Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Yesterday I had some free time on my hands and so thought it would be a good idea for me to add links to the blogs I regularly read myself.

Colin Ross and Dave Radcliffe are both fellow Liberal Democrats from the West Midlands who are also on the West Midlands Liberal Democrats Executive, Liberal Democrats English Council and Liberal Democrats Agents and Organisers Association Executive.

Gavin Whenman use to be the Chair of the LDYS policy committee when I was a member I try to read his blog as often as I can due to Gavin Whenman’s sense of humour.

John Hemming, Lynne Featherstone and Sandra Gidley are currently Liberal Democrat Members of Parliament. While Richard Allan was a Liberal Democrat MP until the 2005 General Election when he decided to stand down. Peter Black is currently a Liberal Democrat Welsh Assembly Member.

Liz Watford use to be on the WMLDYS executive back when I was and regularly wrote reviews for Free Radical. Liz Watford ’s blog is more about her love for music.

Paul Evans is on LDYS executive. He was willing to set up from his position as General Executive Member to Vice Chair Communications when Mark Ramsden and I resigned.

Monday, January 30, 2006

National Executive Committee of the National Union of Students

Nominations for elections to the National Executive Committee of the National Union of Students closed on Friday. The elections will be held at National Conference in Blackpool from 28-30th March 2006 where delegates from many Higher and Further education institutions will elect a National President, a National Treasurer, a National Secretary, a Vice President Education, Vice President Welfare, Vice President Further Education (only delegates from FE union get a vote in this election) and 12 Executive Members known as the Block of 12.

The candidates for National President are Pav Aktar, Michael Baxter, Sian Davies, Andy Higson, Dan Large, Daniel Randall and Gemma Tummelty. Pav Aktar is currently the NUS Black Students Officer, Sian Davies is currently the NUS SWD Officer and Gemma Tummelty is currently NUS National Secretary. I think one of these three will win it I think the final two candidates will be Sian Davies and Gemma Tummelty.

The candidates for National Treasurer are Debbie Hollingsworth, Siobhan Kinealy, Derfel Owen, Joe Rukin, Chris Kristalkowski and Suzie Wylie. Derfel Owen and Suzie Wylie are currently block of twelve members while Joe Rukin is the incumbent and I imagine will be re-elected without too many difficulties.

The candidates for National Secretary are Stephen Brown, Dan Chillcot, Jamal El Shayal, Joe Rooney and Tom Stubbs. This is the one election where I know all the candidates. Stephen Brown, Dan Chillcot and Jamal El Shayal are currently block of twelve members. Dan Chillcot stood for this post last year as well. I wish all the candidates the best of luck but think this election will be won by Stephen Brown but it will be great to see how peoples votes transfer I think this will be a tough election for all the candidates.

The candidates for Vice President Education are Sosie Bucklands, Wes Streeting (currently a block of twelve member) and George Woods. I think that Wes Streeting will be easily elected to this post.

The candidates for Vice President Welfare are Veronica King, Hanis Leylabi and Heather Shaw. I think that Veronica King the incumbent will be re-elected without too many problems.

The candidates Vice President Further Education are Matthew Collins and Ellie Russell. I don’t know much about this election but since Ellie Russell is the present Vice President Further Education I expect her to be re-elected. What did surprise me was that a number of candidates for the block of 12 who are still at FE institutions didn’t stand for this post in order to raise their profile. While it doesn’t get them a second manifesto it would certainly allow for them to get two speeches to conference.

