! I’ve missed you! And so I am taking time out of my busy schedule of attacking ground elder to write to you once again.
First up I want to say a huge thank you to the many of you who took the time to fill out my GFP survey
(which is still open if you missed it last time). It’s been brilliant getting to know more about you! I do have to apologise for my terrible question two, which as several of you pointed out was not particularly clear and was unhelpful for people who live in different countries from where they were born etc. One rather cross GFP said I should have known better given I was about to marry an immigrant – to which I can only say I should have known better as the daughter of an immigrant and as an immigrant myself! My answer to the dreaded “where are you from” question is always “it’s complicated” and then I wait to see if whoever asked is going to make me explain that my father is from Argentina, my mother is from the UK, I was born in Brazil and only received UK citizenship by special dispensation (when I was born mothers couldn’t automatically pass on their British nationality) so I had to have an interview to be allowed to work here and can’t pass on my nationality to my kids…plus I grew up all around the world. Definitely complicated! So huge apologies for the sloppy wording there. Next time I will ask “where do you live” 😬
THAT SAID, this question was still my favourite as it threw up one of the biggest surprises of the survey, which was how many of you are NOT from the UK. It was so exciting to see how many GFPs there are scattered all over the world! As well the the US, Canada, Australia and Germany which together with the UK make up the top 5 countries for GFP saturation, we have GFPs in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, UAE, Venezuela, and many more! (Thought I’d spare you the full list by choosing just one country at random from each letter of the alphabet).
Thank you also to those of you who took the time to give me feedback on the sex and gender questions, I’ve taken your comments on board and if I do another survey I’ll have a play around with the wording there too.
IN OTHER NEWS, this happened