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[Error: unknown template qotd]Vaccinations against diseases like polio and smallpox are obviously beneficial; when it comes to common childhood diseases like mumps and whooping-cough that everyone of my generation had before we reached puberty, and that none of us within my acquaintance suffered any ill-effects from, my irrational and unscientific feeling is that if naturally-acquired immunity was good enough for us then it ought to be good enough for today's children.
But I know that these things can, on occasion, cause harm -- my own mother somehow failed to catch German measles as a child, and in consequence was terrified that she might get it while she was pregnant with me. (She had it as an adult rather badly later on.)
I just... I suppose I have a stupid gut feeling that it's not safe if no-one in the world has any resistance to disease save for an artificially-induced safeguard -- if we never have the experience of coping with being even mildly ill. (And if that's really what I'm worried about then I always have the common cold to celebrate -- thoroughly unpleasant and almost never lethal!)
I violently disliked the BCG vaccinations, which scarred children for life in order to prove that they had been immunised -- that still seems to me a terrible thing to do to a generation.

So intellectually I'm in favour of the vaccination, obviously. But when it comes to individual cases I'm more... wobbly :-(
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I just watched "Phantom of the Paradise" -- a completely zany musical that pastiches everything left, right and centre and takes the idea of selling your soul to get ahead in the pop business quite literally. Apparently it's often compared to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. I didn't like that at all, but this reminded me much more of "Myra Breckinridge" and "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls", two other infamous comedy/horror/exploitation movies that I quite atypically enjoyed.
A naïve singer/songwriter ends up in a literally Faustian pact with a sinister showbusiness producer after his first attempt(s) at getting his due leave him hideously disfigured and dependent on the very man who is responsible for his misfortune. But he has to watch the girl he loves become corrupted by her own desire for fame, while the audience are complicit in an ever-rising tide of death and mayhem -- the ultimate entertainment experience...
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Cloaks/long skirted coats for men. Simply because most people look better with a bit of flare and swirl hanging from the shoulders (I exclude floppy maxi-dresses!)

The revival of the trench-coat seems to be going some way towards this...


Waists on women. No hipster jeans -- no tunic tops -- no muffin tops spilling over a low-cut skirt; waists up where they ought to be.

Of course, you'd have to find women who still actually hadwaists first :-(
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[Error: unknown template qotd]When I'm physically active all day and going to bed when it gets too dark to see, I'm quite capable of sleeping ten hours a day (9pm to 9am) on a consistent basis. I don't know if this is natural or simply an indication of my normal chronic sleep deprivation (I've been known to do four or five hours a night -- or not to go to bed until I hear other people starting to get up, then be roused by my alarm a couple of hours later).
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I generally get my news from... the newspaper.

This has the drawback that effectively no news happens over the weekend (because by Monday it's then 'old news' and not worthy of publication...)
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[Error: unknown template qotd] The last time I was asked who would play me in the film of my life I believe I said "Peter Lorre"...

Or Buster Keaton for a closer facial resemblance. I should be honoured to be played by either of them.

The plot... would be about someone who retreats into a tower and refuses to come out again, ending up surrounded by a vast number of hobbies and pursuits with no people in sight. I don't know if it gets more interesting towards the end, that bit hasn't happened yet.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Recently I dreamt (on two separate occasions -- but basically the same dream reprised -- that I'd murdered somebody and stupidly used this as the basis for a piece of published fiction, and in consequence was terrified of getting caught. (Normal people have nightmares about being pursued by mad axe-murderers: apparent my nightmare is that I might be the murderer...)

I tried keeping a dream-diary once. This demonstrated two things: first, that I dream every night (so far as I remember), often several times, and secondly that my past crops up a lot more in my dreams than I normally realise. My dreams are frequently of a remorselessly everyday nature rather than excursions into fantasy realms -- even the nightmares which constitute a high proportion of them -- which means that it is sometimes quite hard to be absolutely certain whether I actually did something dreadful or merely dreamed that I did.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]For some reason I read the question as "Who was the last person you hanged?" and was mildly taken aback -- I'm not sure quite what that says about me...

I don't think I've ever hanged anyone: although I definitely thought about it in some vivid detail in the case of one fictional protagonist -- in the end she managed to get away, although quite a lot of other (fictional) people died as a result, including one other major protagonist...

And while I certainly have hugged people during my life, I simply can't remember any recent occurrence, let alone pin down when or on what occasion the last one must have been. Let's say -- to put it mildly -- that hugging does not play a major role in my day-to-day existence...
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Rightnow? Probably Benedict Cumberbatch - though he's an actor, not a 'celebrity'...
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Augmentive surgery? No way.

Reductive surgery? Yes, but I wouldn't have the nerve - I couldn't even consider something as permanent as a body piercing...

