Sunday, 25 April 2010

On 3, Being the Magic Number

Firstly, thank you Gnetch for giving me the opportunity to talk about myself, something I enjoy rather a lot - and as you tagged me I don't have to worry about sounding self-obsessed. Good work!

"Me in 3s."

Three names I go by:

1. Tom, being my name and all.

2. Thumbo, after my thumb swelled up to twice its normal size on a road trip in Italy.

3. Thomas, used exclusively by my mother when she's ashamed of me, or by colleagues trying to annoy me. Don't call me it. Ever. I don't like it.

Three jobs I've had:

1. International Sales Assistant @ a children's book publisher - my present job.

2. Conversation Assistant in an English language school in Italy - talking crap and getting paid, good times.

3. Service Improvement Officer @ council housing office - it sounds so much more important than it was. It involved taking complaints and filling in surveys. Sound fun? Didn't think so.

Three places I have lived:

1. Upminster - the end of the District Line

2. Cagliari - the capital of Sardinia

3. Royal Leamington Spa - the year that passed in a drunken haze

Three fave drinks:

1. A nice cold pint of Stella Artois. I know, I should be ashamed. But deep down I'm not.

2. Black coffee. I can't function without it.

3. Sparkling water - the perfect hangover cure.

Three TV shows I watch:

1. Shameless.

2. Waterloo Road. I love it. I bloody love it.

3. True Blood

Three places I've been:

1. Athens, Greece - a birthday present from N (seeing the Acropolis has always been on my to-do list.)

2. Rome, Italy - we missed the last train and slept on benches near St Peter's Square.

3. Paris, France - I went with work last October. Felt very important getting the Eurostar from St Pancras, thank God it didn't break down that time, I don't think I would have handled the situation very well. (How Old World am I? I have to broaden my horizons methinks)

Three places I would like to visit:

1. Norway - to see the Northern Lights (Also on my to-do list - Alexandra if you have any tips you have to let me know!)

2. Tokyo

3. Cape Town, to see where N grew up.

Three favorite retro TV shows:

1. Only Fools & Horses

2. Cheers

3. Fawlty Towers

Three favorite dishes:

1. Salmon & Asparagus

2. Mussels Marinara

3. Profiteroles.

Three things I'm looking forward to:

1. January 2013, when I will finally be able to relax safe in the knowledge that the world did not end in 2012.

2. Payday...this month has dragged itself out long enough.

3. Seeing the Northern Lights!

Three people I'm tagging:

1. Alexandra @ Friends & Crocodiles

2. Patti @ For When My Head Gets Full (maybe one for a Friday fill-in?!)

3. Kisekae @ Diary Of a Doll


  1. You're welcome.

    Your explanations are funny, especially on the Thomas and the January 2013 thing.

    Also, stop looking at your watch. *panics* My post was long, I've forgotten how I was planning to start my Is It Just Me post. :D

    Or maybe I should give you this one- :/


    PS: I love your Me in 3s logo. Damn! Why didn't I think of that!

  2. thanks! I was just thinking I had nothing to blog about so this is perfect! :)

  3. I used to be called thumbo too,for reasons I donot remember lol ah,Paris,ITaly,Greece! So jealous!!
    Black coffee is the shiznit,heh =)

  4. Woho! I love getting tagged:)

    About visiting Norway, it's not far from the UK, but be prepared to spend tons of money! I've heard that foreginers think it's expensive here;)

    The northern lights can technically be seen throughout Norway, but are best seen in the far North. I currently live in the middle, and have only seen them once - they're on my to see list also! So, you should fly to Tromsø to see them properly (they claim to be the Paris of the North - not true, hehe). If you want further trip tips, my mother is actually the person to ask - she blogs for nileguide (lonely planet-ish) and knows all the places to see (i've a link to her blog on my blog, sophie's world - just in case you realise your plans someday!)

  5. @ Gnetch - what can I say, I'm a logo genius. I'm quite proud of it myself :)

    @ Kisekae - no worries, I'm glad to be of assistance!

    @ Sweta - another Thumbo? 'Reasons I don't remember' isn't good enough - we must get to the bottom of this! From one Thumbo to another.

    @ Alexandra - well well! I think I'll be nipping over to your mum's blog for some ideas! But first I need to go to Hamburg - my football team just got through to the Europa Cup final! :) :) :)