Interview courtesy of Doris @ Gran's on Bran - I knew they'd be good!!
If you were a cartoon character which would you be?
OK, if I was a cartoon character I would be a strange mixture of Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Nala from The Lion King & Wile Coyote! Why? I am always singing like Ariel and I have this "need to know" which she has all the way through the film; she has a passion for seeing other parts of the world! Nala was a rambunctious, mischievous, and adventurous cub in the Lion KIng who became brave and loyal, with a strong sense of justice. I'm not particularly adventourous anymore, but I am loyal and I'll stand shoulder to shoulder with my friends; supporting them in any way I can! And then there's Wile Coyote - I have such good ideas, (a sad combination of brute force & blind ignorance!) which when I have the guts to follow them through, so often blow up in my face & I love fried chicken!!
Right, I am off to try and photoshop them together!!
What is the most unusual present one of your school kids has given you at the end of the school year/Christmas?
I am always incredibly grateful to anyone who buys me a gift @ Christmas or at the end of the school year. I have a job that I absolutley adore & I get paid & then someone buys me a gift! The children always say "if I was going to buy you a present, I'm not going to but if I was going to, what would you like?" No prompting from parents there then eh? So I always say "tell Mummy/Daddy I like red and flowers!" However, over the years I've had lots of awful crystally things, like this!
This is absolutely not the worst present I've ever seen. A colleague of mine had a present from the "unusual parent of an unusual child" one year. It (see below) still lives on the shelf in her office ..... just in case the parent/child comes back and asks to see it!!
The best present I ever had was in my first year in the present school - I cried on the playground as I brough the children in. The parents had got together and bought me vouchers for Ikea which were fab BUT they also gave every child (and their siblings) in the line a rose; so they all trooped past me and gave me a rose as they walked into school - *breathes deeply* it was beautiful!
You've been to lots of places in the world - what is the strangest toilet you have used?
Oh boy! In my third year of university I went on a study visit to Botswana. We travelled through the country with teacher training students from Tlokweng College in Gabaronne; the students were fantastic - so friendly/welcoming. Most of them came from rural areas in Botswana and as part of their teacher training, they went on a journey around Botswana to find out about their own country. As honoured guests, we were invited along with them - a 4 week journey in the back of a cattle truck, through the country from north to south and back again. We slept each night on the floor of a local primary school, on a mattress that we carried with us - not your usual 4* Safari tour. I feel really priveleged to have made this journey with those young people; down into the Kalahari desert, north through the Magadaki Salt pan, the Okovango delta (where we travelled by mokoro - dugout canoes), into Chobe National Park and finally into Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls - the world's biggest wet t-shirt competition!
Public toilets in Botswans were few and far between - I got quite adept at finding bushes in the desert to scoot behind. When there were loos, they were tiny, little concrete buildings perched over a pit ..... it took me 8 weeks to remember that Basadi and not Banana was Setswana for women, so going to the loo was always a lottery! There were huge spiders; Sarah and I always went to the toilet in pairs, so we didn't have to close the door to imagine the horrors behind them - we couldn't see as it was pitch black in there! And then in week 2 of our journey I picked up a stomach bug - probably water that I hadn't purified properly but it knocked the feet out from under me! Oh and then the toilets became even more of a horror - I could no longer "hover" over the black holes in the concrete slabs, instead I lined the abyss with wet wipes and was as quick as I could be!!
Strangest toilet - small concrete hut containing a concrete slab with a hole in it over a pit, with no roof in Bokspits (most southern point of Botswana, on South African border) - there was no road into Bokspits, we had travelled along a dry river bed in the lorries. Sarah and I went to the loo (we became very good friends by the end of the trip!) I can see stars (that I can't recognise being in the southern hemisphere), I'm peeing as quickly as I can; I can hear lions calling in the nearby Gemsbok National Park, something was scratching around by my feet and then this little voice says "wine gum Jo?" Truly and beautifully bizarre!
A few Botswana piccies for you to enjoy
How old were you when you first learned to use chop sticks?
I don't remember learning to use chop sticks, but I do remember the excitement when the Chinese take-away opened up in our village! This was West Wales circa 1979/80, I was 10 or maybe 11 I can't remember exactly. Ok there were Chinese restaurants in Swansea (10 miles away) but nothing in the village. No black, brown or yellow neighbours or friends; the Italian families who ran our local cafe were still considered "exotic". We had one black girl @ our primary school, she had been adopted by a white family in those days before political correctness went mad and left black/Asian children in local authority care unless there is a suitable family of colour to care for them (oh I am opening such a can of worms - worse than the caravan comments - eh Doris!?!)
And then in the October the Chinese takeaway opened - my mum & dad were going out for the night, my grandparents were baby-sitting and I was given money to get dinner from the Chinese! My grandfather was horrified; he had been in the merchant navy for nearly 60 years and had been to pretty much any country in the world with a sea-port. His memories of China (and Chinese food) were of the ports he had visited - Shanghai, Xiamen and Ningbo - were dog and cat were often on the menu in the restaurants and markets around the docks. I had sweet & sour pork with fried rice and chinese vegetables. I can still remember the taste, the delicious crispness of the batter on the pork, I still don't like water chestnuts - & if memory serves me correctly, I used a fork!
If you were a TV reporter what would you be reporting about?
Africa; drought, starvation and AIDS - more people need to now what's going on! Live 8 has been and gone and relief agencies are still having to ask for money for starving kids in Niger - come on guys!!Now the rules
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