The candidates for the Block of 12 are Fatima Abrar, Richard Angell, Mickey Armstrong, Sophie Bucklands, Richard Budden, Dave Charlesworth, Karen Duncan, Jamal El Shayal, Steven Sindley, Luke Graham, Ben Gray, Rumaana Habeeb, Andy Higson, Matthew Hurst, Siobhan Kinealy, Sam Lebens, Rob McDonald, Joe Rooney, Manishta Sunnia, Louise Sweeney, Jim Thomson, Ama Uzowuru and George Woods. I know Richard Angell, Jamal El Shayal, Andy Higson, Siobhan Kinealy, Joe Rooney and Manishta Sunnia. I hope that all of them are elected however seriously looking at the list I doubt it. I am also surprised that Wes Streeting, Jessica Kosmin, Flick Cox, Judith Niven, Will Page, Derfel Owen, Stephen Brown Suzie Wylie and Daniel Randall who are all Block of twelve members this year and are allowed one more year in that position have decided not to stand for Block of twelve again. I imagine some of them expect to get elected to other posts but that is not certain.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Three contest Lib Dem leadership

Nominations for the leader of the Liberal Democrats closed yesterday Sir Menzies Campbell MP, Simon Hughes MP and Chris Huhne MP are the three contenders.

I look forward to my ballot paper arriving and the result being announced on 2 March. In the meantime I will be voting in the polls at Cllr David Walker and Colin Ross

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Parental choice and school autonomy: kill or cure?

Parental choice and school autonomy: kill or cure?

Wednesday 8th February

10.00 – 11.30am

Central London

Lord Adonis, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools
Ed Davey MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills

This cross party event will explore what the Education White Paper will do for underachieving children. It will ask if the continuing emphasis on choice and school autonomy obscures the real needs of pupils.

The event is being held in association with IPPR

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Ming Campbell for the Liberal Democrats

Since Charles Kennedy resigned I have been wondering who I will be voting for in the Leadership election and over the weekend I decided that I will be voting for Ming Campbell.

Ming Campbell is one of the most respected figures in British politics. Ming Campbell must be one of the few Liberal Democrat MPs who is respected by his parliamentary colleagues, the media and by his political opponents. As Shadow Foreign Secretary, Ming Campbell has been brilliant at explaining why the Liberal Democrats were against the war in Iraq and made the case against war in Iraq very difficult to argue against even by the best supporters of the war in Iraq.

The five key themes of Ming Campbell's campaign will be fighting poverty, civil liberties, the environment, internationalism and reviving local democracy. These are issues on which UK still has a great deal to do and I'm sure that under Ming Campbell's leadership these issues will be what the Liberal Democrats will challenge the Conservatives and Labour party on.

As Liberal Democrats if we wish to see our party survive and build its support then we need to be looking to develop policies on how we can eradicate poverty not just at home but also abroad. As Liberal Democrats we need to find ways of making sure that those on the lowest income can maximise their incomes and we also need to find ways of getting those on basic incomes out of paying income tax. This isn’t about lurching to the left or to the right this is about doing what is right and what is liberal. As Liberal Democrats we say we exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty now we must put poverty which can restrict the opportunities of so many at the heart of our agenda and ensure that we have the policies that our MPs, MEPs, Peers, MSPs, AMs and Councillors across the country are campaigning for or putting into practise to end poverty at home. However as Liberal Democrats we must not ease at that but we must be looking at how we can make poverty a thing of the past across the world and so we must put pressure on the government to ensure that they keep to the promises that they made on aid and debt relief in 2005 to ensure that we get to that point where we stop saying “make poverty history” and with pleasure say “made poverty history”.

While I think that both Chris Huhne and Simon Hughes are good politicians and great Liberal Democrats I don’t think they have the respect of the media and their political opponents the way Ming Campbell has. From time to time I doubt that Simon Hughes even has the respect of all of his parliamentary colleagues and I know for sure that there are a number of Liberal Democrat members who don’t have very much respect for Simon Hughes. From what I have seen of Chris Huhne (must admit its not much) and Simon Hughes I don’t think they have the presence that Ming Campbell brings to a speech, debate or interview and I fear that this is where they may fail as leaders.

So I will be voting Ming Campbell for Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Monday, January 23, 2006

'The West Wing' is axed

Yes so 'The West Wing' is being axed as viewing figures have fallen considerably. As a fan who bought ‘The West Wing - Seasons 1 To 6 - The Bartlet Years’ I can’t say I’m too disappointed because while series 1,2 and 4 were great and 3 had some good moments 5 and 6 were pretty bad.

