What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was working weekends as a porter at a mushroom farm, and trying to move out of a rented house I shared with an old friend, but we'd gone in different directions and had become, well, incompatible, I suppose. I was rehearsing to be in my first Shakespeare play, as Florizel in The Winter's Tale. I was drawing a short comic strip for Stephen Prestwood's Dark Zone. I was in a band called Jupiter Liar, playing bass, and I was just about to go off for a week to see Elyssa who was working in France.
What were you doing 5 years ago?
My brother and I had written an interactive Food Safety training course and it had just been bought up by a health and safety company. We were made directors of its new software department and were developing new products. We had a salary and our own office. I had a go at a 24-hour comic (which you can see here) and raised over £700 for charity in the process. I'd just started yoga, and also registered rainboworchid.co.uk as a domain name. Just coming up was the next London Chaplin Festival where I met some familiar faces (Dominique) and some new faces (Linda).
What were you doing 1 year ago?
Elyssa and I had sold our house but our own new purchase had fallen through, so we were living with Ellie's mother and her husband in Lingfield. I was very busy with quite a few jobs, all with deadlines at the end of April. I'd just decided to take up playing the theremin, and I was teaching myself php and MySQL by coding my own blogging system and members' area for the Rainbow Orchid site.
5 Snacks you enjoy.
I like crunchy savoury (perhaps even cheesy) things. I'm not sure I could be specific about five. Chocolate is good (is that a snack?).
5 Songs (you think) you know by heart
'Trail of the Lonesome Pine' (Laurel & Hardy version), 'Sunshine of Your Love' (Cream), 'War Pigs' (Black Sabbath), 'Fly Me to the Moon' (Sarah Vaughan version), 'Dido's Lament' (Henry Purcell).
5 Things you would do with a lot of money
Make sure family and friends were sorted. Publish Rainbow Orchid as a full colour album. Do something good (either to help the environment or international poverty - hopefully both). Buy a Rickenbacker bass guitar. Collect some very nice Second Afghan War items and open a small museum.
5 Things you would never wear
Anything trendy or deemed cool by magazines and columnists. Anything with ostentatious labelling. High heels. Baseball cap (or most hats, except a bobble). Sunglasses for any other reason than the sun is blinding me.
5 Things you should never have worn
A grass skirt and coconuts. Those tight white shorts while trampolining, on a full bladder, when I was 5. A succession of flowery/brightly coloured shirts to fit our band's image. My shoes, yesterday, when a spider was living in them. That Action Man head on the end of my tongue, when I was 9.
5 Things you enjoy doing
Creating comics. Karate. Yoga. Researching the Second Anglo-Afghan War 1878-1880. Playing musical instruments.
5 Bad habits you have
Procrastinating. Not liking the phone. Staying up too late. Never learning to use my little finger on stringed instruments. Taking notice of negative comments and not fully believing the positive ones.
5 people you would like to do this