My internet buddy Fed tagged me in a recent post and challenged me to answer these eleven questions about myself. And obviously, if there’s one think I like doing online, it’s talking about myself…
1) Do you have a favourite movie?
This is tough, as I have a lot of favourite movies! Probably one I could watch over and over again is Ian McKellan’s fantastic ‘Richard III‘, which sets the story in a fascist-style 1930s England. With the original Shakespearean dialogue (obviously) plus 1930s look and feel, it’s a winner.
2) What type of music do you enjoy listening to?
I’m pretty much constantly listening to music, but my favourite genre would have to be Jazz. I’m a sucker for a nice vocal/piano combo and favourite artists include the late, great Shirley Horn, Diana Krall, Sara Gazarek and Jane Monheit. I could also listen to Gregory Porter all day long. But if I had to pick a single voice to keep listening to for the remainder of my life, it would be Ella Fitzgerald. Pure genius.
3) If you were stranded on an island with only one book to read, which one would it be?
I think it would need to be a guide to surviving being stranded on an island! I’ve never been camping, so learning how to start a fire and construct some shelter would be a priority.
4) If you could learn the answer to any mystery, what would it be? (I’ve asked this before but I like this question!)
I’m not a mystery or conspiracy nut, but I’d be intrigued to find out who actually assassinated JFK.
5) What restaurant (or home cooked meal) would you recommend to readers?
No thought needed for this one. It has to be Ippudo. The best ramen on the planet. I’ve been to Ippudo in Tokyo, Fukuoka and London and can say with certainty the quality is identical in each. Be prepared to queue to get in the door, but believe me: the wait will be worth it once you sample the delicious broth.
6) If someone visited the area you live in, what would be the number one main attraction they should see before leaving?
Well, I’ve lived in London for 20 years and it was this summer before I visited the Tower of London. I brought my 12 year old nephew who was visiting from Scotland and we had a blast. Some incredible displays, artefacts and art. And it’s walking distance from my apartment! Get there as early in the morning as possible, before the massive tour groups turn up – then you’ll get nice and close to the displays and be able to take in the space around you.
7) What do you most look forward to doing when you get home?
Getting undressed. Honestly. There are few physical sensations I enjoy more than slipping off my shoes – no matter how comfortable they are to wear. I’m a little like an unruly toddler and can be uncooperative when it comes to keeping clothes on! Especially in the summer, I like nothing more than stripping off, having a cool shower and then remaining clothing-free for the rest of the evening.
I’m an at-home naturist, and an outdoors naturist when it’s in a suitable location (a beach, not a supermarket!) and can recommend it to everyone as a way of relaxing more than you’ve ever believed. Ten minutes after stripping off on your first naturist beach, you’ll winder why you never covered up before.
8) Do you have any irrational fears? For example, something that most people would consider harmless?
Fairground rides falling apart. I feel distinctly uneasy waling past big wheels or rollercoasters and can very clearly visualise them disintegrating and sending the passengers flying through the air in a variety of lethal directions. I avoid them where possible and will be the last person to volunteer to get on board.
9) Have you ever had an experience at the cinema that was so memorable that you still remember it fondly?
This will make me sound like an uncultured fool, but the first time I went to see ‘South Park: The movie‘, I laughed so hard that I had tears streaming down my face. I left the cinema, turned around and went back in to watch it all over again.
10) What is your favourite time of the year?
Hands down, it’s Summer. I adore the sun, love lying in the sun and adore being able to wear less clothing out doors. Taking my shorts out of storage each Spring always brings a smile to my face! I’ll also wear flip-flops for far too long into the Autumn, just to avoid shoes. I associate Summer with time on the beach, sunbathing and swimming in the sea.
I dread the onset of Winter and find myself sinking into a bit of Seasonal Affective Disorder and the urge to simply hibernate under my duvet.
11) Is there any jewellery and/or tattoo you wear that has special meaning to you?
The only jewellery I wear is my Wedding ring, which obviously has a special meaning. I’ve no tattoos and no plans to get any. If only because it would prevent me from getting access to any of Japan’s many amazing onsens!