11 May

I’ve said all I can think of to say on the number eleven, so what about the number five?


  • It is Spud’s favourite number (What?  You didn’t think this was going to be a serious exposition, did you?).  We – and he – didn’t know why it was his favourite number until a couple of months ago, when I dug out some of his baby teddies and there was a horse, stuffed and blinkered (See no evil?  A peg on the nose would have been better in a cot, don’t you think?  Smell no evil…).  With a massive number 5 on the toy horse blanket.  The brain is weird (but you knew that, regular visitor).
  • 5 is the third prime number.  I thought it would be the fifth prime number, if I thought about it at all, but the Hub said to just leave the maths to him in future and not worry my pretty little head about it.  How can a head be pretty?  Face, yes (blush – my earlier post on the meaning of my name refers); hair, maybe (Dani Minogue, step forward)…but head?  It’s just as well the Hub does my thinking for me, because that one hurts.
  • 5ive were a successful British boy band.  Now they’re all grown up and doing their own thing.  I saw them in a reality show before they were famous, living in the house next door to the family in the show.  I remember them because they were naughty boys, not a bit like
  • The Famous Five.  Ginger beer, anyone?  I’ve lashings!  Number 17, Five Get Into A Fix, was my favourite; mostly because I’d never heard of a three-tiered bunk bed before, and wanted to sleep in one.  Perhaps I should add that to my Things To Do Before I Die list.  See me at 103 – it’d take several hours to get up the ladder.  And what if I needed a wee in the night?  Pity the poor Hub sleeping below me…
  • There is a 1951 movie called FiveThe world is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Only five Americans survive…dum dum dum dahhhh!  According to IMDb, all of life is represented there: including a pregnant woman, a neo-Nazi, a black man and a bank clerk.  Yes, I know that’s only four, but there has to be some mystery.

That’s five disparate facts about five.  I think I’ll stop there.  Except to share this:

Under British law, when you reach
the age of five –

  • you become `of compulsory school
  • you can see a U or PG category
    film at a cinema,
  • you have to pay child’s fare on
  • you can drink alcohol in private,
    for example at home.

I’m off now: next door’s toddler and I plan to spend the afternoon getting drunk. 


You know, maybe that last one isn’t as crazy as I think it is: my spellchecker just substituted ‘toddies’ for ‘teddies’…

14 Responses to “11.5.11”

  1. Sarah Austin May 11, 2011 at 15:41 #

    Hi Tilly,

    I hope you are well. I work for the PR and Social Media team for Mars and I was wondering if you would be interested in trying out one of their new chocolate products? I see you’re already a fan of Maltesers and Galaxy so I have a feeling you might like these too!

    Sorry if you do not accept product from brands, I couldn’t find a disclaimer about it on your blog.

    If you do fancy trying it, could you drop me an email and I can send some out!

    Many thanks,



  2. vivinfrance May 11, 2011 at 16:10 #

    To sleep in a three-tier bunk you need to travel on a night train from Paris to eg Berlin, Florence or Barcelona – all of which I’ve done. Being ancient and decrepit, I specified bottom bunk and got away with it. Not a lot of headroom.


    • Tilly Bud May 12, 2011 at 11:00 #

      Is this an Agatha Christie character I see before me?


  3. Pseu May 11, 2011 at 17:18 #

    My five facts:

    I like the 5 times table as its the easiest to learn.

    A pentagon has 5 sides, where as a pentagram, a pentangle and a pentacle are all names for a five-pointed star.

    IN 2012 there will be plenty of chances to see the fine interlinked circles which symbolise the Olympics.

    Chanel no 5 gives me a headache

    A fiver is a £5 note and the name a a rabbit int he book Watershipdown.


    • Tilly Bud May 12, 2011 at 11:02 #

      Excellent facts. I really ought to run my posts past you before publishing so I can steal your answers 🙂


  4. Cindy May 11, 2011 at 17:46 #

    Chanel No 5 is a fragrance I always go back to 🙂


    • Pseu May 11, 2011 at 18:31 #

      I generally like it on other people, but can’t wear it myself.


    • Tilly Bud May 12, 2011 at 11:02 #

      I never liked it.


  5. musings May 11, 2011 at 20:06 #

    Hmmm…. I like the idea of 5 golden rings. 🙂


  6. kateshrewsday May 11, 2011 at 22:20 #

    Hope the afternoon fulfilled its promise, Tilly 😀


    • Tilly Bud May 12, 2011 at 11:07 #

      Can you believe it? He cancelled for a nap. Kids these days, selfish, shelfish, shellfish, hic…


  7. sarsm May 16, 2011 at 11:19 #

    You can drink alcohol in private? Age 5???????



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