Did you ever watch ‘The Ring’?

You know the one; watch a specific VHS tape and soon you’ll die, a scary girl down a well (who really needs a clip to keep the hair out of her eyes), can climb out of your TV, you have to pass that shit on (That’s my brief synopsis, in case you haven’t seen it).

Well, Property Parent has tagged me in the blogger tag equivalent of it….

How I imagine he looked when selecting me

Essentially It means I have to answer 100 questions on myself and then nominate 2 other bloggers to do the same or  (the Ring girl will pop out of a TV and kill me)   actually, Property Parent will come round and sell my house, or at least arrange open viewings during dinner times or something. Either way, I answered the questions, so here they are…..


Q1: What’s your name?
A – Like real, birth certificate name? Cormac (OK, let’s move on, quickly)
Q2: Any nicknames or aliases?
A – Benny, Daddy Poppins, Daddy P, Dynamite (don’t ask)
Q3: Your gender?
A – Male
Q4: Your star sign?
A – Sagittarius.
Q5: How old are you?
A – 38.
Q6: Your relationship status?
A – Married, but soon to be divorced due to constant social media usage.
Q7: Any children?
A – Two; the Little Man is 7 and the Boo is 2.
Q8: Any pets?
A –Just, Shoop, the worlds roundest Jack Russell
Q9: Any tattoos or piercings?
A – Had my tongue pierced for about 15 years.  Not now though. I’d consider getting a tattoo but it would have to have some kind of meaning I think.
Q10: What do you like about yourself?
A – I’m funny even if my wife tells me I am not (that’ll be reason number 2 on the divorce papers).
Q11: What do you dislike about yourself?
A – I’m pretty round, so, my gut.
Q12: Righty or lefty?
A – We’re talking hands yeah? then, right.


Q13: The last thing you drank?
A – Cheap polish beer (high percentage, low cost, the perfect ‘dad combo’)
Q14: The last thing you ate?
A – Fish and chips (I asked for no peas, I hate mushy peas)
Q15: Your last phone call?
A – My Mam, telling me about whoever has died in my hometown since we last talked (no one I know, seeing as you’re asking)
Q16: Your last text message?
A – “Thanks Benny” From the Chairperson of the local Dyspraxia group
Q17: Your last email?
A – Yoast, banging on about how great they are.
Q18: The last song you listened to?
A – Nena – 99 Red Balloons (cracker).
Q19: The last book you read?
A – Completely read? Dummy by Matt Coyne. Currently reading,  the gospel according to Blindboy by Blindboy Boatclub


Q20: The last time you cried?
A – Dunno, mmm, OH! That ‘You before me’ film with the actress that plays the Mother of Dragons from Game of Thrones in it (Emilia Clarke)
Q21: The last blog you read

A – Shank you very much.
Q22: The last person you spoke to?
A – The Boo (my 2-year-old)
Q23: The last place you visited?
A – Waterford Centre centre (on a family shopping trip, that none of us wanted to go on, well maybe my wife secretly did but the rest of us didn’t).
Q24: Your last holiday abroad?
A – Tenerife, we spent a whole month there last year!! No, we aren’t rich, we got a deal through Airbnb and hadn’t been on a foreign holiday in like 7-8 years before that. So we went a bit mad.



