I was thrilled to receive a Beautiful Blogger Award from the wonderful Tania Kindersley at Backwards in High Heels, a writer of true brilliance whose blog I read every day.
I have to list seven things about myself and then pass the award on.
My bedside table. There's are books piled all over the house .
I buy more books than I could ever read
I adore books and can't pass a bookshop or a charity shop without going in. I try and limit myself now as I have so many. I need to try and finish one book at a time. I probably have enough for a lifetime's reading but that doesn't stop me wanting more.
I keep all the bits and bobs in an old Seventies cigarette tin. With the lip balm of course... my other addiction.
I've never given up smoking
I started smoking when I was twelve, obviously I didn't smoke that much back then. For the last four years I've only smoked roll-ups which has massively reduced my intake. I've never even tried to give up. I thought health or vanity may play a part one day but it hasn't yet.
I love quizzes
I'm mad on Trivial Pursuit but any type of quiz will do. The old Trivial Pursuit Genus editions are the best as I think the questions are getting easier now. The Actor thought I had memorised all the questions! so I responded by buying every single Trivial Pursuit game since the Eighties so that would be implausible. I used to have a photographic memory, but it's not what it was anymore.
The Actor and I played Trivial Pursuit for twelve hours in one sitting on holiday. He is ridiculously clever and annoyingly brilliant at all subjects. I either know it or make a lucky wild guess. My geography and science aren't great but I'm good on art and literature, entertainment and history. He absolutely hates it if I beat him. If I get into the centre first he'll ask me sport and leisure questions which I'm rubbish at. Although I did once get "How do you make a Pina Colada?" as a sport and leisure question. I can't bear Pina Colada's but I do know how to make one so I won! He immediately challenged me to a game of Who Wants to be a Millionaire for money. He wanted the million to be £1000 but I said I couldn't afford it so we made it £100. I went straight round the board and won again! Admittedly the £500,000 question was about a Jilly Cooper character, which was rather lucky for me! He couldn't believe it. He paid up straight away though.
I hate having my photograph taken
I think it's because I don't look the way I think I do anymore. I pull frozen faces when a camera is pointed at me. I have barely any photographs of myself as my ex-boyfriend accidentally burnt our house down in 1995! I've tried to take one of myself now, which isn't easy as I can't seem to work out how to look into a mirror and a camera at the same time.
I met my boyfriend on a stag night
It was Andrew Lincoln's stag night. Andy is as divine in real life as he is in his films. They started off in a bar around the corner from me and I knew everyone there. I suspect they invited me as they wanted me to get them into clubs. I refused to go for ages as I didn't want to be the only girl but they kept ringing and finally wore me down. By the time I arrived all twenty nine of them were 'very jolly'. The stag night had been organised by the Best Man, the delightful screenwriter Stephen Beresford, but the club he'd chosen would never have let that many boys in. I ended up taking them to Fabric which had a huge queue down the street. I lined up a group of them and asked the bouncer if he recognised any them (all of them were instantly recognisable from the television) he said "No, sorry. But I recognise you!" which everyone thought was hilarious! He let us all in for nothing and we had an amazing night. We carried on back at my house and The Actor and I have been together ever since! It's our fourth anniversary in May and I couldn't be happier. Thank God I didn't stay in!
I pass this award on to the following beautiful blogs
I was very kindly given this award before. To see my previous answers and who I passed it onto, click HERE
I also did a post on the benefits of juicing, which I recommend to everyone. To see it click HERE