Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
- Helen Keller

60-second interview: Angela Armstrong


A personal insight into what makes me tick from childhood ambitions to a sense of purpose.

What did you want to be as a child?
An actress. My much older brother was an actor, I found the frenetic back stage activity, the costumes and characters completely enchanting.

What would you like to have told your 16 year old self?
If you want it, go for it. Make the best decision you can with the information you have at the time. Look after your health. Stay true to who you are. Enjoy the simple things in life. Work hard but have fun too. You are more resourceful than you realise. Spend time with people who lift your spirits. Trust your instincts. Stay curious. 

What superpower would you most like to have?
I'd love to be able to converse with anyone in their native language.

What is your favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere I can meet the locals and experience authentic culture and food.

What are you passionate about?
Travel (anywhere) and food (good quality ingredients and clean flavours, for example Thai food is delicious).

Who inspired/inspires you?
In no particular order: Dame Anita Roddick (founder of The Body Shop – ethical consumerism), my surrogate grandmother, Linus Torvalds (inventor of Linux, an open source operating system), Nelson Mandela, Steven R. Covey, many others.

What would be your perfect day away from work?
It’s a sunny day. I meet up with a few close friends and we hike along a big ridge with 360 degree views, we enjoy a hearty picnic and some laughs at the highest point. Later we go to a nearby pub and listen to a local band. We finish the evening with a wee dram of whisky and put the world to rights along with lots of good-natured banter.

What is your greatest personal achievement so far?
I realised a childhood ambition by taking a sabbatical from work to travel overland from Cape Town to Cairo.

What is your credo?
Whatever you do in life, love it or learn from it.

What would be your theme song?
It's my life - Bon Jovi ("It's my life, it's now or never, I ain't gonna live forever")

What is your all time favourite book (and why)?
“Roots” and “Queen” both by Alex Haley. Years of painstaking research of genealogy of his paternal and maternal lines respectively, each woven into a rich and compelling story. 

What activities have meaning & heart for you?
I support a local project which aims to divert young people away from criminality, anti social behaviour and substance abuse, including alcohol by raising self esteem, discipline and positive activities through the sport of boxing. The young people also get involved in community-based projects and self-development activities. In particular I am privileged to work with the female only 11 to 21 age group; they’re a great group of girls.

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