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Who was your first Celebrity crush?
Peter Andre circa 1996. Oh those curtains.
Bad puns. I’ve been asked to leave many times. Making up dinosaur names to mock my mum. Nagosaurus for when on her nagging sprees, DiNOSEaur for when she’s being a nosy old madam. All said with love and no shame!
Schadenfreude, please do not fall over into any ponds on your wedding day because I will laugh so hard I’ll hit the ground. I grew up with a mum that would laugh at me if I fell down the stairs, a Dad that would trick me into eating curry hotter than I could handle, and a Nan that once sat through a whole lunch belly laughing to my face at a bad haircut once endured so unfortunately this ill taste in humour has been nurtured into me!
Introvert! I do enjoy socialising and meeting people and can gather a crowd, however I need time to recharge my batteries after a day of it.
What is your biggest fear?
Jellyfish and wasps.
What inspires you?
Art, life’s events, music, films.
Jack Nicholson’s smile melts my heart and his voice so iconic. I love Uma Thurman’s kick ass ability. Bill Murray’s charm. Angelina Jolie’s cheekbones. And I just like to drool over Tom Hardy, and oh Cillian Murphey being a bad boy in Peaky Blinders.
Directors / films?
Hayao Miyazaki for his gorgeous studio Ghibli features. Wes Anderson for the cinematography and absolute eye candy. Quentin Tarantino for the Americana fix. Ridley Scott for my visit to Blade Runners dystopian world. Sofia Coppola to escape to that bar with Bill Murray in Lost in Translation.
What are your favourite cultural activities?
Eating! Wandering around areas of national beauty, visiting quaint towns, art galleries, festivals for music, literature, film, design or food. Drinking cocktails in jazz bars. People watching and drinking coffee in city cafes. Watching great film with salted popcorn. Shopping in London.
What is your favourite drink?
This depends on my mood. Champagne with canapé’s, Red wine with most food. Cocktails for socialising (I need the sugar!) I adore Lychee Martini’s or Mojitos.
My dissertation was based on fairytales, and too hard to pick one. Definitely the old Brothers Grimm and folklore. Angela Carter published a beautifully illustrated hardback of ones she had collected and they were indeed gritty!
Time of the day?
When I have nothing to do, morning is my favourite. Specifically when I’m having my black coffee, listening to the radio and the day ahead is full of possibility.
What is your favourite way to pass time?
Eating out somewhere nice with a glass of red.
What is your favourite candle scent?
Skandinavisk’s Skog (Forest).
Where’s your favourite place to take an out-of-town guest?
Food around London’s Borough Market, then up to the Shangrila’s Bar in the Shard to watch the sunset over the city with a cocktail or too.
Do you have a tattoo?
I’m currently working on a sleeve which is a blast over by Delphine Noiztoy. She really has to put up with me, I’ve passed out on her and been a baby about the pain. I love tattoos but a terrible wimp with the feeling. My first ever ink was a cross on the bank of my neck, it happened when I was drunk at home in a live/work warehouse, my neighbour brought out a tattoo gun and was very surprised in the morning with a tingling sensation on back of my neck and thought ‘oh shit’.
Highly addictive things, there will be more!
Lots! Jazz, folk, big band, psychedelic surf, grunge, funk and soul, acoustic, blues, tech-house, techno, house music, classical, 90’s nostalgia, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s etc etc. I just love good music. No shit chart music!
Spaghetti any day, Italian, Curry, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, Sunday Roasts, Chinese (I feel very proud when using chop sticks, oh so cultured aren’t I!) I dislike Sushi and shellfish. The reason I love buffets so much is because I love a little bit of everything, food seriously excites me and my dopamine shoots through the roof, so a buffet brings me high after high. I get very hangry if I’m hungry so my camera bag usually has a supply of nuts and nibbles to keep me on form on the day!