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MEET Cora Strachan

Salon Project Director

What was your favourite subject at school?
Domestic Science (as it was called in those days!)

What was your best subject at school?
Hmmm really depended on how hard I worked…incredibly was top in English, French, Maths and DS at one time or other, and similarly was bottom too... but DS was probably the most consistent (and the teacher really liked me which helped).

What was your first-ever job?
Baby-sitting 3 very "lively" children, and getting paid a pittance for doing so.

What was your worst ever job?
See above.

What is your favourite restaurant?
Le Gavroche... a real treat worth every penny and the wait (as you inevitably have to book ages in advance) - and I hate basements with no windows generally, but don't give this a second thought.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life - what would it be?
Cheese, would never get bored.

What was the first music single you bought?
It was the classic "Bye bye baby" by the Bay City Rollers... strange you don't hear it often these days...

What is the most entrepreneurial thing you have ever done?
Selling "locks" of my hair to boys in the year below me at primary school.

What's the funniest thing you have ever done to a work colleague?
Persuading my then boss into pretending to be an exhibitor on a fictional Irish Pavilion  at IFE (it's the only accent I can do), so we might persuade the guy on the ticket barrier at Green Park to let us through without buying a ticket (we had in complete accident boarded the Jubilee line without a ticket -there is no ticket barrier at ExCeL and thought we might be facing a hefty fine)... she clamped her mouth shut, and was willing him not to speak to her, and left all the talking to me... but he looked so terrified of the "mad irish woman" who accosted him, he pushed us through the barrier as quickly as he could.

What is your motto in life?
"Do unto others, as you would have others do unto to you"...

If you were allowed one dream perk what would it be?
A foot massage every afternoon from Michel Roux Jnr whilst sipping a large gin and tonic .

What’s your favourite movie and why?
Billy Elliot, a poor boy makes it good movie that isn’t slushy, is funny sometimes, love the sound-track and think Julie Walters and Jamie Bell were brilliant.

If you could pick a celebrity to join the agency who would it be and why?
Michel Roux Jnr... could make me lunch everyday (before the foot massage)

What luxury would you have on your desert island?
Egyptian cotton sheets.

What animal best reflects your personality and why?
An elephant - strong, intelligent, loyal to the group, and unstoppable

If you could be anybody in the world (alive or dead) who would you be and why?
Would love to be able to fly so would have to be Superman (he is real isn’t he?)