Inspired by Tom, I’ve had a go at writing 10 things you probably didn’t know about me.
1) I grew up in Thevenard, a port village on South Australia’s West Coast, across the railway line from Ceduna. Ceduna had 4,000 people and was the largest town in any direction for 300 kilometres. The nearest traffic lights, rivers, multi-storey (3 or more levels) buildings, bridges and fast food chains were all hundreds of kilometres away.
3) I’ve travelled faster legally in a road vehicle than illegally: 255 km/h in a Porsche 911 Carrera 4×4 on a German Autobahn where there is no specific speed limit versus 160 km/h in country South Australia where there is a 100 or 110 km/h limit. Unfortunately, I wasn’t driving the Porsche. Instead, a retired professional car racer friend tore up the road!
4) My parents’ families contrast greatly. One side, brought up as Agnostics, consists of 4 ‘traditional’ nuclear families. The other side, brought up as Catholics, consists of 12 siblings in total but only 4 of them are in nuclear families.
8) When I was 10&1/2 I moved with my family from Thevenard to Port Lincoln. I hated this move and took several years to get over it emotionally.
9) In 1999 I, along with my Auntie and 2 Belgian friends were almost trapped by a fire in Antwerp. If we had attempted to escape a few minutes later, we wouldn’t have survıved. My friend’s apartment and everything he owned was completely destroyed.
10) I’ve never smoked an all-tobacco cigarette