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Snagged from [ profile] rahirah: a personality quiz. Funny how these things always tend to throw up the same results.

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Came across a British supermarket catering to the expat community here in The Hague, and am now fully stocked up on such items as Scotch eggs, clotted cream and cheesy oatcakes, and had a Cornish pasty for lunch. I love me a Cornish pasty, and now I'm wondering -and not for the first time, either- why no one's thought to set up shop and sell these freshly made here. I'm sure I can't be the only Dutch person that likes them. Whenever I'm at Paddington station, e.g. my first instinct is to make a beeline to the Cornish pasty shop on the upper concourse, and indulge. I've tried them all, but the beef & Stilton one is always my favourite.

Had lunch with an old Uni friend a couple of days ago, who I hadn't seen for 21 years. She hadn't changed one bit, but her daughter had turned from a little girl in pigtails when I'd last seen her into a gorgeous young marketing exec of 28, and it took me a while to get my head around that. Time goes by so quickly, and you never notice it until you see your friends' children have all grown up while you were distracted doing other stuff.

Speaking of which, Soraya has got her first assignment for Schwarzkopf hair products under her belt and seems to be on her way to being a full-fledged model. I'm still not sure whether to cheer or frown with the career choice she's made, but I'm careful not to rain on her parade. She'll be 18 in a couple of months, and if she doesn't want to go to Uni even though she's got the brains for it, that's her decision. She'll still be my favourite niece, whatever she ends up doing.

Before I go:

You were born during a First Quarter moon

This phase occurs in the middle of the moon's waning phases, after the full moon and before the new moon.

- what it says about you -

You like to make up your own mind. You may find it hard to relate to mainstream opinions on issues, and you definitely don't always like what's popular. You can work out solutions and give birth to big ideas when left to yourself, and other people will be impressed with your conclusions even if they're not sure how you arrived at them.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at

Pretty accurate, I'd say.
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Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Extroverted, Progressive, and Intelligent

8 Cubist, -11 Islamic, -1 Ukiyo-e, -6 Impressionist, -8 Abstract and -13 Renaissance!

Cubism was a 20th century avant-garde movement, pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. It revolutionized European art and inspired changes in music and literature. The first branch of cubism, known as Analytic Cubism. It was both radical and influential as a short but highly significant art movement between 1908 and 1911 mainly in France. In its second phase, Synthetic Cubism, (using synthetic materials in the art) the movement spread and remained vital until around 1919.

People that chose Cubist paintings as their favorite art form tend to be very individualized people. They are more extroverted and less afraid of speaking their opinions then other people. They tend to be progressive and are very forward thinking. As the cubist painting is like looking into a shattered mirror where you can see different angles of the images, the people that prefer these paintings like looking at all angles of a problem. These people are intelligent and they are the transformers of our generation. They look beyond what is seen into what things could become. They are ready to leave the ideas of the past behind and look at what the future has to offer.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy

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Your result for The Doctor Who Companion Test...

Captain Jack

You are Captain Jack - handsome, charming and always in the right place. The girls (and boys!) just can't seem to get enough of you. The Doctor can't get enough of you either, as you always seem to turn up just when the time is right. You've taken and dished a few beatings, stayed until the bitter end, and always manage to get out of trouble when it suits you. It's almost like you have a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

Still, you've made some stupid decisions in your time, and The Doctor isn't likely to let you forget them. In fact, despite your worldliness and age, you still can't seem to keep up with The Doctor as fast as some of his other companions. Maybe it just wasn't meant to be.

Take The Doctor Who Companion Test at OkCupid

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I thought I'd take advantage of the summer sales and buy myself a trouser suit to interview in for a fraction of its usual cost, only to defeat my own purpose by selecting one from the new collections. It's ever so stylish though, much better than that sad excuse of a grey one that's been hiding unused and unloved in my wardrobe forever, and will now soon be on its way to the charity shop.

and speaking of clothes, these quiz results tie in neatly with that subject )

Now in order to have a chance to be wearing this suit before it too becomes hopelessly out of date, I'll have to concentrate on applying for jobs. To that end, I've stored my cv in The Cloud, and expect to be writing many letters using Buzzword (my home PC came with MS Works, which I hate) from now on. Now all I need is to buy a printer, and today's newspaper. Off to the shops I go again!
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It's been a while since we played my favourite game...Does anyone want to have a go?