I look forward to seeing series 7 and the end of the President Barlet’s administration.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Wolverhampton University Islamic Society Presents...

The Understanding Islam Series...

Status of Women in Islam Oppressed or Liberated?

Speaker: Salma Yaqoob

Wednesday 1st February starting at 2.00pm in MU007 opposite Registry Building

All Students and Members of the public welcome

For more information visit www.wolvesisoc.co.uk or email info@wolvesisoc.co.uk

Friday, January 20, 2006


The University of Wolverhampton Students' Union annual elections are held to decide who directs the students' union. The elected sabbaticals and non-sabbaticals officers form an Executive Committee, which should represent the views of students and determine the ethos and overall direction of the union.

The posts available on the executive in this election are:

President, Academic Affairs Officer, Student Development Officer, Telford & Business Development Officer, Walsall & Sports Officer and Welfare Officer

City Campus Officer, Liberation Officer, Equal Opportunities Officer, Media Officer and 4 Non Portfolio Officers

There will also be elections for 11 delegates to NUS National Conference


Nominations Open:
Wednesday 1st February 2006

Start of Semester 2 (Refresher Week):
Monday 6th February 2006

What am I letting myself in for …?:
Monday 20th February at 2 p.m.
Friday 24th February at 12 p.m.

Publicity MasterClass #1:
Friday 24th February at 2.30 p.m.

Nominations Close:
Tuesday 28th February 2006 at 2 p.m.

Publicity MasterClass #2:
Thursday 2nd March at 2 p.m.

Confirm Accepted Candidates:
Friday 3rd March 2006, by 12 p.m.

Friday 3rd March at 3 p.m.

Friday 10th March at 3 p.m.

(Evenings, times to be confirmed)
At Telford Campus: Tuesday 14th March
At Walsall Campus: Wednesday 15th March
At City Campus: Thursday 16th March

ELECTION WEEK: Monday 20th March
Voting at Walsall Campus:
Monday 20th March 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Voting at Telford Campus:
Tuesday 21st March 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Voting at City Campus:
Wednesday 22nd March 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Late Night Voting at Walsall & Telford:
Wednesday 22nd March 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Voting at City Campus:
Thursday 23rd March 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Voting at Compton Campus:
Thursday 23rd March 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Thursday 23rd March from 7 p.m.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Channel 4 Political Awards

The Channel 4 Political Awards take place on 1st February 2006. Before then Channel 4 are giving the general public the chance to have their say on one of the night's awards.

Before Christmas, Channel 4 invited nominations for the 'Channel 4 News Most Inspiring Political Figure Award'. The Political Awards Panel has whittled them down to a shortlist of six.


Tony Blair

David Cameron

Shami Chakrabarti

George Galloway

Bob Geldof

Jamie Oliver

Nominess for the other awards are:

Politician's Politician:

Hilary Benn, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Michael Howard

Opposition Politician:

Ken Clarke, Dominic Grieve, Elfyn Llwyd, Mark Oaten

Campaigning Politician:

Chris Grayling, Kate Hoey, Anne McIntosh, Gordon Prentice

Rising Star:

Lynne Featherstone, Michael Gove, Sadiq Khan, Shahid Malik

Peer of the Year:

Baroness Anelay of St Johns, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Political Book Award:

This year's Political Book Award committee was Chaired by Rt Hon Michael Howard MP and consisted of Lord Hattersley, Gerald Kaufman, Amanda Platell, Anthony Howard and Channel 4's Political Editor Gary Gibbon.

Lance Price - Spin Doctor's Diary, Geoffrey Wheatcroft - Strange Death of Tory England, Leo McKinstry - Rosebery, Philip Cowley - The Rebels: How Blair Mislaid his Majority, Kavanagh and Butler - British General Election 2005, Chris Patten - Not Quite the Diplomat

Political Comedy Award:

This year’s Political Comedy Award is a contest between a perennial favourite and two newcomers. The political institution that is Private Eye is pitched against Armando Iannucci's satirical comedy The Thick of It plus The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Opening-Up Politics:

The Hansard Society is presenting an award this year for Opening-Up Politics - for the publisher or programme which helped to engage a new political audience.

