Lockdown Q&A with broadcasting legend and Woman columnist Polly Gillespie

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1 January 1970

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The popular Woman magazine columnist, broadcasting legend and self-confessed shopaholic may be lock downed at home in the capital, but she hasn’t lost her sense of humour or hope.

Best lockdown exercise?

Getting out of bed.

What do you love about lockdown?

The street I live on is a busy traffic route. It’s quiet now, and I can hear the tūī in my big pōhutukawa trees.

What do you loathe about lockdown?

People posting ridiculous misinformation about vaccines. For example, that they contain microchips.

Favourite lockdown food or drink?

Home-made cookies and Earl Grey tea.

What are you binge-watching?

Downton Abbey. I’m starting to be able to smell the tweed and leather.

What are you reading?

Conscious Capitalism.

What podcasts would you recommend?

The Infinite Monkey Cage.

What have you knocked off your lockdown to do list?

Organised pantry, washed mould off bathroom ceiling, beaten world record for chocolate chip cookie baking.

What item of lockdown clothing could you not live without?

My scuffs. Oh so appropriate for every ‘non-occasion’.

First thing you’ll do in Level 2?

Drive somewhere I have no need to go. Like I might drive to Bunnings or KFC or maybe the Baby Factory… just because it’s completely non-essential.

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