Another of the popular 'tag' subjects going the rounds at the moment seems to be to reveal "x things about yourself that most people don't know".
Yes, well, there are probably good reasons why people don't know this kind of stuff.....
However, one of my 'resolutions' this year is to try to be a little less curmudgeonly (by the by, shouldn't there be a verb form of this? Curmudge sounds wonderful!), so here goes....
1) I am an accomplished puntsman. (One of the few real benefits of an Oxford education.)
2) I grew up during the original punk era, and was briefly part of a New Wave project at school called Ded Lemming. (I was more the Malcolm McLaren figure, songwriter and all-around creative guru; I couldn't actually play an instrument, and only joined the band on stage a couple of times.)
3) I once drank 11 pints of Guinness in a little under 3 hours. (It was immediately after I finished my Final exams at University. The 3rd, 7th, and 11th of them I downed in one - the last while standing on one leg, on top of a rather rickety table. The rest of the afternoon is a bit of a blur!)
4) I nearly asked Helena Bonham-Carter out on a date once. (This must be almost 20 years ago. She was sat about 3 yards away from me in a pub.... but I lost my nerve. I have tried to console myself ever since that she is too short for me.)
5) I was once the President of the Middle Temple Debating Society.
6) I once failed a security clearance for a job with the British government.
7) I can play 'The Streets of Laredo' on the mouth organ. (Well, I used to be able to. I haven't picked the instrument up in years. I had dreams of becoming a maestro of the blues harp, but I lacked the necessary application...)
8) My best score on 'Elf Bowling' is 222.
9) I turned down a chance to play Francis Younghusband ("ravisher of Tibet") in a film.
10) Only once have I ever been on a blind date (which I fixed up through www.match.com). The girl turned out to be a journalist for The Scotsman who was researching an article on Internet dating! I was rather smitten - but, alas, I never saw her again. I've always wondered if I featured in her article....
And there you have it! Don't you feel you know me so much better now???