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Twenty-odd Questions - Juliet
2.09.11 by Dazzler

How old are you? Older than you think.

Where were you born? Sheffield

Where do you live now? Hipsterville aka Dalston

How long have you been couriering? Seven months

Hang Name? Queenie

Who did you ride for? City Sprint

What was your first bike? A blue and yellow Raleigh Burner with a race number plate thing. A hand me down from by brother. I rode it with his old Fox race jersey and thought I was baddass!

What do you ride now? For work? A BLB frame. The rest of the time, my Charge Scissor, Charge Stove or my BMX.

What’s the best docket you’ve ever been given? I’m still waiting for one

What’s the worst thing about being a courier? Sore bits! And being unprepared for a downpour. I quite like riding in the rain if I’m dressed for it. I get numb fingers if I’m not.

What’s the best thing about being a courier? Riding your bike all day.

Describe your childhood in 3 words. Lucky little girl

What is your earliest memory? My memory sucks. Everything’s a bit blurry.

Who are your heroes? Any girls who are amazing bmxers, skaters, snowboarders or surfers.

What’s on your music player? Metal, metal and a bit of country.

What’s the best piece of clothing/equipment you carry? My bag? I’d be pretty stuck without that. Or a Dave-Dave is pretty handy. It’s kinda like a Tom-Tom – shows you how where to go and how it works for your first couple of days!

What advice would you give to any wannabe couriers? Don’t let Buffalo Bill put you off. He tried that with me. Haha

What’s the best lunch deal in town? Giant sandwiches from Bonne Bouche in Paddington.

What’s the best chat-up line you’ve ever given to/received by a receptionist? They’re all shit and annoying. Funnily enough I’ve heard most Romeo related quips. Yawn. It’s really boring talking about tattoos as well.

Favourite place to stand by? Anywhere will do. I just sit on the pavement. Quite like that little garden by Endeavour House in the spring and summer though.

What made you become a courier? I needed some money and love riding my bike.

In a parallel universe you would be… A pro BMXer.

What one thing would improve the quality of your life? More sleep. But not at the expense of the rest of my day. So maybe a 26 hour day.

Who’d play you in the film of your life? Chloe Sevigny

What would be your catchphrase? I can’t be arsed.

What has your been your proudest moment/greatest achievement?
Hmm. Whatever I say is gonna make me sound like a twat so I’ll keep that to myself.

If you could go back and edit the past is there anything you would change?
I’d probably take more time to appreciate how lucky I was in certain situations.

It’s the dream dinner party – what 5 people are there? Redrum, Catwoman, Munch, the best sushi chef in the world and a sommelier.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever done? Working in shops sucks

What is the most important lesson life on the road has taught you? Gore-tex is worth it! And keeping your tyres pumped up makes your life easier.

When were you happiest? That’s gotta be when I’ve just landed a trick I’ve been trying for ages.

What would your superpower be? I would always be sure what was the best thing to do in any situation.

Freedom is… Doing what you want all the time. But If you want do what you please all the time its often at the expense of others. So you’re not gonna feel that free if you have a conscience anyway.

You have a time machine – where would you go?
I’d set the time for right now but teleport to sunny southern California. I wish I could live there. The weather is awesome, the skateparks are amazing, you can surf, snowboard and eat loads of burritos. Actually, wait, I’d teleport to Woodward, the bmx and skate camp/park in America. I’d kill to go there. They have this amazing complex of ramps and bowls and trampolines and shit.

You are allowed to pass one new law – what is it? Everyone has to do what I say.

How do you relax? Cooking, reading, cat cuddling, beer, bath.

Tell us something about yourself we would never guess. I have to count the number of gulps of water I drink and stop on a certain number. That number can change though.

What was the last book you read? I’m currently reading The Hungry Cyclist. The one before that was Middlesex by Geoffrey Eugenides.

You’ve got one youtube link – what is it? This!

Juliet’s own blog I like to ride my bicycle.

  1. I’ve also suffered from arithmomania at various points in my life. My drinks had to be drunk in 11 gulps with 1 bonus gulp. The number never changed, but I had different numbers for other things e.g. pulling up socks in 6 increments each, with 6 extra ‘tugs’ once they’d been fully pulled up.

    (don’t worry, Bill – not black tennis socks)

    — BringMeMyFix    4 September 2011, 23:26    #
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