Yourself: Life Choices: Su Pollard
Pollard, 57, is single and lives in North London
Always the same or always game?
If I find a dish I really like, Ill eat it
until I cant stand it any more. In a
restaurant, Ill sometimes order something Ive
never had before I recently had venison
and thoroughly enjoyed it and once, in Hawaii, I
ate some sort of fish which wasnt squid but
had blue ink inside. Thats about the most
adventurous Ive been.
Experimental or tried and tested?
Im not a very good cook and I dont
really enjoy it but I will try recipes that dont
have too many ingredients. Its a great
feeling when something turns out well. Im
very good at doing roast cod with herbs and
M&S or D&G?
I mix and match. I really like Accessorize and Ive
always liked Topshop. The Diesel shop in New York
is one of my favourites, too. Designers I like
are Giles Deacon and Basso and Brooke.
Victim or setter?
I regard my own style as quite individual.
I remember going to C&A when I was four years
old and knowing exactly what I wanted a
blue and white polka-dot smock dress with yellow
ties. I like to be a bit imaginative and will
happily wear a tie
with a dress if I think it will work.
Until you drop or avoid at all costs?
If its for something essential, I dont
mind but I couldnt spend a whole day
wondering around the shops. I cant stand
all that getting undressed then dressed again
Im more of a spur of the moment
Beach or piste?
I dont mind walking along a beach but I dont
like sunbathing. I once went skiing when I was at
school and I learned the French for help!
It came in very handy because I was hopeless and
fell over a lot. My ideal holiday is a city
break. I love New York in particular.
Quantity or quality?
If you live for quite a while you can accumulate
a lot of friends so I suppose Im a bit of
both. Some of my closest friends go back 40 years
and Id like to think that if I live another
20 years Ill make even more friends. If
not, Im more than happy with those Ive
Intimate dinner or big bash?
I love dinner parties where people end up telling
you things they wouldnt normally ever
mention. Its nice to see people letting
their guard down and having fun. I also love big
parties where you go from one person to another
and think: They seem nice.
Mary Poppins or Cruella De Vil?
Mary Poppins. Im not a mother but I am a
godmother. My sister doesnt have any
children either; theyve never been in the
remit but I think that as long as children are
polite and well brought up Im happy to
spend time with them.
Aggie & Kim or Wayne & Waynetta?
I have people in once a week to give the house a
thorough clean but Im not averse to tidying
up every day and making sure everything is in the
right place. I need order around me and I cant
remember the last time I went to sleep after a
party without cleaning up.
Boy racer or Sunday driver?
I dont drive but if I did Im sure Id
be a boy racer. Ive never wanted to drive
because I manage perfectly well with trains,
planes and taxis. I couldnt stand the
responsibility of driving and journeys of more
than 40 minutes bore me rigid.
Minimal or cosy?
Neither. Minimal means you have one chair
I hate that but I dont like a cosy look
either. Im theatrical, Ive got bright
colours lemons and greens and reds
all over my home; its very bright. There
are paintings all over the walls and a television
made out of metal which I just like to look
Alternative or aspirin?
I guess I would be aspirin; Id definitely
go to the doctor if I wasnt feeling well. I
never take melted seaweed or anything like that.
Im always pretty healthy.
Bin it or recycle it?
I recycle and am really conscientious about it. Im
really pleased that a lot of companies which use
ridiculous amounts of packaging are now being
targeted. Its so wasteful.
Jane Fonda or Jim Royle?
The show Im doing at the moment is an
hour-and-a-half long with no intervals which
means I get a tremendous workout every day. When
Im not working I do a 40-minute workout
three times a week which involves Pilates and
skipping. I devised it with my sister and a
sports injury adviser and touch wood, its proving
to be a good regime.
Gadget girl or technophobe?
Technophobe. Im waiting for everything to
come out on a wristwatch. Come on Sony
please, please answer my prayer. Im not
logged on or webbed in Im not
interested in any of it.