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Five More Random Facts About Me

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I’ve been tagged quite a few times this year in those “list random facts about yourself” memes, and I haven’t done any of them, for the usual reason: I’ve been blogging for so long now I’m pretty sure there’s not much I haven’t already shared. It’s possible that I should be more worried about that than I actually am. But anyway! Today I came up with a few random facts which you may-or-may-not have known, depending on how long you’ve been reading this blog, and how good your memory is. Mine isn’t brilliant, so apologies if you really have heard these a million times before…

01. I have been “flashed” at (i.e had men indecently expose themselves to me) twice. One of those times resulted in me having to attend a police line-up, where I got to stand behind one of those two-way mirrors, and look at a bunch of men standing in front of a height chart, just like in the movies. When the police officer in charge said I could ask the men to do anything that might help jog my memory, I had to resist the temptation to say, “Yeah, can you get them all to drop their pants, then?”

(No, I didn’t manage to identify him. I, er, hadn’t really seen his face.  I DID get a mention in the local newspaper, though, which described me as “a local woman”. I was 18 at the time, and thought they must be talking about someone else…)

02. I wrote the first ever review of Susan Boyle’s singing (Full story here), and am quoted on her Wikipedia page as a result.

Amber McNaught realised Susan Boyle had talent years before Simon Cowell

03. I was once approached by a major publishing house who asked me if I’d like to pitch a novel to them. I wrote a few, heavily-autobiographical chapters: they said they loved my writing and thought the book had potential, but that I need to add in sub-plots and characters who weren’t ME. I was totally unable to do this. It is the biggest regret of my life.

04. I did not change my name when I got married, but most of the people who know me assume I did, so I get a lot of mail addressed to ‘Amber Miaoulis’, who doesn’t actually exist. (Or not in MY house, anyway – I think there IS an ‘Amber Miaoulis’ on Facebook.) It doesn’t bother me, but it does sometimes make me think I’ve opened someone else’s mail by mistake…

05. I check the Dogs Trust and SSPCA websites on a regular basis, even although I know Terry would freak if I brought home another dog. Their faces, though! Who could resist those faces?!

And there you have it: if you feel like listing random facts about yourself, consider yourself tagged!


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  • Fran
    May 15, 2015

    I love Terry’s surname! Is he of Greek ancestry then?

    • Amber
      May 15, 2015

      Yes, his parents were both born in Greece

  • barefoot duchess
    May 15, 2015

    It’s so awesome your hubby is from Greece! So am I =)

    • Amber
      May 15, 2015

      He was actually born and raised in the UK – his parents are Greek, though 🙂

  • Anca
    May 15, 2015

    I know the feeling, checking the dogs at Dogs Trust or having a look on the RSPCA’s website for guinea pigs and hubby’s terrified look :))

  • Selina
    May 15, 2015

    I just can’t look at those websites without wanting to take them all home 🙁

  • last year's girl
    May 15, 2015

    I admit to Googling what my name would have been had I chosen to take my husband’s name when we got married, but one of them already existed. No chance! x

  • Mariana
    May 15, 2015

    My mom changed her name when she and my dad married. I’ve been told my dad ALSO wanted to change his name to hers (not just him changing or just her, but both), but was dissuaded from that idea. I wonder what our names would have been like…

  • CiCi Marie
    May 15, 2015

    That’s so funny about Susan Boyle – what a brilliant random fact. In fact, I genuinely can’t think of five things about me that are half as interesting as these points, although, I too check RSPCA et al for my future dog, or sometimes if I’m feeling generous, a dog for my parents. But then I get sad because none of them have homes and I go off the idea for a while… If I change my surname I’ll go from being unique to being one of a few… On the plus, it wouldn’t be such a giant pain keeping my name hidden in my blogging life 😉

  • Tess
    May 25, 2015

    When I first saw the title, I didn’t bother to read it. I thought why would Amber succumbed to write her thumb is shorter than her index finger or her favourite color is green. Well, those were the most things fashion bloggers wrote about themselves. Today I read it to kill time. And these really worth mentioning, maybe next time you can do Another 5 More Random Facts.

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