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The Magnet Interviews – A Half Baked Idea…

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The admirable and lovely Cameron more widely known as The World’s Biggest Fridge Magnet has paid me a flattering compliment by interviewing me for his new series The Magnet Interviews.  Here is the result … the questions are quite brilliant, the answers the best I can muster.  Do please visit The World’s Biggest Fridge Magnet if you never have – it started as the story of a man facing bariatric sleeve surgery, follows his journey both to the point of morbid obesity and to where he is now.  A strong advocate of educating the youngest to understand healthy choices, he appears regularly on radio and TV and is preparing to walk for the charity HENRY and to raise awareness of obesity issues and solutions.

Today we have a return to the questions so please allow me to bring you the Magnet Interview questions as answered by my dear darling friend Fiona of Osyth fame whilst being the creator of the wonderful Half Baked In Paradise. Fiona was one of the first people to follow me on my blog and has been a staunch supporter ever since. She is an inspiration and (if she will let me say this) my mentor. She always manages to take time to come up with ideas and is honest with her opinions so I though because of that, I thought would put her to the test with the Magnet Interviews and so here is what she had to say…..

The Magnet Interviews – Osyth

Are you usually late, early or right on time?

Early – even to my wedding. My naval officer father’s fault. But on that logic train how do you explain my mother’s latent lateness when she was the daughter of the admiral of the fleet ….

What are three positive things your friends would say about you?

I’m beautiful, talented and brilliant obviously 😉

If you were a shape, what shape would you be?

A CIRCLE – no hard edges, no complications. I wish.

If you were an animal, which one would best describe you?

A piglet. Preferably a truffle trained piglet.

Why did you want to become a blogger?

I thought it would force some discipline. I was epically wrong – I’m just as discursive as ever.

What are your top three personal interests?

Reading – reading anything. People – I love people watching (weird but true). Being in nature – walking, climbing, hiking, rowing, running – outside is better for me.

What do you do for a full time job?

I write drivel.

What type of car do you drive?

In France a funky yellow SEAT called Franck and in the US a chic cream and black Mini Cooper S that needs a name – suggestions?

Where did you go on your last holiday?

I’m permanently on holiday since quitting my corporate job but the last formal one was Russia.

When did you last go on holiday?

If it’s Russia it’s May 2014 if its really truthful the vacation started the day after my birthday in 2013.

What would you do if you were the one survivor in a plane crash

Panic. Loudly!

If you woke up and had 2,000 unread emails and could only answer 300 of them how would you choose which ones to answer?

Delete the lot – they’ll write back (That’s the theory and my brother actually does it). In my case it would be accompanied by vocal hysteria.

What’s your favorite film?

It’s a Wonderful Life.

What would your Desert Island Disc choices be?

1. Gorecki – Symphony No 3 ‘sorrowful songs’
2. Arvo Part – Für Alina
3. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
4. She’s Electric – Oasis
5. Sit Down Next to Me – James
6. Suddenly I see _ K T Tunstall …

3-6 are the songs for my daughters to be played at my funeral
7. Suzanne – Leonard Cohen (or preferably everything on ‘Songs Of’) …
8. How can I tell you – Cat Stevens
9. It aint you babe – Bob Dylan
10. Elgar – ‘Nimrod’

But SO much more. This is a torture … And the inevitable addition is that my girls do demand ‘Don’t stop me now’ by Queen to be played at my funeral…

Batman or Spiderman


What did you have for breakfast?

Bob’s Red Mill Muesli and proper English Tea – thank the Lord for Ocean State who sell Typhoo and Bob’s Red Mill at less than frightening prices!

Describe the color yellow to somebody who’s blind.

Warm. Not hot. That warmth you feel stealing up on you from behind, the sudden and intense warmth on your face when you lift it to the sun. Happy.

If you were asked to unload a 747 full of Jelly Beans, what would you do?

I never shirk a task so I’d do it and bathe in the beans.

What’s your favorite animated film?

Anything Disney EVER did, but overall. The favourite EVER? Right now – Pocohontas because I see animals and birds that appeared in the film. It’ll change. I never stop loving Disney but my favoured one is ever fluid.

What was the inspiration for your blog/pen name?

I was originally just Osyth (it’s actually one of my given names and I hated it as a child, embrace it now) but I needed a change to reflect the altering slant of the blog. I’m half-baked so it is too. And Paradise? It’s there if you reach out wherever in the world you are.

