10 questions with... Hannah Colby
PUBLISHED: 11:28 20 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:41 20 August 2016
Each week we put a Norwich resident in the hot seat and ask them ten questions about themselves. This week we spoke with Club Manager of East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club and Evening News columnist, Hannah Colby.
Describe Norwich in three words...
Vibrant, eclectic and intimate.
The last one may sound odd, but it’s such a close city, both in geography and personality. Wherever you are, you can’t walk down the street without seeing someone you know, and you can discover so many shared connections and acquaintances in the strangest of ways: I’m sure if someone sneezes in Hellesdon, they’ll know about it in Old Catton somehow! Some may find it claustrophobic, but I think it’s comforting. It’s like living in a city of old friends.
If you were stranded with three people on a deserted island, who would you want them to be?
Leonardo Da Vinci. The man was an artist, writer and inventor: if ever anyone had the resources to create a flying machine from palm leaves and coconuts, it would be him, and it would probably look nice, too. I’d also take Jilly Cooper, because her books have always made me laugh and I’m sure she could recount some interesting stories to keep us entertained whilst Leo was weaving vines together or doing whatever inventors do. Finally, I’d take my father. He’d lecture me solidly on how I got us into this mess in the first place, but he’d do a deal with the natives for wild boar meat and use his famous Pakefield fishing skills to catch a shark for tea.
If you could be any other person, who would it be?
I’d be Anne Boleyn. Beautiful clothes, the lifestyle of the royal court, mystery, suspense and intrigue – it must have been a spectacular existence, whilst it lasted. Of course, I’d only do it if we could rewrite the history books. I quite like my head on my own shoulders.
How would you spend a perfect weekend in Norwich?
During the daytime, I’d go canoeing along the river, calling in at some of the city’s wonderful pubs for a little light refreshment. Once I’d worked up an appetite, I’d have a massive plate of mussels at The Belgian Monk and then I’d work it all off with an evening of swing dancing in one of the bars along St Benedict’s. Sunday would be spent having a lazy breakfast, followed by a visit to some of the shops around the Lanes or a walk through Marston Marshes, and then in the evening, I’d have a fish barbeque in the garden for family and friends. So in short, anything that involves fun and activity and my favourite people. Oh, and lots of food, too.
Would you rather spend a night in front of the telly or a night on the town?
That’s an easy one - I hate television – I can’t sit still for long enough, and it seems as if there’s only ever reality shows or cookery programmes to watch anyway. Give me a cocktail or two on a Saturday night with my friends. I’d much rather live my life than watch the lives of others on a little square box. Where’s the fun in that?
What’s your mantra in life?
‘There is only one thing worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about.’ You can always rely on Oscar Wilde for a good quote.
Which song defines your life?
That’s such a hard question. Different songs mean so much at various stages of life, from Wilson Pickett to Ray Charles via Bryan Adams and Queen! I think instead of a song, I’ll go with a quote, which is on the inside sleeve of my favourite Kid Rock album: ‘If it looks good, you’ll see it. If it sounds good, you’ll hear it. If it’s marketed right, you’ll buy it. But if it’s real – you’ll feel it.’
What’s your biggest fear?
Failure. I can’t cope with the thought of it. I have some fairly impossible dreams, but I refuse to give up or admit that I might fail. It’s both a blessing and a curse: ambition is a wonderful tool for motivation, but it makes for a hard taskmaster. I put loads of pressure on myself to achieve my goals, and beat myself up if I don’t. It helps that I’ve also got the stubbornness of a donkey, so I just keep on trying. I’m not there yet. But I will be.
Which one thing could you never be without?
Cheese. I’m addicted to the stuff – the mouldier and smellier, the better. I’d have it with every meal, if I could. It’s bordering on an obsession.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
I probably wouldn’t claim it – to paraphrase the well-known saying, with great fortune comes great responsibility, and I’m not sure I’d deal with that very well. I’d end up donating it all to a home for budgerigars or something like that. I don’t particularly like the idea of the lottery anyway. I’d rather they gave away smaller prizes to many people, which would make so much more of a difference. But if I did win enough to keep me in cheese and petticoats, then I’d concentrate on my twin passions of writing and dancing. I can’t guarantee that a fortune would make me any better at either of them, but I’d have more time on my hands to practice, at least!
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