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1. Marmite- love or hate?
I don't actually love or hate Marmite. I wouldn't go out of my way for it but if it's on something I'd otherwise like to eat, I'll still eat it.

2. Marmalade- thick cut or thin cut?
I do hate marmalade, actually.

3. Porridge- made with milk or water?
I genuinely don't understand how anybody could prefer water, unless they were dairy-free generally.

4. Do you like salt, sugar or honey on your porridge?
Blueberries. Or bananas. Or peanut butter. Or maple syrup. Or raisins. Or ground cinnamon, or ginger. Honey or brown sugar are okay too, but not on their own.

5. Loose tea or teabags?
Either, but I buy teabags because my teapot didn't survive the move. The fact that I haven't bothered to replace it in the last year and a half indicates how bothered I am about this. But I like the faff of loose-leaf tea when I'm out somewhere that has all the nice cups and saucers and pots and milk jugs and sugar tongs and whatnot.

6. Where on your door is your letterbox?
Waist height and not vertical, as per regulation. (It jams rather than going flippy-flappy and I'm sorry to say it does have bristles, but these are not things I had any say over.)

7. What's your favourite curry?
Saag paneer.

8. What age is the place where you live?
Approx. 115, as it was apparently built at the turn of the century.

9. Where do the folks running your local corner shop come from?
Somewhere in the Caribbean I'd guess, by the accents. I've never asked specifically.

10. Instant or fresh coffee?
Instant coffee is made of mud and gravel, you know. Americans make coffee in pots and everyone drinks it, so there's not the demand for instant.

One of the most expensive things I did when I moved here was accidentally make Andrew stop drinking instant coffee. He was welcome to it but I wasn't touching the stuff, so bought Proper Coffee, which he started drinking too, and eventually realized it is far superior, and then wouldn't drink instant. When we had no money and he was going through like a bag of coffee a day, this was expensive indeed!

11. How far are you from the sea?
~35 miles, according to Google (I had no idea, so I looked it up.)

12. Have you travelled via Eurostar?
Not yet! I'd love to, though. Both my fondness for trains and my hatred of air travel would on their own be sufficient to make me want to.

13. If you were going to travel abroad, where's the nearest country to you?
Ireland is probably closest, whether i"m going to travel abroad or not! #subjunctivecasepedant

14. If you're female (or possible even some males) do you carry a handbag?
Yeah. I need somewhere to put my cane when it's folded away, if nothing else.

15. Do you have a garden? What do you like growing?
I do have a garden. I'm not growing much at the moment, except a few herbs. I like to grow things I like to eat.

16. Full cream, semi skimmed or skimmed?
Full cream!

17. Which London terminal would you travel into if going to the capital?
Props for being a thing about "Britishness" that doesn't assume everyone's already in London! From here I go to Euston, though I'm already starting to prefer the Grand Central trains from Brighouse, which take me to Kings Cross. But I prefer Euston as a station, compared to the inaccessible mess of Kings Cross (generally, the newer something is the more difficult I find it to navigate).

18. Is there a local greasy spoon where you live?
Yep. Does fried bread and everything. A nice contrast to POD and Trove and the gentrification they symbolize.

19. Do you keep Euros in the house?
There have been a few rattling around for a while, but not in useful amounts and not intentionally. I never have chance to use them except in the occasional airport.

20. Does your home town have a Latin, Gaelic or Welsh alternative
Manchester's name comes from the Latin, Mamucium or Mancunium (which is where we get the adjectival/demonym Mancunian from, something that confused the hell out of me the first time I heard it...though I don't know what I was expecting: it's not like "Mancastrian" or whatever would really be much better).

In Welsh, apparently this is Manceinion. I couldn't find a Gaelic variation.

21. Do you have a well known local artist or author?
Hm, maybe one or two! Mostly musicians who are not to my taste.

22. Do you have a favourite Corrie character?
It took me a second to even understand what this question was asking me. Not having a TV since I moved to Britain means I'm completely doomed, which is a shame because we get a lot of pub quiz questions about Coronation Street.

23. Are your kitchen sink taps separate or a mixer?
Mixer. This is one of those things you wouldn't even have to ask in the U.S.; it's so rare to see taps (or, faucets) that aren't.

24. Do you have a favourite brand of blended tea?
I do, actually; I'm a huge fan of the Co-op's 99.

25. What's in your attic if you have one?
A few suitcases, a few musical instruments, the remnants of what look like a just-started attempt by previous owners to convert the space into something useful that were stalled for whatever reason.

