Oct. 21st, 2008 06:15 pm
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Comment on this and I'll ask you five questions and then you post this in your journal and blahdeblah... you get the picture.

1) What is your favourite David Bowie song?
Urm, that's kinda tricky. I have many, Life on Mars?, Soul Love, Absolute Beginners, When the World Falls Down, Scary Monsters, I'm Afraid of Americans, Ashes to Ashes, Space Oddity and Velvet Goldmine are just some of them. I think if I had to pick one on pain of death, it would be Life on Mars? even though I'm slightly ashamed of that one because it's such a predictable choice.

2) You have 'death rituals' in your interests. Can you elaborate on why you are interested in them?
It all began in second year at Durham when I did the English Renaissance Tragedy topic with Dr Alison Shell (she of the epic stutter). We looked at portrayals of death in the plays of the time and I did a presentation for the group on how people coped with death then, including all the different options for funerals and mementos depending on what class you were and what you could afford. I'm also more generally interested in how different cultures treat death. Simplifying greatly: In the West it's highly individualised and portrayed as this terrible loss of an individual but in Eastern cultures, the person is mourned but the emphasis is usually on the continuity of the community and the individual lives on in collective memory. There's also things like how it's terribly un-English to cry at funerals, but in countries like Iran if there aren't a few women there beating their breasts and tearing their hair out, ur not doin it rite. They even have professional mourners who go to funerals of people they don't know precisely to do this. And then there's things like the Night of the Dead carnivals in Mexico that celebrate and embrace death far more than we do in England. I don't think my own culture has a particularly healthy attitude towards death and think other cultures deal with it much more constructively. Also, we're so insulated from the realities of life here that death is often just as much a taboo as sex. Hannah Thinks THIS IS WRONG.

3) What has your experience being a life model been like?
I've only done it twice and it was quite fun, if at times, uncomfortable. I undressed in a separate room and was sweating loads before I actually went in, as I was very nervous the first time. Once you're in, it's fine. The uncomfortable bit can be holding the postures, it feels like it's taking a long time, but on both occasions an hour and a half passed quite quickly. The weirdest bit was that nobody would meet my eyes afterwards. It's quite nice being the centre of attention and when you put your clothes on they all suddenly ignore you. I would guess they're trying not to make you feel uncomfortable and act like they know you just because they've seen you naked, but I found it rather disconcerting. I kept one of the drawings the second time, I've got it in a frame somewhere and it's actually rather good. I keep thinking it's something I'd like to do again, but I'm not confident enough at the moment.

4) If you could write for any publication as a journalist, what would it be?
Private Eye.

5) What is your favourite film?
Again, difficult to pin down. Favourites include: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe, Blazing Saddles, Labyrinth, Fight Club, original Star Wars trilogy and Some Like It Hot. It's probably a tie between Fried Green Tomatoes and Blazing Saddles.

Date: 2008-10-21 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I actually knew the answers to all these questions. Clearly, we've lived together ;-)
Ask me something and I'll answer in about 2011 when I'm feeling up to it.
Bloody Christmas schedules. Bah.

Date: 2008-10-22 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We have indeed. Though I'm so self-absorbed, I'd probably be rubbish at knowing the answers to any questions I asked you :S

1. Have you ever felt like you might want a sex change?
2. What's your favourite kind of chocolate?
3. Who will you be voting for in the next election?
4. What's the upper age limit for you on dating?
5. Would you rather have a threesome with two women or two men?

Date: 2008-10-22 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I've considered life modeling as a way of getting a tiny bit of extra dosh, but I wouldn't be able to hold the poses, so it's a no-no for me.

Date: 2008-10-22 04:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's largely because I did stupid things like standing with my legs apart, bending both knees and holding on to a mantelpiece. Luckily I didn't have to hold that one very long. Just standing or sitting or lying down is fine. Though you might want to bring your own stuff to lie one. They had sheets and cushions and stuff, but I don't know how often it was cleaned! I lay on my coat for one session and that was pretty fun. You could always ask to start off with standing postures and move to sitting, then lying down?