Cosmopolitian launched the groundbreaking High Heeled Vote campaign in an attempt to reverse voter apathy in young women ahead of the General Election.

Following the success of its US Election blog, Guardian Unlimited started its 2005 Election Blog – a truly innovative and interactive site.

The BBC's This Week, with Andrew Neil, Diane Abbott and Michael Portillo continued to produce thoughtful and sometime offbeat political journalism.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Liberal Democrat Leadership

Colin Ross is carrying out a poll on Colin Ross asking 'Which of the Liberal Democrat MPs would you like to see as Leader? All the Liberal Democrats MPs are listed and you can vote for anyone you want just visit Colin Ross.

So far the results are:
Simon Hughes (Southwark North & Bermondsey 17%
Sir Menzies Campbell (Fife North East) 16%
Christopher Huhne (Eastleigh) 13%
Nick Clegg (Sheffield Hallam) 7%
Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton) 6%
Lembit Opik (Montgomeryshire) 4%
Alan Reid (Argyll & Bute) 3%
Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye & Lochaber) 3%
John Hemming (Birmingham Yardley) 3%
Lorely Burt (Solihull) 2%
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green) 2%
Mark Oaten (Winchester) 2%
Paul Keetch (Hereford) 2%
Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough) 2%
Alistair Carmichael (Orkney & Shetland) 1%
David Heath (Somerton & Frome) 1%
David Howarth (Cambridge) 1%
Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon) 1%
Jo Swinson (Dunbartonshire East) 1%
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross) 1%
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon) 1%
Norman Lamb (Norfolk North) 1%
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield) 1%
Paul Rowen (Rochdale) 1%
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge) 1%
Sarah Teather (Brent East) 1%
Steve Webb (Northavon) 1%
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park) 1%
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale) 1%

I was disappointed to find that the candidate I voted for isn’t even in the top 3.

Why not visit Colin Ross and vote.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

TV hustings of the Liberal Democrat leadership election

Sky News are running the first TV hustings of the Liberal Democrat leadership election on Monday 16th January starting at 7pm on the Sky News channel.

They have invited Menzies Campbell, Simon Hughes, Chris Huhne and Mark Oaten.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

West Midlands Liberal Democrats Spring Conference

The West Midlands Liberal Democrats Spring Conference on 18th February 2006 at the King Henry VIII School in Coventry will host the official hustings in the election for the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Registration forms available at:

or by contacting Bryan Lewis on Bryan@westmidslibdems.org.uk

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Your political highlights of 2005

Was just looking at Your political highlights of 2005 and trying to remember which I thought were the most significant.

Your political highlights of 2005 says the best read policy announcement story of January was the Conservatives unveiling their plans for annual quotas for refugees, I remember thinking how stupid. Do you turn back someone who escaping a crisis because we have already taken on enough refugees? This policy was part of a manifesto written by a man who now tries to pass himself off as liberal. If the liberals in the Tory party are so right wing I hate to think what those on the far right of the party think on issues such as asylum and immigration.

According to Your political highlights of 2005 the main political argument of March was about anti-terror measures. The House of Lords and Commons were in deadlock over plans for control orders, which would give the home secretary the power to place Britons and foreign citizens under effective house arrest, without them having a trial. In the end, the deadlock was only broken by the promise of giving MPs a vote in a year's time on whether to scrap or keep the new measure. So I look forward to this debate once again in the coming months.

At the beginning of May we had the General Election, which saw Tony Blair, and the Labour party gain third successive term in Downing Street. However their majority was reduced from 167 in 2001 to just 66. The Liberal Democrats manage to take 62 seats and the Conservatives 198 but most unfortunately George Galloway now leader (supreme dictator) of the Respect party beat Labour's Oona King.

In June the UK began its six-month presidency of the European Union, with much hope that Tony Blair and the Labour government might actually do something about the UK's £3bn annual EU rebate and the common agricultural policy.

