Minnie is middle-aged and lives in Nice. She spent much of her life in London, interspersed with periods abroad and in provincial or rural locations. She worked in the private sector, in what is loosely - and, in her case, laughably - known as 'corporate communications'. After major losses, she was returning to France when critical illness intervened. Survival plus a worm's eye perspective sent her racing back to France when an unexpected opportunity arose. Preferring to 'let other pens dwell on guilt and misery' (of which she's had a gutful, frankly), Minnie blogs as cheerfully as possible at Minnie Beaniste's Blog.
Why do you blog? > To create a niche for myself in which to discover, explore and find out what I think about things - and to reach out to the like-minded.
What has been your best blogging experience? > Vanessa Gebbie's post commending my blog: a wonderful surprise, praise from a fine writer and teacher.
What has been your worst blogging experience? > Being exploited by two other bloggers, one via outright ridicule, the other more subtly, but both gratuitously denigratory.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Be true to yourself. The blogosphere's huge, so you're bound to find a place for yourself. Remember that the medium's essentially personal: be careful and courteous - and if you can't, be silent.
What are you reading at the moment? > Philip Hensher's The Northern Clemency and a study in French of 15th century painter Louis Bréa (active in my region).
Who are your cultural heroes? > Too numerous to list. Mostly in fine art or music. Examples: Melendez; Morandi; Munch; Bonnard; Ronald Searle; Arthur Rackham; Dufay; Bruckner; Nielsen; Finzi; Miles Davis; Roger Doyle; Shakespeare; Swift... and dozens of poets, playwrights, novelists - of which the list is never-ending, thankfully.
What is your favourite movie? > Louis Malle's Zazie dans le Métro.
What is your favourite piece of political wisdom? > 'Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.' (Claud Cockburn)
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > Population growth.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > It isn't necessarily what you make of it.
Do you think you could ever be married to, or in a long-term relationship with, someone with radically different political views from your own? > No.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > Imagination, because without it there can be no creativity, no invention and no insight, empathy or compassion - no civilization, in fact.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Greed.
In what circumstances would you be willing to lie? > To protect myself or others.
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge? > Yes, against vulgarity, ostentation and prurience - thereby neatly avoiding all aspects of 'sleb' culture.
What is your favourite proverb? > 'Festina lente.'
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Watching gardening and/or cookery programmes on the telly.
What, if anything, do you worry about? > Everything!
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > Fight tooth and nail to be allowed to go to art school instead of university.
What would you call your autobiography? > Your Loss.
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > Any actress notorious for bad-temper and bloody-mindedness - given that she's also tall, slim, elegant and attractive, hem, hem.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > In a much quieter building and location.
What would your ideal holiday be? > Travelling to Compostela on horseback.
What talent would you most like to have? > To be able to sing well enough to join a good choir.
What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job? > A children's book illustrator.
Who is your favourite comedian or humorist? > Dylan Moran.
If you could have one (more or less realistic) wish come true, what would you wish for? > To have a home of my own once again.
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > John of Gaunt, Katherine Swynford and Geoffrey Chaucer - great craic, although the food would be horrible.
What animal would you most like to be? > A cat. Pedigree. Pampered.
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