Step 1: Get your playlist together, put it on random, and play
Step 2: Pick your favorite lines from the first 25 songs that play
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song the lines come from
Step 4: Cross out the songs when someone guesses correctly
P.S: no cheating and pasting the lyrics into a search engine!!

The Random Lyrics Quiz )

ETA 20/06: and the unguessed lyrics are: )
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My Personality
Openness to Experience
You are a calm person who is considered almost fearless by some, however you don't usually get angry too easily but some things can annoy you. You get overwhelmed by too much noise and commotion and do not like thrill-seeking activities. You tend not to express your emotions openly and are sometimes not even aware of your own feelings. You are willing to take credit for good things that you do but you don't often talk yourself up much, however you are not adverse to confrontation and will sometimes even intimidate others to get your own way. You have a reasonable amount of will-power and are able to follow through on tasks that you feel you need to complete. You can be distracted however and have been known to procrastinate.

Take a Personality Test now or view the full Personality Report.

The best Buying Pet Gifts.

No surprises here )
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According to the experts, the name on my birth certificate means 'strife' or 'battle', and my nom de plume is Arabic and means 'pretty, beautiful', but according to this quiz they mean so much more. I don't necessarily agree with these outcomes (I mean, introverted? Moi?), but I think it's kind of interesting to see that they overlap quite a bit.

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It's Sunday, and not much is happening, either in real life or here on LJ. Glancing through the flist, it seems everyone's doing quizzes of some sort... so, what's to stop me?

I'm 80% LiveJournal, and am most like Oz )

I like how it says music always gives me something to talk about - it does. It's the one subject I can always fall back on once I've exhausted the topic of shoes.

I was kind of hoping that this next one would characterise me as hieroglyphics, but Linear B's kind of nice, too. Though they really ought to have called this quiz 'What Ancient Script' rather than 'What Ancient Language Are You?'

Your Score: Linear B

You scored

You are Linear B. Even those who can follow you think you're all Greek to them. Which, after all, is true - Linear B being the first known text for written Greek. To most people, you're incomprehensible. But what do you care? You're tough, hard, long-enduring and have greater nobility than most. Naturally, you don't admit to borrowing extensively from your brother Linear A.

Link: The Which Ancient Language Are You Test written by imipak on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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You Are Christmas

More than most people, you are able to find magic in life's small moments.
Traditions mean a lot to you, and you tend to be quite nostalgic.
You are a giving, kind person who really understands the true meaning of holidays.
You inspire others to be as altruistic and caring as you are.

What makes you celebrate: Tradition and a generous spirit

At holiday get togethers, you do best as: The storyteller. You like to recount memories with everyone.

On a holiday, you're the one most likely to: Give a gift to everyone you know

Hmmm...I don't know about the inspiring 'others to be altruistic and caring'-bit...I'm not even sure that I'm all that altruistic and caring myself! But I'm pleased that I came up as Christmas -- it is my favourite holiday, even though I don't celebrate it as much as I used to. No point really, when you're on your own, or share your flat with three cats who firmly believe in killing anything that's green quite dead.

Which leads me to my annual question of "Who would like to receive a Christmas card from me, and do I have your address?" If you're sure I don't, or unsure whether I do, please just e-mail me the necessary details, and I'll add your name to the list.
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I had my last check-up this morning. It lasted all of 2 minutes, at the end of which dr. Van der Flier, my consultant, pronounced that everything had healed splendidly and all I needed to do was keep up with my exercises and build up the strength in my ankle, and closed my file.

I wish I'd pushed for this surgery years ago. It's made such a difference to my everyday life to be able to walk without that deep pain that comes from chronic tendonitis -- I'm surprised at how my doctors have professed themselves surprised at the obvious correlation between the previous instability of the joint and the Achilles problems I'd been complaining to them about for years, but which I'm now completely free of. After this, I can retire the icon I've used for all my ankle no longer reflects the reality of my situation.

