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Posted: September 20, 2010 in Uncategorized


I referred to the book I have finished reading a few days ago here and mentioned this interesting quote:

If stereotypes held it should have been laughably easy; psychiatrist versus dentist, no contest.

I am still thinking about my review of this intriguing book, and I have to go away for a few days so I thought today I would just contribute to the meme Eight Questions.
I haven’t been tagged, but I will always take the chance to blog about my favourite subject, me.

1] If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why?

I would want a powerful “tractor beam” to pick up dictators, certain celebrities and various politicians and deposit them on an isolated desert island. Why? The world would possibly be a better place without some people.

2] Who is your style icon?

Peter Falk in the TV series Columbo.

3] What is your favourite quote?

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy”- Anne Frank

4] What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

When my children say ‘You are the best dad in the world’.
Usually followed by ‘Can I…….’

5] What playlist/CD is in your CD player right now?

At the moment I am listening to Arvo Part’s Beatus, in a recording by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir conducted by Tonu Kaljuste. A very pure sound and a bit different [it belongs to Mrs Crime Scraps] from my usual fare of jazz, country and Italian opera.

6] Are you a night owl, or a morning person?

When I was working I was definitely a morning person, now I am a little bit of both. Late night and early morning are good times for thinking, and for watching all those telvision programs I record and never get a chance to watch.

7] Do you prefer cats or dogs?

Definitely cats, although we did have a beautiful King Charles Spaniel when the children were younger. She insisted on going for walks at 2.00 am in the morning, a problem you don’t have with cats.
Our last cat, Willow, did not take to city life when we moved from the country [she kept on getting locked into our neighbour’s garage] so with regret we gave her up for adoption.

8] What is the meaning behind your blog name?

Crime- the blog is theoretically about crime fiction.
Scraps- when I was a child we lived in Camberwell with our garden backing on to a ‘scrap’ metal yard owned by the notorious Richardson Gang.
Years later I learned that the street opposite my childhood home, Wyndham Road had been the abode of the famous Victorian detective, Jack Whicher.