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‘Off the Cuff’ with Sue Segar

Sue Segar is an accomplished Cape Town-based freelance writer.  Prior to freelancing, she worked as a political reporter for many years and is now a sought after contributor to a variety of South African newspapers and magazines as well as JournoNews.

My secret pleasure is … reading flaky magazines at the hairdresser and seeing if I can tear the pages I like out and keep them …

My first job was … as a cub reporter on the Natal Witness in Pietermaritzburg, during the varsity holidays. 

My most annoying habits are … biting my nails, smoking, breaking bits off rusks to pretend to myself that I am not eating the whole delicious buttermilky thing …

A clear childhood memory is … running along paths in the Drakensberg mountains with my beloved friend Lois and my brothers and dad.

What makes me really nervous is … the thought of being old and lonely with my kids living in Australia or something. Thank goodness for dachshunds.

The best advice my parents gave me was … enjoy your childhood because it is hard being an adult. And how …

If I wasn’t a journalist, I’d be a … person who studied viruses and got to the bottom of them. They are such interesting, sneaky, mysterious things.

I’m most thankful for … my two beloved children and my girlfriends and my completely wonderful dogs  … 

My favourite meal is … Thai, Indian …

I know it’s good for me, but I hate … the first stages of getting into the icy water at Clifton 4 …

A book I love is … so many to mention – The Kite RunnerArundhati Roy’s The God of Small ThingsA Room of One’s Own and anything by Jung …

    

A song that resonates is … If You Were A Sailboat (Album Version) – by Katie Melua. Isn’t she just wonderful?

My ‘happy place’ is … the quiet security and reassurance of any big comforting church or my beloved Newlands Forest …

My most embarrassing memory is … it happened in America (every second day I did something embarrassing). I was a naive South African who had never been overseas before … and I’m not telling you!

My hidden skill is … multi-tasking and doing all sorts of things at once.

If I was a dog … I’d be a Greyhound …

It’s a bit corny but I love … doing patchwork with all sorts of gorgeous scraps of fabric …

I’m most at peace when … the kids are happy and content and being nice to me!

Country I’d love to visit … Japan and Denmark.

Favourite quote at the moment is … ‘What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly’ – by a Jesuit monk.

Sue Segar is a JournoNews contributor. Her stories include: