Where did you grow up?
On a scale of 1-10 rank how happy are you with your lot?
What would it take to get this to 10?
Being a grandmother
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Tall and thin, with straight hair
If you could give one bit of advice to your 18-year-old self, what would it be?
Make more of an effort to understand calculus
When was the last time your cried and why?
A while ago, it was when my daughter’s puppy ate my new shoes
What’s your greatest achievement?
Persuading my husband to eat chillies
What three things would you still like to do before you die?
See a whale, learn Russian, buy another horse and learn to ride properly
What’s your favourite food?
My children have challenged each other to come up with something I won’t put chillies in. So far all they have come up with is the bath.
Where was the last place you went on holiday?
What was the last book you read?
Norwegian Wood by Murakami
What’s the biggest fib you’ve ever told?
I was taking my dog for a walk along the beach in January. He decided to go for a swim and a woman walking her dog complained that I was being cruel to him. After a few minutes I got fed up and told her that he was an air/sea rescue dog in training
If you ruled the world, what single act would you carry out?
I would ban porridge
If you could change on thing about yourself, what would it be?
Being blonde might be quite nice
Name three guests, dead or a live, that you’d have at your fantasy dinner party?
Jimmy Stewart, Martin Luther King and Colin Firth
Who or what is your greatest inspiration?
Changes a bit from time to time. Dory Previn’s album, Mythical Kings and Iguanas. I love the cynicism in her lyrics.
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
There have been myriad embarrassing moments, but none I would admit to in public
Do you have any regrets?
What makes you see red?
In no more than five words, write your own epitaph?
(So long and) thanks for all the fish