10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Over at Actually Mummy, I was tagged in her 10 things you didn’t know about me post, which means that I now have to tell you 10 things you didn’t know about me, so after much thinking and list-making and mind changing, here they are…

1. I have terrible taste in music
I ADORE Britney Spears.  I used to love Eminem too but grew tired of the constant bitchin’ about his wife/ex-wife – Dude, just stop marrying her!  I have never been much of a muso, I don’t do ‘gigs’ (shudder) and festivals are like a dirty word.  I have been to a few concerts (including Britney & Eminem, natch) but can’t really be bothered much with these either. Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t even know what kind of music I liked, but then I discovered jazz and now I think I might finally be getting the whole muso thing… maybe.  Lose Yourself  is still no.1 on both my gym and karaoke playlists.

2. I have my hair cut and coloured every 7-weeks
Without fail.  I have been seeing Emily at Partridges in East Dulwich every 7-weeks for about 4 years and I HEART her almost as much as I heart Britters.   I have hair appointments booked up to the end of the year.  Before Emily, there was Jen, but my move south-of-the-river and Jen’s day job in film, made it difficult to keep up the regular slots so sadly we had to part hair-ways.  Jen loves a bit of Britney too.

3. My dream job would be to appear in Eastenders
Only not as one of Ian Beale’s wives.  I would rather be an extra on the market stall or seen ordering a fake lager Shandy in the Queen Vic.  I think I would be best cast as a long-lost Slater sister or a cousin though.

4. I once trained in film continuity
My first paid continuity job was as a trainee to the script supervisor on a film called PURE where I spent  7-weeks standing outside in the freezing cold and the pouring rain watching (a then unknown) Keira Knightly play a teenage junkie.  After that, I decided I wanted to work a regular 9-5 office job instead and dress like Rachel in FRIENDS.  So, I got a job working for an ad agency where one of my early assignments was to chaperone James Brown (Loaded magazine) to the set of a TV commercial to interview Danny Baker and Peter Kay… where they made me stand outside their trailer in the freezing cold and the pouring rain.  Bastards.

5. The friends I love the most live the furthest away
One by one over the years, they have all upped and moved overseas.  I am slowly starting to build up a regular social circle again but few of my new friends know the pre-Zachy version of me.

6. I once caught a man doing a poo on our doorstep
He said he’d got caught short.  I closed the door and waited for him to finish.  When I had stopped dry retching, I opened the door again and he had gone.  He’d left a trail of soiled newspaper up our front path though, that he had pinched from the recycling bin and used to wipe himself.  The story made the local newspaper!  Although, I refused to be in the picture so as not to ever be pointed out to in the street as the poo lady.

7. I predicted Obama would be President back in Summer 2006
Everyone laughed at me.  We tell that story a lot now!

8. Wedding Fairy
I was known as the Wedding Fairy amongst my friends for many years as it was believed (& proven!) that if I was there with a friend when they met someone, they would later go on to marry them.  I was VERY popular to go out with back in those days.

9. I am a big fan of LOST
I totally ‘got’ it.  Didn’t you?!

10. I am a terrible drinker
It does not take much to get me drunk.  The dancing shoulder is the first give-away and then I turn into a complete bit of a show-off.  A popular drinking activity with My Mum Runs is the ‘interpret this song through the powerful medium of dance’ game. But usually, I just do hand stands.

Now I am tagging:

Richmond Mummy because in this blogging world we like to do everything bloggy together

St.Murphy because he will LOVE writing it PLUS he is global

More than Toast because I would like to know more about Alice

My Mum Runs because I am intrigued to find out how many of her 10 things I don’t already know

Lady Sadie’s Emporium because I know she will totally be up for this challenge

When you are done, leave me a link in the comments so I can read about you and then leave a link with the originator Me and my Kiddywinks

So come on then, tell me something I don’t already know about you…


  1. August 8, 2011 / 9:52 AM

    The Doorstep Dumper! My god! This is brilliant!!!!!

