It was great to be nominated for the Liebster Award by Caroline of Beauty is a Sleeping Cat. Thanks, Caroline! In the spirit of her original post, I have taken the liberty of adapting the rules of the award a little. So I’m answering only seven of her original questions…
2. If you could stay in another city for a year, which one would it be?
Having spent most of my life in London and New York, I think I’d like to live outside cities for a while. But I think Stockholm would be nice for a year – I’ve heard it’s got a great quality of life, lots of culture, and I like cities with plenty of water around. Or what about Havana? Yes, what was I thinking? Make it Havana!
3. Which language would you like to speak and why?
Arabic. Well, mostly I’d like to write it – that script is just beautiful. But I also find the spoken language fascinating – picked up a few phrases while travelling in Morocco and Tunisia a few years ago, but of course it’s almost all gone now.
4. Which is your favourite book cover?
I loved this cover from a book I just read, Music for the Off-Key by Courttia Newland. It’s really vibrant and eye-catching, and I also love covers that aren’t cluttered up with too many words.
5. What craft would you like to be great at?
Woodworking. Don’t know why – and in fact I’m useless at anything resembling DIY. But the idea of making something out of wood, shaping it and planing it and fitting it all together, has always appealed.
6. Which is your favourite dish. Recipe included!
Tartiflette. The recipe I use is based on this one. Reblochon cheese, bacon, onions, potatoes, butter, wine – what’s not to love? I only make it about once a year, in an attempt to avoid immediate coronary arrest, but I always enjoy it. Speaking of coronary arrest, I also love a good British fry-up. But despite these answers, you’d be amazed at how healthy my day-to-day eating is. I’m almost vegan. Just like to go crazy sometimes.
7. If you could design a garden what would it look like?
It would have plants to attract lots of bees and butterflies, and also fruit trees and vegetables – I’ve always wanted to grow my own food. I’d want it to look nice, but don’t want a purely ornamental garden.
11. What book are you reading at the moment?
Capitalism & Slavery by Eric Williams, an examination of the role slavery played in financing the Industrial Revolution and developing British capitalism. Normally I read more fiction, so am enjoying this change.
So now I’m supposed to tag eleven other people, and ask them eleven new questions. Instead, again, I’m changing it to seven people, and seven questions. Here are my nominees:
- Emma of Book Around the Corner
- Whispering Gums
- Charlie at The Worm Hole
- Stefanie of So Many Books
I know some of you don’t generally participate in blogging awards and such, so please don’t feel pressured to answer, but I’d love to read your answers if you do. Here are the questions for you to answer:
- What’s your favourite memory?
- Why do you blog?
- What’s your most unrealistic ambition?
- What makes you angry?
- What’s your biggest regret?
- Why do you like reading?
- Write a mini school report for the human race. What grade would you give us, and what suggestions for improvement?