In July the UK celebrated London winning the bid to host the 2012 Olympics and the start of the G8 submit in Gleneagles with much hope of what World Leaders will do about extreme poverty in the third world. Unfortunately these were followed by Britain's worst terrorist attack on July 7th. It will take some years before we fully realise the consequence of the July 7th attacks.

Unfortunately in August two of leading figures of British politics in the late 20th century died within a few days of each other. Robin Cook, the former foreign secretary who was regarded as one of the great parliamentarians of his generation and one of the best advocates of political reform in the UK collapsed on a walking holiday in the Highlands. This was followed by the sad death of Mo Mowlam, the former Northern Ireland Secretary who negotiated the Good Friday Agreement.

During the conference season in September we had discussions of a leadership battle at the Liberal Democrats Conference and speculation on when Tony Blair will retire during the Labour conference. We also got the chance to see how the Labour are big fans of democracy and freedom of speech when peace campaigner Walter Wolfgang, 82, was manhandled from the conference hall for shouting "nonsense" during a speech by Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

During the Conservative Party Conference we had the speeches by Leadership contenders. This is also the point when we started getting the feeling that maybe David Davis wouldn’t succeed Michael Howard and we started to see David Cameron pick up momentum.

In November we saw Tony Blair suffered his first Commons defeat, as Conservative, Liberal Democrats and Labour MPs voted against allowing terror suspects to be detained for up to 90 days without charge.

In November we also David Blunkett who was then the Work and Pensions Secretary, resign again (second time in less than a year) after breaking the ministerial code of conduct over paid work he took while out of the Cabinet.

In December David Cameron was named the new leader of the Conservative Party, beating David Davis by a massive margin. David Cameron promised to change the image of the party, encourage more women to become MPs and tackle environmental issues. It was great to see a conservative leader now talking about the issues, which matter, to people but I wonder if he will be able to carry his party with him.

That was 2005 and now we can already see 2006 being a year of excitement, fun and interest.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The 2009 Project

The 2009 Project has a simple aim to get every eligible person under 35 to vote at the next general election. It's got the backing of over 50 MPs but it needs you to succeed.

The 2009 Project will only succeed if all 13 million voters under the age of 35 pledge to take part in the next general election.

Doable? don't know. But there's only one way to find out www.the2009project.com

Monday, January 09, 2006

Which Character from 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Are You?
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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Votes at 16

Dear Mr Khalid Mahmood MP,

As you will know the remaining stages of the Electoral Administration Bill will take place on January 11th 2006.

As part of the debate on the Bill, MPs will debate and vote on an amendment to be tabled by Diana Johnson MP to lower the voting age to 16.

I am writing to you to ask you to support the amendment to the Electoral Administration Bill to lower the voting age to 16.

I believe that keeping the voting age at 18 sends a message to young people that their views do not matter and will increase their disconnection from formal politics. At a time when turnout in elections is at an all time low and the Electoral Commission has identified a generation of people who may never vote in elections, we need action to reconnect young people with politics and I believe this is it.

Young people's lives are as rich and varied as at any other age. They have considerable responsibilities, and routinely make complex decisions, but they are still not allowed to vote. This is unfair.

At sixteen, young people will have just finished compulsory citizenship education and are ready if not eager to vote. Where this has been tried in Germany and Austria, turnouts have risen and up to 90% of 16 and 17 year olds vote.

I would be grateful if you showed your support for votes at 16 by voting for the amendment to the Electoral Administration Bill to lower the voting age to 16.

Yours sincerely,
Adam Nazir Ahmed Teladia

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Embattled Kennedy quits as leader

Charles Kennedy has resigned as Liberal Democrat leader.

Deputy leader Sir Menzies Campbell has said he intends to stand in the leadership race. Simon Hughes and Mark Oaten could be among his rivals.

Others to watch are Edward Davey, Sandra Gidley, Evan Harris, Paul Holmes, Norman Lamb, David Laws, Matthew Taylor, Sarah Teather and Steve Webb.

Friday, January 06, 2006


I spent my afternoon yesterday with Colin Ross spending time learning how to moderate a Prater Raines Partners site.

