Brownie was born in Windsor, Victoria (Australia) in 1948. She is descended from a Buckinghamshire lad who was sentenced in 1832 to 14 years transportation for being in possession of a quantity of pigfat, for which he had no logical explanation; and from George Sedgwick who married in Manchester in 1850 and took his bride to the end of the known world. The Brown and Sedgwick families both included several generations of builders, carpenters and furniture-makers. Brownie abandoned home and year 12 of secondary school to elope with a musician. She was divorced in 2001. She has three children, none of whom have criminal convictions. Brownie blogs at Go Away, Please.
Why do you blog? > Because I have time and freedom, and to delay suicide I need constant mental diversion from chronic pain.
What has been your best blogging experience? > Experiencing the acceptance of the bloggers on my links list.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Enjoy yourself.
Who are your intellectual heroes? > Dr Germaine Greer, Dr Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey.
What are you reading at the moment? > She May Not Leave, by Fay Weldon; Morality for Beautiful Girls, by Alexander McCall Smith; The Koran.
Who are your cultural heroes? > John and Alan Lomax.
What is your favourite poem? > This killer.
What is your favourite movie? > Tender Mercies.
What is your favourite song? > 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken'.
Who is your favourite composer? > Randy Newman.
Who are your political heroes? > Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, 54 University Ave, BAHAN 11201, Yangon, Myanmar. (Write to her!)
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > All religions.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > Start out as you mean to go on.
What, if anything, do you worry about? > Animal welfare, children of incompetent parents, the universal lack of reverence for water - and everything else.
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > I would not have gone to live with my parents at the age of five after a five-year separation.
What would you call your autobiography? > Brown Stained Glass.
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > Diane Keaton.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > Tristan da Cunha.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > Reading crime novels.
What is your most treasured possession? > My sanity.
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? > Cinderella. (There has already been one in my family, in 1893.)
What talent would you most like to have? > The ability to rock the 88s like Jerry Lee Lewis.
What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job? > Criminal investigation.
Who is your favourite comedian or humorist? The late Mr Peter Cook - MHDSRIP.
Who are your sporting heroes? John Landy (1956 Olympian).
If you could have one (more or less realistic) wish come true, what would you wish for? > That my Ex had remained loyal and that we had had more children.
[The normblog profile is a weekly Friday morning feature. A list of all the profiles to date, and the links to them, can be found here.]