Ironically I did have orthodontic surgery when I was younger -- had four or five teeth out altogether -- and because my teeth have continued 'migrating' towards the front of my mouth, their appearance is just as crowded as it was back then and I still don't have a straight bite: not one of my four front incisors lines up functionally with any of the others, which makes it impossible for me to bite my nails for example.
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[Error: unknown template qotd] Oddly enough I've been wondering about this recently (although the question was "what would you do with a thousand pounds", which is still less than a million dollars).

I ended up coming to the somewhat embarrassing conclusion that I don't really want the money, and wouldn't know what to do with it; when I do have money, I can't think of anything to buy with it, and the things that I could buy, I resent spending more money on than they are 'worth'. My various hobbies already have more supplies queued up than I can use, given my rate of work -- I don't really have storage space for more clothes, etc (and am busy trying to 'use up' the ones I do have so that I can justify getting rid of the worn-out-but-could-still-be-mended ones) -- I have no room for more books either, and don't on the whole wish to own them, merely to have read them -- I have no craving for foreign holidays, and not a great urge to travel in England -- I'm already going to watch as many films as I feel I have the physical endurance to do (if I had money I could actually pay to travel in comfort! but I still wouldn't have the mental capacity to absorb that much entertainment) -- I don't desire to eat out, or to stay in fancy hotels, or to buy fine furniture. In fact on the whole I am quite disgustingly unmaterialistic, and fortunate in that I already live very comfortably with very little expenditure of ready cash.

Really, if I had a thousand pounds (or a million dollars) I think it would be a burden to me.

(Well, give it away then! To someone who would get pleasure out of the little frivolities of life, or who at least wouldn't feel that it was wrong to waste money... But I'm not unselfish enough to find that a very gratifying prospect either, I'm afraid.)

Fortunately I don't have a million dollars...


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[Error: unknown template qotd]I want to be buried under a tombstone in a churchyard, like (and preferably with) my ancestors; but I also want to be buried in the bare ground without a coffin and return to the soil, ambitions that are probably not compatible with the first.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Probably Arnold Schwarzenegger (improbably -- certainly to me!)
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[Error: unknown template qotd]The strangest thing in my closet (?=wardrobe) ? Probably the 1980s blue plastic 'foot spa' that was left behind unsold after a jumble sale -- I used to have a lot of trouble with my feet before I resorted to hand-made shoes, and so appropriated it. I don't use it very often now as it is a pain to get out and set up (not to mention draining several pints of water afterwards), but it does help. I think the vibration probably relaxes the feet. You have to be careful not to rest too much weight on it while sitting though, or the plastic deforms and starts grinding against the mechanism -- or at least something causes it to make unpleasant labouring sounds.

*reads thread title*

Oh, this was supposed to be about clothes, was it?
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Possibly my 'hussar jacket' with the endless buttons and the frogging -- though I wore that out in London when I went to see the Royal Wedding (well, it seemed appropriate and it's actually a remarkably warm garment, as well as flattering to the figure), and I can't say that anybody seemed terribly shocked... or even looked twice!
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I'm not entirely sure that watching films counts as 'free time'...!

I like to watch old films, mainly -- not exclusively, but I find the hit rate is much higher. I like watching silent films because I enjoy the interplay between the screen and the accompanist. I like watching old British films because I find the morality and thought-processes of the characters tend to match mine (in Hollywood movies I have an unfortunate tendency to find myself siding with the villain!)

I don't eat while watching films; the National Film Theatre doesn't like it, and eating while watching films at home is too messy. I do eat while reading, though.

Have I mentioned... Bread?
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I was the Red-haired Map-maker at one point... (I'm not red-haired in real life, but my brother is; and that character was.)

I'd probably just be the Wordsmith ;)
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I would be struck completely dumb; my heart would start pounding loud enough to break its way out of my ribs (it's doing that already at the very thought of such a concept), I would probably break out in a hot sweat and go either scarlet or sheet white and would be far too terrified to speak. As I don't suppose either of us would be able to say anything particularly meaningful any conversation would be horribly stilted and uncomfortable. Afterwards I expect I would find myself sobbing in despair until I was physically sick again at the wasted opportunity.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Bread and milk. Lots of scope for variety (assuming you're allowed different kinds of bread, optional sugar/seasonings sprinkled etc.), I'm fond of bread, and according to E.Nesbit -- who was pretty shrewd about a lot of things in the adult world -- it is the best supper in the world (even if not the nicest...)
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Probably writing (I note that most other people seem to say this -- perhaps not surprising in response to a prompt entitled 'Writer's Block'! -- but that was actually my original reaction).

It's hard work, difficult to motivate yourself and dispiriting when it goes badly, but on the plus side it can be done almost anywhere (unless you're one of these computer-dependent modern people who can't handle a pen and some random scraps of paper for text input...), and you get to live some wonderful or possibly harrowing experiences at the same time as your characters. After all, what other profession offers the combination of playing God and being a voyeur?

(I would say that it's the only job that offers omnipotence, but even fictional characters have a nasty habit of getting ideas of their own or else flatly refusing to co-operate with the requirements of the plot!)

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