Quiz result: what my soul looks like )
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The following test was found here. Of course it's a load of cobblers, as these things usually are, but still, I can recognise some traits which I've bolded and italicised in the text.

You entered: Hedwig xxx Xxxxxxxxxxx
There are 20 letters in your name.
Those 20 letters total to 95
There are 8 vowels and 12 consonants in your name.

What your first name means:
Teutonic Female Refuge from battle.
Swedish Female Peace in battle.
German Female Refuge in war or struggle. Strife.

Your number is: 5

The characteristics of #5 are: Expansiveness, visionary, adventure, the constructive use of freedom.

The expression or destiny for #5:
The number 5 Expression endows with the wonderful characteristic of multi-talents and versatility. You can do so many things well. The tone of the number 5 is constructive freedom, and in your drive to attain this freedom, you will likely be the master of adaptability and change. You are good at presenting ideas and knowing how to approach people to get what you want. Naturally, this gives you an edge in any sort of selling game and spells easy success when it comes to working with people in most jobs. Your popularity may lead you toward some form of entertainment or amusement. Whatever you do, you are clever, analytical, and a very quick thinker.

If there is too much of the 5 energy in your makeup, you may express some the negative attitudes of the number. Your restless and impatient attitude may keep you from staying with any project for too long. Sometimes you can be rather erratic and scatter yourself and your energies. You have a hard time keeping regular office hours and maintaining any sort of a routine. You tend to react strongly if you sense that your freedom of speech or action is being impaired or restricted in any way. As clever as you are, you may have a tendency to make the same mistakes over and over again because much of your response is glib reaction rather that thoughtful application. You are in a continuous state of flux brought by constantly changing interests.

Your Soul Urge number is: 8

A Soul Urge number of 8 means:
With an 8 Soul Urge, you have a natural flair for big business and the challenges imposed by the commercial world. Power, status and success are very important to you. (actually, I don't think they are) You have strong urges to supervise, organize and lead. Material desires are also very pronounced. You have good executive abilities, and with these, confidence, energy and ambition.

Your mind is analytical and judgment sound; you're a good judge of material values and also human character. Self-controlled, you rarely let emotions cloud judgment. You are somewhat of an organizer at heart, and you like to keep those beneath you organized and on a proper track. This is a personality that wants to lead, not follow. You want to be known for your planning ability and solid judgment.

The negative aspects of the 8 Soul Urge are the often dominating and exacting attitude. You may have a tendency to be very rigid, sometimes stubborn.

Your Inner Dream number is: 6

An Inner Dream number of 6 means:
You dream of guiding and fostering the perfect family in the perfect home. You crave the devotion from offspring and a loving spouse. You picture yourself in the center of a successful domestic unit. (well, that's just totally off-base!)
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The cast came off this morning. Yay! for unencumberedness. It feels a little weird to be walking, and of course I'm still favouring my left leg a bit, but over the next few days things should improve dramatically. I have been warned to take it easy, and to be very careful with steps and stairs and kerbs and the like.

The skin on my foot and leg looks a fright, though -- but nothing, I believe, a long soak, a pumice stone and a dollop of cream can't sort out. Let the pampering commence!

BTW, over the last few weeks I've become seriously addicted to Heroes, and yesterday, I've watched my very first episode of Ugly Betty, which I know is going to be a favourite, too. So stand by for seeing me exchange my present Doctor Who(by which I mean, Ten)-icons for icons of my new fandoms soon.

gratuitous quiz result )
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Gakked from [ profile] enigmaticblues

gURL.comI took the "Retro Runway" quiz on
My fashion is inspired by...
the '60s

Are you constantly looking for a new way to express yourself through your clothes? Do you value fashion over function? If so, then the 1960s is your era. During this decade, the abstract began to make its appearance in everyday wear.Read more...

Which fashion era do you belong in?

Well, that's surprising...yet maybe not. I was of course born in the 60s, so perhaps some of its fashion sense has rubbed off and stayed with me all these years. Though I must admit I was never a great fan of 60s and 70s fashion while I was growing up and having to wear it.

