Week 9: Helmoz

In which a member is mercilessly questioned by the rest of us....for fun!

Postby Still Ill » Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:57 am

Helen's agreed to be our next victim.
Let's give her plenty of questions to answer, between all that partying and *cough* studying.

PM your questions to me, I don't have problems with space the way some of you do! :( :P
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Postby Still Ill » Fri Nov 03, 2006 8:17 pm

The weekend's upon us. Get those questions in to me. :)
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Postby Pashernate_Lover » Sat Nov 04, 2006 2:21 am

When does the torture begin?????? :D :D :D
A note upon his desk
"P.S. Bring Me Home And Have Me!"
Leather elbows on a tweed coat
-Oh!-
Is THAT the best you can do ?
So came his reply :
"But on the desk is where I want you!"
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Postby helmoz » Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:45 pm

oooooooooooooooooh... so when am i to be interrogated?
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Postby Still Ill » Tue Nov 07, 2006 2:59 am

Okay, tomorrow evening I plan to ship my questions off to Helen. That gives everybody at least another full day. Helen, you should have those questions greeting you Wednesday morning, if you'll have access to them then.

Thanks to those who've submitted theirs. :)
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Postby Still Ill » Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:30 am

Questions have been sent to Helen....
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Postby Pashernate_Lover » Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:04 pm

Still Ill wrote:Questions have been sent to Helen....


Woo hoo! I'm excited!!
A note upon his desk
"P.S. Bring Me Home And Have Me!"
Leather elbows on a tweed coat
-Oh!-
Is THAT the best you can do ?
So came his reply :
"But on the desk is where I want you!"
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Postby helmoz » Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:56 pm

i have answered!
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Postby Boxguy » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:04 pm

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Postby Still Ill » Fri Nov 10, 2006 3:57 am

Our very own Helen.....

1. Studying Law you must've come across some strange/funny laws,
What's the weirdest one you know?


people always ask me if it's true that you are allowed to shoot a Welshman with a crossbow in the city of Chester after sunset - apparently it was legal once, but it's not any more, so dont try it - it's an urban legend that it's still legal!
another weird law is the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 which was created way back when cities were growing (up until the industrial revolution people didnt really live in cities so this law was created because they thought living in big cities would cause problems) which made it illegal to hang washing or beat carpets in the street, fly kites or use any slide (sledges etc) on ice or snow. this law has never actually been repealed, it is still on the statute books, but it hasn't been enforced for ages... so technically it is still possible to be arrested and fined for the above offences, but it is extremely unlikely that the bill will actually bother! if your neighbour caught you breaking that law, he could theoretically bring his own private prosecution against you (the CPS normally prosecutes criminals but they wouldnt bother prosecuting people who break this particular law) but the DPP or the Human Rights Act 1998 would stop him doing that, so you're safe.
there are also some very strange interpretations of the law that i often come across, because when you study law you don't just learn about the laws themselves, you also have to learn about how it is interpreted (e.g. by lawyers or judges). i've come across a lot of very strange interpretations of the law, because there are different ways of interpreting it: for example you can take every word literally, or you can interpret a law with a particular aim in mind (e.g. public policy). for example there was a case of a man who impersonated a dead person in order to use his vote, and obviously it was illegal to impersonate someone to use their vote but the statute was phrased something like "it is an offence to impersonate a person who is entitled to vote"... the judge interpreted this literally and said that the man could not be prosecuted as he was impersonating a dead person and dead people cannot vote! there have also been some very "creative" interpretations of law by judges with particular aims in mind, e.g. Lord Denning - who is an absolute legend among people who have studied law - used to have some rather unusual ways of interpreting the law, for example when he was trying to protect consumers and the law hadnt quite caught up with his ideas yet.

