21/31 Food glorious food

21. Your 10 favourite foods

Oh well this is going to be easy as I absolutely LOVE food! I’ve never been able to understand when people say they don’t like trying new foods or they only like one food group/cuisine… it baffles me since there’s so much variety out there for the tasting – quite literally!

So in no particular order…

  1. Avocado
  2. Fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, frijole…
  3. Lamb dupiaza with garlic rice, garlic naan and mango chutney
  4. Pret’s tuna and cucumber baguette with a packet of salt and vinegar crisps
  5. Tapas
  6. Dim sum
  7. Afternoon tea (of any variety)
  8. Cake or the dipping pot from Choccywoccydoodah, with a banana and white chocolate milkshake
  9. Vegetarian cottage pie
  10. Chocolate tea cakes – especially the giant ones!

20/31 Be thankful for today

20. A difficult time in your life

Well this is a change of pace…

I don’t think there has been any time in my life that has been so tremendously difficult that it warrants writing about. So many people have it so much worse. The tens of thousands of people that had to flee Alberta to escape the wildfires, losing their homes and all of their belongings. The passengers onboard the EgyptAir jet that vanished over the night this week and their families and friends who are desperately waiting to find out what happened.

Sure, I have bad days and minority difficult days – who doesn’t?! But I think right now is not the time to be ranting about trivial things like being tired or being stuck on the tube.

19/31 I don’t have that many…

19. What do you collect

What defines a collection? Having more than ten of that item… putting them on display… not being able to stop buying more…

Either way, I’d say I have a few collections since I’m not particularly obsessed with one thing in particular. The first thing I love and can’t seem to stop buying, are signs to hang around the flat. I already have four hanging in my room and have added two to the kitchen… and have one still yet to find a place for!

Other things that could be classed as a collection include my backpacks, cause surely people need just one. I have five. Then there’s gig or character t-shirts… can’t get enough of them!

18/31 Why does everything have to mean something?!

18. The meaning behind your blog name

It’s a pretty uninventive blog name… chloemayward is just my full name.

When I created this blog back in 2013, I didn’t know exactly what I’d be writing about. To paraphrase Naomi Smalls, I didn’t want to pigeon hole myself and put myself in just the one box. I have so many ideas, interests and passions. I wanted to use my blog as a journey, a way to find out exactly what I wanted to write about. Although, three years later, I’m still unsure of which direction I’d like my blog to go in. I have a couple of ideas that I’m hoping to kick start after I’ve finished my Blog a Day in May challenge, which I’m hoping will lead to big things next year…

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17/31 There’s no buddy like a Brother!

17. What is your most proud moment

Watching my brother collect his degree. Ooo no wait… it was during his last year at University, when I watched him in his Drama group’s end of year performance. He had a couple of vocal leads and I welled up like a baby. I thought, in that very moment, that my heart was actually going to burst! It’s in these moments that I wish I was allowed to film it to be able to feel that pride over and over…

16/31 There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza

16. What’s at the top of you’re bucket list?

I have a vague idea of the kind of things that are on my bucket list but I’ve never really sat down to write it and put everything in an order of things I’d want to do first. But, with that said, the things that have always remained a constant on my list have been…

  • Travelling to Borneo to see wild Orangutans
  • Heading to Uganda/Rwanda to track wild gorillas
  • Entering Tutankhamun’s tomb and retracing the steps of my relative, Howard Carter
  • Meeting all my favourite queens at RuPaul’s DragCon in L.A

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15/31 Curiouser and curiouser…

15. Timeline of your day

This morning, I made myself a killer breakfast of cumberland sausages, fried eggs, Spanish bread, mozzarella and tomatoes, before heading off to a press preview screening of Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass at Leicester Square’s Empire IMAX.

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Now, anyone that knows me, knows just how much I love Disney. I’ve pretty much got 98% of Disney’s films on DVD and will always answer ‘The Little Mermaid’ when asked what my favourite film of all time is. Plus who doesn’t love that magical feeling you get wandering around DisneyWorld in Florida?! I haven’t been for well over ten years but I remember the excitement as if it was yesterday.

However, I just wasn’t a fan of this film and I really, really wanted to like it. In my opinion, even the cool graphics, big names and quirky designs couldn’t save it. There were hints of humour in the film but not as many as I was hoping for and some parts even made a few kids cry. One part I did like though, was when Sacha Baron Cohen’s character, Time, told Alice something along the lines of “Everyone parts with everything eventually, my dear.” It made me realise that we shouldn’t hold on to material things and guard them so preciously, as at the end of the day, when you leave this life no-one else is going to care for those items the same way – it’s the memories you make that matter the most.

The thing I like about todays Disney films (aside from the incredible comedy they inject into most of them) is that they always carry a message, that (hopefully) gets through to the young audiences watching them around the world. Yet, with Alice Through The Looking Glass, it took an awful long time to get there. In fact, it was only within the last few scenes that it became apparent that the message was to appreciate the time we have because everything can change in a matter of a heartbeat.

Usually, at the end of every press preview screening, the audience will clap as the credits begin to roll. Unfortunately, this time that just wasn’t the case. Silence speaks volumes!

Sorry Disney, but I think I’ll stick to the 1951 classic of Alice in Wonderland instead.

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14/31 One way ticket to anywhere please

14. If you won the lottery…

Easy. I’d travel.

I’d probably start with the majority of America so that I could see all of my favourite Drag Queens perform and visit the set of The Big Bang Theory in L.A. before heading to places such as Borneo, Uganda, Rwanda, Egypt, Thailand… literally the list of places I want to see in my life time is never ending.

I guess I should start buying lottery tickets right…

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13/31 Wait… who am I?

13. What is your earliest memory

It was only the other day that I was telling my housemate that I don’t actually really remember things before I was at least ten years old… first hand that is. Whenever I get the chance, I watch the “baby videos” as I call them, so what is my memory and what is a memory remembered through a video camera is hard to define nowadays. This is combined with the fact that, now working on a weekly publication, I am unable to even recall what I’d written about the previous week…

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