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with Clare Douie, scientist, artist and optimist
May 24, 2010
interview with Clare Douie
yourself in five words?
Happy, a bit messy, energetic, a push over, optimistic.
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Play the cards you're dealt.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
I once broke into a zoo and borrowed a goat. It hadn't
tasted any proper vegetation and I wanted to let it be alive for
a while. They don't travel well on motorbikes though.
is your most treasured possession?
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be alone and unloved, uncared for and considered worthless.
have any strange hobbies?
What's a strange hobby? Apparently loads of things
I do are strange.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
I don't really know. I'm quite happy in myself.
There's nothing I terribly mind or don't mind.
is your greatest extravagance?
Books. I'm quite Catholic in my taste. I read anything as
long as it's well written. Right now I'm reading Poisonwood
Bible for the second time. It's a very good book for anyone
living in Central Africa to read.
have you got in your fridge?
Chocolate and vegetables.
is your greatest fear?
Anything happening to my family.
have you got in your pockets right now?
I've just emptied them but I'll tell you what
was in them. I had a compass, a used tea bag, a rubber band, a sweet,
a penknife and a small palette of paints.
is your favourite journey?
Going somewhere I've never been before.
are your heroes in real life?
Desmond Tutu and Madiba. And not famous people. People
who do something extraordinary with their lives, that doesn't
revolve getting press coverage for it.
and where were you happiest?
My whole life is pretty happy.
your biggest vice?
It either has to be chocolate or not saying no.
were you like at school?
Very academic, but always in mischief. I was very social.
are you doing next?
I'll still be painting and teaching music. I started
writing a book! It's a Zimbabwean prehistory story. There
are a lot of books that are written about things that I don't
really relate to. A lot of books that you read don't relate
to the way you've ever felt about anything, so I wanted to
write a book that came from a different perspective and that explained
why the ground smells like it does after the rain, why our trees
have red leaves before they have green leaves.
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