16/31 There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza

16. What’s at the top of you’re bucket list?

I have a vague idea of the kind of things that are on my bucket list but I’ve never really sat down to write it and put everything in an order of things I’d want to do first. But, with that said, the things that have always remained a constant on my list have been…

  • Travelling to Borneo to see wild Orangutans
  • Heading to Uganda/Rwanda to track wild gorillas
  • Entering Tutankhamun’s tomb and retracing the steps of my relative, Howard Carter
  • Meeting all my favourite queens at RuPaul’s DragCon in L.A

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2/31 Wait… you didn’t know?!

2. 20 facts about you

I have a feeling that this is going to be a tricky prompt… ten I could have managed but 20 facts just about me?! Well, here goes:

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  1. I’m addicted to RuPaul’s Drag Race and love pretty much all of the queens that have walked through the ‘You Better Werk’ room doors.
  2. My favourite colour is duck egg blue.
  3. I own more pairs of socks than I care to admit.
  4. I’m a bit of a Netflix addict – entire mornings can disappear if I’m not careful.
  5. I love singing and dancing.
  6. When I’m at home, I’m often found in pyjama’s… I mean what’s the point in wearing your outdoor clothes, indoors?!
  7. I began and completed WordPress’ 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge in 2014.
  8. People find it odd that I don’t drink tea or coffee…
  9. If money was no object, I’d go to see a West End theatre show every single week.
  10. I have a very close family, which means the world to me, and am even related to Howard Carter, the guy who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb.
  11. My Great Nan reached 104 and a half years young… the half is very important at that age.
  12. I’m obsessed with Mi backpacks. So far, I’ve got a peacock feather one, a gumball one, a galaxy print one, a duck egg blue polka dot backpack and one with elephants all over it.
  13. I’m commonly found wearing Converse hi-tops… wearing heels is for special occasions.
  14. For RuPaul’s BOTS, I temporarily dyed my hair blue. I loved it so much that I’m planning to dye it permanently blue – hopefully two tone, using cobalt and duck egg blue (of course!)
  15. Through my last job, I was sent on press trips to Iceland (Ice Age 4: Continental Drift), Norway (How To Train Your Dragon 2) and Slovenia (Postojna Cave), interviewed a robotic cockatoo (Nigel from Rio 2, with actor Jemaine Clement in another room) and even photographed the stars of TV on the red carpet at the National Television Awards.
  16. I have a BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management.
  17. I love afternoon tea… especially quirky ones such a Spanish or Thai themed.
  18. Working in children’s media means that I get to see many of the new films before they hit the cinemas and I’m a big kid who loves everything Disney, so I end up enjoying every single screening… sometimes even more than the kids that are actually there.
  19. I love unicorns, rainbows and mermaids. I even wanted to be a mermaid growing up… still do!
  20. Primates are my favourite animals (well, and dolphins and marine life of course), but I’ve been lucky enough to meet the famous Primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall three times and even helped her present awards.
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At the most recent Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots Awards with my flatmate, Féaron, where we got to meet Dr Jane’s beloved Mr. H, which travels around the world with her.

Fly on the wall

#200: If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?

This is tough as there are so many things I’d want to see. That said, I’d either chose between the discovery of Tutankhamun alongside my Great Nan’s Uncle, Howard Carter, or my other Great Nan’s wedding as she was just so cool and I only got to have her here for 24 years (which sounds like a long time but it was only a quarter of her life) or, more recently, I’d want to be a fly on the wall at one of the recording sessions of The Big Bang Theory. I’ve been trying to get tickets to this for months but they always seem to get snapped up within 5 minutes of becoming available! Even though it’s in LA, I am more than willing to fly all the way from the UK just to see my favourite TV show being recorded live. Nothing could make me happier!

21st Century Citizen

#176: Do you belong in this day and age? Do you feel comfortable being a citizen of the 21st-century? If you do, explain why — and if you don’t, when in human history would you rather be?

I think so… I don’t exactly have first hand experience of another century to compare it to, but it would have been interesting to live in the times of the Ancient Egyptians, thanks to my fascination with that era (see my post called 180 degrees, to find out the link I have to the famous Boy King!). Another time I would have liked to have lived, would have been when my Great Nan (who passed away last year, at the amazing age of 104) was in her late 20’s, as I only got to know her for a fifth of her life. I know this is still quite a while in the  grand scheme of things, but I would have loved to have gone dancing with her!

180 degrees

#73: Tell us about a time you did a 180 — changed your views on something, reversed a decision, or acted in a way you ordinarily don’t.

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The most recent 180 I’ve done (and that I can remember) occurred this week and is to do with Ancient Egyptian tomb robbers. Let me give you a little bit of background information first, before I explain what it was…

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The spiffing looking gentleman pictured above, Howard Carter, was my Great Nan’s Uncle, which is where my fascination, and effectively addiction, to all things Ancient Egypt began (I like to tell people he was my Great Great Uncle as it’s an easier title to understand). Everything surrounding his world-changing discovery of the boy king, Tutankhamun, back in 1922 has captured me in a way that no other topic has before!

With that covered, the reason my 180 happened so recently is because this months magazine topic, that we are currently on press week for, is Ancient Egypt (my favourite!). Corresponding with the on sale date of this issue, will be Ancient Egypt Alive!, so for the past few days I have been approving and time coding tonnes of footage surrounding this incredible civilisation. One of the videos I approved, explained why tomb robbers weren’t the greedy thieves we all thought they were… well the early ones that is! During one Pharaoh’s reign (I can’t remember which one it is at the moment as my head is currently on the brink of exploding with Pharaohs, Gods and goddesses, Mummies, Pyramids etc), he became greedy and cut back the tomb workers pay and food rations. This prompted the first ever recorded workers strike and led to an incredibly tough life for these people. Since the tomb builders/decorators were the only ones who knew the secret locations of their Kings tombs, they were forced to steal the jewellery and precious goods in order to survive. Insight of this, I felt very sorry for them as tomb robbing was considered an incredibly serious crime, since they were stealing the Pharaoh’s eternal life. I’d imagine not an easy thing to do after you’d worshipped and idolised these royals for so long!

Images: Tutankhamun – tenfactsabout.co.uk. Howard Carter – theboyking.com/carter

Places

#61: Beach, mountain, forest, or somewhere else entirely?

Even though I hate creepy crawlies, I think I’d always choose forest for the incredible sense of adventure and simply the sheer wonder of it all. I’ve never been a lounge on the beach/by the pool kind of girl and I’ve never felt the urge to conquer a mountain (although if the opportunity arose, I would well and truly grab it with both hands!). I have two big travel dreams that I’m hoping to achieve whilst still in my 20’s; that is to travel to the depths of Borneo to witness wild orangutans in their natural habitat as well as to volunteer at an orangutan rehabilitation centre/sanctuary. My second big dream is to fly to Egypt, not only to enter King Tutankhamun’s tomb (due to my connection with Howard Carter) but I’d also want to embrace all of it’s famous ancient landmarks – the Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel, The Temple of Karnak, Pyramids of Giza, Luxor Temple, Deir el-Bahari, Ramesseum… the list goes on and on!

If anyone’s been to either of these two locations and has any tips or recommendations, I’d really appreciate it 🙂