5. Which parent are/were you closer to and why?
Were - as both parents have passed away. In my younger years, I was closer to my mother; my older years,definitely my dad. My mum could be pretty difficult - and I had to do more for her. I loved her, but didn't like her much. I got on really well with my dad, even though we were estranged for a few years. We were really quite close in the latter part of his life and quite similar in many way, especially humour and view on the world. I do have tender memories of my mother, but my father is the one I hold in stronger regard.