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Starter for 10 - Rita Walters

Our fabulous Marketing Manager, Rita Walters talks everything from the best lockdown TV binges to your dream dinner party guests.

  1. What have you done differently compared to the first lockdown?
    I’ve tried to build more of a routine of going outside and spending more time on hobbies that don’t involve a screen. Including hiking, running and painting.
  2. Did you keep up the hobbies you picked up in lockdown 1? E.g. walking every day, instruments etc.
    My weight lifting routine changed as I couldn’t get hold of any larger weights to progress. This was frustrating, but then I realised that there are other ways to keep fit. I got into running, skipping and resistance band work. This has given me my mojo back.
  3. How has lockdown changed the way you look at your life?
    Living in a fast-paced city like London has made me realised that I was rushing around a lot. Now that lockdown has slowed everything down, I’m able to appreciate being still. Lockdown has really made me feel grateful for my health and the health of those I love. It’s also made me appreciate today and not worry about tomorrow.
  4. If you weren’t in lockdown right now, where would you like to be?
    I would like to be at my parents’ house. Eating my mum’s curry and listening to my dad’s stories that he’s told over hundred times.
  5. If you were to arrange an online dinner party who would you add to your guest list? (This could include people you know or people you don’t know).
    This is a tough one. I think I would like to invite who I’ve always wanted to meet and talk to. Whether they would all get along, I don’t know.
    • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, writer and comic – She’s hilarious and humble
    • Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – He’s brave and intelligent, plus he could do with a sit down.
    • Dr Rebecca Gomperts, founder of Women on Waves and Women on Web – She is a fearless campaigner for women’s rights.
    • The Weekend, musician – He’s the only artist out there who I feel is timeless. Like Bowie and Prince. He’s also got a good sense of humour.
    • Serena Williams, sportswoman – Her strength and will to win is truly inspiring.
  6. What is your favourite self-care routine you do when you need a pick me up in lockdown?
    A homemade facial, a long luxurious bath and a glass of chilled Chablis.
  7. What is your most memorable work moment during lockdown?
    I would say, when Andrew put on his personalised face mask, which he got for his secret Santa. That really made me laugh.
  8. Who or what has an inspired you over the past 11 months?
    I live in Wandsworth, which is a very green borough of London. What has inspired me is walking through the common, the woods and along the Thames. I feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful area. I’m also inspired by the team at Parliament Hill, who have been inspiring by how they’ve adapted to working from home. Our office has always been a place of fun and we’ve managed to keep the fun going virtually.
  9. What is your top TV watch recommendation?
    I love crime documentaries so I would recommend watching ‘The Ripper’, a Netflix documentary about the Yorkshire Ripper. It’s more about the investigation and the context of the era, rather than about him... Really fascinating. Channel 4 does a great documentary called ‘24 hours in Police Custody’. You get to see how the police process crime from the initial 999 call to the sentencing. The BBC also do a wonderful documentary series called ‘Reported Missing’, this tells the story of the lengths the police go to when they are looking for a missing person. If you’re looking for crime dramas, ITV has got some superb dramas out at the moment including ‘Des’, ‘White House Farm’ and ‘The Pembrokeshire Murders’. If you’re looking for something more light hearted, you can beat these classic comedies on BBC iPlayer such as Porridge, I’m Alan Partridge, The Mighty Boosh, Fawlty Towers and Only Fools and Horses. Enjoy!
  10. If you could be an animal, which animal would it be and why?
    I’d like to be a Jaguar. They live in the Amazon Rainforest, which is always warm. They are an apex predator, so they’ve got nothing to worry about (apart from humans!). They also hunt Caiman crocodiles which is pretty hard-core. Yep, I’d definitely be a Jaguar.

Series editor Ellen Waters. Avatars are sourced from Bitmoji (bitmoji.com).

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