What happens when you get scared half to death twice…?

You jump out of your skin twice.

Why aren’t blueberries blue?

They are if you mix them with anything liquid – they bleed blue into muffin mix for example. Or porridge.

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is the fear of long words, but why is that word it so long?

Because it’s showing off. Like Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch which is a place in Wales for those who aren’t in that particularly British mode . Egos the size of a small country if you ask me. Or an indecisiveness disorder.

What was the last lie you told?

I don’t lie. Not since the conviction 😉

What is the best compliment you have ever received?

‘ Just the right combination of Englishness and Chutzpah’ … my mentor over 30 years ago,  who also invented the strap line ‘Just Do It’ Which I do and frequently curse him for the advice but the times it is right are worth the fall every time.

Would you prefer to be ugly and live to be 100 or attractive and live for 30 years?

Ugly to 100 – Bugger off all shallow fools I’m in for the long haul. and if you don’t like what you see go swivel.

Do you have any relatives in jail?


What single piece of food could you never give up?

Cheese every time and if I have to be specific Vacherin de Mont d’Or but I could eulogise for hours on the relative merits of several hundred contenders.

Who do you most admire in life?

The mother-in-law I never knew. My husband’s mother was abused and lived as the slave of a working class man. My husband was over 3 months premature in 1952 the fifth of her children. His elder sister was only 9 months older than him, therefore. When he was two years old she ran away with all the children to Kent (North West to South East) where she hid for eighteen months before returning to their home town. She lived in a council house thereafter with her children – and as each one left home she fostered more. She never ever took benefits nor handouts. She never asked for anything. She must have wanted for much. That is inspirational. My husband once remarked that ‘She had nothing.  Asked for nothing.’  Take note modern world – we still have women like Ada, men like her too. Help them to help themselves. Because the chances are far higher that they want to than that they don’t.  It is easy to turn your back but far harder to understand that you yourself, whoever you are, are only ever 2 steps from the gutter. I admire those that are within a flake of skin of the gutter and help themselves. That is the size of it. My one regret is that I will never meet Ada but when I go to her city I always visit the crematorium and leave flowers for her.

Do you spread butter on before peanut butter?

It depends. If I have butter winking seductively at me I find it hard to resist with anything… but not jelly (that’s jello my U.S friends) or ice-cream.

Would you prefer to date someone older or younger than yourself?

Older as it turns out though I did go through a reverse spiral of young and younger some years ago …. I might need to write that one myself 😉


Now that I am a high profile celebrity I need to make sure I am suitably incognito when venturing outdoors

70 Comments Post a comment
  1. A truffle eating piglet……I loved it…my daughter loves her mini….they are fun to drive….kat I would love to Skype with you sometime, it would be nice to put a face to a name……never even thought about anything like that…..kat

    February 24, 2016
    • Oh Kat! How lovely you are …. I genuinely want a piglet. My daughter told my husband when he met me to forget jewellery and flowers (he did) and buy me a pig if he wanted to win my heart! I’ll email you my skype name … I do skype and I enjoy it and I’d like to put a face to the name too! PS: I love the mini and have plans to make it mine but don’t tell hubby 😉 xx

      February 24, 2016
    • If you email me on the email given at the bottom of the page under information I will send you my skype address …. if that’s OK with you?

      February 24, 2016
  2. Loved it. Your mother in law must have been quite an amazing woman. Nice to learn more about you.

    February 24, 2016
    • I’m sad I will never meet her. She was extraordinary – all five of her children really decent, caring, lovely people – my husband said to me once ‘she had nothing, asked for nothing’ …. that’s pretty remarkable I think. I’m so glad you enjoyed it – I think Cameron’s idea is a great one 🙂

      February 24, 2016
  3. Crumbs!That was a marathon! The range and choice of questions intrigued me…as did the answers.

    February 24, 2016
    • I was absolutely appalled when Cameron sent the questions to me but I busked it, blagged it or whatever and I’m happy with the result. Cameron needs to step forward in terms of the variety of questions – a really interesting selection which is fortunate because I might have been a little less sprightly and a whole lot more slovenly in my responses if they weren’t! Now go and lie down – I feel responsible for a marathon effort of reading and I wouldn’t want any light heads on my consience!!

      February 24, 2016
      • It certainly called for a cup of tea – too early for the cup that cheers and with luck inebriates.

