Anna, as in Anna&Robin 'Life of a Musician', has 'tagged' me, so I'd better be good and play the game.
The brief is 'to write six things about me, personally, that my readers might not know', and then, 'tag' six other twitter/blogger friends and make them 'it'.
All right, here goes.
1. I got into Cambridge for composing. I had to write something for a school celebration (it was a setting of Psalm Somethingorother) and the headmistress liked it and she wrote me a glowing reference...oh well...
2. My first cat was called Whiskers.
3. But I really wanted a dog.
4. If I could, I would move to France tomorrow. No, today.
5. I wrote 7 novels before Rites of Spring.
6. I was at university in the mid-80s with a hell of a lot of people who went into the financial world with the starry glow of Thatcherian idealism writ large across their wine-sluiced visages, and having seen which people they were I am not remotely surprised that the entire world financial system is in the throes of collapse since this is the generation that is now in charge of the bloody thing. Could have told you that years ago. I believe that Margaret Thatcher wrecked the moral fibre of the western world, and this is the price. (There. Bet you didn't know that about me. ;-) )
Now for the tagging.
1. Opera Chic! Opera Chic!
2. Erin! Put down that cello a minute and get into your Fugue State.
3. Wonderful, wonderful Jeremy, we can't wait to see what you have to say about this over at Think Denk.
4. Come on, Norman, give it a go!
5. Patty in California, a great oboist who's a secret string quartet fetishist just like me...
6. Ruth, of Meanwhile, here in France...because she lives where I'd like to live. Just look at her photos of late-season veg and the reasons for point no.4 will be apparent.
Have fun, folks. I am off to Newcastle in the morning.