26. If you go out for a cream tea, what jam do you like on your scone?
Strawberry or cherry. NOT raspberry. Not blackcurrant either, blech. I miss grape jam.

27. Talking of scones- scon or scown? Jam or cream first?
Scone! Cream first.

28. Barth or bath?
Thing is, the way I say "barth" isn't the way anybody says "bath." That non-rhotic thing does my head in. But I say bath.

29. Carstle or castle?
Same again. Castle.

30. What flavour of crisps do you favour?
I like wanky ones like vegetable crisps or those multigrain things. I don't exactly favor Doritos but I do crave them sometimes, especially if there's hummus in the house that I can dip them in. This is probably about as close as I get to a guilty pleasure (normally I don't believe in feeling guilty about what brings one pleasure...but I wish I didn't like Doritos).

31. If you go to the chippie, what do you like with your chips?
Cheese, or curry sauce. With curry sauce I like half rice half chips the best, though.

32. Take away, take out or carry out?
I don't know what this question is asking me. I call it takeaway now because I'm surrounded by people who do. I didn't in the U.S., I called it takeout then. Or, really, just "pizza" because that's what it usually was.

33. If you have one, what colour is your wheelie bin?
Grey (though sometimes Andrew calls it black so then I call it black to avoid (further) confusion) for non-recyclables, blue for paper/cardboard, brown for plastic/metal/glass. And I guess there's a green one for garden/food waste, but I have a compost bin (also left by previous owners) so I don't bother with that.

34. What colour skips does your local skip hire use?
Yellow, I think?

35. Do you celebrate Guy Fawkes?
What, as a person? No. I like bonfire night, though, but that's just because I like fireworks and funfairs.

36. Dettol or TCP?
I genuinely have no idea how to answer this question. I know what those things are but I don't know what I'm being asked.

37. Do you have a bidet in the bathroom?

38. Do you prefer courgettes or aubergines?
This question happens to be about both two vegetables that have different (non-French!) names in America -- zucchini and eggplant, respectively -- and the two vegetables that are the bane of my existence. Both turn up in a lot of veggie options in restaurants, and I can't stand either. But that used to be true of mushrooms too and I made myself learn to like those (thereby opening up many veggie options!), so I'm sorta trying to do the same thing for courgettes/zucchini now. But I don't think there's much hope for the aubergines/eggplant.

39. In the 'real world', do you have friends of other nationalities? Which nationalities?
Ha. Most of my friends are of other nationalities!

40. Do you have a holy book of any sort in the house?
Principia Discordia.

41. Do you prefer a hankie or tissues?
I don't carry a hankie but I like them because my dad does and I like when he used to give it to me as a kid; made me feel looked-after.

42. Are you a fan of crumpets? What do you like on them?
I'm okay with crumpets. I've only ever had them with butter.

43. Doorbell, knocker or both?
Our front dor has a knocker.

44. Do you own a car? What sort?
Between the blindness and the dyspraxia, we are not a car-friendly household. I have a National Concessionary Travel Pass and a Disabled Railcard now, though!

45. What sort of pants do you guys prefer? Y fronts or boxers?
Wearers of the traditional masculine underpants of my intimate acquaintance tend to prefer boxers, or boxer-briefs. I like boxers; they're comfy.

46. Anyone still a fan of suspenders?
In the American sense of the word, several people I know -- including my boyfriend, who said "no" to this question -- wear suspenders all the time. But in Britain those are called braces, and suspenders are for holding up stockings. I...definitely know someone who's still a fan of suspenders. I don't usually bother, but they're handy when my tights are getting ragged and I cut off the top bit and wear them as stockings.

47. Do you have a favourite quote from the bard?
I have a sentimental attachment to "Better a witty fool than a foolish wit."

48. Do you like toasted muffins?
Yes? This set of questions is making me hungry.

49. Do you think a traditional trifle should contain jelly?
Things I nearly gag at the thought of include jelly (or, Jell-O) and trifle (which even if it doesn't contain jelly has custard in it, blech), so I don't think I am qualified to answer this question.

50. Do you attend regular religious worship? Of what kind?
I attend irregular religious worship when I'm visiting my parents. If my mom can be bothered to go to church when I'm there (which is increasingly rare), I'll go with her as it's the only way to catch up with a bunch of those people. But I'm not religious.


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