Friday, August 28, 2009


From this week's Normblog Profile, of Vanessa Cabban. I've changed the sequence of these slightly:

What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > The male of the human species.

Who are your intellectual heroes? > George Orwell.

Who are your political heroes? > Nelson Mandela.

Who are your cultural heroes? > Nick Park, Roald Dahl, Pippi Longstocking.

Who is your favourite composer? > Michael Nyman.

If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Michael MacIntyre, Roald Dahl, Alan Titchmarsh.

If you could choose anyone, from any walk of life, to be Prime Minister, who would you choose? > Andrew Marr.
Pippi Longstocking is fictional.


Nick said...


Peter Risdon said...

Does this really need elaboration?

JuliaM said...

You wouldn't think so, would you?

Nick said...

She could still be a cultural hero while being fictional. I mean, think of... err... Jesus Christ. Certainly the historical Jesus doesn't have much relation to what people who take him as a saviour believe him to be, but a saviour to many people he is!

Besides I am pretty sure Andrew Marr is fictional too. Isn't he played by Michael Sheen?

Peter Risdon said...

Oh, Pippi. Yes of course. I think she's a cultural heroine.

dearieme said...

Some people think that Will Shakespeare is fictional.

dearieme said...

P.S. I've never heard of Michael Nyman; should I have?

Laban said...

I confess it took me a while to get it ... is anyone going to put Nick out of his misery ?

I was more impressed/depressed by "She is married to Hugo, and they have two miniature wire-haired Dachshunds.

Vanessa is 37.

Anonymous said...

"Nick out of his misery ?"

A wild stab in the dark.

The male of the human species.

George Orwell.
Nelson Mandela.
Nick Park,
Roald Dahl,
Michael Nyman.
Michael MacIntyre
Roald Dahl,
Alan Titchmarsh.
Andrew Marr.

Perhaps she just likes dick?

Nick said...

Ah, I see! Thanks:)

The Contentious Centrist said...

Jane Austen, in defense of Vanessa:

"... Well, Miss Elliot," (lowering his voice,) "as I was saying we shall never agree, I suppose, upon this point. No man and woman, would, probably. But let me observe that all histories are against you--all stories, prose and verse. If I had such a memory as Benwick, I could bring you fifty quotations in a moment on my side the argument, and I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman's inconstancy. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman's fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men."

"Perhaps I shall. Yes, yes, if you please, no reference to examples in books. Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything."

"But how shall we prove anything?"

"We never shall. We never can expect to prove any thing upon such a point. It is a difference of opinion which does not admit of proof. We each begin, probably, with a little bias towards our own sex; and upon that bias build every circumstance in favour of it which has occurred within our own circle; many of which circumstances (perhaps those very cases which strike us the most) may be precisely such as cannot be brought forward without betraying a confidence, or in some respect saying what should not be said."