        February 24, 2016
      • Bugger – I hope that char was strong!!

        February 24, 2016
      • Well, it wasn’t trawler tea …..

        February 24, 2016
  4. It’s a long time I haven’t read an interview with such entertaining questions (and answers). Well done both of you!

    February 24, 2016
    • I was actually alarmed when I saw the questions and had to leave the house to clear my head. glad you enjoyed it!

      February 24, 2016
      • They’re a great set! Most interviews send me to sleep

        February 24, 2016
      • Ta!

        February 24, 2016
  5. Kate #

    Fabulous interview from both sides. Your description of yellow gave me goosebumps. It is definitely one if my happiest colours and I will think of you now whenever the early morning sun warms my face xc

    February 24, 2016
    • Kate I am beyond flattered. Yellow is the happiest colour I feel but I also felt I fell short of describing it. Thank you for your kind words. They mean as much as yellow and some 🙂

      February 24, 2016
  6. Wonder answers and now I know so much more about you, Osyth! Well done, I enjoyed reading very much – good day my dear! 🙂

    February 24, 2016
    • Good day to you too! We both have a teeny bump tomorrow (yours a bit more than mine in fact) so enjoy enjoy enjoy and I’m very heartened that you liked the read. I’m nt much of a one for talking about me so Cameron did a VERY good job!

      February 24, 2016
      • Tomorrow will be fine for both of us. Keep talking about yourself, you are very interesting – at least I think so. 🙂

        February 24, 2016
      • Thank you. I struggle with that one but I will try harder. Tomorrow we will shine 🙂

        February 24, 2016
  7. Ah…An interesting insight into my new friend. This was very fun to read. Cheers =)

    February 24, 2016
    • I don’t do me very well so it was strenuous – glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      February 24, 2016
      • I know the feeling. But it was a chance to show your wit on some items. Cheers🤓

        February 24, 2016
  8. Definitely butter before peanut butter!

    February 24, 2016
    • EVERY time … In fact I would eat butter naked straight from the pack …. What am I saying? I DO eat it naked straight from the pack whenever I get the chance 😀

      February 24, 2016
      • That conjours up weird connotations of strange feeding behaviours!

        February 24, 2016
      • Haha! I have no defence ….

        February 24, 2016
      • Wonderful interview! Loved your answers. 🙂

        February 25, 2016
      • Thank you – it was a hoot to do!

        February 26, 2016
  9. I love it! Thank you!💕💕💕

    February 24, 2016
    • Thank you SO much …. What brilliant questions Cameron asked me 🙂

      February 24, 2016
      • Yes! I would never have thought of them. It was a nice way to learn more about you.😊

        February 24, 2016
      • Nor I. They were a joy to read so the answers flowed naturally. I generally find it hard to talk about me on cue so his mechanism is clever 🙂

        February 24, 2016
      • Yes!

        February 24, 2016
  10. Love this Fiona. As usual very witty and erudite with just the right amount of mad thrown in for a good measure of addictive reading…..!

    February 25, 2016
  11. Fantastic Interview. Always nice to learn a little more about our blogging friends, and in such a fun way.

    February 25, 2016
    • It was really fun to do 🙂

      February 26, 2016
  12. Pan #

    Fun questions, candid answers.. Just how a personality interview should be, light and lively reading.. Good job to both of you 👍
    My fav answers, piglet, butter, Ada, Robin, descriptions of yellow and choices of funeral songs..
    Incognito, perfect pic 😄

    February 25, 2016
    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it and thank you for sharing your favourites too …I’ve been wanting an excuse to use that picture since it was taken a couple of weeks ago – it seemed the right note for the piece!

      February 26, 2016
  13. Yellow – I could feel that colour warming my skin as I read. Thanks for the words!

    February 25, 2016
    • That is high praise from an artist!

      February 26, 2016
  14. Oh Osyth! You are always such great fun! Green is definitely your color–wait, NO! Who was that?? lol! ♥

    February 27, 2016
    • I believe the only person I should make fun of is myself lovely Lana 😀

      February 27, 2016
  15. Great question; great answers. Loved the dessert Island discs; Roy Plomley would have approved. Got me thinking about my own ten discs. I’ll let you know 🙂

    February 27, 2016
    • Oh please do!!

