46 year old female writer from Islington, London
Question 1. Give your reasons and analyse your motives for living in the district where you do live.
Chance played a great part as I'm a council tenant and so choice of accommodation is generally limited to one! That said, I love where I live and would be reluctant to move very far. My family are a short bus away in Dalston. We can see one another as much as we like. I'm close to public transport and have some of the most fabulous galleries, museums and theatres in the world just a short bus ride away.
Question 2. In what ways do you consider yourself different from your neighbours?
In many ways I consider myself similiar : economically and enviromentally - that we all live in a tower block together. I'm different in that my immediate neighbours are not lesbians - as far as I know! I'm a single woman. Neigbourly contact for many people is about bonding around fairly superficial things and avoiding the subjects that might be contentious - immigration, party politics, religion.
Question 3. When you go into pubs, which bar do you use and why?
There are lots of bars and pubs on my doorstep. My favourite is a cafe, bar with little rickety tables and reggai music.
Question 4. What priced seats do you use at the cinema and why?
Aren't they all the same. The cheapest!
Question 5. What forms of food, drink or amusement are thought “infra dig”* or not quite the things in your circles?
Unkind attitudes, prejudice, intolerance or a closed mind.
Question 6. Are you sensitive on the subject of accent and have you made any attempt to change your own?
I grew up in a really mixed area, working class Irish and Afro-Caribben, and have picked up a bit of everything. The empahsis of my accent and volume of my voice will vary depending on who I am with.
Question 7. Do you make a habit of using the following words and phrases? If not, what is your reaction when they are used by others?
I might use bye but not bye bye, not any of the others.