My list

  1. I still see myself as a Londoner, though I haven’t lived there for many years.
  2. If I could live anywhere in the world it would be the Himalayas (or the French Alps).
  3. I can express myself in 3 languages but only speak one of them well.
  4. I’ve climbed a few Alpine peaks and crossed glaciers – but I’m scared of heights.
  5. Since I was born, I’ve lived in 3 countries, 5 cities, 3 towns and I’ve moved 21 times.
  6. 3 of my homes were in sight of water but now I have a view of the hills.
  7. You can cheer me up with a gift of Bombay Sapphire.
  8. My great grandfather was  a Shakespearian actor.
  9. I’m happiest in flip-flops.
  10. If I could be another nationality, I’d be French.
  11. I’ve never come 1st in a writing competition but I did win €1.70 on the lottery.
  12. One of my short stories won an award.
  13. I’ve set foot in 16 countries but only 2 continents.

  14. create your own visited country map

  15. Blackberries are my favourite fruit – but I hardly ever eat them.
  16. Amsterdam would be my ideal city if only there were mountains nearby.
  17. I don’t like sugar or sweet things, except extra dark chocolate.
  18. I’ve never broken a bone (if you don’t count the hairline fracture to my skull) but when I was 3 I nearly lost an eye on a Routemaster bus.
  19. My most treasured possession is a Chinese painting of a cat.
  20. But I’m not a cat person, or a dog person for that matter.
  21. I’m more of a person person.
  22. I have a degree in mathematics.
  23. I’ve lived in a house that Donald McGill once occupied.
  24. Dennis Potter was my aunt’s brother, but I can’t claim to have any of his talented genes.
  25. I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was 28.
  26. Maybe that’s why I find cycling in Amsterdam such a challenge.
  27. My longest hangover lasted 2 days.
  28. I’m addicted to Flickr.
  29. I’m left handed.
  30. When I take photos, I’m left-eyed.
  31. I have never had food poisoning.
  32. That might be because I was a vegetarian for almost 20 years.
  33. I can recommend some good cafés to grab a burger in Amsterdam.
  34. I’ve had chronic fatigue twice.
  35. My left leg is longer than my right.
  36. I found out recently that both my legs are longer than I thought.
  37. I never thought of myself as a country girl but now I’d never live anywhere else.