2. What do you plan on doing after finishing uni?

probably becoming a solicitor: i'd have to take the LPC course after my degree (i havent decided where i will take the LPC though - maybe in exeter or maybe somewhere else) and then i'd have to do a training contract with a law firm (i am applying for these already!) and after all that i should be qualified. i'm thinking of going into intellectual property law, which is to do with stuff like copyright, or maybe going into dispute resolution, commercial litigation, or private client work... anything but real estate because it involves a lot of land law which is really difficult (although very well-paid!). one of the firms i am applying to specialises in the law relating to music, media and technology, and they advise people in cases such as illegal music downloading cases, and i would love to work in that, so fingers crossed i might get a contract with them!
if i dont become a solicitor, i'll probably go into something like accountancy or management, or i'll try to get into music journalism. if all else fails, i will become a rock star!

3. What's the best gig you've ever been to?

well of course Morrissey was good both times i saw him, and i was kinda high from leaping in and crowdsurfing and getting a piece of his shirt in Madchester... just being there was fantastic... aside from the mozmeister, Tin Pan Alley festival in London summer 2005 was really good too (Art Brut in particular were great... i was very disappointed with the Subways and Steve Diggle but the rest of the acts were good... oh and it was free too!), Louie at the Cavern earlier this year were good, the Rakes and about a zillion support bands at the Lemmy at the start of 2006 was good, and recently Johnny Panic at the cavern and Graham Coxon at the lemmy were good too. top 4 (in no order): Moz (mad mad manchester), Tin Pan Alley, Louie, the Rakes. followed by (again in no particular order): Moz (oxford), JP, Graham Coxon. i've seen lots of mates' bands as well, of varying quality. i've also been to lots of little gigs that were, er, nothing special (Jenniferever were supposed to make beautiful, haunting soundscapes but they just bored me stiff), and i went to one supermassive big gig as a kid (Bon Jovi - oh the shame! but i was little at the time and i went with my family) which was so ridiculously big (at least 100,000 people!) that we were more than 100 metres from the stage and we were relatively close to it - gigs that big are pointless because it means the vast majority of the crowd watches it on a screen: they might as well be at home watching it on TV!

4. Is it better to have loved and lost, or never to have loved at all?

it is incredibly painful to love and lose, so i would be tempted to say it is better to never have loved at all... but can you imagine someone who has never loved at all? i think that love is something that you need in some form in your life, but not necessarily relationship-type love.

5. What is your absolute favourite class you have ever taken? why?

i used to love chemistry when we got to do practical stuff (colours, whizzes, bangs, etc... fun!) or watch videos of stuff blowing up (we used to repeatedly watch a certain video of caesium being added to water and exploding!) or learn about why things changed colour or exploded or learn about a practical use of chemistry. i liked english, history, psychology and RE because we got to debate stuff and i was good at that and really enjoyed it.
i also really liked art as a kid and i was always drawing and making things all the time, both at home and at school, but i went off art at my 3rd school because i was bullied by other kids and i lost a lot of confidence even though all the art teachers i've ever had at every school really encouraged me. the opinions of your peers seem to really matter when you're a teenager, even when theyre people youd much rather kick in the eye! i lost a lot of confidence and my grades dipped in certain subjects (especially art, music, ICT, drama) because of the bullying - i think partly because at that age people are really nasty and you're really affected by them, and partly because that school was full of horrible snobs anyway (i could go on about how horrible and snobby it was, but i would be here all day).
in my degree, i generally like the workshops and seminars - it can be a pain to prepare for them, but i enjoy the lessons, for some reason. in the first year, i liked contract and criminal law, introduction to law was ok, and there was a module called constitutional & administrative law - i liked constitutional law but not administrative law! at the moment i like tort, hate land, and EU and family law are ok.

