I’ve had a few complaints. Apparently people aren’t happy that I haven’t answered the questions myself. I don’t usually like being on the other side of the fence, but I’m trying to be brave at the moment, so have succumbed. Plus, I know I’m in safe hands when Steve Wheen is doing the asking. You beaut.
Your Aussie Nickname (I was Wheeno – were you ever Kato?!)
I still am Kato. I can’t shake it. Even my pommie mates use it. My dad called me boofa, but that’s a whole other story.
What’s your favourite name for Australia? (ie “down under”)
Home. Just like Peter Allen (and that hottie Hugh Jackman).
What’s your favourite TV show?
I wasn’t much into Neighbours or Home & Away, even though the latter was shot not far from where I grew up on Sydney’s northern beaches. I don’t remember liking Countdown all that much (I was into musicals and movie soundtracks back then), but I’m mentioning it because of this picture of me and Molly Meldrum – it was taken at the Australia Day party in Dubai in 2009. My faves growing up were probably A Country Practice, the Flying Doctors and E Street (before it got all weird). Skippy was never my cuppa.
How long have you been abroad?
A looooooooooooong time. I left Sydney at 19 to live in Japan. I did go back for a couple of years in my early 20s, but left soon after to move to Papua New Guinea. I lived in a few more countries, but now call London home (too).
Since you left Australia what’s the craziest thing you’ve had to do for work? (or job you’ve had, but I bet you’ve some crazy stories!)
Hmmm… I’ve jumped out of a plane and ridden a racehorse in front of four members of the Qatari royal family. I’ve also watched Roger Federer, Thierry Henry and Tiger Woods wet shave on stage for Gillette (so wish smartphones were around back then). I’m sure there’s more, but I can’t think of them right now.
Who is your favourite Aussie that you’ve interviewed/met through work?
You, Steve. No question. A close second has to be Mark Little – the actor best known for playing Joe Mangel in Neighbours. Rack off, Bouncer.
Your proudest Aussie moment?
The Sydney Olympics. I don’t get why Londoners complain so much about hosting the Games, but I guess some Sydneysiders were the same beforehand. I was so proud of my city and our athletes. Bring on London 2012.
What single item do you miss most from back home?
That’s not fair! I didn’t put a limit when I asked a similar question. I can get most of the the things I miss here in London, and with Skype I get to see and talk to my mother all the time. So, it’s probably my sister that I miss the most. She’s so busy running 100k races (crazy) and being a fabulous career woman that I don’t get to touch base with her very often. The other things I miss are the intangibles. The smell of the bush and the ocean. The southerly buster that blows in after a hot summer’s day. There’s no faking it.
What are you going to wear on Australia Day?
If only our national dress wasn’t tanks tops and cork hats. I’ll probably dress the same tonight with a little nod to the green and gold. Understated. Just like me.
What are you doing for Australia Day?
Working, feeling homesick, and going to the pub with you.