When were you happiest?
At university. Oh, and my first Glastonbury was pretty awesome too.
Where would you like to live?
Right here in the East End where I grew up.
What is your greatest life achievement?
Buying the Northcote all on my very own.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
It is NOT always hot in Africa!
What is your earliest memory?
Seeing a witch leaning on the chimney below out from my 14th floor bedroom window. (Only my dad believes this to be true).
What makes you unhappy?
My tea going cold. Alas, this happens a lot.
Who or what do you hate and why? What is your most unappealing habit?
Just one? My almost Tourette’s need to say what’s on my mind when I’m worried or anxious.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Bloody Marys, morning or night.
Where do you hang out?
The Northcote, of course.
Prejudice – good old fashioned sexism, misogyny, racism and homophobia. It’s all an un-creative excuse to bully others when they’re feeling weak themselves. Too serious? OK, my cats trying to sleep in my head. Both at the same time.
What’s been your best experience?
Best? Being an aunty. Worst? The passing of Lindsey the donkey of Stepping Stones Farm. The reason I gave up eating mammals twenty years ago. RIP.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My thin, boring hair. I get through a lot of hairspray to achieve the bouffant. Surprised I haven’t given myself asthma.
What’s the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
We’ve run out of Jameson’s.
Tell us a secret.
When I’m ill I favour wearing my cotton superhero boxers.
What has your career taught you?
You can make a difference every day through small acts of kindness.
What is your favourite dish and why?
Easy: roast dinner. At least five different types of veg, Yorkshires and stuffing, no matter what the meat. Proper thick gravy. Why? You can’t help but make it with love.
What are you working on right now?
So many projects in the air: the website, new ales, developing the live Saturday music events, starting an open mic night, and exhibiting local artists to name just a few.
What did you do today?
Woke up with cats on my head. Sang with the boys down at the bar. Fell asleep watching Game of Thrones. Also, my Monday nights seem to increasingly often involve Sambuca.
Describe yourself as an animal.
A loyal, dozy Labrador.
Who or what do you love?
My family and friends, of which I’ve been more blessed than I can possibly have done anything to deserve.
COVID-19 UPDATE May 2020: The Northcote is opening again on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for takeaway pizza only from The Garden (more details @garden_e11). Read the story of how drag nights came to the Northcote here. Find The Northcote at 110 Grove Green Road, London E11 @northcotee11
Article updated 18/5/20