Spread the love

Last month, I couldn’t decide what to blog about. I mean, nothing really grabbed me.  Today, the proverbial penny dropped. I thought I’d write about some burning questions people have asked me over the years! 

Here goes:

 

 

1.      That thing that happened in school that pretty much left its mark on you forever.

 

Well, some of you already know this, but it happened on a school trip to Burnham Beeches, we were learning about habitats etc., (I presume) and I nearly suffocated in quick mud. I have since made it into a ‘funny’ story that went on to win a prestigious prize, thus taking the bitter taste out of my mouth!

 

 

2.      Your favourite recipe, even if you’re the worst cook in the world.

 

Well, I cook a mean ackee and salt fish, which is Jamaica’s national dish. Put salt fish to soak in cold water for about 1 hour. Pour off water; add fresh water and boil until tender. Heat oil and sauté onion, garlic, scallions, tomatoes, scotch bonnet and sweet pepper until tender, about five to six minutes. Add flaked salt fish, canned ackee and black pepper. And, I add two fresh cho chos, chop them up and put them in the same pan to soak up the delicious juices. What a dish! Can be served as breakfast or dinner, alongside rice, breadfruit, green bananas and soft white yam.

 

3.      9 things you just can’t handle {gross things like ugly toes etc.

 

Well, can’t handle aesthetically beautiful people with ugly hearts, people who value things over people, selfish people, people who cannot control bodily functions in public, those who pick their noses and eat in broad daylight, worse if they’re adults, people who go to the gym and smell sweaty before they’ve even done anything, and people who make sounds when eating, really annoys me and people with black grime under their nails who are ‘not’ mechanics!

 

4.      One of my most excruciatingly embarrassing moments.

Well, like most of us in our twenties, I was so full of self-belief that I auditioned as a dancer for ‘Imagination’ (famous group in the day) … and I was rubbish! Hilarious!

 

A letter to your 16-year-old self. What advice would you give?

5. Dear Mich, you’re going to go through some harsh things, but they will strengthen you.

The day will come when you’ll realise you had to experience them in order to become who you are today.

 

 

 

6.      Your celebrity dinner party. Who would you invite?

Naturally, I would invite Oprah, Maya A, Denzel Washington, Charles Bukowski, Iceberg Slim and Marvin Gaye.

 

7.      Your first love/kiss, and don’t skip the awkward details.

Well, at school, I was day-old-chips-dry and not in the kiss chase rush. The boys shot right past me for more popular prey.

 

 

8.    7 things you’ve learned from 7 year-old children.

1. Be courageous

2. Every day is a new day.

3. Laugh a lot.

4. Enjoy your friends.

5. Don’t care what people think, speak your truth.

6. Try new things.

7. Get excited! Often…

 

9.     Your earliest childhood memory.

Sneaking in the kitchen cupboard to drink vinegar and undiluted squash. I had chronic asthma too.

 

10.    That thing that really gets your goat.

See 3. People who snore, eat loudly, eat while talking on the phone, picking noses and eating contents.

 

11.   What you’re addicted to, and why.

I’m addicted to creative expression, music and training.

       

12.   That time that you met a complete stranger

Well, the other night, I was meeting the girls for a funky night out uptown and running late. I wore a bowler hat, big black cape with tassels, short black dress, and thigh high suede boots (the flyer said dress funky, so I took them literally). I got to the platform and saw the train pulling in, I tried to get down the stairs while my dress decided to climb up to my waist. The ‘kind’ driver sat and waited, probably enjoying the spectacle. Finally made it down the stairs, onto the train and to Wimbledon. However, the district line was cancelled. I had to dash out to the main road for the bus replacement service. A guy on the bus told me he’d been watching me on the cctv. He thought I looked interesting. I wonder if it had anything to do with the dress?

 

13.   Fashion: Your top 5 favourite dresses/looks/shoes right now.

Well, I ‘ve been working hard at body sculpting and what with the weather being nice and sunny, I’ve got a thing for wearing white. Also, I have an unusual pair of boots from USA with a silver stiletto heel that I can’t wait to wear again! Worn only once… sitting down.

 

14.    What you’ve learned about life so far?

I’ve learnt that life is a series of lessons that force you to grow whether you want to or not. If you don’t make a decision about something, life will make it for you. Also, that people often tell you who they are without saying a word!

 

15.      Brain dump. What’s on your mind right now.

I am increasing marketing efforts with the current three short stories on Amazon. Also, screenplays are beastly!

 

16.      The most unusual job.

The Royal Opera House in Covent garden. I wore 9 inches and had a walk on part in Pelleas and Melisande for two weeks, every night at 8pm. It’s an opera in five acts with music by Claude Debussy. It was first performed 30th April 1902.

 

17.      Bad habits. Share yours and why you won’t give it up. Ever.

I like a glass of wine, prosecco, merlot, and classic champagne cocktails every now and then.

                         

18.      Who people think you are, compared to who you really are.

People tend to think I’m Miss Confident but I can be really shy. I mean, revert to two!

 

19 .     A time when you had star treatment.

A production company sent a chauffeur to pick me up to feature in the first River Island advertisement in the 90s. They sent a Daimler to pick me up and drive me to a hangar in Essex. The advert took place on the steps of a plane. I had to come down them whilst controlling a seven foot Great Dane. It was meant to be a panther but  they couldn’t get the insurance.

20.     A time when you had the most fun on holiday!

I went to St Lucia and had the time of my life. I met some really funny people and did a bootcamp with the legendary Sharron Elizabeth Davies, MBE. A lovely, humble person.

Check out my short stories:
Muddy Love – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01BX70SB4
Soulless – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008MZN3L8
Yellowest Orange – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AW257H2