21st Century Citizen

#176: Do you belong in this day and age? Do you feel comfortable being a citizen of the 21st-century? If you do, explain why — and if you don’t, when in human history would you rather be?

I think so… I don’t exactly have first hand experience of another century to compare it to, but it would have been interesting to live in the times of the Ancient Egyptians, thanks to my fascination with that era (see my post called 180 degrees, to find out the link I have to the famous Boy King!). Another time I would have liked to have lived, would have been when my Great Nan (who passed away last year, at the amazing age of 104) was in her late 20’s, as I only got to know her for a fifth of her life. I know this is still quite a while in the  grand scheme of things, but I would have loved to have gone dancing with her!

Bedtime stories

#80: What was your favourite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now?

I don’t remember one specific book that was my favourite, however I know that I did love to read the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (I still have this book in my room since it’s so beautifully designed!) and the early Jacqueline Wilson books such as The Suitcase Kid, The Lottie Project and The Cat Mummy. These quite possibly have influenced who I am now in the fact that I still love being transported to another world, whether it is through other books, films, my own adventures etc, as well as now having the opportunity to do the same for others through my work for the mag! I also wouldn’t be surprised that reading The Cat Mummy, which was most likely my first egyptian story, may have had something to do with starting my fascination and pure love of Ancient Egypt…

180 degrees

#73: Tell us about a time you did a 180 — changed your views on something, reversed a decision, or acted in a way you ordinarily don’t.

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The most recent 180 I’ve done (and that I can remember) occurred this week and is to do with Ancient Egyptian tomb robbers. Let me give you a little bit of background information first, before I explain what it was…

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The spiffing looking gentleman pictured above, Howard Carter, was my Great Nan’s Uncle, which is where my fascination, and effectively addiction, to all things Ancient Egypt began (I like to tell people he was my Great Great Uncle as it’s an easier title to understand). Everything surrounding his world-changing discovery of the boy king, Tutankhamun, back in 1922 has captured me in a way that no other topic has before!

With that covered, the reason my 180 happened so recently is because this months magazine topic, that we are currently on press week for, is Ancient Egypt (my favourite!). Corresponding with the on sale date of this issue, will be Ancient Egypt Alive!, so for the past few days I have been approving and time coding tonnes of footage surrounding this incredible civilisation. One of the videos I approved, explained why tomb robbers weren’t the greedy thieves we all thought they were… well the early ones that is! During one Pharaoh’s reign (I can’t remember which one it is at the moment as my head is currently on the brink of exploding with Pharaohs, Gods and goddesses, Mummies, Pyramids etc), he became greedy and cut back the tomb workers pay and food rations. This prompted the first ever recorded workers strike and led to an incredibly tough life for these people. Since the tomb builders/decorators were the only ones who knew the secret locations of their Kings tombs, they were forced to steal the jewellery and precious goods in order to survive. Insight of this, I felt very sorry for them as tomb robbing was considered an incredibly serious crime, since they were stealing the Pharaoh’s eternal life. I’d imagine not an easy thing to do after you’d worshipped and idolised these royals for so long!

Images: Tutankhamun – tenfactsabout.co.uk. Howard Carter – theboyking.com/carter

Back to the future

#60: A service has been invented through which you can send messages to people in the future. To whom would you send something, and what would you write?

I’d write to my Great Grandchildren and tell them of how much of a trooper my Great Nan was (their Great Great Great Great Nan), since I may not be as lucky to be around when they are. I’d also tell them how they are related to Howard Carter, the famous archaeologist who found Tutankhamun’s tomb! This is where my fascination of Egyptology began and luckily the next topic of NG Kids Alive, which I will be managing yet again, is Ancient Egypt. Woohoo!