Top 5

10 August 2005


Ask me what me top 5 anythings are, *fx: Mrs Doyle* go on go on go on.

To explain a little further, in the comments ask me about something, clouds, for example. And in response I’ll tell you my top five

  • clouds at sunset
  • clouds that look like something else (okay, so that’s cheating, but I couldn’t find any online that I liked)
  • wispy ones that you cant really see because they are so high over head, and that mean it is a nice summer’s day
  • Big dark heavy ones, they look all dramatic
  • Clouds with silver lining :)

Lifted from Max Lee Dagger, so give me a topic already. But do try to make it more interesting than clouds. Also, if I don’t have a top five you’ll just have to be satisfied by whatever I do manage to list.

For my top fives,

Nine Moons wanted to know my “Top Five Fil(lu)ms that are So Bad They’re Good.” (I didn’t forget, I just got sidetracked is all).

  • Bring It On
  • Daredevil
  • Tremors
  • John Carpenter’s Vampires
  • Starship Troopers

Carl V wants to know my top 5 book covers. And can I just say that this is proving to be more difficult that I first thought it would be.

  • ash Ash by Mary Gentle has to be mentioned because it was the cover that made me buy the book. Not really sure why, it isn’t all that great, imo, but there is just something that intrigued me.
  • The Lives of Monster DogsAnother cover that influenced me into purchasing (plus it only cost 2 Euro). The book itself isn’t fantastic, but I did like it, and I still love the cover.
  • I like the cover to I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan because it is quite simplistic in design. Just the black image on the red background. I’m a fan of simple book covers.
  • The first book in the Wheel of Time series, and the only one of the covers that I actually like.
  • Not sure if you can make out the design of Year of Our War properly there, but again it is a simplistic design. Just the image of wings in silver with the title and the author’s name. All on a white background.
  • And honourable mention to the covers of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld as done by Josh Kirby

Forgotten Machine wants to know my top 5 novels. And you know, this is a really tough one. I don’t really pay attention to the ending of books, once they fit the rest of the book.

  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell – A first contact novel, with priests in space, it is told through memory and reports, so in a way the beginning is the end.
  • The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay – I was gutted by the ending, but it was perfect for the book.
  • Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey – An overall great book. There isn’t really any closure or and ending as such, but that is what makes it so good.
  • Ash by Mary Gentle – This is one of my fav. books. Although the ending would’ve been better if a certain character that died had lived, imo :)
  • And I can’t really think of a fifth.

Anne wanted a variety of top fives. I’m not doing them all, though I may return later if you other people don’t join in. I’ll start with top five actors:

  • Sean Bean (he stays, no amount of Jeff Goldblum can change that)
  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Kiefer Sutherland- I mean just take a look
  • Brad Pitt, looking like he did in Snatch, or Fight Club, but not acting like his characters
  • David Boreanaz, in Angel ~ season 3, pic
    Childhood memories, this is a challenge as my memory is fairly shite for what happened when I was a child.

  • Watching my brother get his head stuck in a gate.
  • Spending every summer with my cousin down in Killenaule Co. Tipp. We used to go to a summer school, doing drama, sports, music etc. Was a tradition that the older brother used to go to Granny’s in Tip and I’d go to the aunt with the cousin my age. Haven’t seen her in an age though. There was one of the teachers in particular who I remember, simply because he was insane. He seemed ancient back then, but I’m guessing he was only in his thirties, if that.
    We did drama, of sorts, with him. He taught us Rock Around the Clock, and some song about a Banana, He also got called Benny Hill.
  • Messing around on the plot. When we lived in Dublin, we rented a bit of land, an allotment I think they call it on Eastenders, and the parents used to grow stuff there. Us kids used to just mess around though, very exciting :)
  • The building of the prison. That got you interested didn’t it, but it isn’t that exciting. For a few summers before we left Dublin they were building constantly near us. I lived in Wheatfield Ave., and just down the road they were digging up this land. It wasn’t a park, they put a motorway through that at a later stage, but it was an open field of some description. Anyways, while they were in the process of building this we used to run riot up and down the huge heaps of excavated mud. Getting shouted at to clear off, and getting lost from one another. We also used to have boxing matches, but they tended to be in back gardens and in the park itself.
    Did I mention that I was a bit of a tom-boy and after school I hung round with boys only? Went to an all girls school so I had to play with the girls there.
  • I don’t know if you’d call this one a top memory, but it does stand out. Brother #1 and I used to get the same bus to and from school. I don’t remember brother #2 on the bus at this stage, so he probably wasn’t at school yet. Given that he’s only a year younger than me, I’m guessing I was around 4 or 5.
    I don’t know when I noticed that the brother wasn’t on the bus. We didn’t sit together or anything, he is three/four years older than me. Anyways, at some point I realised he wasn’t there, and got all upset. Ended up with little me balwing my head off, the bus having to turn around and crawl around looking for himself. Luckily we did find him. He’d been off knocking conckers out of trees with a friend and had only realised he’d missed the bus when he saw it go by.

Colm wanted to know my top five blogs. As I mentioned in my comment I have way more than 5, but taking a slightly less than random sampling I’m forced to take:

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13 Responses

  1. Colm says:

    Top five blogs ever.

  2. Anne says:

    books, movies, fantasy actors (and enough with that Sean Bean nonsense), childhood memories, birthday presents, ideal days so far… Shall I continue? It's raining here, I may have all day.

  3. Fence says:

    Colm that's just not fair. How could I possibly limit it to 5. See that blogroll, I visit them all, every day that I'm online.

    Anne, you just want to fill me blog full of lists.

    I'll edit the post with the lists

  4. Anne says:

    Sean Bean stays, uh. Och well.
    Kiefer Sutherland, now you're talking (even though that link doesn't want me, they have a very good pic at IMdB).
    And thank you, m'dear, that's very very very flattering. And I do love flattery.

  5. Fence says:

    Nonsense. One cannot cheat when one makes up the rules :) At the end of the day, I think you'll find, that in fact, I simply altered the top 5 to, so to speak, a longer list. Nothing intrinsicly wrong with being more inclusive is there? To be fair, this approach is, in fact, more culturaly inclusive, and therefore, more fair to the world.

    Whiskey? What whiskey-smell? Those samples were never tampered with. (Confuddled readers may try <a href="; rel="nofollow">googling whiskey, sample, swiming, olympics for a small bit of clarity)

  6. Top 5 novel endings.

  7. Fence says:

    That's a tough one FM. I'll have a think about it and get back to you.

  8. What did you think of the follow up to "The Sparrow"?

  9. Carl V. says:

    Top 5 book covers.

  10. Andi says:

    Fence! Thanks for the mention. Great idea, the 5 anythings! I may steal it.

  11. Fence says:

    FM – I liked it. But not as much as the original. Interesting where the first one was gripping.

    Carl V. – I'm a thinking on that one right now.

    Andi- feel free to steal away, just don't forget to suggest a topic :)

  12. NineMoons says:

    Top Five Fil(lu)ms that are So Bad They're Good.