L Is For ‘Lies’…Or Is It?

20 Jul
The Goon Show

The Goon Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The latest in my A to Z of The Laughing Housewife brings me to my habit of slight exaggeration.  I will post some statements about myself and you have to decide which ones are true and which are lies.

Some of you know more about me than newer readers who aren’t obsessed enough (sadly) to go back and read everything I’ve ever written so, if you know a statement is true, please don’t give it away by saying you know it for a fact.

To make it interesting, I will invite anyone who can name the exact number of truths and lies for interview on this blog.

  1. I once discussed unemployment with a Goon.
  2. My second toe on each foot is longer than my big toe.
  3. My name translated into Greek is Hyperbole.
  4. Despite being only 5′ small, I had a brief modelling career in my teens.
  5. I have been tear-gassed.
  6. My feet have grown by two sizes since I turned eighteen.
  7. I once accidentally used the word ‘drawer’ instead of ‘draw’ in a poem and I still blush about it.
  8. I used to have a gun licence and a driving licence.
  9. I have an A Level in Law.
  10. Several years ago I discovered that I am actually two inches taller than I thought I was.
  11. I once cooked Christmas dinner for twenty-two people.
  12. I am entitled to hold two passports.
  13. I have never voted Labour.
  14. The world première of my one-act play, Glug, was held at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool.
  15. I once appeared on Channel 4’s now defunct Big Breakfast.
  16. As a teenager I seriously considered joining the Young Socialists.
  17. A poem of mine was turned into a work of art and displayed in an art gallery.
  18. I once appeared in a student film despite refusing to read from the script during the audition.
  19. The Hub once phoned me during an attempted coup so that I could hear the helicopter gunships flying overhead.
  20. I once took a bomb threat call at my place of work and caused a whole shopping mall to be evacuated in what turned out to be a hoax.

43 Responses to “L Is For ‘Lies’…Or Is It?”

  1. jmgoyder July 20, 2012 at 10:30 #

    I am a rather gullible sincere reader of your blog so my estimation is 20 out of 20!


  2. Pseu July 20, 2012 at 10:35 #

    “Several years ago I discovered that I am actually two inches taller than I thought I was.” – while I have shrunk!

    No idea, but I guess a high proportion have the ring of truth.


  3. SammyDee July 20, 2012 at 11:24 #

    Hmmm, I think all 20 are true.

    I read the list thinking “I remember that. I remember that…”

    The ones I don’t remember had me thinking ‘yep, I can believe that about Tilly!’

    Do we get a prize? A Malteser each perhaps?


  4. vivinfrance July 20, 2012 at 12:34 #

    2/20 untrue?


  5. The Wanderlust Gene July 20, 2012 at 13:14 #

    I’ll go with 18/20, laughing all the way at your duplicity!


  6. bluebee July 20, 2012 at 13:28 #

    4/20=untrue (complete guesses that nos. 3, 6, 9 and 13 are untrue)


  7. jcosmonewbery July 20, 2012 at 13:32 #

    One will be less than 21, the other greater than 0. Together they will add up to 20. beyond that, I haven’t got a clue.


  8. grannymar July 20, 2012 at 15:23 #

    I would think the answer is nineteen.


  9. SchmidleysScribbling July 20, 2012 at 16:33 #

    Ok this is fun, but do you really think I can remember any of those entries let alone their number when I am way down here in the comment block. I think you were teargassed, was a model although I think you were more than 5′ tall, I think you heard gunships on the phone. I think you cooked for 22 people, in a film albeit a student film. I don’t think you vote Labour. I know you have two passports and your play was probably produced because you write well, and on TV to promote the play which was probably a community effort because you do volunteer/charity work. I forgot the rest. Dianne


  10. laurieanicholslaurieanichols July 20, 2012 at 18:39 #

    I know that quite a few of them are true but I want to say that since following you and seeing how interesting and funny you are, I can see most of them being true and the ones that aren’t are only because I hate to imagine you or the Hub in harm’s way


  11. robincoyle July 20, 2012 at 18:52 #

    10 true . . . 10 lies.

    When would you like me to do the guest interview.


  12. Gobetween July 20, 2012 at 19:22 #

    9 are true 😉


  13. sonofwalt July 20, 2012 at 20:33 #

    Gonna guess here. . . The untrue statements are: 3, 7, 8, 10, 14 and. . . not sure about the last one. You are very convincing. 🙂


  14. kateshrewsday July 20, 2012 at 21:05 #

    Great idea 🙂 I’m terrible at spotting lies….most gullible…


  15. sanstorm July 20, 2012 at 23:15 #

    Too difficult, Tilly.
    Good post 😀


  16. Perfecting Motherhood July 21, 2012 at 02:59 #

    They’re either all true or all false. Hmmm, which way to go…


  17. List of X July 21, 2012 at 06:30 #

    I’m guessing 14 is true.


  18. judithatwood July 23, 2012 at 03:29 #

    These all sound very exciting, and if any aren’t true, I would start making them true! 😎


  19. viveka July 23, 2012 at 09:49 #

    Tilly …. so I started reading your posts in the wrong order .. who cares ????



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