Date: 2008-10-22 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can't hold any position other than sitting straight up or lying down flat for more than a couple of minutes tops so it wouldn't be an option - the time I was considering it was when I was at Durham and less physically constrained.

Can I grab your email address again? I had to cancel that first go of trying to send you the Box of Delights music because it got stuck.

Date: 2008-10-22 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] :D

Date: 2008-10-22 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And I'm always in need of more memes to fill my unemployment so you could ask me some questions if you like. :D

Date: 2008-10-22 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
1. What's the sexiest dream you've ever had?
2. What's *your* favourite Bowie song?
3. Which English lecturers at Durham could you not stand?
4. Would you miss anything about your family if you moved out?
5. How do you know [ profile] sunlightdances? They know someone else on my flist who I'm pretty sure you've never met!

Date: 2008-10-22 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heh, well I may as well answer these in here rather than post the meme over in my LJ again.

1) I have never had a dream (that I have remembered) about actually having sex. Ever. It's become a point of contention between me and my subconscious. I've only had a very few dreams I've remembered that were sexy in any way at all. One of them was making out with a boy I fancied at drama club, one of them, ahem, may have involved making out with David Bowie (but he was age. I don't know what was going on there really) and one was too weird to really go into but involved Leonardo Da Vinci in some way. (No I was not making out with him.) And one may have involved this ( show, but we *really* won't go into that one. Oh and there was this strange Kill Bill 2 one once, which probably makes the most sense out of any of them seeing as I'm obsessed with that movie. Old man syndrome...

2) The Bewlay Brothers.

3) I didn't really have a problem with any of them. I thought the guy who did the Dickens seminars whose name I can't remember now was a bit of a twat. He used to turn up fifteen minutes late and leave half an hour early. He did a couple of the late Friday Shakespeare lectures in 3rd year and moaned about their timing - he was moaning because on Friday he liked to leave Durham early to go to his house in London. :/

4) I would miss having people look after me to a certain extent - I don't have to pay for food while I'm here or cook it, plus my mum offers some emotional support - but the good things would far outweigh the bad.

5) It's a bit weird actually - I can't remember how we met in the first place. I know it was something to do with the Lord of the Rings and that we corresponded by email but I can't remember how we found each other. Then later we ended up friending each other on LJ for some reason and I realised I already knew her. It was yeeeears ago though so I'm really vague on the details!

Date: 2008-10-22 10:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so interested in death rituals too! I did a module on 'Death in the Middle Ages' last year and it was utterly fascinating.

I didn't know you'd done life modelling! That sounds pretty cool.

Date: 2008-10-22 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay! May I recommend Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach, it's one of the most absorbing and yet repelling books I've ever read. And gives you information on what happens to dead bodies these days. Did you know plastic surgeons practice facelifts on dead people's heads?

It was. I hope I can do it again some day :D

Date: 2008-10-24 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also: questions for you :D

1. What would you like to happen to your body after you die?
2. Which you would rather make your career? Working in publishing or being a published author yourself?
3. Where did you grew up?
4. When and how did you realise you were a feminist?
5. What's the worst incident of sexism you've ever personally experienced?

Date: 2008-10-23 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Got other things to say on my blog so I'll answer here:

1. In all honesty no, not really. There were fleeting moments when I felt I might like to have been born male, but not to change the gender I actually am.

2. I like most kinds, except the overly pretentious kind. It was Dairy Milk, but it may be Wispa now that those have been bought back.

3. Against David Cameron/the BNP/general varieties of areswit. Who that leaves, I don't know.

4. It depends on the person and whether it's heart or head talking. Strictly speaking, I think one can identify fanciable qualities in just about anyone above school age and below retirement age. But that's just fancying - and possibly a fling or a one-night stand, or whatever (these are often more attractive when they are with someone who has an "outlandish" quality after all). But, rationally, In terms of an actual long-term relationship, an age gap of 15 years or more is probably getting into cringey territory and would quickly become problematic, both for emotional and practical reasons. As an arbitary rule, I would not date a person who was over the age of consent before I was born.

5. Neither. I'd only ever want it with one man and one woman. As I've said before elsewhere, annecdotal evidence suggests threesomes are at best, a letdown, and at worst, quite destructive.


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