6. What is your typical list when you go shopping for food?

lots of pasta and noodles and sometimes rice (theyre cheap and easy to cook and you can store them for ages without going off, so i can stockpile them.)
chicken and fish or seafood (when i eat meat, it is almost always white meat, partly because i like it and partly because it's healthier. i dont eat beef because of mad cow disease - i know a lot of people who missed eating beef and have gone back to eating it but me and my family havent, we only eat it once a year at most. i dont miss it at all, cos we avoided it for so long and i grew up avoiding it so im totally used to avoiding it, so whenever i go into a restaurant it is instinct for me to bypass the "beef dishes" part of the menu!)
also milk (usually for tea/coffee/hot chocolate), curry/chinese sauces, bananas, tinned fruit (lasts longer than fresh fruit so i dont have to worry about use-by dates all the time... doesnt taste as good as the "real mccoy" though!), microwavable chips (we always eat these, especially after nights out on the town!), ketchup and cheese (usually for the chips!), frozen veg (similar reasons to tinned fruit), chewing gum, and cheap booze for houseparties or for getting pissed before a night out and save money in pubs/clubs!
(i also tend to end up going via a clothes, shoes or record shop while out buying food and buying a little extra something sometimes... )

7. If you were to move to another nation, what nation would it be? Why?

probably the scandinavian countries as they sound really cool - apparently they have really good standards of living and healthcare and all that (and taste in music - YATQ got to #1 in sweden! yay!). germany would be cool too, ive been there a couple of times. i'd also love to move to australia or new zealand, if they werent so far away! do wales and scotland count as other nations? if they do then i might move to them too.

8. What would be your Super-Helen powers?

the power to understand land law!! ha ha.
theres a lot of powers i'd like, like being able to fly or turn invisible, but theyre cliches by now...
i would like some psychic powers actually, like being able to tell what people really think of me or being able to tell if they're lying or being able to make racist people change their minds... (these would have been really useful powers to have at school!).

9. What are your opinions on Oatmeal?

yummy! but very messy, especially when it explodes inside the microwave, which it often does (at least when i try to make porridge with it).

10. The world is your playground- where would you play first?

all over the UK first (there are so many places i want to see here!), then all over the world. i'd bring lots of people with me, you're all welcome to come along!

11. Tell me something reeeeally interesting about yourself that wouldn't likely come up anywhere else on this forum.

i dont think theres that much as i give away so much about myself on strangeways all the time, and everything else is being covered by this interview!

12. Who was your first celebrity crush?

when i was a kid, i looked at a lot of celebrities such as boyband members and thought, "oh, he's good-looking," and there were people on tv that would make me blush a little whenever they were on, but it wasnt like i wanted to have sex with them or anything like that. a little later when i was about 14-15 i think i had proper crushes on celebrities (i think i started having celeb crushes later than everyone else, but crushes on ordinary people earlier than everyone else), usually rock stars.

13. Why did you choose to become a regular Strangewaysian?

because you're all such a friendly bunch - you really do feel welcomed here! there are so many threads like the "introduce yourself" threads and the picture thread and of course the legendary Hailing Frequency that i think really get people to know each other and build up trust in each other. you learn who is who, you really get to know all the different "characters" on here - you're real, living, individual people, not just words on a screen! also there arent so many problems such as trolls and constant sniping at each other that you get on certain forums i know.

