This is an embarrassingly late response to Kalena’s tag, but here it is. Seven odd and (one hopes) interesting things you didn’t know about me….
- I love bees! When I grow up/ old – whichever happens first – and assuming that I tire of the great and terrible world of the internet, I want to retire to the country and become a beekeeper.
- I am a feminist, despite the dreadful stigma that seems to be attached to the term these days. For the record, I’d define this as a belief that there’s a lack of gender equality in terms of power and opportunity, both in my own society and the wider world, and a desire to change that state. I’ll be carrying that card until it becomes irrelevant, which I dearly hope is in my lifetime. As Mary Wollstonecraft put it “I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.” Seems reasonable enough to me.
- I have had more awful and peculiar jobs than anyone else I know, whilst at university and travelling, including bleach factory worker, ice cream seller, brothel receptionist, scaffolder, club promoter, flyer distributor, station master’s cat, fruit picker, door bitch, telesales gimp and sandwich maker. What have we learned from all this? Never eat pre-packaged sarnies, if you value your hide…
- Although when I was a child I certainly didn’t dream of growing up to work in digital marketing (that would have been creepily prophetic, for a start, and actually I wanted to be a vulcanologist) I love my day job! What’s not to like? I love making connections, telling compelling stories and firing people’s imagination, engaging with people in a way and on a scale I never thought possible even a decade ago, and learning something thought-provoking or inspiring every single day. Yes, it’s a little smug, but true.
- I was beaten up in my home town for reading a book, something which apparently constitutes an act of aggression in Coventry. My nose bears a wee kink as a result. A couple of years later, reading a novel in the canteen of a factory I had a summer job at (see 2) somewhat confusingly resulted in the entire staff believing me to be French. I still read like there’s oxygen in literature, but I don’t live in Britain any more.
- I have a penchant for really, really atrocious jokes.
- I’m a filmmaker, which means that I love things mostly with my eyes; despite this I think I could more easily live without my sense of sight than without music. Berthold Auerbach said “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” and that’s exactly how I feel about it. I’m not sure he was referring to the likes of this, this, this or this, but I reckon he would’ve got into the groove. By the way, bonus fact 7b: one of those tracks is guaranteed to have me arrowing to the dancefloor to frug like a woman possessed. You’ve been warned.
Tag, you’re it!