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  1. A lot of interviewers are looking for the dark side. They want to know about the depths of your despair and fear.
  2. I really love good food occasionally, but I need time to enjoy it, and I need to be hungry.
  3. Very rarely will you listen to the radio in a judgmental way, the way you’ll watch telly.
  4. Sport develops your brain. It helps your learning. It’s not an add-on at the end of the day.
  5. I find people interesting. People trying hard are interesting. People with a passion are interesting — whether it’s old cars or taxidermy or knitting.
  6. I didn’t just grow up with horses; I wanted to be one.
  7. I hate being alone, even for 10 minutes.
  8. When you’re little, your father is your hero. Mine was. Then it all becomes more complicated.
  9. It had become boring to write: ‘I like Clare Balding’. To say: ‘I don’t like Clare Balding’ is much more newsworthy.
  10. If you look back at British history, women being allowed to play sport in schools meant they had to change their clothing. They couldn’t be running around in their long skirts and corsets, because you can’t.
  11. I hate the fact that public schools like the one I went to have fantastic sports facilities, and state schools don’t. That’s not fair. That’s outrageous.
  12. I have never understood the clamour for waif-like women whose flesh acts merely as a thin veil for their bones — much as I would love to be thinner, I would hate to take it so far that I had no actual shape at all.
  13. Not everyone has to have children. If everyone had two or three, we’d run out of room.
  14. I am many things, but one of the things I am is a lesbian.
  15. Particularly when you’re young, you’re terribly flattered by people who like you, so you think you love them.
  16. I get a lot of abuse on Twitter. It’s mostly homophobic, but what can you do? I just either ignore it or laugh.
  17. I know sport can change the world, and that matters to me.
  18. I’ve never been particularly maternal.
  19. I’ve always been fascinated by intelligence and how our brains work, and how they can be improved.
  20. The most important quality in a partner is a sense of humour.



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