Question time: ‘I would love to be Dr Dolittle’

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Julie Stone from the Blue Cross Adoption Centre answers our questions

What is your earliest memory?

Sitting in a pram on a summers day outside the front door of my childhood home, sadly no one would think it safe to leave a child alone like this now.

What do you wish they’d taught you at school, but didn’t?

How to learn, school taught me how to pass exams, but not deep learning.

Of all the places you’ve been in your life, which would you recommend to a stranger?

Anywhere in Cornwall, it is full of magical places.

If you could pass one new law tomorrow, what would it be and why?

To give all animals more protection under the law. Animals are just commodities under the law and have very few rights, so something in conjunction with more education would be great.

If you were stuck on Death Row, what would you pick for your final meal?

I adore Indian food, but if I was on Death Row, I would be too scared to eat.

And if you could write your own epitaph what would you pick?

I love this quote I saw once –‘“Live each day as if it is your last, learn as if you will live forever’.’

If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

I would love to be able to speak to animals, that would just be amazing and make my job so much easier.

If you had to give up something tomorrow, what would you find it hardest to live without?

There are three things that I couldn’t live without, my husband John, my dogs, and my art.

What’s the most important lesson life has taught you so far?

Not to let the small stuff get you down, always look at the bigger picture and be grateful for what you have.

If you could leap forward to the year 2050, what would you expect, or hope, to find there?

I would hope to find a much more peaceful and tolerant world.

What do you go out of your way to avoid?

I really dislike circuses and any form of ‘entertainment’ where animals are used.

What’s your best kept guilty pleasure?

I love Coronation Street, a bit like comfort food for the brain. Sadly I think I am a bit of an expert as I have pretty much watched it all my life.