Colin Ross while not a techo geek runs a number of Prater Raines Partners sites for various local parties and will be supporting me in running the West Midlands Liberal Democrats

If you see anything on West Midlands Liberal Democrats which you think needs changing please do not hesitate to contact me and I'll do my best.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

New Phone

I received my new mobile phone today, it’s an LG U8330 and since I have been using Nokia phones for a long time I can already tell that this phone is going to take some getting use to.

If you need my new number please email me and I’ll let you know.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

2005: a year in words

I was just looking at 2005: a year in words on the BBC website and I found that there were no words on that list that I liked or appreciated. However I do have particular dislikes for:

Asboid - Latest bogey-figure for MPs trying to sound tough on crime. First used in the Commons this year by Labour's Sion Simon about a young hooligan who had been served with an Anti-Social Behaviour Order, or Asbo (see Hoodie).

Hard-working families - This is the group most politicians claimed to represent. There were fewer tax and law and order promises for "divorced idlers" and "feckless singletons".

Hoodie - A menacing youth wearing a hooded top - the better to avoid being identified by CCTV. Inevitably destined to be on the receiving end of an Asbo (see Asboid).

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The stories that mattered to you

I only manage to get round to reading the The stories that mattered to you today.

It was interesting to see which stories mattered most to people in 2005.

Martin Mullaney a Liberal Democrat Councillor in Birmingham has just started his own blog at http://www.martinmullaney.blogspot.com.

I think we now have three Liberal Democrat Councillors in Birmingham with blogs. We have Dave Radcliffe, John Hemming and now Martin Mullaney.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Questions about yourself

1. Name?
Adam Nazir Ahmed Teladia

2. Nicknames?

3. Date of Birth?
20th July 1983

4. Hair colour?
Black with white in places

5. Piercings?

6. Hometown?
Birmingham, UK

7. Town you live in?
Birmingham, UK

8. Pets?
Can’t stand animals

9. Ambition for the year ahead?
To survive

10. Bedtime?

11. Been in a car accident?
Thank god, No

12. Been toilet papering?

13. Best thing about life?

14. Disney or Warner Bros?

15. Ever been to Africa?
Yes, 3 times

16. Favourite animal?

17. Favourite book?
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr

18. Favourite children's programme?
Tom & Jerry

19. Favourite colour?

20. Favourite day of the week?

21. Favourite drink?
Coke a cola

22. Favourite Coffee House?

23. Favourite film?

24. Favourite flower?
Hate the bloody things

25. Favourite food?
Anything mum makes

26. Favourite ice cream flavour?

27. Favourite Restaurant?
Don’t have one

28. Favourite song?
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

29. Favourite sport to watch?
A tie between F1 and tennis

30. Favourite TV shows?
Can’t choose between Fawlty Towers, Friends, Only Fools and Horses and The West Wing

31. Favourite word?

32. For what cause would you die?
My beliefs

33. Ford or Chevy?

34. Greatest fear?

35. Greatest regret?
Being lazy

36. How many times did you fail your driving test?
Planning not to take one

37. How would you like to be remembered?
As a good family member and friend

38. How would you like to die?

39. Idea of perfect happiness?
A world free of illness, ignorance and poverty

40. If you were marooned on a desert island what 3 things would you want to have with you?
A change of clothes, a good book and lots of Coke a Cola

41. Living person do you most admire?
Nelson Mandela, one of the great triumphs of hope over adversity

42. Love someone so much it made you cry?

43. Most annoying thing people ask?
When will you get married?

44. What do you do most often when you are bored?
Surf the Internet

45. What do you most dislike about your appearance?

46. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
There is always someone who is worse off then you

47. What makes you depressed?
Fear failure

48. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Not sure I have ever really been in love

49. What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

50. What would you put in Room 101?
9am starts, packed buses & trains and discrimination

51. What would your motto be?
Hard work earns the best rewards

52. When and where were you happiest?
Watching the sunrise in Salima, Malawi

53. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
Would never max out my credit card

54. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?