1 - My first job after graduating from the Uni of NSW with a Diploma in Information Management (before the internet), was as Librarian for the Society of Australian Genealogists, looking after its extraordinary collection of historical reference works and biographies. The Society is still located in a beautiful old sandstone home, “Richmond Villa”, in Kent Street, The Rocks. It was a wonderful place to work and a great intro to working in Sydney.
2 - As a result of this association with the “Genies”, I applied for and received a Bicentennial grant to produce and publish a book about Rookwood Cemetery, the largest Victorian cemetery in Australia—its history, design, architecture, as well as stories of some of the people buried there. It sold more than 20,000 copies!
3 – I’m not sure if I should even admit to this, but (as a very young man) I trod the boards as an amateur thespian, for the local repertory and musical societies in my home town. Great memories!
1 - Family
2 - Good friends
3 - The ocean
4 - Travelling to new destinations
5 - Opera
To spend some time living overseas.
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1 - I collect Glomesh. I thought my Mum’s gold Glomesh evening bag was the height of sophistication in the 70s, and later started buying them at op shops and markets. I’ve now got a pretty big collection of handbags, evening bags, clutches, wallets, coin purses, and even a cigarette case (which is sadly too small to fit my phone into). Yes, I like disco too. And flares.
2 - I was once a Girl Guide. This was very much not my idea, and I responded by being the worst Girl Guide in the history of the organisation. I think I got two badges the entire time I was there (one of which they eventually gave me without my having earned it at all… I think it was out of exasperation). I do not know how to tie fancy knots or put up a tent, and I am not prepared.
3 – I waste far too much time playing computer games and am a complete Fallout tragic.
1 - Cheese
2 - Rainy days
3 - My Kindle
4 - My Kindle’s charge cable
5 - Red lipstick
I used to have a habit of not finishing about 80% of the books I started, so in an effort to make myself finish them, I started setting myself a goal of reading 100 books a year. I’m doing the same this year (I usually make it. Just.)
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1 - I spend vast quantities of the day composing various lists, mostly in my head: 100 greatest albums by obscure artists, 50 favourite EPs, 20 Harry Potter or Game of Thrones characters who were ill-served in the movies/show, 20 great left arm wrist spin bowlers, 10 favourite fantasy/science fiction worlds/planets, complete list of Roman Emperors or Kings of England – those sorts of things.
2 - I’m distantly related, by marriage, to Freddie Mercury (mother’s cousin married to his cousin, or some such tenuous link. No, I’m not ethnically Parsee, but my mother’s cousin married into that community).
3 – My ultimate dream is to inherit an aristocratic title and castle
1 - My phone
2 - Craft Beer
3 - Apple Music
4 - Various music magazines
5 - Fantasy/SF books, movies & TV
To avoid hassles as much as possible
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1 - I have a strange obsession with deer. This explains why I have one tattooed on my forearm, and two small impalas on my wrist (although these are technically antelope, not deer). I also have several artworks of deer by various artists all around my house and on my work desk. I just think they're neat.
2 - My name is the phonetic spelling of the Swedish pronunciation of the name Kerstin, which is their version of Christina. My dad is Swedish/British and clearly he decided he wanted to give me one of those “unique” names.
3 – I started out my journalism career in music writing before somehow finding my way into health journalism. I’ve now just completed my Master’s in Public Health.
1 - My lovely husband
2 - Sunshine
3 - Books
4 - Exercise
5 - The colour pink!
To continue learning Japanese.
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