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Quick-fire Q&A with… Jemma Simpson

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Jemma Simpson
Simpson - speedily running away from darts coverage on the television
  
This month, Olympic 800m runner Jemma Simpson answers some quickfire questions with E-Inspire:

 

 

If I wasn’t an athlete I’d be a ..

 

A film producer – that would be my dream job outside of athletics. The recent David Cronenberg film Eastern Promises is a good one – I’d like to direct/produce something like that.

 

You would never catch me watching….

 

Darts!

 

On the other hand I never miss an episode of…

 

Lost. My degree was in English Literature and Media and Lost contains a lot of references about literature, and the human condition, psychology, religion, philosophy – it’s done really well and I’m into that sort of thing.

 

My choice of radio station is….

 

Kiss 100 – it’s a London station that plays lots of up to date R ‘n B.

 

I would love to have a shopping spree in…

 

New York City!

 

If my house was on fire I would definitely save my (assuming family are already safe!!!)

 

I wouldn’t be able to leave without my photos and sentimental things.

 

The last film I watch at the cinema was;

 

Hancock. It was pretty good – I liked the idea of the underlying love story mixed with fantasy. That’s the downside, I can’t watch anything now without analysing it like I did in my degree!

 

Comedy genius to me is…. (e.g. name a tv or film comic, why you think they’re funny and their funniest scene)

 

I like Russell Brand and Ricky Gervais – they both do really good stand up comedy.

 

 

 

The silliest thing I have ever done in competition was…

 

I went to compete in an indoor meet earlier on this year and didn’t carry the essentials in my hand luggage – I’d packed my spikes, my orthotics, in fact all my important stuff into my checked in luggage. Did I mention that I was flying from Heathrow terminal 5 after it had just opened?! You can guess the rest, I didn’t see them for a week.

 

One of the first TV programmes I remember watching when I was young was…

 

Fawlty Towers – I think I was probably into cartoons but I just remember my dad had it on a lot.

 

Name a tune or artist on your I-pod:

 

Justin Nozuka – “after tonight”

 

What is the strangest picture you have on your mobile phone?

 

I have a video clip of my friends diving into bushes in a Manchester park. It’s one of those things that seemed funny at the time, but yes is probably quite a strange thing to have on a mobile.

 

What was the last book you read?

 

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins – I’ve also recently read Russell Brand’s biography “My Booky wook”

 

Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver?

 

Gordon

 

Joey or Chandler?

 

Chandler!

 

 

 

To suggest a question for future quick-fire Q&As email on E-Inspire@ukathletics.org.uk marking your subject heading as Q&A