THE BBC BOOKLIST AND A MEANINGLESS YES/NO QUIZ

There are these interesting blogs I’ve been following lately, and I got these two pieces that have come a long way. You can post on your blog too, with your own answers. On the quiz, you are supposed to strictly answer yes or no, but what are rules for, I broke it in some questions. Enjoy.

(1) The Yes/No

Have you…Kissed any one of your Facebook friends?
No.

Kissed someone you didn’t like?
Yes

Ran a red light?
No.

Totalled your car/motorbike in an accident?
No. I don’t own any of those. Been in a mild accident though. By mild I mean not serious.

Been fired from a job?
No.

Sang karaoke?
No. But I do sing along to music alone in the living room.

Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose?
Yes.

Sang in the shower?
Yes. Everyday.

Sat on a rooftop?
Yeah, cool.

Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on?
Nope

Broken a bone?
No.

Shaved your head?
I’m a guy.

Felt like killing someone?
Way back in my teen years, yeah.

Made your girlfriend/boyfriend cry?
No. I’m a nice guy.

Had Mexican jumping beans for pets?
I don’t know what those are.

Been in a band?
No, but I wish I was.

Shot a gun?
No. One of the things I hope to do before I die.

Tripped on mushrooms?
What! NO.

Donated Blood?
No.

Eaten alligator meat?
No.

Eaten cheesecake?
Yes.

Still love someone you shouldn’t?
No. But does anyone who shouldn’t still love me?

Think about the future?
Sometimes. Yes.

Believe in love?
Yes.

(2) The Booklist

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. Although that also means you are an uncivilised git, you will be part of the masses. Less than 6, be ashamed. Read anything above 20 and you are a star.

Instructions:

Look at the list and mark those you have read.Red = Read it.Green = Read it, remember it.Blue = Own it, haven’t read yet.Orange = Reading these days.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (only the first one though)
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Withering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

As you can see, I’m not so fond of books. But just these particular ones, thanks to the bible I made it to six.

I got the list and the yes/no quiz from this blog.

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I DON’T LIKE THE MEDIA WHEN IT COMES TO NEWS

I was reading a book yesterday, I can’t remember the title but it was about pacifism (before I say more, it’s funny because in the preface it asked “…what if Saddam Hussein turns monstrous?” and I had to go back to the front page and check the year in which it was printed and published, 1994. I smiled, that ain’t so way back. Also, who am I to say who is a monster nad who is not? But I smiled because I thought, human beings, we’ll always face the same challenges.)

The only word I remember in the title of the book is non-violence. But the most interesting thing he said that I liked was that in the proffesion of journalism, which he is or was in, has individuals with world-class skill of telling it how the world is a mess but will never offer to be part of a solution either by proposing ideas or suggesting the way forward through a predicament. Now, I’m not a journalist but I know there are clauses somewhere that binds them to be neutral when it comes to such stuff.. I don’t know, I didn’t say it! another journalist did, I just concur.

You know when I don’t like journalists? When they are all up in your face, flash lights, tiny recorders and all the noise from moving there lips like they are saying something, trying to ask something but you don’t hear them. It’s okay for those who like it, they can follow them. Here’s an example; a wedding ceremony goes wrong and the bride runs off because another woman came to disrupt the whole thing with a baby in her arms claiming child support from the groom. Question is, how the hell do the the news cameras arrive at such scenes, a simple wedding in the hood? The groom and his people understandably trying to block the camera, but they just keep on, why!

“I’m just doing my job”- Their favourite line.

Well, go do your job at some other f***kin place! It’s just sick, disgusting. I don’t want to be embarrassed on behalf of anyone. Isn’t there a law about invasion of privacy? Like when they caught that Cabinet Minister minding his business exiting a fancy hotel with a mistress, he did well wrestling that camera guy, but I’da killed him! Because that’s snitching and unacceptable!

I hate the media for that. I HATE you! Passionately.

Lock up the snitches, only the snitches!

About the pacifism book, it was nice. Another interesting thing it said; there is nothing radical about thinking that the world can solve its problem without violence, that it was not radical to think that poverty can be eradicated and hunger taken care of. Think about that.

OBAMA READS COMIC BOOKS, HOW COOL!

That’s right, the American President has time for comic books and was very dissapointed at his cabinet when they failed to recognize his illusion of the comic series Savage Sword Of Conan!

According to the president,

“If my inner circle of advisers can’t even communicate about the most basic issues, how are we going to tackle the massive problems our nation faces?”

He went ahead to say,

“When I tell my cabinet that getting bipartisan support is exactly like the time Conan got Taurus to help him steal Yara’s jewel, they need to understand what I mean.”

The Newest Gospel, Obama version.

Well, Mr. President, if i need to read Savage Sword Of Conan to understand my problems and how to solve them, who the hell am I to refute! I’m running to the stores right now to get my copy. Like you I’ll become. And here I waste time reading a book titled The Principles Of Power Systems. Thanks for the hint, I hope other leaders will follow suit. Like Mugabe.

Read the whole story here.