My Culture Choices

Issue 102

Kate Watson is the "go to person" for technology and data protection compliance. Her business, Ask Mrs Watson is a source of trusted support for businesses that need help in those fields.

Her membership platform makes it easy to get support when you need it. It’s a flexible format meant for businesses that just need that little bit of help. From sole traders up to global organisations, members get what they need, when they need it. Here we “asked Mrs Watson” about her favourite choices from the world of culture.

Who is your favourite author and why?

John Grisham – He was my Dad’s favourite author and became mine as Dad would pass on the books to me when he had finished with them. I love books that I can’t put down and I always found that to be the case with each one I read. If I was allowed two, I would also pick Mike Harding, the author of the Armchair Anarchist’s Almanac, just the best funniest book ever!!

What would be your three Desert Island Discs?

Andrea True Connection – More, More, More – Massive Summer ’76 memories!

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis – The journey it takes me on goes straight to my soul every time.

Slade – How Does It Feel? – Just so many levels, a masterpiece and from one of the most under-rated bands ever.

Who is your favourite film star and why?

Olivia Coleman – she is just so normal yet extraordinary, I don’t think I have thought she wasn’t amazing in anything I’ve seen her in.

What are your top three films? Tell me about them.

Kes – A compelling story that shines a light on social injustice and the battle to rise above – nobody does it better than Ken Loach

A Bugs Life – A very, very funny uplifting story brilliantly crafted where the ants awaken to their collective power against the grasshoppers. I quote lines from it all the time and have watched it more times than I should probably admit! It has a brilliant blooper reel at the end too!

Nine and a half weeks – No comment other than ‘ooh err mrs’ hahaha A cautionary tale of why fancying the pants off someone and infatuation isn’t really love and rarely lasts/ ends well but when you are a young woman with raging hormones it makes you catch your breath like you are a maiden in pride and prejudice!

Which poem left a lasting impression on you?

Death is nothing at all. Like many I’ve lost loved ones and whenever this poem is recited at a funeral, I think of those who have ‘gone on ahead’ it’s very comforting to me.

What box sets have you enjoyed?

The Crown, Friends, The Kominsky Method and Silicon Valley.

Who is your favourite artist or performer?

Queen/Freddy Mercury.

What is your favourite venue?

City Hall, Newcastle.

Which musical instrument do you particularly enjoy?


From the world of Arts and Culture who would be your ideal dinner party guests?

Olivia Coleman, Bill Nighy, Greg Davies, Stephen Fry, Judy Dench, Jonny Depp, Ricky Gervais, David Bowie and Sister Wendy Beckett!

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