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Writer's Block: Hello, World!

My first memory was teething on our wooden clothes horse at the age of five months, watching Doctor Who. My teeth marks were visible all the way along the top bar, accessible from my highchair. My father still had that clotheshorse when I was twenty-one.

When I was about 15 months old I climbed out of my cot, crawled across the floor and rolled down every step of the stairs to the floor at the bottom. I remember sitting on the step next to my mum, screaming my head off while she cried in fear thinking I was seriously hurt. But I didn't have a cut, bruise or a scrape on me.

I remember the cot, too. It was cream with a deer with a butterfly on its tail at one end and Winnie the Pooh and Ee-ore at the other. It smelled funny too, probably because it was the old lead-based pain they had back then.

I should point out that I'm well over forty years old.
What is your earliest memory?

Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays

Depends on which calendar you go by. I'm Eastern Orthodox, but since our modern version of Christmas was moved from April to December in an attempt to stop the Pagan celebration of Solstice, and Solstice being a tangible celestial event that can be proven without bias or doubt, I go with Solstice.

By the way the prize of $50 for the best answer is lovely, but it's a fat lot of use to anyone outside the USA. Now, that's what I call biased!
Which December holidays do you celebrate, and why? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

Writer's Block: Tearjerkers

Is that cry because it was sad, cry laughing or cry because it was moving, or cry because is just plain terrible and you've just wasted £25 of you hard earn cash for tickets to watch it? Bambi is sad, Hunchback Hairball made me laugh tears, When Harry Met Sally is moving, and Dumb and Dumber and anything with Jim Carrey in it makes me cry because they are so ******* awful.

Which movie always makes you cry?

Writer's Block: Starstruck

Yes, Loads. We used to live right outside the main gates of Pinewood Studios where my dad worked as a set painter. I've met the entire cast of Star Wars Return of the Jedi, Roger Moore and several other actors from the James Bond movies. Sean Bean, Cate Blanchet, Mige Ure, Tom Baker, Big Daddy (English Wrestler), Giant Haystacks (English Wrestler). Russel Grant was my mum's neighbour for years. When I was a small child, Haley Mills used to live in the estate opposite ours. Years ago, I was a runner at Radio One for a summer, met swathes of artists (DJs, bands, soloists). I've met most of the original cast of Star Trek. I've even met a couple of former US presidents. I didn't count how many I met or make note of names, I certainly don't chalk us autographs, and I've never been starstruck. They were all just people to me, who do an extraordinary job.
Have you ever met anyone famous?

Writer's Block: Bless you!

Paracetamol - para-acetylaminophenol - which is found in effectively every over the counter pain killer, cold and flu remedy, fever medicine and cough medicine. 
What are you allergic to?

Writer's Block: Happy Turkey Day!

I'm most thankful that I'm not a turkey! :)
What are you most thankful for?

Writer's Block: American Censorship Day!

No. I do not support this Censorship Bill. This bill means that those of us who enjoy writing for fun will have our sites and our property taken from us and held by third parties as their property. This bill means that my opinions and family photographs on my social network sites will be taken and held by third parties as their property - I've already had this done to me. This bill means that the sites I visit, whether based in the US or not, will be blocked from my use by a third party, including my own web pages, without my consent or approval. This bill is net-nanny for grown ups. People should have the right to chose what sites they visit and not be told by the government where they can and cannot go. Please; have some sense and oppose this bill.
Today, Congress holds hearings on the first American Internet censorship system. This bill can pass. If it does the Internet and free speech will never be the same. [Learn more here.] Do you support this bill?

Writer's Block: Courage under fire

Being myself when the world wanted me pigeonholed as something else.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?