Q25: Have you ever gotten back with an ex?
A – Yes. It never works out though, there’s a reason you split in the first place.
Q26: Have you ever been cheated on?
A – Yes.
Q27: Have you ever cheated on someone?
A – Yes. In my younger teenage gigolo days!
Q28: Have you ever lost someone special to you?
A – Nope.
Q29: Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?
A – Oh yes, I’ve had some spectacular puke fountains.
Q30: Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?
A – Yes
Q31: Have you ever met someone who changed you?
A – Probably not, being a man I’m too stubborn to change.
Q32: Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?
A – Yes.
Q33: Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?
A – Absolutely (mostly on ‘puke fountain’ nights).
Q34: Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?
A – Found out? Mmmmm, not that I can remember but, of course, it happens.
Q35: Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
A – I think so. Actually yes, on the ‘gigolo cheating times’ I was confronted by a girl who told me I’d broken her heart. Sorry.
Q36: Have you ever kissed a stranger?
A – Yup.
Q37: Have you ever had your own heart-broken?
A – Nope.
Q38: Have you ever had sex on the first date?
A – Nope. I never really ‘dated’ though. I’m with my wife for 20 years now. So I missed the whole ‘dating scene’ it seems really scary to me.
Q39: Have you ever been arrested?
A – Emmmm, this is going to be documented on the internet yeah? Pass
Q40: Have you ever been attracted to someone who isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?
A – I  appreciate when a guy is handsome but couldn’t say I’ve ever been ‘attracted’ to a man.
Q41: Have you ever done something you regret?
A – Yup.
Q42: Have you ever had a threesome?
A – No.
Q43: Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?
A – Frequently. I once had to sing ‘Living Doll’ through a loudspeaker, while walking up and down the main street in my hometown wearing an ‘I’m Cliff’s number 1 fan’ sandwich board for a TV show which was broadcast nationwide.
Q44: Have you ever misjudged someone?
A – Yes, but more often than not I have someone pegged within a day or two.


Q45: Do you believe in God?
A – No. I don’t need a person in the sky to make me know the difference between right and wrong. I have no issues with people having a faith but no time for religious institutions that make money from their faith. Even if there is ‘a god’ then someone has to be wrong there are too many faiths with their little ‘magic books’ for them all to be right.
Q46: Do you believe in yourself?
A – Most of the time.
Q47: Do you believe in Santa Claus?
A – Of course,  where else do the presents come from?
Q48: Do you believe in ghosts?
A –No.
Q49: Do you believe in aliens?
A – I think it’s mathematically plausible but also mathematically plausible that we’ll never find them, due to the immense size of the many universes (which ironically makes their existence more likely in the first place)
Q50: Do you believe in miracles?
A – Coincidences? Yes. Miracles would require a faith of some sort.
Q51: Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?
A – I think it’s actually a ‘self-help book selling croc of shit’ to be totally honest. I can make ‘vision board’ after ‘vision board’ and will ‘the law of attraction’ all I like but unless I’m prepared to get off my ass and do stuff nothing is going to happen. I believe that; believing in yourself, action plans, setting goals and working hard will get you places. If people want to dress this up as ‘the power of positive thought’ then that’s their issue.
Q52: Do you believe in love at first sight?
A – Attraction or infatuation at first sight, yes but love, Nah. I’m not saying this attraction can’t become love and be misconstrued as love at first sight in the future.
Q53: Can money make you happy?
A –It can make life easier but nothing guarantees happiness, just look at Scrooge McDuck.
Q54: Would you describe yourself as a feminist?
A – Yes, feminism for me means ‘equality between the sexes’ and what is wrong with that? I find the ‘all men are bastards’ segment undermines the movement.
Q55: Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
A – Pro-choice.
Q56: Do you have strong political beliefs?
A – Yes, I’m a ‘leftie’. I believe that everyone should be entitled to housing and healthcare. Don’t get me wrong, seeing people cheat the system to claim benefits when they don’t want to work really annoys me but it is totally trumped by my annoyance of rich people in power squeezing every ounce of life out of hard-working people, tarring them all with a ‘scrounger brush’ while paying limited taxes due to imaginative accounting, themselves.
Q57: Do you have strong religious beliefs?
A – No. Bar the fact that organised religious establishments are essentially big cults that prey upon the poor. There is that, like.
Q58: What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?
A – Your time.

I’m looking pretty happy for a guy about to be beaten with a stick


Q59: Are you eating anything right now?
A – No.
Q60: Are you drinking anything right now?
A – No.
Q61: What are you listening to right now?
A – Justin Time on Netflix from the other room.
Q62: What are you thinking about right now?
A –I’m glad I switched to the laptop (about 10 questions ago) because editing this on my phone was driving me insane!!
Q63: What are you waiting for right now?
A – My 2-year-old to go to sleep so I can get stuck into Monster Hunter World on PS4
Q64: What are you most excited about right now?
A – My first proper published piece coming out in Maternity and Infant magazine in the next few days.
Q65: What’s your pet hate right now?
A – Getting tagged in blogger tags that are really really really long.
Q66: What’s your favourite thing right now?
A – Sleep, as a parent, its always sleep. (They say you love what you can’t have)
Q67: If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?
A – Writing a blog or messing on Twitter, most likely (while waiting for the Boo to sleep).


