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Autumn 2010

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60 seconds with...

As a contributor to Barrow Voice for a number of years now I'm always on the lookout for something a little different. At the last editorial meeting the team agreed to a new article to be called: 60 seconds with... ( a member of the editorial team).

     Frances Thompson

Nothing too involved and not too much work for me either. The idea is that I will spend a minute, with a contributor, ask them a few questions and record their answers for each edition. It will give readers the chance to get to know a little more about who writes, edits, prints etc Barrow Voice. Who better to begin with than our editor, Frances, so here goes:

(Q) How long have you been involved with Barrow Voice and what do you like best about the magazine?

(A) Since I moved to the village 25 years ago. The best thing is being free to cover any story without the constraints of commercial newspapers.

(Q) What has been your most memorable issue since you've been involved?

(A) The lead story, in the Autumn 1997 edition was about the controversial building of a bridge at the weir. The headline was 'A Bridge too Near' and it provoked more comments than any other edition.

(Q) If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?

(A) Focused.

(Q) Do you have any pets and if so what do you have and what are their names?

(A) Two cats, Mungo and Freya named after the explorers Mungo Park and Freya Stark. They have now reached the grand old age of 18 so don't do as much exploring as in their youth.

(Q) If you were marooned on a desert island what 5 things would you take with you and why?

(A) A large supply of paper and pencils (I suppose that counts as two things) to create that best selling novel I've always wanted to write; (3) packets of seeds as even on a desert island I would want to be gardening; (4) a wind up lantern for those dark nights and scary noises; (5) lip salve as I never leave the house without it.

(Q) How long have you lived in Barrow and why did you decide to come and live here?

(A) I arrived in 1985 from North Yorkshire with my husband Richard and two small children. I was impressed with all the things there were to do in Barrow.

(Q) What would be your ideal holiday?

(A) Anywhere remote and beautiful with a view of the sea. The worst thing about living in Barrow is that we are so far from it.

(Q) Do you have a day job? If so what do you do?

(A) I work for the Ministry of Justice drafting replies to correspondence and answers to Parliamentary Questions for Ministers.

(Q) What is your motto for life?

(A) Don't waste regrets on things you can't change.

(Q) What are your hopes for the future of Barrow Voice?

(A) To remain a 'voice' for the people of Barrow on the issues they feel are important.

Next time : 60 seconds with Judith Rodgers

Ginnie Willcocks