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So, I wrote a 12 things you might like to know post back in March (Twelve things you might like to know about Me), and it was a fun post to write and, as I don’t feel quite so shy anymore, so I thought I would share another bunch of randomness. Plus, Iv had a pretty rough summer so wanted to have a little fun! By the end of this post, we will be virtually married/roomies/drinking buddies as you will know me so well! Nothing deep and meaningful in this post, just bad photos and random shiz. Enjoy!
1 – When I was 16, I broke my back. Ok, so that sounds far more dramatic than it was! I have had horses on and off throughout my life, and when I was 16, was competing in a show jumping competition, and fell off, landing on the jump! (Sadly on, not over, so we lost points, damn it). I knew I had hurt my back, but had no idea that I had broke two small bones in the base. A few years later, I ended up in hospital with my back in spasm, and the old breaks were discovered. It also showed that where my back had been put out of line by the break, the lower discs were rubbing each other and disintegrating, therefore causing me the constant pain. Not a lot can be done without an operation, so pain killers are my best friend.
2 – I once ran over a Police mans foot. Yep. Not my finest moment. My friend and I had been out, partying the night away in Camden Palace in London, and as we were driving out of London, Police were directing the traffic and doing random breath tests etc. We got pulled over, (we were in my 1973 Beetle, so everything took slightly longer to respond, ie breaks), and, being only 17, I got flustered and pulled into the lay-by too quickly, and bumped over the poor PC’s toes. Thankfully he was lovely and just gave me a lecture on driving more carefully.
3 – My trousers fell down, running after a bus in New York. Let me just let that sink in for a moment. Can you feel my shame? I had taken my Mum to New York for her 60th birthday, and while there we decided to do the Sex and The City tour. One of the stops was at a restaurant where they filmed the Carrie and Big engagement dinner, (sorry if you are not familiar with the show, Im obsessed), and Mum and I thought it would be nice to book the restaurant for dinner the following night. We told our tour guide that we would be 5 mins, which she said was no problem, and ran in to book. Just 5 mins later we came out, to see our coach driving up the street. We had no handbags, no coats, nothing! Seeing that we had no choice, we made a run for it after the coach, hoping it would have to stop at the traffic lights a little way ahead. Running like our lives depended on it, up the middle of the busy road, my jeans that I had on decided that they would fall all the way down to my ankles. In the street. With cars everywhere. In the daytime. Yep. What a moment. We did manage to get back on the coach though, and let me tell you I sank a few Cosmopolitans to forget the fact that my polka dot drawers had been revealed to every cab driver in New York.
4 – I once arrived home with two strays. I am an animal lover, to the point of obsession and from a small child, would think I had to rescue every animal I saw, whether they needed it or not. Countless times as a child I would phone 999 from the phone box to report the poor dog on the park that I was certain was lost. Well, one day a few years back, I phoned my husband to test the water on quite how annoyed he would be that I had acquired two stray animals. His reply was “Kerry, you cannot bring any more dogs home”. Relief flooded through me as I said, “No Nik, don’t be silly, I haven’t got any more dogs, but I do have two Shetland Ponies” I have never put a phone down so quickly as I heard his sharp intake of breath. Belle and Betsy, a mother and daughter, needed a home or faced an uncertain future. I phoned a friend with a horse trailer, and brought them home. We had them a year or so before I found them the perfect placement with a lovely, horse obsessed lady. My poor, poor, long suffering husband.
5 – A “merry” Eamon Holmes took selfies on my phone. He was blooming hilarious. A couple of years ago I was at a posh ladies luncheon in London, and Eamon’s lovely wife Ruth was a guest speaker. Eamon was at the table next to us, and was errr, enjoying the hospitality shall we say. After the meal, he came over to our table, took my phone and was saying “ladies come on, get in, photo time”. He ended up having a good old chat with us, and Ruth, (who is just beautiful in the flesh) also came over and my Mum, who is a huge fan of hers, got a photo with her and was chatting about Ruth’s dress she was wearing. It was great to see the ordinary, having fun side of people you see on tv.
6 – I wrote a song for my primary school. When I was 10, my school ran a competition to write a song/poem for the Harvest Festival that they held every year. I took writing very seriously even then, so spent weeks writing and re-writing my song. I was bursting with 10 year old pride when it was chosen as the school song, and stayed the school’s Harvest Festival song for almost 10 years! I can still remember most of the words to that little song.
7 – I jumped out of a plane to try to cure my fear of flying. When I was on my world travels, we stopped in New Zealand for a while. It was very geared up for backpackers there, with parties that went on for days, pubs that held how “many people can you get in a mini competition” (we were the record holders at the time with 11). They did this thing called the “Awesome Foursome” which was a day of stupidness! It involved white water rafting, a bungee jump, a helicopter flight through a narrow canyon and a 12000 foot sky dive. It was the most terrifying, but exhilarating day ever! It didn’t cure my fear of flying, but I took away memories that will last my lifetime.
8 – I have never been in Nando’s. Not ever. I know that some of you know Iv been a non meat eater for 30 years, so it may come as no surprise to some, but others literally think I have been beamed down from space when I say this.
9 – I was an “old skool, 90’s raver”. Im talking the whole listening to pirate radio stations to hear where we had to meet, to go in convoy to a field where a whole secret, illegal rave night would take place. Some of the best nights of my life took place in a muddy field, dancing the entire night away, then sitting with a thousand other people watching the sun come up.
10 – I had my own library when I was about 8. I have always loved books and reading. When I was younger, I had an attic room in my bedroom. I had my Dad line it with shelves, and my books were all placed on the shelves. I then painstakingly glued little pockets in the back of each book, and put a ticket in each. My friends were then allowed to borrow my precious books, but I stamped the book with a date it had to be back, and the ticket got put in an envelope with their name on. I was a very strange child………..
11 – My first business was a party bag company. When I had my first son, I didn’t want to go back to my stressful banking job, but I had a handbag addiction to feed, so I started looking at ways to earn some money. Being new to the whole toddler party scene, when having my own sons birthdays I didn’t realise how stressful it was for parents to organise a party! I started a business providing party bags, themed tableware and complete party packages. It was called Party Time Parcels and it was such an enjoyable job. I did it for three years, building it up to a great little business, before selling it on. It was my very first business venture.
12 – Iv always been desperate to learn to play a musical instrument, but Im just rubbish. I have had countless lessons, on various instruments including;
The Recorder, The Violin, The Bugle, Piano, Trumpet and Guitar. I was not successful at any, but I had a great time trying! Im sure my family loved my practise time…………