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I’ve been tagged by the very Marvellous Miss Cisco to answer some questions, and I’m in an answering kind of mood, so here goes…

Where do you do most of your writing/blogging?
At home, in the evening, just me and the laptop and a head full of things to make some sense from. I’ve four active blogs so dip in and out of them and post what’s relevant in each one when I need to. I’m sat on the settee, I can’t blog when Shaun is in the room so have to do it when he’s not around (which was a lot easier when he was studying) – I feel a bit self-conscious about it.

What books were your childhood favourites?
Enid Blyton all the way – being a child of the seventies I grew up with the classic Famous Five series on TV as well as having all the books – and moved onto Malory Towers. I seem to remember loving Pippi Longstocking books and booking out the same book again and again from the library – we’d go every week as my dad always needed different books for his wargames and history research, and he could leave me in the children’s section while I chose a couple for myself. I loved my Rupert annuals too, and by 1979 I was buying Smash Hits and reading about pop stars (although my mum told me it was too grown up for me thanks to some letters complaining about Hazel O’Connor wearing a bikini when she did ‘D-Days’ on Top of the Pops), so I stopped but started again in 1981 when I was a bit older… Disco 45 helped with my lyrical needs – it’s no wonder I ended up working in music eventually..

Have you ever googled yourself and been surprised at what you found?
Kind of – I googled myself and found all these other people with my name – a manager of a famous artist, and of course there’s the lady with the same name who works at EMI who gets a thankyou in every Duran Duran album. This always amused me, and I did manage to wind a workmate up that it was me they were thanking. I also took that lie a little bit further and told him Nick Rhodes was my cousin, hence the thankyou. He caught me out a few months later, but only when he asked if I’d be seeing my cousin that night at Duran Duran and I was confused wondering why on earth they’d travel to London from York. D’oh. I am googlable, but my name is common enough that it’s not that bad.
What is your favourite time of day and why?
I love the time I leave work, when it’s getting dark and it’s crisp and I’m on the bus, then on the train and within 30 minutes of leaving work I’m back in Zone 5 and heading to pick up H from nursery and settle into our evening routine. It’s the end of the hard work and the start of the fun work.
Who would play you in a movie of your life?
Ally Sheedy in the Breakfast Club before the transformation.
Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club

Oh crap, we’ve even got the same coat.

One material possession I could not live without?
My iPod Touch. It does everything I need it to – checks emails, takes photos, instant messages and so on, and then there’s the apps to keep my life on track. So probably that…

Have you ever been naked in public?
If you count being in a communal changing room at the gym, then yes. I’m not comfortable with this, especially when you end up chatting to someone you work with who is comfortable with it and is standing there completely starkers chatting away to you about what’s going on in the office. Otherwise, no. I’ve definitely not been naked in public.
What/who/where was your first proper kiss?
I think it was in the street. I think everyone saw it. I know my dad saw it as my mum mentioned he had. I was dared and it was a real 50-50 thing, so I did it as nobody expected me to go through with it. I don’t want to name him – he’s googlable!!! Ha. It was in York. I don’t want to say any more!!!
So now it is my turn to tag, and I am going to tag Rachel because even though she’s stupidly busy at the moment with exams and stuff, she might like answering these and she’s my pal and I miss her now she’s in Exeter. Sob!