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Inside/Out with Pat Made, teacher and ideas person
December 01, 2011

Full interview with Pat Made - Read and listen

Describe yourself in five words
Patient. Kind. Focussed. Helpful and principled.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Do what you like. And . . . never worry about claiming credit. You know what you've done. God knows what you've done, and that's all that matters. And I think that brings a lot of peace.

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
I'm thinking about that? Hmmm, ridiculous, ridiculous . . . well, once I got home very late. I was so stressed, in the dark that I actually left the car door open the entire night, and it wasn't until the next morning when somebody thought someone had broken into the car, that I realised I was the one who had left it open (laughs). Wide open! I don't mean a bit! The door was fully open, the whole night (laughs again).

What is your most treasured possession?
My books.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Being not able to actualise who you are and what you want to be.

Do you have any strange hobbies?

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I don't know. I've never thought about it. I don't spend quite a lot of time looking at myself, you see. So, I just use the mirror to get ready to go.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Probably shoes.

What is your greatest fear?
That I might not live to see my children be the best of all that they can be.

What have you got in your pockets right now?

What is your favourite journey?
I took a train journey from Italy to Denmark and that was one of the most pleasurable things I've ever done.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My mum, she's going on 87. My daughter, she's 31.

When and where were you happiest?
I'm happy on trains. I cannot tell you why. I'm happy when I'm in the company of lots of women.

What is your biggest vice?
Coffee, maybe.

What were you like at school?
Too studious. I should have played more.

What are you doing next?
Probably going to go see if that bead shop is still open. I like those lovely beads you have on. (Laughs).

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