Hi I’m Penny Blood and welcome to my guidebook to London. So you might want to know a few things about me if you’ve read this far. To start with I live in East London. I’m also an artist, I studied fine art at Central Saint Martins here in London. I’m Scottish born and bred and grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere, that probably explains why I don’t like noise. I wear a lot of black mainly because it suits me. I also love cities. My favourite cities are London obviously, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Paris, Berlin is pretty cool too. I like music although not all the time as I prefer quiet. I love movies, I have watched a lot of movies. I also like reading and my favourite authors are Tom Wolfe and Shirley Jackson, so there you go. Read my Proust’s Questionnaire if you want, I didn’t do the whole thing, I got bored thinking of answers.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Having to go to work and feeling ill.
Where would you like to live?
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Having a coffee whilst looking at palm trees and the ocean.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Worrying about small stuff.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Harold from the movie Harold and Maude.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
I can’t say that without being sentimental, I hope they know who they are.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Of course Wednesday Adams from the Adams family.
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
Modesty and a strong and focused mind.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Modesty and friendliness.
Your favorite occupation?
Drinking tea with a piece of cake and watching people in cafes.
Who would you have liked to be?
Edie Sedgwick before she lost the plot (but with my parents rather than hers).
Your most marked characteristic?
Through no fault of my own or meaning intention, I’m a bit of a goth.
The quality you most like in a man?
The quality you most like in a woman?
Frankness in friendship.
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
Thinking the absolute worst of people who are not friendly.
What is your dream of happiness?
A happy family.
What would you like to be?
A better version of myself.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Tom Wolfe, Shirley Jackson.
Who are your favoite poets?
I don’t read poetry.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
What are your favorite names?
Merlin or Caspar for a boy Etheldreda for a girl.
What is it you most dislike?
People who think they are better than others.
What historical figures do you most despise?
I am not sufficiently educated to say.
What event in military history do you most admire?
Not really my thing.
What reform do you most admire?
There are lots of good ones.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
The power to heal would be useful.
How would you like to die?
In my sleep when I’m old.
What is your present state of mind?
I just want to read by book with a nice pain au raisen.
What is your motto?
Simple and Happy or Born to Lose, Live to Win like Lemmy from Motorhead’s tattoo.