It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
We have to become a learning society, committed to quality education from early childhood right through to re-training in later life.
I have said it on several occasions, several times from this podium, that providing a quality education for our children is high on my priority list. I will not stop now.
It is really important that we promote competitive support in schools. It is very important that we recognise that has to be underpinned by good quality physical education and by getting people into patterns of exercise.
After studying art, I was a painter for a while and was asked to audition for a movie randomly. I hadn’t thought of acting before that.
I’ve been studying myself because I always want to improve.
I not only loved studying theater, I loved being a theater major. It gave me an excuse to brood, to grow a beard, to wear black ‘at’ people. I didn’t just want to play Hamlet, I wanted to be Hamlet.
I remember studying so hard for so long and saying to my parents, ‘I will be a teacher.’ And they were looking at me like, ‘Girl… you just want to be on stage. Stop pretending.’ So when I chose to do music, they were relieved. My parents were more intelligent and lucid than I was.
I grew up studying martial arts, playing violin, swimming competitively, so I already had athletic focus, discipline and training. When I brought that to climbing, I became passionate.
I left school at sixteen – I was fed up and restless. The only thing that interested me at school was English language and literature, but I didn’t have Latin, and so couldn’t go on to university. So I went to a few drama schools, not studying seriously; I was mostly in love at the […]