I remember my first favourite outfit. It was a dark green two piece of a pleated skirt and jacket with 3/4 length sleeves, a small rounded collar, and a big green button. I wore it with a short-sleeved white lace round neck top that did up at the back with lovely iridescent mother-of-pearl buttons. It was made out of one of my mother's dresses, and I wore it to playschool the day the photographer came round to snap my first school picture.

Another favourite piece from those days was a white skirt with a Chinese dragon, in reds and blues, going all the way round on it. Again, it was made out of one of my mother's dresses from the previous decade.

My mum used to make all of mine and my sister's clothes in the 60s and 70s, and the three of us had very definite ideas about what we liked. We mostly took our inspiration from Mum's old movie star scrapbooks, that she'd compiled as a teenager in the 40s and 50s; which meant that my sister and I were perfectly happy wearing petticoats to school in the late 60s (and again in the 80s when I revived that look for myself). We were always just a little bit out of step -fashionwise- with the rest of our peers, who teased us sometimes but mostly just accepted our sartorial eccentricities.

I wore zouave trousers way before MC Hammer (in '78-'79, actually). I wore slacks and bolero jackets, and brushed my long hair back into a single thick high plait decorated with scarves and flowers long before Sade made that look instantly recognisable to my school chums.

Nowadays, I dress slightly more conservatively; partly for comfort but mostly because I seem to have lost my knack and my nerve along with my figure. I'm in my mid-40s now, my boobs have gotten bigger, my upper arms have gotten flabbier, and everything else seems to have gone south a bit...a good look is so much harder to achieve when you're constantly having to worry about the flaws in your physique that need covering up.
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Last night, I tested as a daisy. Now I've gone back and tweaked it, and:

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

"You stand up for what you believe in, even if it gets in the way of what other people think. You are proud of yourself and your accomplishments and you enjoy letting people know that."

Hmmm. If you say so. Still, I like cannas. They remind me of childhood vacations in Spain.
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You know the Bible 100%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
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Either that, or the questions were just too damn easy.

I'm bored

Jan. 11th, 2007 03:30 pm
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Apparently, Schopenhauer tried to prove the vanity of human existence by taking boredom as an example. He must have been so bored when he came up with that idea. And I, as someone who can't measure herself against one of philosophy's greats, am probably bored even more.

I was talking to one of my friends on the phone yesterday, catching up on what had been happening in our lives over the last few months. While she could talk at length about all kinds of things she'd seen and done since October, all I could answer when her attention turned to me was, "oh you know: same old, same old". I couldn't think of a single anecdote to tell her, and it seems like the only thing I'm interested in doing in my spare time these days is to try and rebuild my playlists on my mp3 player. You wouldn't believe how painstaking and time-consuming a task that can be!

Which reminds me, the titles no one got in our last round of 'Guess That Tune!' were of songs by Maroon 5, Billy Paul, The Jam, Elvis Costello, Sufjan Stevens, Malcolm McLaren and Björk. I guess it wasn't that good, or that easy, a selection. Oh well, better luck next time!

Iceland Air were advertising 199 euro flights to New York in the paper this morning. Unfortunately, when I logged onto their website, the cheapest I could find is for 300 euros, with a 2-hour stopover at Rejkjavik. Still a good offer, and I've always wanted to go to Iceland...If only CoRo could put some NYC dates up soon, I'd have a reason to go!

And finally ('cause I really should be getting back to work): I nicked this off [ profile] enigmaticblues, curious to see what tree goes with my personality.

What Tree Am I? )


Nov. 21st, 2006 08:47 pm
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the Comic

(33% dark, 34% spontaneous, 47% vulgar)

your humor style:

Yours is the most versatile and also the most popular kind of humor. You'll crack a joke about just about anything, but you're not mean-spirited or intimidating, so you can get away with it--even when, for example, you bust on Mexicans.

You appreciate a good dirty joke as much as next person, but, over all, you've got a brainier approach to humor than most. Now just go out there and write up a routine; it's likely you'd be good at it.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Dave Chappelle - Rodney Dangerfield

The 3-Variable Funny Test!
- it rules -

If you're interested, try my best friend's best test: The Genghis Khan Genetic Fitness Masterpiece

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 99% on darkness

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You scored higher than 99% on spontaneity

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You scored higher than 99% on vulgarity
Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test


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