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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Michael Parkinson And *THAT* Interview With Meg Ryan

Whenever I see Michael Parkinson on *that* life insurance advert he makes me want to ram the Parker pen right up his arse.

He mentions that people ask him what his most favourite interview is and he's very reluctant to answer however, if you ask him who his 'worst interviewee' was then he doesn't hold back in saying "Meg Ryan".

And we all remember The Worse Ever Interview In The History Of Interviews With Meg Ryan, don't we?

Or do we?

Why don't you rewatch it?



You back?  Ok then...

Everything seems hunky dory until about 2 minutes in.  I don't see much awkwardness apart from a little bit of closed body language which indicates nervousness.  Ryan seems amiable, is engaged in the conversation and quite humorous. 

Then Lord Michael of Parkinson attempts to engage her in a conversation that would see her discrediting journalists (for which he is one and we find out that she trained as one, but never graduated).  He uses leading questions and is very abrasive.  The question that tips the interview on its head is "Now that you're wary of journalists, does it give you an insight into what they are after?"

Did this become "the worst interview of Parky's career" because he made us believe it was?  Translate that question into something that you failed at or never completed because life took you down a different path and try to answer it. 

However, to finish on a positive note, the stand-out response in this interview is:
"Sometimes your life seems to choose you a little bit." 
Wise words, Ms Ryan, wise words.


PS.  I'm linking this up to Tanya's Ranty Friday. Go and have a read of what is pissing everyone else off this week!