Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Birthday Quiz - Alison

Hello all, Alison here!  I can hardly believe a whole year has gone by since Laura created the new look Our Creative Corner.  It's been so exciting to be part of the amazing journey she's taken the challenge on.

To celebrate, as you may already know, the Design Team are being put on the spot with some Birthday Quiz questions... so here we go with mine!

What was the last thing to make you feel happy?
Lots of things make me happy... learning something new, making things at my craft desk, playing and talking with my niece and nephew, the joy of getting to work with words, reading a great book, listening to magnificent music, taking a walk in the sunshine... it's ongoing.

If you had a time machine, what historical figure would you love to see in 21st century life?

Hmm... I'm not sure I'd inflict 21st century life on anyone.  I'd much rather go travelling myself and I know exactly where I'd go first: I want to go to London in about 1600 to find William Shakespeare at the height of his powers.  Since I have the privilege of working with his words on a daily basis, I would love to witness his creative process... did he stop and think about what words/sounds/rhythms he needed next, or did it all just come pouring out of him?

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?
I would love to see the Northern Lights.

What is something you’re superstitious about?
In common with a lot of theatre people, I wouldn't say Macbeth in a theatre.  I can manage it outside, but I would refer to it as The Scottish Play if I were actually inside a theatre auditorium (as I quite often am for work).  The performance history of the play is too littered with accidents and deaths to take any chances.

I also wouldn't whistle on stage - mainly because I love the reason that "superstition" arose.  It's not mumbo-jumbo, it was purely practical.  In the 18th century, stagehands were often recruited from the ranks of sailors who had no current employment on a ship, because the mechanisms worked very similarly.  But, as on board ship, they used whistles to signal the hauling of the various ropes to shift scenery during rehearsals.  A random whistle from onstage might mean you got a random piece of scenery landing on your head - so it made sense not to whistle!

What makes you feel nostalgic?
Music does it mostly...

Which of the four seasons do you prefer and why?
I have reasons for loving all of them - Summer, the sunshine and long days of light; Autumn - the glowing colours and freshening air; Winter - bright frosty days, and cosy fires when it's grey; but in the end, if I could only have one (and how awful that would be - I love living in a climate with variation) it would probably have to be Spring... the spring flowers appearing, blossom on trees, the bright new leaf growth and blue skies, and most of all the sense of renewed energy I get once the sun reappears.

Thanks so much for dropping in today.  Be sure to keep an eye out for the next DT birthday quiz, and don't forget there are all our regular Sponsor Spotlights and Winners' Posts also going on.  May is busy here at Our Creative Corner - lucky I've got that burst of springtime energy!!  I'll be back in a couple of days to announce the winners of With A Song In Your Heart, so I hope to see you then.

Alison xx


  1. Great quiz - and great answers.

  2. A wonderful insight Alison. It's fantastic to delve a little deeper and learn more about the creative genius I have the honour of working alongside. Jenny x

  3. Same here Alison, but I could not have said it as eloquently as Jenny above... Loved reading your answers and for a little while to be part of your creative process in a different way than through your art...

  4. So you're a "spring girl", Alison!
    Well - I already thought so as it appears with a lot of your creations as I see it. But reading more about what it is that you love about spring (and all the other stuff too) was a real treat! Thanks for sharing!

    Claudia x

  5. Alison you seem a girl in my time and space, maybe even a kindred spirit. I resonated with much of your post; your seasons, what makes you happy, to name some some. I feel deep connections to nature, the arts, I guess at times I feel great harmony. Making art, being inspired by life is beginning to make me whole :) x

  6. So interesting to hear more about you, Alison. Great quiz!

    Lucy x

  7. From the quotes you choose I figured you would love to meet Shakespeare. Me too. I truly am inspired by your creations.

  8. Really interesting answers! I too would love to know just what William Shakespeare was like. I would love to travel back to the Golden Age of the Theatre - as long as I could return to the 21st century in the blink of an eye - Southwark in the 1600s doesn't sound too safe a place to be! Julie Ann xxx

  9. What an interesting post Alison. I love the answers given. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

  10. Great to know something more about you Alison.
    Happy Birthday!!

  11. This was wonderful to learn a little more about you and none of your answers were surprising your are art represents all of this, and you are welcome to Canada any day, I would love to show you our northern lights, they are amazing, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day, ((( BIG HUGS )))..

  12. Awesome post Alison! I loved reading your answers and I can say that I've lived where the Northern Lights were, as a child, and I'd give anything to see them again. They are magical so be sure to put it on your bucket list. xx

  13. Great Quizz Alison, many thanks for sharing a bit of your life and joys with all of us... You know what... I LOVE Shakespeare too! So like you, I think it would be fantastic to know him now and to learn more about the way he created his theater pieces!!! Hugs xx

  14. I just had to leave a message in order to submit a birthday greeting to you all! Thank you for beeing here for us!

  15. Great answers, the Northern Lights are on our bucket list and hopefully in the not too distant future!

  16. Alison it was fantastic to read your answers to such unique questions :-) Kezzy xxx


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