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10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

A contact of mine, Carole Seawert, who has the extremely good Freelance Factfile website, took this idea from  Pawel Grabowski and I took it from Carole.  Feel free to use the concept for your own blog!   

1.       My first childhood ambition was to be a cowboy.  I have subsequently ridden a horse and fired a gun (clay pigeon shooting), but have never made it further west than New York.  (The photo is me on a horse called Tyson in Wales.)   

2.       I once provided the voice of a deceived woman on a mobile phone message in a comedy, “Mr Wonderful”, starring Les Dennis at the Gateway Theatre Chester.   

3.       I am a total urbanite – I love, love, love cities and get neurotic if I go for half an hour without hearing high heels on concrete.   

4.       My idea of a perfect wet Sunday afternoon is to curl up on the sofa with a pot of tea, a packet of chocolate biscuits and an old Hollywood film: Gene Kelly / Marilyn Monroe / Audrey Hepburn / James Cagney / Bette Davies – you get the idea.   

5.       I spent a year studying graphic design before I realised that although I wanted to be an artist, I didn’t need to be one.  Art in all its forms for me is a deep passion but not a vocation.   

6.       I am a quarter French Canadian; my paternal grandfather was the superbly named Paul Napoleon Henry from Bonaventure River, Quebec.  If only I could have inherited the ability to speak French!  

7.       I love stationery shops and can spend hours browsing, pouring over hand laid paper, leather notebooks, coloured pencils, quirky post-it notes and fun gadgets.  I also love bookshops and the smell of new print.   

8.       I absolutely love amber.  Described once by Sir David Attenborough as “solidified sunshine”, I love the colour, the glow and the hundreds of little bits of history trapped inside.  On a recent trip to the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath, I read that in China, “it was believed that when a tiger died, it’s soul entered the earth and transformed itself into amber.  Thus as a product of the living earth, amber is an important symbolic representation of a tiger’s courage.”  How cool is that?!   

9.       If I am ever stuck for professional inspiration, I spend the afternoon in the Victoria and Albert Museum.  By wandering around the rooms on an ad hoc basis, I always find something new to see and get enough creative inspiration to kick start countless ideas.   

10.   I have a BA Hons in Humanities which covered English, History and Theology and my dissertation was on ‘Witches, Wantons and Warlike Women: Perceptions of Women of Power in Shakespeare’s “Henry VI”’. 

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