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Just over a week ago a friend put up 10 facts about her that were interesting to read and intended to give a picture of the personality behind her business. We thought this a great idea but didn't want to use her questions as some were password linked and 'that wouldn't do'!

Poppies in France

I scoured the internet for inspiration (it is STILL a daily joy to have the ability to do that more than 20 years later). One site had a list of 100 questions from which we managed a shorter list of 30, but can't pick which ones to lose. So what follows is 30 questions answered by Simon first and then by me (Amanda) which probably shows we tend to like words! One question we culled was hobbies as that would just be taking photos and writing stuff...

 Simon Davey photographing an insectQuestions - Simon Davey

1.       Who is your hero?

          Dr Francis Rose, brilliant ecologist and mentor

2.       If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

          Costa Rica

3.       What has been your favourite holiday?

          Travelling around northern France visiting cathedrals and abbeys

4.       What makes you angry?

          Greed

5.       What's your favourite thing about your career?

          Travel

6.       What's your proudest accomplishment?

          Being a tour leader showing people natural history in amazing places

7.       What's your favourite book?

          Eastern Approaches by Fitzroy Maclean

8.       What did you want to be when you were a child?

          A sailor or an architect

9.       What is your favourite sport/game to watch?

          Tennis

10.     What would be your Karaoke song?

          Didja' Ever (originally by Elvis Presley)

11.     Who is your favourite author?

         Early William Dalrymple

12.     If you had alot of money, what would you do?

          Go searching for natural history around the world

13.     What superhero power would you like to have?

          Improve tolerance of differing opinions

14.     What's the most daring thing you've ever done?

          Taking on a big role in Shaw's Man and Superman

15.     What was the last book that you read?

          A Little History of the English Country Church by Roy Strong

16.     What is your favourite foreign food?

          Red Snapper, eaten in Costa Rica

17.     Who would play you in a movie?

          Jack Lemon

18.     What is your favourite family tradition?

          Going out to a family coffee before going back to school

19.     What is your favourite childhood memory?

          Cycling in the Peak District at 15

20.     What is your favourite movie?

          A Fish Called Wanda

21.     What is the most unusual thing that you have eaten?

          Greenland shark

22.     Do you collect anything?

          Photographs of wild things

23.     Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion?

          Not particularly bothered about that one, preferably not codpieces

24.     Have you ever had a surprise party?

          One significant birthday a drive to celebrate ended up at my sister's with my brother and other sister also there. Brilliant!

25.     Do you have a famous relative?

          George III according to family tradition

26.     Who was your favourite teacher at school?

          Miles Amherst, he was funny, brilliantly musical and taught us biology

27.     What would be a song about you?

          Well Did You Ever from High Society

28.     What celebrity would you like to have a coffee with at Starbucks?

          David Attenborough

29.     What was your first job?

          Chemist in a gasworks in Leicester

30.     If you were an animal, what would you be?

          A dolphin!

         

Amanda Davey photographing a French churchQuestions - Amanda Davey

1.       Who is your hero?

          Marianne North, intrepid traveller and artist who cared about where she was as much as what flower she was painting

2.       If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

          Next to the South Downs in a house with a huge library

3.       What has been your favourite holiday?

          Also travelling around northern France visiting cathedrals and abbeys (it was a great holiday!)

4.       What makes you angry?

          Bigotry and child neglect

5.       What's your favourite thing about your career?

          Variety

6.       What's your proudest accomplishment?

          Getting my grandfather's autobiography into print, having saved it from the shredder

7.       What's your favourite book?

          From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple

8.       What did you want to be when you were a child?

          A ballerina and then a bird and wildlife photographer

9.       What is your favourite sport/game to watch?

          Tennis!

10.     What would be your Karaoke song?

          I've got a Feeling (originally by the Black-Eyed Peas)

11.     Who is your favourite author?

          Honoré Balzac/Ian Rankin

12.     If you had alot of money, what would you do?

          Research anything in sight

13.     What superhero power would you like to have?

          Make people get on with each other

14.     What's the most daring thing you've ever done?

          Standing up to introduce It's Warmer Down Below to the British Tunnelling Society - first ever public speaking gig of 7 minutes!

15.     What was the last book that you read?

          Mastery by Robert Greene

16.     What is your favourite foreign food?

          Real Quiche Lorraine

17.     Who would play you in a movie?

          Katharine Hepburn

18.     What is your favourite family tradition?

          Small selection of flowers round the breakfast place on your birthday

19.     What is your favourite childhood memory?

          The shape of my big bicycle under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve

20.     What is your favourite movie?

          Legally Blonde

21.     What is the most unusual thing that you have eaten?

          Frogs legs in a Chinese restaurant

22.     Do you collect anything?

          Not really, well books but not intentionally just love 'em

23.     Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion?

          Waistcoats and New Romantic clothes

24.     Have you ever had a surprise party?

          My brother turned up unexpectedly one birthday

25.     Do you have a famous relative?

          Michael Faraday by marriage

26.     Who was your favourite teacher at school?

          Miss Butler, my form teacher and art teacher. Warm and talented

27.     What would be a song about you?

          The Bare Necessities

28.     What celebrity would you like to have a coffee with at Starbucks?

          Heather Angel

29.     What was your first job?

          Cataloguing maps in a museum

30.     If you were an animal, what would you be?

          A tawny owl

         

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  1. Amanda

    Many thanks Joanne! It was impossible to get down below 30 questions as ones like favourite film had to stay! Karaoke song was fun to research too as it's party mood stuff... would you have a favourite film? xx

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  2. Joanne Dewberry

    Love learning about the people behind the business. Legally Blonde is a great film! Haha!

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