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Emotion is messy, contradictory… and true.
– Nigella Lawson
It sounds like something on a very trite T-shirt, but life is what happens.
I never taste the wine first in restaurants, I just ask the waiter to pour.
I wasn’t good with authority, went to lots of schools, didn’t like the fact that there was no autonomy.
At some stages of your life you will deal with things and at others you are overwhelmed with misery and anxiety.
There is something wrong about being photographed that has nothing to do with vanity.
There is a vast difference between how things seem from the outside and how they feel on the inside.
I don’t like conflict.
I’m not someone who’s endlessly patient and wonderful.
But if you know that something has been really vicious, you don’t read it, you don’t let it into your head. What’s damaging is when sentences go through your head and you burn with the injustice of it.
Anyway, what makes people look youthful is the quality of their skin and I don’t think you can change that.
I never have plans for the future as you never know how things will turn out.
And, in a funny way, each death is different and you mourn each death differently and each death brings back the death you mourned earlier and you get into a bit of a pile-up.
People who have fabulous childhoods have this sense that nothing is ever going to be that good again. With me, I have the sense that nothing is going to be that bad.
I think maybe when you live with someone who is really very ill for a long time, it somehow gives you more of a greedy appetite for life and maybe, yes, you are less measured in your behaviour than you would otherwise be.
I was a quiet teenager, introverted, full of angst.
Cooking is actually quite aggressive and controlling and sometimes, yes, there is an element of force-feeding going on.
In fact I am quite snappy and irritable, and I don’t know if I’d like to make myself worse in that respect.
I don’t believe in low-fat cooking.
You don’t go around grieving all the time, but the grief is still there and always will be.
On the whole, I prefer Christmas as an adult than I did as a child.
Then again, they’re not scripted and I feel it’s virtually impossible to be anything but yourself when you’re in front of the cameras and cooking so there is a measure of truth in what you see.
You need a balance in life between dealing with what’s going on inside and not being so absorbed in yourself that it takes over.
There is a kind of euphoria of grief, a degree of madness.
I need to be frightened of things. I hate it, but I must need it, because it’s what I do.
I can understand why those primitive desert people think a camera steals their soul. It is unnatural to see yourself from the outside.