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1.Q Tell me about the first time you remember being thrilled.

When I was able to climb up into the large oak tree at the first summer seat in Ballymenoch Park. I remember being about seven years old and was upset because my mates, Maggie, Cyril, Futless (real name Tony but got called "Futless" as he was always tripping) Barbara-Jane, Duck (Donald -Cyril's wee brother), Biffo (Barry) Lynn and Jennifer were all able to do it and I couldn't.

I was a portly, ungainly, child with lank, straggly hair and a dreadful squint. The wire-framed national health glasses with the plaster patch (to cure my lazy eye) did nothing to add to my allure. I was also afraid of heights. The only way to get into the tree was to climb onto the back of the park bench (we always called them summer seats) grab the branch, lean back and then walk up the trunk of the tree, curl your right leg round the branch and haul yourself up then climb into the centre of the tree and survey the world.

The day I managed to get everything working properly and get into the tree gave me a huge thrill. Despite being, fat, specky and lackluster, I was able to do it after what seemed like forever trying.

2.Q What’s the slightest thing to have thrilled you?
2.A A little bird standing on my boyfriend's hand eating crumbs of Christmas cake on a freezing cold day in 1997. I am quite frightened of birds and remember standing behind him in wonderment watching this beautiful creature be trusting enough to land on his hand and peck the delicious offering.
3.Q What’s the most frightening yet thrilling thing you’ve done?
3.A Get married for the second time in August 2003 after swearing I would never do it again for love nor money (to the bird-feeder!!)
4.Q Tell me why you’re not completely sensible.
4.A Life is about risks. If it was all about making the logical or appropriate decisions then the dignity of risk would be lost.
5.Q What’s the most uninhibited thing you’ve ever done?
5.A hmmmmm.. collected my boyfriend (now husband) at Aldergrove airport, booked into the hotel across the road, drank champagne (2 bottles of Mumm as I recall) and ate strawberries (Marks and Spencer's) and stayed in bed all weekend.
6.Q What have you considered doing for pleasure but were too concerned about the risks?
6.A Getting my nipples pierced and maybe other bits - if they ever bring out tried and tested DIY kits I may just be tempted!


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7.Q Describe the event in one sentence (there’s time to expand later)
7.A My boyfriend giving me a beautiful diamond engagement ring which he had picked himself.
8.Q Tell me a bit about yourself around this time.
8.A Quite stressed it was getting close to Christmas time, which as my mum died, around Christmas I have always felt a bit flat and sad. I was also up to my eyes at work and trying to plan a 25th Anniversary bash where I would have to speak and be witty and stuff in front of the great and the good. The prospect of lying in bed all day seemed like a good one.
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).
9.A It was 8th December 2002 (the 6th anniversary of our meeting) we were lying in bed (it was Sunday and a lazy day anyway) when my boyfriend reminded me it was our anniversary. I jokingly said, "What did you get me?" He leaned down to the floor on his side of the bed and produced a small stripy toy (Florrie Fimble) I watch the Fimbles with my granddaughter and love the purple one. I was absolutely delighted to get my very own Fimble. He then said "Aren't you going to look at her bracelet?" I hadn't noticed that on her wrist was a diamond ring in the shape of a daisy (like the Mary Quant logo) I was so pleased to get the Fimble.
10.Q What were your thoughts and feelings at the precise moment of thrill?
10.A Elation and shock and tears at how romantic he had been and the pure love in his eyes. I remember the feeling welling into my throat like a wave that came up from my tummy. I just felt all fizzy and frothy - on a high, but really safe and secure.
11.Q What did you do afterwards?
11.A Kissing and stuff and then had a bath and a cup of tea brought up by him while I lay in the bath.
12.Q What were the risks?
12.A Me not accepting - I wasn't the marrying type after all.
13.Q What did you imagine other people thought of you during and after the event?
13.A During was private - he had already gone to my daughter to ask for her permission to ask me to marry him and my sister for moral support. Afterwards the phone didn't stop ringing with various family members who had been in on the secret calling to find out my reaction. I was worried about my 2 sons reaction and didn't mention it to them at the time. It worked out ok because we got married 8 months later and all my kids and family attended.
14.Q How often do you think about the event, and why?
14.A Quite a lot, sometimes when I am on my own and my engagement ring sparkles or I notice it when I am doing stuff like the dishes or cleaning the bath, I will think about that lovely morning and feel that frothy remembrance making my nose crinkle and that involuntary smile that finds its way to my mouth
15.Q Some people probably don’t understand how such a thing can thrill you; explain it to them.
15.A As someone who regarded herself as fairly cynical and hard-nosed in business and very once bitten twice shy when it came to commitment, the absolute delight of being able to free-fall into a sense of pure support and love wrapped up in a beautiful romantic gesture of unconditional love thrilled me beyond belief. I also know how much he risked of himself not knowing the outcome - I could have found myself unable to accept.
16.Q What three changes could have made the experience better, and why?
16.A Champagne and strawberries and double cream because they featured in an earlier thrill....
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  Thanks for making me remember again...
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