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    Matt24 Is In the Hot Seat!

    Okay, new week, new victim.

    Let me start off by saying Matt24 is sort of a stealth member of Expat: he flies below the radar, popping up now and then to post comments that usually make me snort my coffee across my keyboard. I'm hoping this spotlight gives you all a chance to enjoy his wit.

    So: a few questions.

    WHAT is you name?
    WHAT is your quest?
    WHAT is your favorite color?

    Seriously, however, . . .

    1. Is there some significance to the "24" in your user name? Is it your age? Or are you some sort of Irish Jack Bauer?

    2. I really liked the question I got about weird things I might have eaten. What is the strangest thing you have ever tasted?

    3. And the obvious question: what brings you to Moscow?

    4. Have YOU ever been arrested?

    5. Did you remember to change your clocks?

    6. I have to confess: I don't recognize your avatar. Who is that?
    You say "potato." I say "vodka."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissAnnElk View Post
    Okay, new week, new victim.

    Let me start off by saying Matt24 is sort of a stealth member of Expat: he flies below the radar, popping up now and then to post comments that usually make me snort my coffee across my keyboard. I'm hoping this spotlight gives you all a chance to enjoy his wit.
    I have to admit that it was vanity that led me to accept MissAnnElk's invitation, she just said the nicest things in her PM , and who can ignore the request of a Goddess, but Jeez this is a ridiculously hard intro to live up to, fear ye not your keyboards are safe, a real member will be along shortly...




    Quote Originally Posted by MissAnnElk View Post
    . Is there some significance to the "24" in your user name? Is it your age? Or are you some sort of Irish Jack Bauer?
    I wish it was my age, but it's closer to the Jack Bauer thing, in a taller, fatter, uglier, slightly more Jewish, hugely more cowardly sort of way - 24 has been my lucky number since I was 3 and my Grandfather declared I could count for being able to recite all the numbers in order from 1 to 24, it took me another decade to discover that there were numbers bigger than 24, by which time my reputation as a child prodigy was well and truly blown.

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    2. I really liked the question I got about weird things I might have eaten. What is the strangest thing you have ever tasted?
    I once bit a piece out of a chap's ear, and I'm not convinced I didn't swallow it...

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    3. And the obvious question: what brings you to Moscow?
    Short term industrial demilitarization contract in 1996 bought me here, and my mother in law's refusal to die keeps us here.

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    4. Have YOU ever been arrested?
    Yes, but never convicted

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    5. Did you remember to change your clocks?
    Yes, eventually -well I have now.

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    6. I have to confess: I don't recognize your avatar. Who is that?
    MissAnnElk! it's one nearly as special as you, that's Jose "The special one" Mourinho, God's chosen envoy on earth.
    Last edited by Matt24; 29-03-2010 at 00:43.
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    W

    I wish it was my age
    But it just means 24 hours around the clock, right? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt24 View Post
    MissAnnElk! it's one nearly as special as you, that's Jose "The special one" Mourinho, God's chosen envoy on earth.
    I had to google him.

    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Mourinho"]José Mourinho - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Jose_Mourinho_-_Inter_Mailand_(3).jpg" class="image"><img alt="Jose Mourinho - Inter Mailand (3).jpg" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d7/Jose_Mourinho_-_Inter_Mailand_%283%29.jpg/210px-Jose_Mourinho_-_Inter_Mailand_%283%29.jpg"@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/d/d7/Jose_Mourinho_-_Inter_Mailand_%283%29.jpg/210px-Jose_Mourinho_-_Inter_Mailand_%283%29.jpg[/ame]
    You say "potato." I say "vodka."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt24 View Post
    I once bit a piece out of a chap's ear, and I'm not convinced I didn't swallow it....
    You're going to have to tell us more about that. Now I'm wondering if you aren't really Mike Tyson.
    You say "potato." I say "vodka."

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    I had to google him to find out that Mourinho is a football manager and, it turns out, a very successful one. Are you a fan of the club Internazionale?

