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with Annie Wilkes
August 26, 2009
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yourself in five words.
Shy, talkative, I love creating things, but then I get
bored. Intuitive, and impulsive.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Bungee jumped off Vic Falls Bridge, and then had to be
in wheel chair.
is your most treasured possession?
A '35 Massey Ferguson tractor.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Loneliness. A long time of loneliness.
have any strange hobbies?
I weld, and I farmed ostriches once.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
That I'm overweight, even though I go on so many
diets, but in the end I say that's just the way I'm
going to be.
is your greatest extravagance?
I collect coins and stamps. At one time I collected show
chickens, and I bought a special pheasant and it cost a fortune,
about US3000. That was quite extravagant considering that it died
a week later.
have you got in your fridge?
I get up at half past five in the morning and I bake all
the cakes for my café so what's in my fridge now is
all the ingredients for my baking.
is your greatest fear?
Probably being alone. I'm a twin, and it's
got something to do with that.
have you got in your pockets right now?
I did have a hammer and a screwdriver, but right now I
don't have anything.
is your favourite journey?
To Kariba and back. It's just Zimbabwe, there's
no other place like it. Who else has a big dam with lots of dead
trees in it?
are your heroes in real life?
A lot of them have disillusioned me of late. Politically
Maggie Thatcher. I think she was very tough and she stood her ground.
I think Mother Theresa was amazing, from a humanitarian point of
and where were you happiest?
On the farm, I was born on the farm.
your biggest vice?
I think communication. I'm not great at communication.
If I can duck out, I will. I'm not a great people person.
were you like at school?
Naughty. Leader of the gang.
are you doing next?
I'm going home to finish painting the kitchen and
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