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Inside/Out with Toni Crabb, artist and contemplator who likes a walk in a forest
October 02, 2013

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Describe yourself in five words?
Tomorrow I will be another.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
You can say no.

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Some of the times I've fallen in love.

What is your most treasured possession?
My 10 or so most loved books on a shelf together. My pencils. A wooden baboon with rock rabbit fur.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
No limits.

Do you have any strange hobbies?
My sister and I speak a language we invented as teenagers after emigrating. I don't however use the word hobby as it's a bit like spare time, a luxury. I know few people who can divide their lives like that.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I don't like it when I look tired. Otherwise as I get older and whatever beauty I ever had undoubtedly diminishes I feel happier with my appearance. At least for now.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Anything to do with my work.

What have you got in your fridge?
Normally lots of vegetables, milk, coffee, bit of beer, peanut butter, eggs, and obscure ecological systems flourishing at the back.

What is your greatest fear?

What have you got in your pockets right now?

What is your favourite journey?
I walk through the forest by where I live almost every day. That's one. I also like the moment between being awake and asleep. Some conversations. Making love.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Ordinary people in corrupt systems everywhere who manage to hold out ethically because they think, empathise and make active decisions.

When and where were you happiest?
I think while I was studying. I was lucky enough to have a scholarship and did not have to earn money. That gave me time. I'm generally happier the more contemplative time I have.

What's your biggest vice?
Too much coffee. Internet, ugh.

What were you like at school?
Much too good until the age of 12. Then, after being moved to a Dutch Reform Church controlled school in Southerton, Harare, I took a strong dislike to sadistic ignorant born again Christian teachers and lawless hierarchies.

What are you doing next?
Taking a break in the sun outside with the cat.

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