Jean Rolt was born in Lancashire but spent most of her time when small in South Wales, brought up by Welsh Baptist grandparents. Back with her parents she was a deprived child living in slum conditions with an alcoholic father. Her escape was the radio and reading anything she could lay her hands on. She attended Church and had her call to ministry at 15. This was impossible for a female so she took her vocation to college and became a teacher. During her life she has taught, had two children and worked in the theatre in various capacities. Jean's first husband was a senior bank manager, so they moved around the country a lot. Finally, in old age she has realized her call to the priesthood. She is now a member of a team in Cornwall, working almost full-time as an associate priest, and she is self-supporting. She has never been happier in her life. Jean blogs at Tregear Vean.
Why do you blog? > I blog because I have to. I have always kept a diary.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > I have had no good or bad experiences of blogging; I do it for me. So just be yourself is my advice.
Who are your intellectual heroes? > Bill Vanstone, my first priest, who wrote wonderful books, and Joe Rhymer, a Roman priest who was a Bible scholar who wrote too.
What are you reading at the moment? > Lustrum by Robert Harris.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > Out of many possible, The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
What is your favourite poem? > 'The Prophet' by Khalil Gibran.
What is your favourite movie? > Babe - silly but I loved it.
What is your favourite song? > All Taize music.
Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you've ever changed your mind? > The monarchy. I used to despise all things royal, but now I see there is a place for it.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to disseminate? > That all men are created equal.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to combat? > Not sure its philosophical but I detest the politically correct brigade.
Who are your political heroes? > Loved Ny Bevan and Michael Foot. Men of real conviction.
If you could effect one major policy change in the governing of your country, what would it be? > Reluctantly, proportional representation - could work.
What would you do with the UN? > Leave it alone, with all its faults.
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > The hatred apparent from both militant Muslims and the hard right in America.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > To your own self be true.
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? > I have had two very right-wing husbands - loved them both. Had to watch election results in a different room from my first husband.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > Self-knowledge. The ability to see your own faults as well as those of others.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Arrogance.
In what circumstances would you be willing to lie? > To save someone else from pain.
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge? > I dislike racists.
What, if anything, do you worry about? > My dog and my husband both of whom are getting old now.
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > Oh yes, lots
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > The most beautiful woman of the day!
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > For years it was my dream to live in Cornwall. I made it! North Wales comes a second best.
What would your ideal holiday be? > Love going on cruises - love the sea and not having to pack and unpack.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > Walk, garden, read, listen to music.
What talent would you most like to have? > I would love to be able to play a musical instrument.
What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job? > Bishop? LOL.
Who are your sporting heroes? > Don't be daft!
If you could have one (more or less realistic) wish come true, what would you wish for? > I have realized just about every dream I ever had save one. I would like maybe one day to have a book published.
What animal would you most like to be? > A bird, soaring into the sky! I have always known that flying is my natural habitat!
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