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According to [livejournal.com profile] papersky, I am the Kentish village of Smarden Bell.

This place is intriguingly vague. According to the Internet sites that list it, it's not clear if the villages is Smarden or Smarden Bell - it's referred to both ways, and the Bell itself is an inn there dating back to the 1500s. (Apparently the food there is quite good.) But apparently it used to be called Udmond or Uddenhom and took on the name of the Bell - I'm still not at all clear where the "Smarden" part comes from.

So it's also not clear, if I am "Smarden Bell" if I actually am a Kentish village or if I am actually just a Kentish pub. I rather like the latter idea.
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The fie-question meme, from [livejournal.com profile] mrissa

The rules:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I respond by asking you five questions of a creepily personal nature.
3. You update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, ask them five questions.

That's what the text said originally. I will be shooting for "denoting flattering attention paid" rather than "creepily personal" because this is supposed to be fun, not icky.

Also, I'll include [livejournal.com profile] mrissa's twist on the meme: you can ask me five questions if you'd rather.

[livejournal.com profile] mrissa's questions:
1. It sounds like your move and your next planned move have related strongly to job situations. Is there anywhere in the world you would refuse to move? Where? Why?
Oh, sure, lots. Any place that's physically dangerous to live in, which for me includes not only war zones and natural dangers but also any fundamentalist Islamic country. (Not any Islamic country, just the ones that are extreme enough to make them dangerous for Jews or Americans or outspoken women.) India - too many stories from travelers there. Any place with a hot climate and no air conditioning - as wonderful as the Peace Corps experience sounds, I don't deal well with heat.

2. When is your next plan to come to the US? What's the first thing you want to do?
It's not exactly a plan, but I half expect to go to the US very soon for a family(-in-law) funeral, in which case I hope to be of some comfort. I hope I'm wrong about that. Otherwise, I don't know. Eat sourdough pretzels, or soft ones if I'm in Philadelphia. Deposit money, because international transfers are annoyingly difficult. Shop for yarn or beads. Eat a good hamburger or a baked potato or good Mexican food.

3. What sort of element of a TV show is most likely to make you look up from your book and pay attention, other than unexpected Dutch porn documentaries?
Music I like (rare on TV - the other day, we actually saw a documentary about a Canadian runner that had a Stan Rogers song in it, but I like musicals too). Gymnastics. Jane Austen adaptations or adaptations of any book I like. One of my very few other favorite movies. Mythbusters. Comedy that's actually funny.

4. Is there a book you didn't bring and wish you had?
For some reason I've been wishing I'd brought my comics - the book reprints of the early Marvel comics. Otherwise I think I chose pretty well. I kind of wish I'd brought my Shakespeare (to skim through The Tempest), but I can read him online.

5. What's your favorite food or beverage discovery in the Netherlands?
The best food thing here is the restaurants. There are fantastic restaurants serving food of almost every nationality imaginable (except German, partly due to historic bad feelig and partly because a lot of it is similar to Dutch food anyway). I knew about those coming in, so they may not count as a "discovery", in which case my favorite thing is the pastries, especially appelflappen but also waffle cookies, appeltaart, and nearly anything with "roomboter" (butter) in its name.


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