling shoes in my narrow fitting. That was solved by going to a shop with European sizes.
    Ice cream, agreed. I rarely have cupcakes, but I enjoy ice cream, though not guilt-free. There are two very good ice cream shops near where I live.

    The thing is, I have been partially locked down anyway for a couple of years, since my sister and I have been sharing the job of looking after our mother. But there has been the joy of going out for a walk in the fresh air.

    I’m the eccentric in my family. 😉
    .

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  2. raventracks

    I don’t have a favourite film, though there are some I have seen many times for comfort when I’m sad.
    My shoes issues began long ago, when they stopped selling shoes in my narrow fitting. That was solved by going to a shop with European sizes.
    Ice cream, agreed. I rarely have cupcakes, but I enjoy ice cream, though not guilt-free. There are two very good ice cream shops near where I live.

    The thing is, I have been partially locked down anyway for a couple of years, since my sister and I have been sharing the job of looking after our mother. But there has been the joy of going out for a walk in the fresh air.

    I’m the eccentric in my family. 😉
    . Sue

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  3. Ally Bean

    Thanks for answering the questions. I’ve never seen Gandhi, but I’m not much for movies so no surprise. As for buying shoe I think you speak for all of us with you difficulties about finding which size is the right one. Ice cream cone has been the most popular answer. I agree about finding how simple life can be courtesy of the pandemic. And as for eccentric people, good on you for coming from what I’d describe as a fun family.

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  4. LA

    Hmmm…favorite would be The Sure Thing or The Cutting Edge because I love them. Best movie that I think is amazing is Citizen Kane and Casablanca. I like ice cream but not cones. I am really picky with cupcakes so I don’t know. Everyone in my family is eccentric!! Hardest part of buying shoes is not picking the most expensive pair. Pandemic? That I have as much patience with my family as I do

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  5. debscarey

    Hi Sue, lovely to see “WordPress” you. I’m hoping that my A-Z comments on your Blogger site are getting through as I did a big batch yesterday of catching up.

    Interesting to hear that European sizes solved your slender foot problem. I’ve heard a similar solution for slim women with larger cup sizes is to buy French bras. Good to hear that you’re flying the flag for eccentrics 🙂

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  6. debscarey

    Ally, they were good questions. I actually started writing a longer piece on the “fun” family question, but decided to transfer it to my manuscript in writing instead 🙂

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  7. debscarey

    LA, love the “hardest part of buying shoes is not picking the most expensive pair” – totally get you there, although as long as I can afford them I don’t fight too hard if they fit the bill AND are comfortable.

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  8. debscarey

    Thanks Deb, I wasn’t there long but it was a very cool experience. I used to be mad keen on films, but have strayed into more reading and less films of late.

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  9. snakesinthegrass2014

    Oh, what a great story about your connection to that film. I remember seeing it and feeling absolutely DUMB at the time that I didn’t know more about the history. Ben Kingsley was so good.

    So sorry for your troubles of late. I hope the chiropractor can ultimately get you sorted! – Marty

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  10. alanj2

    You know that comment about a small world? Or perhaps six degrees of separation? Well back sometime in the 1980s when my son was small – about 7 I think – my brother-in-law took the family (his mother, sister – my wife- me and son) on a holiday to Miami. In the hotel we stayed in was a film producers’ convention of some sort (it was near either Halloween or Thanksgiving because of the massive display of pumpkins in the lobby) and one of the stands that most attracted me was the Goldcrest one, and they didn’t mind me picking up some of their literature even though it was abundantly clear that I was not a millionaire backer in disguise!

    Film? – African Queen
    Shoes? – wide enough fitting
    Ice cream on a cupcake
    What have I learned in the pandemic? – My tolerance for Zoom meetings is in inverse proportion to the length of the meeting
    Eccentrics – my father and I. My paternal grandfather could also be eccentric but unconsciously.

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  11. debscarey

    Marty, there’s no need to feel bad. Something Himself has taught me is that history is seen through the lens of not only who won, but also its perceived relevance to you (or your country). My boss at Goldcrest was delighted to discover my background and so used me to casually educate their investors about much of the relevant history, as I’d learned from the Indian perspective during my time at school in India, which was in stark contrast to what they’d learned in the British school system.

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  12. debscarey

    Sue, I don’t often check my spam but for some reason your blogger one ended up there. Thank you for persisting & finding a way to get through. So annoying these difficulties between Blogger & WordPress.

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