The SHINE ON Award
7 Random Things About Me
Posted on November 23rd 2013
by Jo Lambert
I’m proud to be the recipient of the prestigious SHINE ON Award in the ‘books inspired by music’ category. In order to accept the honour bestowed upon me by fellow Canadian writer Melanie Robertson King, I have to share seven random bits of information about me with you – my readers. So for better or worse here they are:-
One) I’ve been married twice and both my husbands have the same star sign – Pisces.
Two) I have never changed my initials. No, it’s not that I preferred to keep my maiden name after marrying, both my husbands just happened to have surnames beginning with the same letter as mine. As a child I owned a small brown case which had belonged to my father and had his initials – which incidentally were the same three as mine – set into the lid. I remember telling my grandmother on more than one occasion that these initials were never going to change, I would always have them. This pronouncement, however, had absolutely nothing to do with eventual my choice of husband. A little spooky though, don’t you think?
Three) I sat next to Jamie Cullum in the cinema. It was a long time ago at the beginning of his career; he was with his family and I remember he demolished a very large tub of popcorn through the film!
Four) I have a complete aversion to men’s ginger suede shoes. Not wanting to go too deeply into this, but years ago when I worked in Bristol for an international building company one of the guys in the office behaved in a way to women that would absolutely not be allowed today – and got away with it. He wore ginger suede shoes and every time I see anyone wearing anything remotely similar, it brings back memories of that particular office predator.
Five) I am a member of MENSA with an IQ of 151.
Six) I adore cats. I’ve owned 8 at different times in my life. My favourite has to be Ziggy, a half Burmese boy who became diabetic at the age of 10 and had to be put to sleep two years later when insulin shots failed to control the disease. A great loss, miss him very much – he was almost human!
Seven) Like Melanie I could not exist without chocolate. It’s my absolute downfall as I can definitely identify with ‘a minute in the mouth a month on the hips’ . I do tend to damp down on my sweet tooth, only indulging at Christmas. Now if they could make a low calorie chocolate that tasted like the naughty variety I’d be in absolute heaven!
I have to confess this SHINE ON award has been so popular that most of the writers I know have already opted to join under someone else’s banner. Therefore I am only able to pass the baton for this award to my good friend and writing colleague Kit Domino, Writer and Artist, Author of Every Step of the Way. However if I do manage to enlist the support of any others I will rope them in and let you all know the details.