Well, it's been fun to see what people think, especially since I haven't been blogging for very long and so I know you don't have much to go on. I so much wish I could spin the answers so that Kazzy has to move onto a boat but that would be a step too dishonest even for this game.
The answers, then. There were actually three lies. You will see that I 'cheated' by taking ten true things and then modifying some of them to be a little bit false - so Peggy was virtually right.
- I used to live on a narrowboat without mains electricity, and one winter the canal froze over - it got so cold that the diesel got too thick to run through the pipes to fuel our stove. We put the oven on to try and get some warmth into the space, but then the gas bottle ran out - and the shop was closed so we couldn't get another that day!
- I used to be nicknamed 'Laughalot' at school (after Lancelot). I have an unfortunate condition which means that when I laugh hard (regularly) or sing (irregularly) my eyes start streaming tears and everyone thinks I'm upset.
- I used to go on college trips to CERN in Switzerland, and one evening our physics teacher took us on a tour of Geneva to see a church of particular architectural value. He had failed to note that it was in the red light district, and said church had now been turned into a bar of dubious morality.
True. When I tell this story people usually ask if I'm sure he was genuinely clueless; I'm pretty confident of it.
- I used to be a fairly healthy child, but when I was five I was hit by a form of meningitis which left me fighting for life in intensive care. I had my birthday party in hospital. I've consequently always had a feeling in the back of my mind that I'm very lucky to be alive, and that every day I live is one more than it could have been.
False - I went into hospital just after my fourth birthday. I did have a party on the ward.
- I used to produce plays, have been involved in founding a couple of small theatre companies, and was involved in marketing and fundraising for the theatrical world premiere of Tom Stoppard's Galileo at the Edinburgh Fringe.
- I used to have a shortage of fondue pots, but now we have three (and a raclette). Two which we asked for on our wedding list - then a month or so later we bought a third because it was cute and red which hadn't been available on the wedding list. We've used all three on one night (tomato, cheese, and then chocolate).
False - we haven't had a fondue night since we bought the third pot, though envisioning this use was part of the justification for buying a third fondue. It will be true before very long!
- I used to work as a baker in a small cafe in Oxford. They paid me the minimum wage but I didn't complain because I felt that, if I was going to have a minimum wage job, I'd rather have one I really enjoyed. I spent a lot of time perfecting recipes, and have the perfect brownie recipe, but I've never made it at home because I haven't got round to scaling down the recipe from the industrial quantities.
- I used to be the only person in my class who could identify every flavour of crisps when they made us do it without using our sense of smell. My sense of smell has always been apalling - there are a lot of things I can't smell at all, and a lot of things I can smell, smell (to me) like Parma Violet sweets.
True - apparently, when your sense of smell is awful to start with, things do still taste different.
- I used to be a youth media rep for the UK Vegetarian Society, and was interviewed along with my mum for a Government video which was going to be sent 'abroad' to explain British culture - I later saw myself on German TV.
False - I never saw a copy of my recording, on German TV or elsewhere, although I was told it was shown in Germany.
- I used to be 'married' to a boy in my class at primary school. The teacher asked for volunteers to be the bride in a class 'wedding' and all but two of us volunteered - she then picked the subject of public humiliation winner from the two of us who hadn't put our hands up. Everyone teased me (and the groom) about it for years afterwards, right up until we learned the word 'divorce'...