14. What do the Smiths mean to you on a very deep, personal level?

they're fantastic as we all know of course - great music, great lyrics, and different to the norm.
also, they're one of "my bands" - it annoys me when im into a band and they get hijacked by people who dont really care: i got the Killers' first album the first time it was released, and nobody else at school liked them, and i played it in the common room and loads of people were like, "that sucks, you have rubbish music taste!" and then 6-12 months later it is rereleased and theyre the "in" thing and exactly the same people are saying it is one of the best albums ever - that ruined the killers for me! they were no longer "my band" that i had discovered by myself before anyone else and introduced other music-lovers to - i was now having to share them with shallow, non-music-loving people who didnt even have their own opinions about them! but i think that a lot of those shallow types would never really "get" the Smiths (if theyve even heard of them, that is), so theyre safe.
plus theyre so different to a lot of other bands, particularly other '80s bands, in both the music and the image, and of course Morrissey's lyrics are just fantastic because they're so different to a lot of other lyrics. if you quote someone else's lyrics in a conversation, people know you're quoting lyrics - lyrics are always so cliched and always sound so, well, "lyric-y"! but if you quote Morrissey's lyrics, they dont always sound like lyrics, and he never uses lyric cliches like "i will always be there for you," "i will always love you," and that repeat offender "i will always catch you when you fall" - the only one i can think of is the line "when all is said and done" in "whatever happens, i love you," and even then he follows it with "it's you i love" whereas your average artist would probably go for the more obvious "i love you," so Moz does redeem himself there. he phrases things in a different way to the norm, and he has a much, much wider vocabulary than most. it makes you really believe in what hes saying in his songs, whereas people who use cliches arent so convincing because for all you know they could be just repeating what has been said before by a billion and one songs without meaning anything.
another reason i love them is simply that i can relate to a lot of the feelings in the songs. i was reading something in a book about understanding poetry that my brother was given at school, and there was this quote that was something like: "with Carol Ann Duffy, so often the reader is thinking: Yes, that's it exactly," and i think that you could just change the quote so that it contains Morrissey's name instead!

15. Who are your favorite actors?

anyone who makes me laugh... i just love having a laugh, the vast majority of films/TV shows i watch are comedy. at the moment i'm watching "Friends" a lot so the 6 stars of it are my current favourite actors!

16. Which is worse, a peaceful drug addict or a violent non-addict?

a peaceful drug addict, although i suppose it depends what drugs they are taking - e.g. if they are buying drugs that fund violent crime, theyre not totally peaceful, are they?

17. Are you afraid to die?

at the moment a huge resounding YES as i am actually really enjoying life and dont want it to end yet!

18. What are some of your bad habits?

going on and on and on and on, as you can probably tell from my lengthy responses. once i start things, i do not stop, the only problem is getting started (especially work) as i procrastinate a hell of a lot!
also nose-picking, binge-drinking, leaving the kitchen in a mess after cooking, smoking, coming onto boys too strongly and scaring them away or not making my feelings known to them and then they dont bother as they think i dont fancy them back or not being very good at refusing boys im not interested in as it looks like im leading them on when i really dont want to!!

19. Have you ever called your boyfriend or girlfriend by the wrong name?

i call a lot of people by the wrong name, all the time. i keep on calling my dad by my brother's name for some reason and i really dont understand why.

20. Have you ever fallen in love at first sight?

yes, but never in the soppy movie eyes-meeting-across-a-crowded-room-and-immediately-want-to-snog kind of way! there have been many times when i have met people and from the moment i've met them im thinking "hes really nice" or "hes really hot" but it's not until later that i get the stupid giddy girly feelings you get when you fall head over heels in love. the first time i saw Morrissey on telly i thought he looked cool but it wasnt until years later that i suddenly thought, "bloody hell, hes sexy!"

21. Do you make friends easily? What kind of people do you tend to befriend?

well im kind of quiet but once i open up i dont stop talking to people! if im in a situation where i have to be outgoing and make friends with complete strangers, i can push myself to do it, and if someone is quiet or on their own then i try to include them in it too. at school, particularly my 3rd school, it was hard to make friends cos everyone was so concerned with being "in" and it was like people didnt want to be seen talking to new people for instance. often i was the only one that talked to new people, so i often made friends with them. outside of school ive never had any problems making friends and i have quite a variety of friends actually.

22. Do you have a pet? or would you like to have one - and what?

i have 2 cats at home, they are 10-year-old sisters, we've had them since they were kittens and theyre part of the family. i dont bring them with me to university, they stay at home and my parents look after them. one of them loves my old rucksack, she sleeps on, in or next to it, so i had to leave that one at home for her and get myself a new one to take to uni! we also have loads of goldfish in the garden pond; they were there when we moved in.

