“10 things” Tuesday: ten correct answers to pub quiz questions about me

The first freesias in my garden; picked September 1, 2013

I’ve worked as a  copywriter on and off for about 25 years; or about half my life writing in my clients’ voices. The consequence is that I rather lost my own.

Blogging is one of the ways I’m recovering my voice, and while I believe it should come through in all my writing, I also thought it would be fun to share some stuff more directly. So here’s the beginning of 10 Things Tuesday; loves, hates, secrets, desires – whatever takes my fancy and I think you might be interested in.

On the assumption…

that one day I’ll be incredibly famous and my life will come up in a pub quiz or trivia game, here are the correct answers to 10 questions that might be asked.

  1. My favourite flowers are freesias, though lilies come a pretty close second.
  2. I sat my University Entrance exams after I’d left school. The only place I could do the evening classes was a boys school, so ever since I’ve been able to – quite truthfully – write on forms that I attended Westlake Boys High School.
  3. I’d be a vegetarian if I didn’t love eating duck.
  4. I’ve seen Gaylene Preston’s 1986 film Mr Wrong about 20 times; partly as research for a masters thesis on feminist film-making, but mainly because it’s brilliant.
  5. My Stage I politics tutor at University went on to become New Zealand’s first elected woman Prime Minister – Helen Clark. I don’t claim any credit for her political success.
  6. If my house was on fire and I could only rescue one thing (not including my partner and son) it would be my photo albums (ok that’s not one thing, but if I couldn’t take them all I’d barbeque trying to decide which one to grab).
  7. The best holiday I ever had was in Corsica, though Tahiti would be a pretty close second.
  8. The best thing I’ve ever bought that I couldn’t really afford was a huge painting of Arum lilies. It’s been in my life for over 20 years and I still don’t know the artist’s name.
  9. My favourite way to spend a wet Sunday afternoon is on the couch watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes or Casablanca with a bowl of lemon sorbet from Giappo in Auckland, and a latte.
  10. It’s a cliche but … I want my funeral music to include Purcell’s Dido’s Lament – sung by Jessye Norman.

21 thoughts on ““10 things” Tuesday: ten correct answers to pub quiz questions about me

    • Thanks :-). When I was writing the post I originally planned to say “three things” but I realised the other two were my hard drive and my iPad, and decided that I’d probably want to save my cameras and a couple of flash drives that I haven’t got round to downloading … and I realised that in the event of fire, I’d probably fry.

      It’s a rainy Thursday here and if I didn’t have quite so much to do, I think I’d be putting Breakfast at Tiffany’s in the DVD player about now.


  1. Hi – I think you snood revive it!
    And I bet that painting is awesome – how fun!
    Your movies sound fun and I will be checking out a couple when the time comes ….
    Oh and have you seen “Babette’s feast” – check it out if you have not – 😉
    Lastly – the question about what to grab of a fire – oh goodness is that a tough one!

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