Twenty-odd Questions - Steph
5.05.11 by Dazzler
How old are you? 35
Where were you born? St Vallier, France.
How long have you been a courier? on and off since January 1998.
Hang Name? Papillon, bien sur.
Who do you ride for? Citysprint.
What was your first bike? A little green bike with stabilizers and stickers of my favorite cartoons.
What do you ride now? A black Veto.
What’s the best docket you’ve ever been given? 2 x Indian embassy, wait/return, double-rush, 7 hours waiting time.. about 250 quid.. happy days!!
What’s the worst things about being a courier? Security people, northerly winds, never-ending roadworks, third world road surfaces and the uncertainty of it all.
What’s the best things about being a courier? Riding your bike for a living and the sense of belonging to a worldwide community.
Describe your childhood in 3 words. Best time ever.
What is your earliest memory? Me and my cousin getting our hands stuck in an old tin of Earl Grey tea, both sobbing like little girls we were and my grampa coming to our rescue with a hacksaw.
Who are your heroes? Tank Girl, Jet Girl and Sub Girl.
What’s on your music player? No music while riding… sing to myself whatever gets stuck in my head. I’m also a keen whistler.
What’s the best piece of clothing/equipment you carry? My Crud mudguards.
What advice would you give to any wannabe couriers? Don’t be a muppet, always carry an A-Z, a pump, tyre levers, spare tube (‘cos you don’t want to be faffing around with glue and sticky bits if you have a rush job in your bag), whatever spanner/allen keys fits your bike and some snax…. invest in good waterproof jacket.. and if you’re delivering to a big, glass building with revolving doors and a small army of security fellas staring at you, chances are deliveries are round the back.
What’s the best lunch deal in town? The one I lovingly prepare every morning, otherwise the food stalls on Whitecross St are good value.
What’s the best chat-up line you’ve ever given to/received by a receptionist? I don’t chat up receptionists and the most I got out a receptionist is a signature and a piece of candy (but one security guy in the lift of 120 Moorgate wanted to stroke my tattoos once, does that count?).
Favourite place to stand by? Inside Princi bakery on Wardour St.
What made you become a courier? Couple of friends were couriering, enjoyed it.. it beat pulling pints.
In a parallel universe you would be… An assassin.
What one thing would improve the quality of your life? CashWho’d play you in the film of your life? With those new glasses of mine, I guess Dame Edna would be a good choice.. I’m sure she can do a convincing French accent. If she’s not available Angelina Jolie will do, I’ve been told I look a bit like her.
What has your been your proudest moment/greatest achievement? Crossing the Sahara was quite an achievement, especially with no guide and hardly any water towards the end and I’m happy that the LCEF is still going strong after 3 years.
If you could go back and edit the past is there anything you would change? Yes.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever done? Working nights at McDonald’s in my student days.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Never do to others what you wouldn’t like them to do to you.
How would you like to be remembered? I’ll probably be remembered as the French girl with tattoos and glasses, that’s how people remember me now.
When were you happiest? Every single night, when I get into bed and stretch my tired body under my fine 200 thread Egyptian cotton sheet.
What would your superpower be? Immortality.
Freedom is… Every traffic lights turning green as you ride up Gloucester Place.
You have a time machine – where would you go? Up and down the 20th century and catch up with all the awesome gigs I never got to be at because I wasn’t born, the singer died or the band split up before I could get a ticket.
You are allowed to pass one new law – what is it? A law of nature: Northerly winds shall not blow between the hours of 8am and 7pm (weekdays).
How do you relax? A fluffy duvet, 3 pillows and a stack of comix.
Tell us something about yourself we would never guess. I have 6 toes on my left foot.
You’ve got one youtube link – what is it? ThisTell us a joke. Two women talking. “Do you look at your husband’s face when you have sex?” “ I did once and he looked really angry” “ Why angry?” “Because he was watching from the window” (Courtesy of Seamus O’Hooligan)