Q68: Your first best friend?
A – Simon Alexander, we fell out over something stupid and got into a fight at soccer practice around the time we went to different secondary schools but we did meet up there a while ago and have a chat in a pub. He sometimes watches my instastories these days lol. Hi Simon, if you are reading this.
Q69: Your first kiss?
A – Dunno, think it was Dawn Canavan, in scouts. I was smitten with her. Well outta my league.
Q70: Your first celebrity crush?
A – Jet from Gladiators
Q71: Your first holiday?
A – Sana Ponza with the Bear (that’s the wife for those not in the know). We didn’t do foreign holidays as a family when I was a child. A few weeks in Mayo (The wild west) with my crazy cousins was the height of it.
Q72: Your first pet?
A – Mr G. Fish, Yes, his first name was Gold. He was dead and had been removed from the tank for about 2 days by the time I noticed (/it was pointed out to me) but I still fake cried to try blackmail a new one out of the folks (as you do).
Q73: Your first regret?
A – Not sure, my latest is starting this tag blog though.
Q74: Your first job?
A – Picking rubbish from a beach #classy
Q75: Your first childhood memory?
A – Being potty trained, I remember the guilt of shitting in a bowl type thing (I later discovered to be called ‘a potty’) in front of people, only for them to start cheering me. Talk about confusing a guy. All my problems stem from it I reckon.

Daddy Poppins (or should I say ‘Poopins’) potty training


Q76: Love or money?
A – Love.
Q77: Twitter or Facebook?
A – Twitter (All. Day. Long).
Q78: Hook up or relationship?
A – Relationship.
Q:79: Dogs or cats?
A – Dogs.
Q80: Coffee or tea?
A – Coffee  (I don’t do tea)
Q81: Beer or wine?
A – Beer. (but only just)
Q82: Sweet or savoury?
A – We talking like nuts for savoury? or real food? If you want me to compare a steak or a dessert it will always be a steak. If you are only offering me salty pub snacks instead of chocolate though…. then the shoe is on the other foot.
Q83: Introvert or extrovert?
A – Extrovert.
Q84: Vampires or werewolves?
A – Vampires, much cooler, less hairy, can fly. No contest.
Q85: Seaside or countryside?
A – Seaside

Q86. Summer or winter?
A – Summer, BBQs, beer, sunshine and swimming. Sold!!
Q87: Books or movies?
A –Movies.
Q88: Horror or comedy?
A – Depends on the film. I love good films in both genres.


Q89: Do you wish you could change your past?
A –Nah, whats done is done. Plus I have 2 wonderful (if sleep depriving) kids, I wouldn’t change that for the world.
Q90: What’s your dream job?
A – I love to be paid to write, on my own time.
Q91: What’s your guilty pleasure?
A – Singing to really cheesy songs in the car
Q92: What are you afraid of?
A – not much, getting on the wrong side of my mother in law?
Q93: What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
A – To do something on TV or the media.
Q94: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
A – its a toss up between Teleportation and Time travel. Either way, I’d use them to make cash and never be late.
Q95: If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
A – I wish I could be more patient with the kids at times
Q96: Would you want immortality?
A –No, my knee is already banjaxed at 38, I’d be like a waking WebMD model by the time I was 120
Q97: If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?
A – Someone ‘dad jokey’, Milton Jones perhaps
Q98: Would you say you are happy?
A – Yes.
Q99: What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?
A – Enjoy yourself, get out and experience as much as you can.
Q100: Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
A – Still married, making a living from writing and enjoying being part of my family life.

So that’s it, I made it to the end, I hope you did too. I hope you laughed at some bits and completely forget some other bits.

And now to complete the task, I must ‘nominate’ 2 other bloggers to complete the deal so I don’t die/have my house sold etc.

I’m going with:

Heather from Shank you very much 


Pippa from Worms Eye View 

Have fun ladies (muwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha    HA)