27 Aug Get to know Eleanor…
Meet Eleanor, our lady on the front line, dealing with the smooth-running of our Guernsey & Jersey offices
Q: What skill would you like to master?
Cinematography or Ballet (one cerebral, one physical)
Q: When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
Advice on relationships and personal dilemmas….I make a good agony aunt, though I’m not sure how much of my own advice I have historically followed!
Q: Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
My mother; she came from an exceedingly poor background and went on to live a life so exciting that you could write three books about it, whilst achieving great things academically…and she is still going at 65!!
Q: How do you relax after a hard day of work?
Four little letters….ASMR….weird, I know….gotta love a few relaxing tingles from YouTube after a stressful day….that, and nail art!
Q: What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?
Achieving my creative ambitions, laying down some roots and building strong and enduring relationships with those that I love.
Q: Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
Norway – expensive but beautiful. It was here that I got to try reindeer steak and MANY varieties of flavoured ciders! The Bergen Line train journey was also stunning and I fully intend to return and explore some of the more remote villages that I spotted on the way.
Q: What’s the best thing that happened to you last month?
Getting approval for my first flat rental – feeling like a proper grown-up now, though at the same time probably a lot poorer!
Q: What city would you most like to live in?
Sark, one of the most magical, quirky and rugged places in the universe (may it never change).
Q: What are you addicted to?
Ebay/Amazon…I absolutely HATE browsing in shops but having exactly what you want only a click away….dangerous!
Q: What irrational fear do you have?
Spiders….I respect the fact that they have not felt the need to evolve for millions of years but they still freak me out!
Q: What would you do with a million pounds?
I would buy myself an apartment in Guernsey and a cottage in Sark, then squirrel the rest away for a rainy day!
Q: What were some of the turning points in your life?
Primarily, the decision to come back and live on Guernsey – sometimes it takes leaving a place to make you realise how lucky you are to be there. Secondarily, the day I accepted that I didn’t need to be perfect, you genuinely achieve a lot more and experience far more pleasure in life when you are not concerned about what other people think of you!
Q: If you could have a video of any one event in your life, what event would you choose?
Well, I don’t have many videos of me as a child so I suppose I would pick a compilation video of the things I used to get up to, such as rock climbing, den building, mud pie making, tree climbing and rock pooling (tomboy me, eh). A kind of “day in the life of” type affair!
Q: What’s your favourite piece of clothing you own / owned?
Probably my Jane Norman diamante embellished coat, which I drag out for special occasions….that, or my black skinny jeans because they go with everything and save me money on buying tights! 😉
Q: What hobby would you get into if time wasn’t an issue?
Music! My dad is always bugging me to learn an instrument and I would love to oblige but time (and acoustics) have always been an impediment!
Q: What are some small things that make your day better?
That first cuppa of the day (tea, of course), ticking things off my “to do” list, my mother’s dog greeting me as if I have been away for 20 years…and being on time to catch the bus!!
Q: What’s the best way to start the day?
I don’t like waking up full stop, but my mother’s dog Loki bouncing on my head with excitement has got to be top of the list!
Q: What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
Probably either a festival or a box set binge, depending on my energy levels!
Q: What’s your claim to fame?
None of my own…yet…but my father released a Celtic prog-rock concept album in the 1970’s, featuring Rory Gallagher.
Q: What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
ASMR….anything to spread the word on this weird and wondrous relaxation experience 🙂
Q: Where is the most relaxing place you’ve ever been?
Bellagio on Lake Como – it was mild misty weather and I was sitting down at a table by the lake with an ice cold Bellini in my hand. Perfection!
Q: What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
Well, I survived almost drowning in a swimming pool as a child so I suppose that is pretty lucky!
Q: What are three interesting facts about you?
My mother’s pregnancy was diagnosed by a vet, I had my first ultrasound on Halloween and was born on Good Friday
I would probably win if a sword fight broke out in the office – En garde!
I have the grand total of four middle names