Aunty Muriel’s Q & A

Playing the oboe

Me playing the oboe with the St Giles Orchestra in Oxford

I’ve become preoccupied with my internet stats of late, so much so that I start hyperventilating if no one’s looked at my profile for a day or two. To feed this growing obsession I did a course on Google analytics, and having seen that my ‘About’ page generated both a large number of hits and bounces, I thought it was time to spruce it up a bit. Now, I really didn’t know how best to go about this, so I’ve shamelessly pinched someone else’s idea instead of taking the trouble to come up with something original. What follows is my answers to some of the questions that appear in the Q&A of Saturday’s Guardian magazine…

Q.           What’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?

A.            A cor anglais. I’m still paying for it.

Q.           What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

A.            Impatience. It leads to all sorts of bad behaviour, and usually a lot of swearing.

Q.           What is the trait you most deplore in others?

A.            Rudeness and bad manners – there’s never any excuse for it.

Q.           What would instantly improve your life?

A.            Having a sense of direction. I really do have absolutely no idea where I’m going most of the time, and it would be really nice if I could find my way to the loo and back without getting lost.

Q.           What would your super power be?

A.            Don’t want one. Once you’ve got a super power, you’ve also got a shed-load of responsibility. But if you’re giving stuff away, I’ll have a sense of direction, please.

Q.           Who would be your ideal dinner party guests?

A.            That Dr Jago Cooper off the telly. Just him. He doesn’t even have to say anything, he can just sit there and let me look at him.

Q.           What is the worst job you’ve done?

A.            In a factory, sticking four strips of double-sided sticky tape onto endless fold-up pieces of cardboard packaging for Ordnance Survey maps. My fingertips were bleeding by the time the whistle went at the end of the day.

Q.           What has been your biggest disappointment?

A.            Not being able to sing. I sound fabulous in my head, but in reality I make a dreadful honking racket.

  14 comments for “Aunty Muriel’s Q & A

  1. January 1, 2013 at 11:27 pm



  2. January 2, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    You’re welcome, and all best wishes for 2013! Thanks for the heads-up too – I hadn’t realised that I’m supposed to do something with this ‘about’ page. I’ve added a photo and a few words…


  3. April 23, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Hi Nice Posts and thank you for the follow.
    Peace & love, Sanoj


  4. April 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Hello – I like the Guardian style Q&A idea – definitely a winning format! TDx


    • April 8, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Why, thank you! It certainly made the whole ‘home page’ thing a lot easier to write…! x


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  6. July 22, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Hi “Auntie Muriel”,
    Thanks so much for following my blog – I am honored!! I like the look of your blog too, and I hope to have the time to get some in depth reading done before too long!!


    • July 22, 2014 at 9:41 am

      That’s very kind of you, thank you! Good to ‘meet’ you, and happy reading x


  7. MBV
    August 27, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    A up Burch daddy’s found you

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Helen Loveday
    September 28, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Dearest Gaenor
    I was listening to radio 3 this afternoon, and when the orchestra tuned up I thought immediately of you – quite out of the blue. And so I thought I’d write simply to say hello, and to make sure that you don’t hyperventilate over poor internet stats!
    X Helen


    • September 28, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      Hello Helen, how are you?


      • Helen Loveday
        September 30, 2018 at 10:23 am

        Really well. And really happy to have found your blog. Does my e-mail address appear anywhere for you to use? I’ll not a social media gal I’m afraid.

        Liked by 1 person

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