    I will get thinking on my 10 things x

    PS: I always aspired to be in Hollyoaks…

    • Grenglish
      August 8, 2011 / 11:14 AM

      Haha, yes he was quite a character too! He was caught on CCTV in the shop across the street buying a tinnie at 8am so no wonder he was caught short!
      Can’t wait to read your 10 things, thanks for joining in! It’s really fun xx

  2. Noo
    August 8, 2011 / 7:00 PM

    OK – I am taking issue with point 5. There are plenty of stories I could spill the beans about pre-Zachy (but don’t worry, I won’t do it here!) and I only live down the road, give or take a mile. I could of course, arrange to move overseas if that would be easier – Sydney was on the agenda there for a while………..but I’d rather be here so our admittedly irregular ‘sessions can still take place when we both manage to escape The Husband. xxxxxx BTW – I had no idea about the film continuity thing!

    • Grenglish
      August 8, 2011 / 7:07 PM

      I was of course including you and your 4-month world tour 😉 I was lost without you Noo, that’s when I joined the WI! xx

  3. jen
    August 8, 2011 / 7:28 PM

    Yessssss I made it into the Grenglish blog !!! xx

    • Grenglish
      August 8, 2011 / 7:56 PM

      it was only a matter of time, lovely xx

  4. jen
    August 8, 2011 / 7:29 PM

    P.s My fave Britney song is Slave For You…(it`s amazing)

    • Grenglish
      August 8, 2011 / 8:00 PM

      Plus she looks HOT in the video. My fave Britney song is I’m not a girl, not yet a woman.

      • richmondmummy
        August 8, 2011 / 10:56 PM

        Oh Sarah, that is bad!! I too am quite fond of Britters but it’s got to be Slave for You or Hit Me Baby, or even Oops I did it again…. dear god not I’m not a girl!!?!?

  5. Wendy Woo
    August 8, 2011 / 8:24 PM

    I have some cracking photos that i am sure your hairdresser would love to see – remember those 80’s perms – diffusers and a large can of Maximum hold hairspray. xx

    • Grenglish
      August 8, 2011 / 9:11 PM

      oh my god, I do remember!!! Loved it xx

  6. richmondmummy
    August 8, 2011 / 10:57 PM

    This is awesome, thank you so much for tagging me, I have been pondering my list of 10 things all day, but not yet had a chance to write my post. It’s first on my to do list for tomorrow morning and if that means that the baby has to wait for her first milk feed of the day then so bit it!! (of course I’m joking re that last bit… or am I…mwah ha ha ha… no really, I am joking…) xx

    • Grenglish
      August 9, 2011 / 6:17 AM

      haha, I can’t wait to read it! xx

  7. St. Murphy
    August 9, 2011 / 6:10 AM

    Just so we are all clear, I took that photo os Smudge’s glamorous handstand circa 2001. She was high on life and vodka, and the photo was taken in the kitche. I mean where else would you be doing gymnastics drunk!

    And Smudge, my tagged response will be on St. Murphy tomorrow.


    • Grenglish
      August 9, 2011 / 6:19 AM

      hahaha, St Murphy is my handstand partner in crime! We used to love a little handstand here and there… do you remember the church pew at Stonewall…?

      Cannot wait to read your 10 things. xxxxx

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    • Grenglish
      August 9, 2011 / 9:23 PM

      I enjoyed!!!!

  9. Lindsay Owen
    August 9, 2011 / 9:54 PM

    V. funny my darling. As I am a friend that moved away/wedding fairy benificiary/terrible drinker myself, then I supposed it’s only fitting that I carry on the blogging mantle. Just have to think of 10 things about me now. Pretty easy until I realised they have to not bore anyone to death. Oh well, back to the drawing board….. L x ps. you’re right about the music taste 😉 xxx

    • Grenglish
      August 10, 2011 / 6:18 AM

      Lins – I can already think of a few that will definitely not bore anyone to death!

  10. August 9, 2011 / 10:28 PM

    Hi! I just found you on BritMums. i’m new to blogging and after I’ve posted something new, i always try and read a couple of the new posts below mine. I read your post about the cat poo and flowers and it really made me laugh. Then I read this one and even though I don’t know you I laughed outright at the way you described finding the guy pooing on your doorstep. I will definitely stop by again! Cheers!

    • Grenglish
      August 10, 2011 / 6:20 AM

      Well you are welcome back anytime 😉 Thank you for stopping by, I’ve just been having a look over on your blog and loved it so much, I have just subscribed! What a lovely surprise to find you. Are you on twitter too?

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