1. What’s one simple small pleasure on your summer ‘to-do’ list?
I’m not sure it’s simple and small, but I love the Edinburgh Festivals. Especially the Fringe. This year, I’m making better use of the Book Festival too. Usually I only manage one event (my favourite: hearing from the storyteller that is Alexander McCall Smith). This year I’m looking forward to introducing my friend Jenny (who I’ve only got to know this past year) to my favourite comedian, Adam Hills. Not literally, but we’re going to see his show. We’re also going to see one of our young leaders perform in Les Misérables. I’m going to several events at the Book Festival including a fifteen year celebration of Mma Ramostwe – my favourite fictional lady, and Botswana’s first woman detective. I hope to get some friends to come with me to some of the free events at the Fringe and Book Festival too. There’s no place better than Edinburgh during the month of August.
2. Do you have strong feelings or opinions regarding the immigration debate in your home country? Feel free to share your thoughts, but please play nice.
I don’t think I know enough. I think it’s great to have people from other countries in our country. Several of my friends are from abroad wishing to stay in the UK. I think as long as they are either studying on a scholarship/self-funded or working and paying tax here – what’s the problem? They are contributing to our society. I do think if you are going to live in a country, you need to make an effort to learn the language before you can have any kind of permanent citizenship. And I’d hope that if the UK became dangerous to live in due to war, another country would give me asylum, help me heal and allow me to be part of their country in a positive way.
I do know people who have been treated shockingly by our Immigration officials and it really sickens me.
3. What’s something in your home or wardrobe that could be described as ‘star spangled’?
Um. I don’t think I have anything that could fit that description!
4. Is your house set up for a party?
Nope! But I have been baking cupcakes to help us celebrate a friend’s birthday at Soul Surfers regular Tuesday ‘Soul Food’ night.
5. What one never-before-visited city in America, would you most like to see?
Ooh, now there’s a question and I don’t think I can pick just one. I’d love to see Savannah, Georgia. It looks really gothic and arty. I’d like to go to California (I know that’s not a city, it’s a state) and cheer on the UCLA Bruins (the gymnastics team). And surf. And a must for me is seeing Wilmington, NC. You Americans may think I’m sad, but you have no idea how much Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill was like some kind of weird lifeline for me as a teen!
6. Your favorite red food? White food? Blue food?
Red food: raspberries/strawberries
White food: Cheese
Blue food: blueberries
7. What freedom do you value the most, and why?
The freedom to choose. There is no greater or more risky freedom than being able to choose.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Hopefully I’ll have some photos to show you soon, but on Saturday I had a practice session with my friend Sarah as we tried out our spacehoppers. We’re raising funds for a pregnancy centre by doing a sponsored spacehop. 1 hour of spacehopping didn’t get us far in distance, as we discovered it is WAY more difficult than we thought or remembered. The handles have bruised us in unmentionable places and cut up our fingers. Our abdominal muscles are still in pain. My dodgy knee was threatening to sue me on Sunday. My friend Chris got lots of photos of our practice session, which included several of me falling over – I even managed to fall into a rabbit hole at one point. Thanks Chris, Althea, Donovan, John and my Mamma Bear for coming to encourage us. And a huge thank you to friends known and anonymous who have donated to the cause. It has truly been such an encouragement and made me feel very loved and blessed. The REAL THING takes place on Saturday 13th July. Pray neither of us end up going to the hospital as a result…!
And yes, that’ll be something to tick off my bucket list.