Sarah Clark interview May 2013

What do you think are the most important questions we should be asking each other?

Why is there more fuit in a rich man’s shampoo than in starving people’s bellies? Why are footballers paid more in one week than many earn in a lifetime? Why is it legal for large corporations  (among others) to not pay taxes? When will humans learn to respect the earth that sustains and supports them? Why do humans think it ok to play god?

What events, activities, projects, organisations, etc, would you like to see more of where you live?

Schools where the national curriculum isn’t followed. Perhaps an holistic treatment centre that can help people who can’t afford the prices of complementary practitioners.

What is the epitome of beauty to you?

Nature. Nature is the epitome of beauty to me, how it all works so perfectly together, how nature inspires so much and continues to give so much despite how it is utterly abused.

Got any good jokes you want to share with us?

Q: What goes “ooo”? A: A cow with no lips!

What is the meaning of life to you?

42. Not really. Honestly? Wow. So many words all fighting to escape my bonce in one messy tangle! I believe the meaning of my own life changes as I change and age. The meaning of my life right now is to be the best mother I can be for my son, to make sure he is happy, feels loved and secure, knows he will have my attention and support no matter what while at the same time letting go little by little so he isn’t suffocated. That and the worry, the guilt, the tears, but it always boils down to the love. So I guess the meaning of life to me is love.

What do you think the world would be like if there was no religion?

Just imagine


What are the most important social issues that you care about?

Education & care of the young, treatment & care of the elderly, treatment of the sick and disabled.

What are the most important ideas, projects, events or activities that you feel passionate about?

Until recently I wouldn’t have known how to answer, but I met a lady last week who has sparked my interest in an upcoming group for people (of all ages) who want to learn real skills: how to tell the time by the sun, how to grow your own food, how to make and repair clothes and lots of other fantastic things. Things you don’t learn in school eh? Bring that shit on!

If you could control all of the media for one day what would be reported and why?

Nothing. I’d let people have a day to themselves.

What do you feel most grateful for in your life?

That I am clothed, fed, warm and loved.

What do you think is the difference between spirituality and religion?

Ooh tricky. Ne’er the twain shall meet or helplessly interwoven? For me spirituality is softer than religion. Religion is like a school master with a cane and spirituality is like a lady running laughing through lush green fields being chased by giggly children.

What are your favourite things about where you live and why?

I’ve lived in this city for 13 years now. In that time I’ve been new, met new people, seen people leave, met more new people, left, come back, lost touch, been re-connected and been introduced. To people. It’s the people that bring me back and make me want to stay.

When you think about the issues that concern you what would you like to see more people do?

I know people who struggle to afford food each week. I also know people who buy a whole week’s worth of food, most of which is thrown away because they eat take away four out of seven nights of the week. To quote a  wall in the ladies toilets in The Old Bell Hotel “when the people share there will be no shortages”

How do you feel about the current government and why?

No matter what they do they put across the message that they really couldn’t give a hoot in hell about people less fortunate than themselves. I appreciate that being in a position of power is challenging, you can’t please everybody and the economy isn’t in a good way yada yada, but when are they going to lead by example? Cut benefits? Cut your own salaries too! Tax poor people with too many rooms? Tax the obscenely rich too! People are dying says we! How can we profit from it? Says they.

What does it mean to be a good parent?

To raise a child that is truly happy, comfortable and confident in their own skin. If you can crack that in today’s world then they’ve got it made.
If you could go back in time is there anything you would do differently?

No. I am who I am. I have made my choices. I have learned from the things I have done. I have no regrets.

What do you think are the best things about being alive?

Shared experiences.

What do you enjoy learning about most?

I enjoying learning about people’s lives.

What subjects, ideas or thinkers do you think are missing from the national curriculum?

In a class of children there will be many different styles of learning. I learn best by doing and working with my hands, others learn best by reading something over and over until it sinks in, but EVERYONE learns best when they are interested in the subject matter. I think it would be an incredible thing if the national curriculum was scrapped, the whole education system turned on its head and children were allowed to learn what they wanted how they wanted, if learing styles were recognised early on and kids were put together with other kids who learn in the same way, if these groups were made up of different ages all helping to teach each other and learn together, if parents were actively involved in classes and brought their skills to the table. But that’s never going to happen is it? Not in government funded schools.

It would also be lovely if parents were empowered to look after their children while they are young, not encouraged to send them to nurseries and preschools for someone else to care for and nuture while they slog themselves at work to pay for it. The early years are so important to the development of a child. With this in mind the UK could take a look at the rest of the world and realise that between four to five is too young for children to begin education in an institutional setting. In many other countries six is the standard school age. A lot can happen in a year, children develop at a mind blowing rate when so small…through to late teens actually.

What inspires you the most and why?

People inspire me. People with realistic and achievable visions.

What talents, skills, knowledge or experience do you have that could help others?

Take from it what you will: I can cook, knit, crochet, use a sewing machine, hand embroider, hand strip a border terrier, do/teach Makka Ho stretches. I can use an SLR and can share the basic knowledge I have. As a mother I have breastfed and would love to help other women understand the importance of it and be more confident doing it. I love sharing the knowledge I have gleaned from raising my child so far and would love to learn from other parents with children older than mine.

What’s your favourite form of entertainment and why?

Define entertainment?  Music because it can evoke instant memories, smiles, tears and goosebumps. Books because they transport you to a whole other world that you see as no one else does. Films for a quick hit of escapism. Theatre for the experience shared between audience and performers. My favourite type of entertainment, though, might not be classed as such because you can’t get it on telly, out of a radio, from a stage or from the walls of a gallery. My favourite type of entertainment is the laughter, chatter, smiles and silences that arise from spending time with people.

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