Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bernard Pivot Blogfest

As a spur of the moment thing I have decided to join in on Nicole Ducleroir’s Bernard Pivot Blogfest which celebrates her blog passing 500 followers.
As part of the fest each participant answers the ten questions made famous by Bernard himself.
If you’re interested you can sign up here.

So without further ado here are my answers

1. What is your favorite word?
Love, I quite like the sound and the concept really swings things in its favour.

2. What is your least favorite word?
I can’t really say I have one. If I follow the principle above I’d have to say greed.

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Creatively – writing, writing is just about my favourite thing.
Spiritually – Being in high country as a storm passes, I feel at one with the universe in the presence of such elemental forces.
Emotionally – spending time with Deborah, the love of my life.

4. What turns you off?
Selfish, careless behaviour. People can be so destructive and not even realise it.

5. What is your favorite curse word?
Bugger, definitely bugger.
Aussies don't use this word in its traditional sense. ‘Bugger’ is usually heard when something has gone moderately wrong. Like spilling coffee on a clean shirt.

6. What sound or noise do you love?
I’m going to have to toss up between the sound of running water and the sound of Deborah’s step on the porch when she gets home.

7. What sound or noise do you hate?
Loud machinery, particularly jack-hammers.

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Well the obvious is a full time writer. Other than that I could imagine myself as an archaeologist or historian. I guess there's not much future in either (please forgive the really bad pun).

9. What profession would you not like to do?
I would not want to do anything in finance. Refer to question two above. The mess we are in Worldwide puts me right off finance.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
‘Come in almost everybody’s welcome.’


Her highness, Samantha Vérant said...

I "love" that you wrote "almost" everybody is welcome. Snarf!

Tony Benson said...

Glad you joined up. I like the comment about no future in either! Interesting answers.

It's good to meet you

KO: The Insect Collector said...

Bugger, ahhh, such a fantastic word. I use it the way you describe, not really as a technical term.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

LOVe your #10! It's the best one i've read all day

RosieC said...

I really appreciate your answer for #1. It's not earth-shattering, but thinking about it just made my day a little brighter.

PS--This year's already been crazy, but I've been meaning to tell you that I got your book for Christmas. I can't wait to get to it!

Ann said...

"Almost everyone" love that. I hate the sound of jackhammers too. Great answers to questions that seemed very easy to answer at first glance, but then.....

Old Kitty said...

Awwww love is a beautiful word!!! Bugger too! LOL!!! Awwwwww God is very clever - what a sense of humour!!! Take care

Jen Chandler said...

The history pun was funny :D Love #10 and #6. There's just something about knowing the person you love is home.


~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Hi Al! So glad you decided to play along :))

I loved your answers. Some that really made a lasting impression was the sound of your wife's foot on the step, coming home (so sweet!), and your answer to #4 was brilliantly stated and so true.

I was surprised photographer wasn't one profession you'd like to pursue. Your photographs are so stunning -- you have natural talent!

Thanks again for your entry!

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

P.S. Just reread my comment, above. Yikes! Please forgive the myriad grammatical and tense errors. I've been to around 110 blogs so far today, and it's starting to show! :))


Jemi Fraser said...

Great answers - love your sounds! perfect :)

Michelle Teacress said...

Excellent answers, Al. It's nice to see some photos (in the previous post) again. :)

Theres just life said...

Hi Al, Great answers. I am sure the love of your life likes them too.
Hope you two had a great Valentines day. I have been a little under the weather, so I haven't been around as much as I would have liked.

Check out my answers on my blog as well.

Pamela Jo

Jessica Bell said...

'almost' everybody's welcome. LOL. Nice to meet another Melbournite! :o)

Laura Eno said...

Your bad pun made me laugh!

Jamie Burch said...

Great answers! I especially liked #3, #6, & #10.

Hart Johnson said...

Aren't you sweet about your wife! I love that. And I am with you on the money thing... makes me NUTS how people think only of themselves and don't look at the devastation they are causing, when in reality, there ought to be enough to go around.

Angela Scott said...

Through your answers I could hear your Aussie voice--fantastic. You have a wonderful flow. I'd have to say a classic feel, proper yet endearing. Beautiful. Just beautiful. I think my favorite answer was "the sound of Deborah's step on the porch when she gets home." That's a heart melter right there. Lucky girl :)

Nice to meet you. I'm a thrilled follower, excited to have met you through this blogfest.


L.A. Colvin said...

I've seen Bugger around a lot on this blogfest. I think I'll start using it. BTW love your blog

LTM said...

I had a very proper British boss once, and an assistant of ours fouled up a MS once so badly, she hissed "bugger." I couldn't stop giggling... :D

yes, loud machinery. argh... :o)

Diana said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I'm following back.

I love the last answer. "almost everyone"

Francine Howarth said...


Ah, so sweet: Love and Foot on the Step! ;)


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Al .. yes I too would add photographer for you .. but good to read your replies. Finance of life - the world's a sore mess as you say .. life is interesting - but it's not meant to throw us wobblies!

Cheers - Hilary

Shelley Sly said...

I would not want to do anything in finance, either. I like your pun about archaeologist/historian, though. ;)

L'Aussie said...

Hey Al, great to see you 'festing here. Good answers. I'm left wondering, who missed out on heaven? Who is the 'almost'?


J.L. Campbell said...

I'm suspicious of numbers so I wouldn't earn a living if that's all there was for me to do.

Shannon said...

Finally making my way over for the blogfest! Sorry I'm late visiting.

Love the curse word "bugger" - wish I could get away with using it, but it sounds awful coming from an American.

It was great getting to know you!

Alison Stevens said...

I completely agree on the finance bit. And there is nothing better than the raw power of a storm. :)

Lindz said...

Oh, bugger! How could i forget bugger? Great word, and so versatile. I love you answers by the way. Nice meeting you!

Heather M. Gardner said...

I hate numbers and math and money. I feel you.
Thanks for sharing your answers.