Proust’s Questionnaire by Wendy Smith   What is your idea of perfect happiness? Perfect weather and a perfect view – possibly from the Amalfi coastline in Italy.   What is your greatest fear? That people will continue to live afraid of ‘the other’. Here in the UK we have made huge strides in understanding, appreciating and embracing differences; however we still have so much further to go. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I can be very stubborn. Once I set my mind on a course of action, it is difficult for me to admit mistakes and change direction.  What is the trait you most deplore in others? Small mindedness, and therefore a lack of vision or a grasp of the bigger picture.  Which living person do you most admire? Hilary Clinton. She is pushing 70 and still wants to change the world. Al Pacino – gosh, that man can act. What is your greatest extravagance? My hairdresser, or should I say hairdressers. They keep my hair from looking like a seagull would like to take up residence in it, and they all look after me. I learn so much about life, other countries, cultures and social change when in the hairdresser’s seat. What is your current state of mind? Hopeful and excited What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Making money. We get too caught up in wealth creation and forget about the value of just being. On what occasion do you lie? I try to lie as little as possible. I try to reframe a negative with my clients so they recognise it themselves, rather than me telling lies to make them feel better.  What do you most dislike abo [...]

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