1. What do you miss most about being a kid?
I miss the silliness, the energy, the possibilities. I was a total tomboy who loved to swim and run and cycle and climb trees. I had a wild imagination and loved to write stories and poems and read books. I still love to do all of those things, but life definitely gets in the way...
2. Did you have a nickname growing up? What was it?
Not really. Claire-bear cropped up from time to time when I was very small, but never really stuck. When I went to boarding school, age 11, we had a terrifying but very good music teacher called, well, let's just call her Miss C. She had a tradition of giving you a nickname in her very first lesson, a nickname which would be yours until you left the school. I was a little afraid - what would mine possibly be? She looked me up and down, looked at my name on the register and then said "Thornley....well, your nickname will have to be Prickles." The hedgehog became one of my favourite animal shortly after, and the nickname stuck throughout my five years at that school. I got off lightly compared to some of the other nicknames given!
3. What was your favorite thing to do at recess?
Play games with my friends, run, or read.
4. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A teacher, a writer, a singer, a newcaster, or a mummy.
5. What was your favorite toy?
I loved Lego (my parents still have tonnes of our old Lego at home!), was devoted to my teddy, Jockey Bear, was a very good adoptive mama to my Cabbage Patch Kid, Janet, and was never happier than when reading a book.
6. What is the funniest thing you did as a kid that your parents still remind you about?
Probably the cauliflower story. When I was wee, my mummy took me shopping up the street. While she was chatting in the greengrocers, I evidently decided that I was hungry, and started to reach out of my pushchair for a snack. Did I snaffle an apple? Some cherries? No.
I picked up a cauliflower and merrily started munching away (I've always loved veggies!). My mum glanced down to see her dainty wee dot of a toddler chowing down on a big, raw cauliflower. When I grew up I had my first proper job in that same greengrocers - auld wifies would come in the shop who remembered my antics!