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1.Q Tell me about the first time you remember being thrilled.
1.A I remember the first time being scared – by a worm, very Freudian. As for thrilled – probably running away from home, unfortunately I didn’t have any clothes on. It was one of those hot late 70s summers.
2.Q What’s the slightest thing to have thrilled you?
2.A The first computer magazine I every saw. Ha how sad, I must have been 8 or so at the time. It summed up something I didn’t know anything about, but I knew it was new and exciting – and American.
3.Q What’s the most frightening yet thrilling thing you’ve done?
3.A Going with my friend Paul to see a prostitute in Rome. Things like that happen with Paul cos he’s a complete nihilist. Of course I didn’t indulge, but it was pretty scary and sordid – been driven out of Rome to god-knows-where.
4.Q Tell me why you’re not completely sensible.
4.A ‘not completely’? well you have to meet someone to know that; how they pause; how they talk, their exciteability. But there is a story about me involving Ben Schniderman in a Jacuzzi.
5.Q What’s the most uninhibited thing you’ve ever done?
5.A well there’s the usual “shagging-on-the-beach” type thing, but that’s not really my inhibitions, it’s others. Probably talking to strangers, I find that quite terrifying.
6.Q What have you considered doing for pleasure but were too concerned about the risks?
6.A traveling in Africa


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7.Q Describe the event in one sentence (there’s time to expand later)
7.A Arriving in New York for the first time; it’s autumn. No no, first time I was in paris
8.Q Tell me a bit about yourself around this time.
8.A I’d just finished working for a big bank as a summer job in London. I’d had a great summer but the land of merchant banking wasn’t for me. I didn’t have any money but I wanted a holiday, so I read the ‘hitch hikers guide to Europe’ and off I went.
9.Q List the sequence of events leading up to your thrill. Try to remember how you felt at each stage. The smallest detail could be important (this is your chance to expand).

So I get into Paris, a hostel. I’m travelling on my own. I’m excited and I’m walking along the banks of The Seine. It’s autumn, it’s beautiful (of course, it’s Paris).

I thought I was pretty worldly wise – I’d lived in London all summer after all, but here I am I just got ripped off by the guy in the underground station who sold tickets. And there’s these pet shops along the banks of The Seine, they keep the animals in cages in the street, and it’s rush hour so they’re taking the cages back into the shops – animal feathers everywhere. And everyone’s rushing past me pushing me aside, and there’s leaves everywhere, and well… it’s beautiful. I never travelled at all when I was young, and I think this was my second trip to Europe or something.

10.Q What were your thoughts and feelings at the precise moment of thrill?
10.A well the thrill comes now, ten or so years later. I think about the memory and it makes me happy and its important. Not sure if I noticed it at the time except being in a state of “wow”. My memory arranges it makes it work, noticeable, I guess. Things are better in the remembered, if you know what I mean (although that doesn’t take away from the event)
11.Q What did you do afterwards?
11.A went out for a drink. Met this American girl who was wearing Clarks-style sandals. I really fancied here, but wasn’t competent enough to arrange a holiday romance…
12.Q What were the risks?
12.A Well I got sexually assaulted on the way out of Paris, by this guy who kept wanting to know if I liked boys or girls. That was a bit difficult.
13.Q What did you imagine other people thought of you during and after the event?
13.A ?
14.Q How often do you think about the event, and why?
14.A Not often. I like to tell the story of the whole holiday, because I was brave (for me), and I’m proud I was so brave.
15.Q Some people probably don’t understand how such a thing can thrill you; explain it to them.
15.A I love travel, and I love cities. But the excitement here was just being part of a city beyond me, those feelings you get when you’re young, the excitement and butterflies.
16.Q What three changes could have made the experience better, and why?
16.A Money, sex and a good travelling companion. Each of those would have totally spoilt the experience! But how can you make a memory better… I guess when I’m old and I have more time to reminisce.
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