Birthday Zine Interviews Pt 5: Lucy from Eclectic Eccentricity

Earlier this week we brought you the extended version of Lucy’s 10 Fun Space Facts from the Hannah Zakari 10th Birthday Zine and I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed them very much and have been wowing my friends with my knowledge all week!

Of course, we couldn’t let Lucy get away without answering our 10 questions interview and this is what she told us…

Did you have a childhood career ambition?

I was quite adamant that I wanted to be an astronaut. More specifically, I wanted to be the first woman on Mars (may still happen!) It’s a career ambition that carried through into adulthood and I even studied astrophysics at university – guess I found a niche producing space themed jewellery! As a child I was forward thinking enough to have back up plans though – if NASA didn’t come knocking then I would also have settled for being a geologist, geophysicist, volcanologist, palaeontologist, or a fighter pilot.

If you could go on holiday anywhere tomorrow where would it be?

I love shutting down from the world and escaping so somewhere in the middle of nowhere would be wonderful. My mind has wandered off to New Zealand a lot recently so I think a get away to the south island would be perfect. I’d get a remote cabin in the mountains with an amazing view and plenty of time for reading, hiking and watching the stars.

What is the best place to visit in the town/city you live?

Norwich is absolutely full of amazing places to go, it’s easy to take for granted just how much history you have right in front of you. If I could recommend one place, I’d say the Cathedral. It was built over 900 years ago and is one of the biggest in the country. It’s easy to lose hours in there and a wander through the beautifully tranquil Cathedral Close is lovely. Finish it off with a pub lunch at the nearby Adam and Eve pub – it’s the oldest pub in Norwich and it’s said the monks who owned the pub at the time gave drinks to the workmen building the Cathedral.

Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral

Tell us one thing we’d never know about you?

I invented the question mark in 1997. Okay, that’s not actually true. I’m really good at crazy golf and I can go round under par much to the annoyance of my boyfriend who plays golf every weekend. I offered to give him lessons but he declined.

Tea or coffee?

Coffee. We have shelves in our kitchen dedicated to different coffee beans. We’re something of a coffee obsessed household and life doesn’t start until coffee has been drunk in the mornings.

What’s the best joke you know?

Why do Christmas trees make useless knitters? They keep losing their needles!

What music/radio etc do you listen to when you’re working?

BBC 6Music mostly, the office favourite obviously being Lauren. If we’re mixing up our own tunes, it’s going to be made up of M83, The Black Keys, Augustines, Foals and the like. Near Christmas we break out the Christmas songs (much to chief maker Tom’s distaste) and have a bop around to She & Him.

Do you have a favourite feel good film of all time. What is it?

Elf; I know it’s technically a Christmas film but I really could watch it all year round. I absolutely adore Elf, everything about it is just perfect. ‘Did you hear that?’ – always has me laughing and feeling the warm and fuzzies!

Cats or dogs?

That’s a difficult one. I should say cats as we have two: Flo, my little black fluffy monster, and Timmy, who technically doesn’t live with us and we just get to visit. Timmy is the most laid back cat you could ever meet and lives to give you Timmy kisses. Having said that, I long for a dog and would love nothing more than to have a herd of German Shepherds!

Flo the Cat

Flo the Cat

Do you have a favourite quote or phrase?

Comparison is the thief of joy” – Theodore Roosevelt. When I first heard this phrase, something instantly clicked in my brain. In a time when the highlights of the lives of others are paraded on Facebook, Instagram and every other social media outlet, it’s easy to start to compare what you’re doing to that. Both on a personal and a business level, this phrase is a great reminder to focus on what’s important to you – everything else is just a background noise.

Thanks again Lucy!

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