23. Do you know many other Smiths fans?

i know quite a few at university: some people who are into them a bit (e.g. emo kids who like them cos of the influence they had on their favourite emo bands) and some who are into them a lot more like i am. i also know a few outside of uni, "met randomly" as they say on facebook: for example a couple of months ago i was at a party being held by some of my dad's old workmates in london, and i got talking about music with one of them and he told me about how much he loved the Smiths! sadly there arent very many smiths fans in worthing as it is almost entirely populated by chavs and old people - i think all but 1 of the 4 Smiths fans in worthing got into them because of me!

24. If you could choose any new path in life what would it be?

forming a band, psychology (probably research), business studies or something like that.

25. Name and describe how someone has been an influence on your life.

my gran on my dad's side, who died a couple of years ago, was a real inspiration to me. she was polite to everyone, but also very determined and independent and stood up for herself and for others - she was very diplomatic and no-nonsense. she was also extremely friendly, generous, welcoming and confident. everyone loved her, you would have had to have an absolute heart of stone to not like her, she was one of those people that you just had to like and look up to. she never had the chance to further her education after the age of 16 even though she really wanted to, so when she retired she taught herself and went to lots of evening classes and learned loads of languages and travelled a lot - she kept her mind youthful even though her physical health was failing - and she helped me with my schoolwork a lot, particularly in languages (both english and foreign languages). she did a lot of the babysitting as grandparents often do and she was like a parent to me (she was my main grandparent as my grandfather on my mum's side died when i was 4, i didnt see my grandmother on my mum's side so much and there were the problems of the language and culture barriers plus the problem of her losing her mind, and i never got to meet my grandfather on my dad's side and he died a few years ago before i got to see him) and for years she was one of the only members of my family that i really shared a common culture and language with, she really helped build a bridge between cultures for me (i only got to know the other british members of my family in the last few years, for most of my life i only knew some of my italian relatives on my mum's side and i couldnt relate to them at all). she always listened to me and advised me even when the rest of my world didnt. i learnt a lot from her and she is one of the main people that (excuse the cliche) made me who i am today (in a positive way i hope!).

26. What’s the biggest risk you have ever taken?

probably going to Manchester - hardly anyone knew where i was going, and if my parents had found out i would have been in so much trouble! they still dont know... i might tell them one day...
i also took some minor risks at school (getting into fights, answering back to teachers, bunking off, etc) when i didnt like school and felt like i had nothing to lose.
ive also taken too many risks with my health - no more smoking for me now!

27. Name three items that are very special to you.

my laptop (it has all my work, photos and music on it), my mobile (it has all my contacts, txt messages and timetable on it) and my debit cards!

If i may, i would like to nominate Miserable Liar (Matt) for the next member of the week!
thankyou if you have bothered to read this far!
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Postby the_queen_is_dead » Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:28 pm

3. What's the best gig you've ever been to?
well of course Morrissey was good both times i saw him, and i was kinda high from leaping in and crowdsurfing and getting a piece of his shirt in Madchester
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does he always take his shirt off? i've heard of it so many times!
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Postby yandee » Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:33 pm

the_queen_is_dead wrote:does he always take his shirt off? i've heard of it so many times!


OHHHHH YEAH :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub:
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Postby helmoz » Sat Nov 11, 2006 1:08 am

well he took it off both times i saw him :D
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Postby Pashernate_Lover » Sat Nov 11, 2006 7:10 am

yandee wrote:<!--quoteo(post=36725:date=Nov 10 2006, 09:28 PM:name=the_queen_is_dead)--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(the_queen_is_dead @ Nov 10 2006, 09:28 PM) [snapback]36725[/snapback]</div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->
does he always take his shirt off? i've heard of it so many times!


OHHHHH YEAH :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub:
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It is personally my favorite part :-P
A note upon his desk
"P.S. Bring Me Home And Have Me!"
Leather elbows on a tweed coat
-Oh!-
Is THAT the best you can do ?
So came his reply :
"But on the desk is where I want you!"
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