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Flinty graduated from Durham University with a degree in English Literature. She comes from an artistic background and has worked in a variety of roles; from private banking, to gallery attending, to cattle-farming. She joins the OpenRoom Team from Guernsey, with a book and paddle board in hand.
F: Is this going to be published online? Is it going to be censored before it’s published? I might do a truthful answer and then a publishable answer...?
I: What is the meaning of your name?
F: Hard and unyielding… so… beware!
I: Do you say that to all your dates?
F: Her eyes dart around the room like a feral cat. I don’t want to answer that question. Next.
I: What were you doing before working at OpenRoom Events?
F: Dreaming of working at OpenRoom Events.
I: What’s something that has surprised you about OpenRoom?
F: I think what has amazed me about OpenRoom is how big it is for such a small and tight-knit company. It is so global and far-reaching.
I: Anything you would change?
F: I would like a fruit bowl. On the record. She gestures at my recording device. I think it’s important.
I: In lieu of the biscuits?
F: I mean, not in the same bowl.
I&F (in unison): HERESY!
F: I mean tangerines are particularly good this time of year.
We lock eyes, Flinty shifts her weight in her chair. Children play outside. The dust settles.
I: If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why?
F: Her eyebrows stitch into a frown. This is difficult. I want to say something like an eagle. So, that I could have a bird’s eye view of an American National Park or something like that. However, another part of me wants to say a mouse so that I could squeeze through small places.
If I go for the mouse I get the best of both worlds because I might, in fact, be captured by an eagle and lifted into the air and then have the amazing view.
Two birds, one stone. She’s smart. A good hire.
I: If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would the slogan be?
F: “Everybody’s crazy, except for you and me, and sometimes maybe you”.
I: If you could go anywhere right now, where would you go?
F: I would go to the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. Although, I don’t want to pay or queue. In fact, can it be a private viewing? And maybe the person showing me round could be Eddy Redmayne? He did History of Art at Cambridge.
…In this scenario, I would also like him to be interested in me, but I am unavailable.
I: Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight, or night?
F: I am sunrise. She looks at me pointedly. I came into this world as the sun was rising. Very early. I am also the tallest I ever am in the morning.
I: OK – do you get shorter throughout the day?
F: I do. It’s a well-known fact.
I: You’re a new edition to the OpenRoom crayon box. What colour are you?
F: I’m going to go with grey, because what I would really like to be is a pencil.
I: What is your favourite family tradition?
F: In the Bane household, we have two traditions on birthdays:
1) the person whose birthday it is must cut the cake with their hand underneath their leg and the cake on the table
2) (and this involves everyone) the first mouthful of the cake must be eaten with just the mouth. Sometimes I just carry on eating the whole cake without my limbs…My granny cut her 80th birthday cake like that.
I: Which OpenRoom events will you working on and attending in the next year?
F: • C-Store APAC
• Dental UK, USA & Europe
• PetroForum MENA
• VetForum USA
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