(The Wonderful World of Lola)
Lola is a 24 year old new(ish) blogger. She studied at UCL and works in public affairs in the voluntary sector. You can find her at The Wonderful World of Lola
What made you decide to start blogging?
That would be the fault of Jo Salmon, who decided to hassle me via the medium of her comments section until I started. I was rather worried about having things to say, but fortunately the advent of ‘Commander In Chief’ on our screens provided a source of inspiration.
What is your best blogging experience?
That would have to be the discussion I started regarding ‘favourite hymns’, which rather snowballed. More Comrades than I had anticipated had very similar childhood experiences to me!
And your worst?
None have occurred, as yet.
What do you regard as your best blog entry?
That is difficult. Actually, it would probably be my premier post, at which point I was still making an effort with my writing style!
Too many! Certainly there are too many to list without leaving people out and causing offence. Actually, I tend to be a little cliquey with blogs and mostly read those of people I know, although not exclusively. I am a particular fan of http://www.josalmon.co.uk/ and http://ridiculouspolitics.blogspot.com/, however.
What inspired you to go into politics?
I am not sure I would consider myself as ‘in’ politics! However, I was inspired to be political (and left-leaning) by my dad, who is what I would jokingly refer to as a ‘trot’ (he would probably be happy with this description). My first occasion of political awareness occurred at the age of 5, during the 1987 General Election, when I asked my Reception teacher how she was voting and proceeded to tell her off for voting Tory. How precocious!
How has your experience of NUS politics and your personal faith affected your political outlook?
In very different ways! NUS has taught me the importance of politically organising, and also reinforced the importance of standing up for your principles. Faith – well, I am of the opinion that Christianity is generally left-leaning. For example, the Bishops letter at the time of the General Election (excluding issues of conscience) was all fundamentally left-of-centre politics. You can read it here - http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/election/letter.htm - focus on rehabilitation through the criminal justice system, anti-racism, empathy and compassion for refugees, support for public services and the global common good. I was proud to vote Labour bearing that in mind.
Who is your own favourite "Dish of the Week" so far?
- Gael García Bernal. No doubt.
Is there anywhere abroad which you haven't been to, that you would like to visit?
Italy. I have never been (aside from a flight that stopped in Catania for half an hour) and I know I would love it. Currently contemplating a few days in Rome in November.
Is there anywhere abroad you have visited, that you would love to revisit?
Definitely Israel. The trip I went on was amazing and inspiring, and I would love to return. Wonderful people, sights and food! Also I would like to go and ‘do’ Old Jerusalem properly – we did it in 90 minutes! Actually, I would like to visit much more of the Middle East / North Africa, although sadly the current conflict makes visits to some of those countries unlikely in the near future.
Who, excluding the present leader and Prime Minister, do you regard as the best British Prime Minister, and if different, the best Labour leader?
Difficult to answer, so am going to ignore it (sorry!) and say Kinnock, Kinnock, Kinnock. I know far too many bits of speeches by heart, and spent an amusing half hour with a Comrade (middle of NUS election hysteria, by way of explanation) reciting them up a Welsh mountain.
Which Christian figure has been your greatest inspiration?
I don’t really have one! Would have to say JPII, as growing up when I did he was always going to be influential (plus at my school we had a picture of him in the hall, in much the way other schools have pictures of the queen!). Also, collectively, the multitude of catholic teachers and Priests who were a permanent fixture of my childhood.
Favourite Bond movie?
Favorite Doctor Who?
David Tennant! I now really regret not swallowing my pride and saying hello at the Labour thing I saw him at last year!
Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?
Mint. Skinny Cow version thereof.
Which Band, past or present, would you most like to see in concert?
In terms of visiting for the weekend, Oxford, Cambridge, or Barsby, Leics..?
What is Barsby and why? Probably Cambridge as I went to Oxford on an outing recently.
Favourite national newspaper?
Sometimes annoying, but always well-written – the Guardian.
What would you say your hobbies were?
Hobbies?! I feel the need to say ‘making model aeroplanes’ when someone says ‘hobbies’. However: reading, history, cooking, food generally, jogging, drinkies with friends, high quality television, the West Wing, shopping, politics, Eastenders!
And what would you say were your three favourite songs and three favourite books (Bar the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare)?
Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy
Robert Kennedy and his time, Arthur M Schlesinger Jr
Will in the world: how Shakespeare became Shakespeare, Stephen Greenblatt (have inherited geeky interest in history of Shakespeare from my English teacher dad)
Songs (hard and changes regularly, so will try and pick three as representatives!):
One Day More, from Les Mis
Here I Am Lord, a hymn (see aforementioned hymn thread for details)
We Are The Pigs, Suede