I’ve been tagged. Electronically. No, not around my ankle. I’ve been blog tagged. I’d never heard of it before. So, thank you Alison. Now I have to reveal ten random and unknown facts about myself, and then pass it on. Mmmm. Where to start? What exciting things would you like to know about me? Are there any? Any skeletons in my wardrobe lurking behind the clothes? Yes. One or two, but I’m not going tell you about them, I’m keeping those safely under lock and key for another day, another book.
Meanwhile back at the revealing, and in no particular order:
Fact No.1: My main ambition in life was to be a choreographer. I learned ballroom and Latin American dancing as a teenager back in the 1960s. Walter Laird, World Dance Champion way back then, was my instructor and my partner during my dancing exams but I gave it all up for a boy, well, a fella, actually. BIG mistake and my biggest regret. (Yes, that’s me in the photo aged 13, having just received my first medal and dipolma.)
Fact No.2: I learned to drive at the tender age of 15. Illegally, of course, on the main roads around my home town. This was way back in the 60s, the car an old Ford Classic. It all started as a bet that I couldn’t start the car and drive it to the end of the road without stalling. I said I could and I did, and so for the next couple of years learned to hone my driving skills in and around centralLondon.
Fact No.3: Clowns give me the creeps. Not sure if I hate them or spiders worse. Probably equally. Just don’t leave me in a dark room with either.
Fact No.4: I cannot sing. I wish I could. I do try, of course. In the shower, in the car, around the house, but only when no one’s listening (I hope!).
Fact No.5: I am not allowed to eat strawberries despite their being my favourite fruit. The drugs I’m on for a rare blood disorder prevent me from indulging in one of life’s sweetest pleasures.
Fact No.6: For a year back in the 70s I worked as a cook/housekeeper/mother’s help for a well-heeled titled family living in a Georgian mansion in Gloucestershire. Interesting, but not something I would consider doing again. The house became the backdrop for my novel Whitestones, not yet released.
Fact No.7: I appeared as an extra in one of the first episodes of The Rise and Fall of Reggie Perrin with Leonard Rossiter. A scene was being filmed at our local Carrefour supermarket; I had to stand at one of the tills paying for my shopping.
Fact No.8: I was a contestant on Channel 4’s TV quiz programme Fifteen-to-One with the lovely William G Stewart. I didn’t win but it was a lot of fun, especially the makeover beforehand. (Photo! I am in there. Honest! No prizes for spotting me, though.)
Fact No.9: One of my very best friends from childhood became a well respected poet, critic and playwright. We are still in touch and one of his books of poems he gave me containing a beautiful inscription to me is one of my prized possessions.
Fact No.10: I’m secretly in love with Ralph McTell, Kevin Costner and Christopher Reeve. One I have kissed (actually, it was he who kissed me), one I’ve no chance of ever kissing, and one, well… I can dream, can’t I? Damn! This means it’s not a secret any more. Ooops!
Phew! Enough said. Now time to pass the buck, or should that be button?
Ip dip, bird’s sh**, you’re It:
Tricia Jones: tricia-jones.blogspot.com
Janice Horton: janicehortonwriter.blogspot.com
Sharon Goodwin: shazjera.blogspot.com
All in good fun and may I be forgiven!
What a great idea .. Really enjoying reading these amazing facts xx
Thanks, Louise. Be prepared! Someone may tag you next. LOL
Great secrets! I like the way your experience working for the family in Gloucestershire has been turned into the backdrop for a novel!
Thank you, Helen and pleased you stopped by. I think all writers draw on personal experiences no matter what genre they write.
Yes indeedy, who did you kiss? I won’t rest until I wheedle that little bit of info out of you, Kit.
Now I have to get my thinking cap on for my own tag. Hmm, where do I start?
The clues are there, Tricia! Looking forward to reading your tag! Shall pester you till you do it.
Fab little facts, Kit. I love dancing too, mostly through the school team. I took ballet and tap lessons when I was young. I’d love to have kept up with them.
Hello Allie. So pleased you dropped by. Never into ballet but would have loved to have learned to tap. Would cause an earthquake if I tried it now.
Well I knew you were a good choice. This makes for great reading!
Thanks, Alison, appreciate the comment. You know me so well, and even more so now. Was fun to do!
You have a very interesting secret life, Kit!
Mmmm… what ten things do I dare confess…..?
Erm, confess anything you wish, I won’t tell a soul!
Well, which one kissed you?
Arrr, come on Chris, leave me a few little secrets left.
very interesting what a life very impressed
Hello Janet. Nice to see you here! Thanks for commenting.