Jonathan Pinnock - Writer of Stuff


Versatile Blogger, That’s Me

VersatileBloggerAwardSome time ago, my good mate Oscar Windsor-Smith tagged me with this, for which I feel deeply honoured. He also gave strict instructions that I should reveal seven hitherto unsuspected things about myself and then tag a further seven hapless victims myself. I was just about to respond to this when I saw what Claire King had done and decided that anything I said would look very insignificant beside appearing on the Crystal Maze.

But then I felt like a party pooper, so I’ve decided to go ahead and make a fool of myself, although one out of two will have to do, I’m afraid, ’cos I really hate pestering people. Anyway here are those seven things:

I used to have a soft toy dog called Dismal Desmond. (What ever happened to him, I wonder?)

I once had to be taken screaming out of a showing of “Swiss Family Robinson”. Hey, that was one scary movie. There was some kind of big cat involved, if I remember correctly.

I got thrown out of the school chess club for playing suicide chess. Oh come on, it’s much more fun.

The first computer program I ever wrote calculated the volumes of spheres for radii 1 to 10. It was written in FOCAL and worked first time. (FOCAL? Trust me, you don’t want to know.)

I once gave a performance of the rondo from Mozart’s 4th horn concerto on a 14’ length of garden hose with a trombone mouthpiece in one end and a plastic funnel at the other. It was almost but not quite recognisable.

At university, I was secretary of the Dampers Club, a society for people who had fallen in the river off punts. I had fallen in within 5 minutes of first setting foot in a punt.

I met Mrs P in a prom queue. We were the last two people allowed in, because the Albert Hall was full. Good gig if I remember right, although we did spend most of the evening eyeing each other up.

I think that will do for now, don’t you?


  1. Aww I love number seven! And number 6 actually. Glad you joined me in the ‘making a fool’ game!

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    June 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks 🙂 It was an evening full of odd random things and if you wrote it in a story, no-one would believe a word of it.

  3. Ha! Well done that man. Bout time you revealed the real JonP to the world. Though I must say Claire’s Crystal Maze YouTube does pretty much top the lot… except perhaps ‘…a performance of the rondo from Mozart’s 4th horn concerto…’ Beware, young sir, I may be bringing a length of garden hose, a plastic funnel and a trombone mouthpiece to the next VWC get-together. If you agree to reprise the musical performance all will be well. If not, there may be consequences involving soapy water. Remember Freda was once a district nurse? 😉

    @claire You did not ‘make a fool’ – no way. We are much impressed.


    8) scar

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    June 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Oh dear. I knew I shouldn’t have done this 🙂

  5. I love number 7 – and demand you write the story of it.

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    June 3, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Maybe I will one day 🙂

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