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    Um . . . Matt24 . . . are you okay?

    Hoping you did not get caught in the chaos this morning or worse. Do check in when you get a moment.
    You say "potato." I say "vodka."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissAnnElk View Post
    Um . . . Matt24 . . . are you okay?

    Hoping you did not get caught in the chaos this morning or worse. Do check in when you get a moment.
    Perfectly sound, thanks very much, my office is right down town very close to Lubyanka, we've been watching the clean up operation all morning, it's got to be said the emergency services have been absolutely magnificent - it's a bad way to find out but the cops, the ambulance guys and the emergency situations people are all being very very kind they're being very well organized and the absence of panic is stunning - well done Moscow!
    The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

    Gilbert K. Chesterton

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    Quote Originally Posted by nbogaard View Post
    I had to google him to find out that Mourinho is a football manager and, it turns out, a very successful one. Are you a fan of the club Internazionale?
    pretty much I'm a fan of Mourinho, I was a Chelsea fan from habit and location, (for a long time I lived just off the Fulham Palace road) long before the special one came (and went) he's an incredibly charming and effective communicator, comes across as very generous and caring man - but at the same time absolutely hard as nails when it comes to winning - he chatted my wife up at a charity do once, and I'm still boasting about it, total class act.

    If Mr Abramovich does, as is rumored, read 'expat.ru' anytime you're ready with your cheque book we'll have Jose back.
    The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

    Gilbert K. Chesterton

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissAnnElk View Post
    You're going to have to tell us more about that. Now I'm wondering if you aren't really Mike Tyson.
    Minor communications breakdown during a game of rugby, I got taken out at the neck by of all people the opposition's hooker - (a trainee Vicar who I'd been to school with / and about whose sister and her underwear I had made mention) - anyway tackle left me flat on my back with a dislocated shoulder, and my assailant lying on top of me having seven shades kicked out of him, unable to make much of an impact on the general melee, (left arm not working, right arm under 18 stone of vicar), and in imminent danger of suffocation - I decided to draw attention to my plight by nibbling on his ear at exactly the same time as he tried a reverse head butt, I got an awful lot more ear than I had planned and he got 7 stitches and a permanently lopsided head
    The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

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    What do you like doing after yur work?

    What is your ideal Saturday or Sunday?
    not only s.t happens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tvadim133 View Post
    What do you like doing after yur work?
    the big job relates to my being a partner in a product design consultancy, my partners are based in San Francisco and New York, which means the working day kicks off quite late, what I like doing before work is playing with the baby, he's a stunning little chap and partys hard, (this is the impact of working with Americans, I've made a verb out of a noun) - after work it's a joy to do number 1 son's homework, he's away at school in the UK so timing is great, he is rapidly getting cleverer than me so I need to grab this opportunity to impress. I like 'Eastenders' I don't watch any other TV but lose the will to live if I'm not up to date with the square.


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    is your ideal Saturday or Sunday?
    My ideal saturday starts on Friday, I'll fly to London, grab a curry with whoever is in town, collect son on Saturday morning, spend a good few hours shouting at the football, fortunately number 1 son is a Chelsea fan, and then off to Newport street for Chinese food - I'll fly back to Moscow Sunday lunchtime

    If we're in Moscow, we often have people round for lunch/dinner, IMHO i can cook reasonably well, I like the whole process of going to the markets, having a few beers, buying bits and pieces of animal and vegetable I've never tried before and experimenting - we are lucky that so far I haven't poisoned anybody and we get lots of invites out.
    The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

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    Was that a chunk of ear wax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt24 View Post
    Isic

    I once bit a piece out of a chap's ear, and I'm not convinced I didn't swallow it...


    sic.
    ‘Your stature is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters. I say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its fruit’.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shurale View Post
    Was that a chunk of ear wax?
    Shurale mate,

    I thought what I wrote was pretty grim, but eating someone else's ear wax that's just icky, top imagery well done.

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