      February 27, 2016
  16. A wonderful interview – both questions and answers. A piglet, eh? I presume a love of truffles precedes that because they don’t live very long. I write drivel, too. 🙂

    February 29, 2016
    • I love pigs – my daughter told my husband when they met that he should forget jewellery and flowers and buy me a piglet if he wanted to keep my heart – he thought she was joking. He learned! Drivel writing is a skill – we should run an academy 😉

      March 1, 2016
      • I love pigs too, especially some of the older breeds. There is one red haired one that I like. Goats are my absolute fave, though. Those devilish eyes…
        Perhaps we should have a drivel writing conference instead of one of these blog events? 🙂

        March 1, 2016
      • I love this idea …. And goats and pigs shall feature in the artwork. I’m a big fan of all things goatish too 🙂

        March 2, 2016
  17. you’re A story teller, indeed, Miss O… <3
    * * *
    @"I am suitably incognito when venturing outdoors…" – holy Molly!!! may I have your signature, please?!… 🙂 btw, David Guetta(the famous DJ) used to wear a T-shirt with a logo:"f*ck me, I'm famous!" 😉 🙂 😀

    March 1, 2016
    • Horta do something to keep me out of mischief, @melanie 😉

      March 1, 2016
  18. Good job…How about a great story written by a great writter.
    Hey,’The Bean’ dared me to ask. Not that it wouldn’t be enjoyed.

    March 1, 2016
    • I’m getting closer to writing my story …. I admire those that just write about themselves – I find it really hard.

      March 2, 2016
      • That’s good to hear. It really is. I find it hard to expose myself too. Maybe the writers that find it easier have been told during their life that it’s OK to be vunerable with no preconceived expectations. That would be a hurdle for me. A possible hurdle, but still a hurdle.
        Take Care-

        March 2, 2016
      • I was brought up English upper class which means that I had to have the ‘stiff upper lip’. At my daughter’s wedding last year – a highly emotional event which I have a novel bubbling about – I entered the Church on the arm of her Gay Best Friend with The Bean just ahead of the bridal party. I was very close to tears and caught my mothers eye ‘ she whipped me verbally with ‘do NOT cry, please’ as I took my seat. It is hard to feel able to expose oneself when that has been the mantra all ones life. 🙁

        March 2, 2016
  19. True-
    We didn’t have a code. We did have a bond of understanding though. It was the three of us [Mother, Father, myself] trying to survive the rest of the family. My mother and I knew without discussion that we had to be strong. Sometimes I didn’t want to be, but it became expected from all of them. That’s when you learn how to perform well. That’s when you start not knowing who you really are. BUT, we survived and we were indeed a force to be reckoned with.

    March 2, 2016
    • That is so true – putting on the face, pulling on the mask, donning the maquillage all mean that you can lose sight of the real person struggling not to suffocate within. Strength, real strength can come out of such a situation but it is not to be envied. The journey to self.

      March 2, 2016
      • Osyth, didn’t mean to turn your conversation. You’re having fun. When time allows, check your fiona email. Have a good day.

        March 3, 2016
      • I have your email and I will write back. Email is better for these conversations. I’m a little behind this week so please don’t read disinterest into any lack of response… It’s more about medical things that are out of my control 🙂

        March 3, 2016
  20. Not to be envied at all. Your right, it is a mask by definition. It becomes a hidden chamber for all of the pain and fear. Healthy coping skills take a big hit.

    March 3, 2016
  21. I feel bad that you were raised to have a stiff upper lip and hold things in. I was blessed in my parents thinking life was a democracy, they could also yell like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, but we were also allowed to express our feelings. No hitting or throwing things, though! 🙂
    So many of your opinions and other answers were like my own! I like people, nature and art. I would put reading but I do so love my pen and ink drawing with watercolors. This is very relaxing and rewarding pastime. Reading would be my #4, though. Thanks for your really great comments and following my blog!
    Out of your favorite songs, if I could have 15 mine would include #s 3,4 6, 7, 8, 9 on your list. Hugs, Robin

    March 6, 2016
  22. I would know you anywhere, My Dear. I loved the post and all of the comments, too. You did really well with that daunting number of questions. But in the end – we all had a chance to know you better and that was wonderful in itself.

    March 8, 2016
    • I was horrified when he sent me the questions but in the end a large glass of red wine aided the process beautifully 😉

      March 8, 2016
  23. I enjoyed getting to know you a little better! You always make me laugh 🙂

    March 20, 2016

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