So last week I was sitting on the sofa cuddled up to my mum, because I was off school poorly. That’s quite a long story, because it was the third time I had the gastro since I started school again in September, and last week there were 200 children all sick on the same day and it turned out they decided there were bacteria in our tap water. So all the towns and villages round here can’t drink our tap water any more or brush your teeth with it. Well, now you can if you boil it for 15 minutes, but it tastes like swimming pool water because they are disinfecting the pipes. So instead my dad went and bought a big bottle of water from the supermarket. You might think that is a big inconvenience for us, but if you think about it there are lots of people in the world who don’t ever have clean tap water, so it isn’t really. We just bought a bottle and they can’t do that.
Anyway, while I was feeling poorly and cuddling mum I was watching a film and she was on twitter. She goes on twitter quite a lot to talk to people about books. And one of her friends called Ben got bored of talking to her and asked to talk to me instead. So we had a chat for a while and then my friend Carol-Ann phoned me to see how I was so we stopped.
But Ben had an idea that we could ask each other questions and put them on each others blogs so we did. We answered the same questions but my answers are on his blog and his are here. I don’t know if he is famous but he is funny…
What is your name and how old are you?
My name is Ben and I am (WHAT?! I’m not am I? Seriously, when did I get that old?) 34 years old. Seriously – I thought I was, like, 23 or something?
Where do you live and what’s the best thing about it?
I live in a lovely village in Lancashire. I’m not going lie to you Amélie – one of the reasons we were keen on it was that, when we moved here, it had 7 pubs and just 3,000 people (many of whom were children so couldn’t even go to the pubs). Basically that is a lot of pubs and not a lot of people and I like that. But then it is mainly great because it’s in the countryside, all the people are lovely and the school is really good (one of my little girls is 5 so goes to primary school).
Amélie: Well that sounds nice, but I personally don’t really like pubs as it’s just a lot of adults chatting and wine. There are no pubs here where I live and that’s fine by me.
What don’t you like about where you live?
Too many pubs. Only joking. Really if I could make it a bit more ‘rural’ (deeper into the countryside and add lots of hills) that would be even better. And – RAIN. It rains a LOT in Lancashire.
Amélie: Haha, we have lots of hills, and not much rain. Except in spring when it rains every afternoon nearly and we get big storms. Would you like to come visit ?
Do you know what a loom band is?
Dude, I more or less invented Loom bands! Well, ok, maybe I didn’t. Do you know about the man who did though? He’s from India I think and his little girls used to make them (before they had really been ‘invented’ and one day he tried playing along – but his fingers were too big so he invented a little ‘pick’ to use instead and from that came the loom and now he sells so many he is a multi-BILLIONaire). Do you know what a BILLIONaire is? It’s enough to buy a LOT of loom bands.
Amélie: Yes, I know what a billionaire is, DUDE, it’s someone who is super-rich. But if I were a billionaire I would buy a horse and a super-nice house, not lots of loom bands. Derp.
Do you speak French?
Does that count?
In a word, non. I really wish I could. I know you speak French and English and your school speaks entirely French (because that’s where you live) – even the English lessons. I am so impressed you can do that because you are only 9 years old. And you also learn Catalan and Spanish. Wow – you are 157 times better than me at languages. To be honest I’m not even that good at English. Sometimes I can’t spell the words right.
Amélie: LOOL (do you get it?)
What is your favourite food?
That is a really hard question because I love ALL food (except beetroot and field mushrooms but then – who likes beetroot and field mushrooms really)?
I am VERY hungry right now (it is 9.46am and I didn’t have breakfast).
If I was making some food right now it would be this:
Cheese & Jam in Toast (it sounds silly right but seriously, it’s tasty and really fills you up).
I usually eat healthy – that is important. I know you’re mad into Cucumber so that’s good. Also – you should always eat breakfast. Not eating breakfast is REALLY naughty.
Amélie: Breakfast is my favourite meal. I usually have three parts to my breakfast, but none of it is beetroot or mushrooms, beurk! (That’s a French word for you it means yuk).
What off school / work activities do you do?
I used to play cricket and I might start that again next year – I really like playing cricket, especially when it’s sunny.
Also I like writing like your Mum (well not like your Mum – she is a LOT better at writing than I am and I write a different style but – it’s fun, I like it).
The main thing I love doing is hanging out with my little family. There’s me, my wife, and we have 2 girls Esmée (age 5) and Martha (age 10 months). Yesterday we went out and Esmée rode her bike. It was SO windy it made us all laugh and run and smile a lot. Then we went to a café and ate chocolate cake and we all smiled even more.
Amélie: Awww I want to go there! I rode my bike this morning near where we live, but there was no café and no chocolate cake and I loooooove chocolate cake (as long as it’s not too sweet, I don’t like too sweet things.)
Did/do you know what you wanted to be when you were an adult?
No. I think I’m still trying to decide now but writing things I only realised I wanted to do a few years ago so that’s been my best discovery. I wish I learnt how to play a musical instrument too when I was younger but still hope I learn the guitar one day. I set myself a target of learning before I was 35 so – better get a move on eh!
Amélie: Yes, seriously.
I’ll tell you what I do know Amélie – the most important thing is to do things you love. Play with friends who you enjoy being with and do things you love and you’ll be very happy and do really well. But also learn as much as you can at school (even the boring bits) because they’re really important.
Amélie: Yeah, like I really like maths except divisions, they are so boring.
What did you ask for for Christmas?
We are going on a mini holiday after Christmas and I really cannot wait for that – I’m so excited. So I asked for nothing for Christmas, so that we can afford to pay for the holiday instead! Adults are weird eh. That said, I am kind of hoping to get a CD – maybe Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran. I pretend I listen to Taylor Swift because Esmée likes her – but really I do!
Amélie: My mum and dad didn’t give each other anything either but that is because we are saving up for a new house maybe…I love Taylor Swift too.
Also I love socks. I hope I get some socks. Adults are really weird (or maybe just I am)?
Amélie: Yeah it could just be you. I love throwing my socks on the floor. I use up about three pairs per hour. LOL. PS my feet are only one size smaller than my mums and already bigger than my grandma. But not as big as my dad’s because he’s ginormous and that would look weird.
What was your favourite book that you got for Christmas?
I really liked a book called Very British Problems. It’s by the man on twitter who does @soverybritish – it’s funny things about being British. You are quite French as well as British so probably won’t be as silly as British people are when you’re older. That is good.
That is pretty awesome. I suppose it’s about rain and leaks and flooded streets. We have that once in a while but it’s not because I’m silly, it’s just weather.
I answered all these questions too, but Ben has got them, so if you want to find out more about me you have to click here for his blog. You should, because the book I got for Christmas is totally awesome!