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  1. I have a few grey hairs. I dye them. I don’t let them show when I’m reading the news.
  2. No matter how beautiful a spot I find myself in, if the food ain’t up to much, I won’t enjoy myself.
  3. I was the first person in my family to go to university so it was quite a big deal for us.
  4. My parents’ set-up was very traditional, whereas that’s not the life I’ve chosen to lead.
  5. I wasn’t born into money, and you never know when that money’s going to stop coming in.
  6. There’s not much opportunity to learn to read the news. By and large, you either can or you can’t do it pretty much straight away.
  7. Pudding is my favourite part of any meal and I always have one if I can manage it.
  8. If you crave a bit of adventure and the unknown, Singapore is not for you.
  9. I’m not tough. I’m just not a retiring violet when it comes to airing my opinions.
  10. I wouldn’t consider cosmetic surgery.
  11. I’m all about the story. And the stories I remember tend to be the ones of sorrow, or family history, or revelation of the self.
  12. You can’t beat a good millefeuille, which is basically a posh custard slice. Yum!
  13. I think of myself as a journalist first and foremost.
  14. The best thing, on ‘Question Time,’ is when the reality confronts the rhetoric.
  15. I haven’t done Botox. Although there are a few women on screen who do, and if you don’t do it, which I don’t, you look pretty rough by comparison.
  16. I saw ‘The Theory of Everything,’ which I loved, but I’m afraid I hardly ever get to go to the cinema.
  17. The BBC is a huge part of the nation’s cultural life.
  18. I don’t go into the newsroom and people start salivating. I can’t think of anything further from the truth.
  19. Coming to Rajasthan had been my idea, my dream. In the weeks before we arrived, I had tried and failed on numerous occasions to enthuse my family with the joys of travel in India; reading bits from the guidebooks, telling the children about the history of the Mughals, insisting to my daughter that she really would enjoy curry if it was in India.
  20. If you work and you want to see your children, something’s got to give and for me, it’s my social life.

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