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March 16, 2011

My Secret Life

by Val Reynolds

Val Reynolds BrownI drive/ride … A white Prius, take taxis in London occasionally more often the Underground, less often the buses, my bike much less often, sadly

If I have time to myself … I wander round the garden pulling up unwanted plants, lie on the grass and gaze at the sky when I am feeling really drained.

You wouldn’t know it but I am good at … Strategizing

You may not know it but I’m very bad at … Reining in my enthusiasm

The person I’m closest to is … My husband, who has shown me what human kindness really means

Comfort reading … At the moment Slightly Foxed, Allotment Gardening, Carol Klein’s Grow Your Own Garden, Anna Pavord’s Growing Food

Comfort eating … Fresh mango, an apple cut into slices, honeydew melon, fresh peas in the pod from the garden – never many of those though! Chocolate biscuits, cream, bread and butter, toasted cheese sandwich, the list just goes on and on

Moving Pictures: Once were Warriors, Cage aux folles, Colour Purple

My biggest regret … I have never been ambitious

When I was a very young I wanted to … work in film as a continuity girl

I wish I had never worn … A secondhand evening dress donated by an overweight neighbour

All my money goes on … No idea, but it always goes there

It’s not fashionable but I like … Virol, rose hip syrup, thermal vests

If I wasn’t me I’d like to be … A 5ft 7 in, dark haired beauty with the brain of a lawyer

The best day of my life … My marriage to my husband John

Gadget I can’t live without … A kitchen knife that never needs sharpening but is as sharp as can be – it’s serrated and lethal

My biggest influence … My strong convictions of fairness, democracy and decency

The best invention ever is … The sun, I wish I knew who made it!

With grateful thanks to the Independent on Sunday for the use of their format

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