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My name is Joe, I’m a 21 year old Medical Student studying in Nottingham. I grew up in Essex and have been spoilt with some cracking friends from school and uni. When I’m not working I’m playing football, watching football or asleep. I also enjoy playing the guitar and keeping my sanity reading a good book. I look forward to life as a doctor and hope to get some experience working abroad in medicine in the not too distant future.
I’d like to say Manchester United…
But I’m a fan of one liners so: What do you call a man in a slow cooker?
What makes you smile?
David Attenborough’s every word, what a man.
Favourite good news story?
I read recently that a family’s house burnt down in a forest fire in America. One member of the family was a young man with Downs Syndrome, who had an incredible collection of videos and DVD’s – all of which he lost in the fire. But thanks to the good people of social media, within days thousands of strangers were sending him old or spare films so he could rebuild his collection in the wake of this tragedy. The young man was absolutely thrilled that people were so thoughtful, and he couldn’t wait to start collecting again. Made me smile.
What inspires you?
Knowing there’s hundreds of countries I’m yet to, but plan on, visiting. Life is too short to settle for comfort and convenience. My desire to explore cultures and areas most could only dream of seeing, is what inspires me to aim for the top of my profession.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
People turning a blind eye to suffering and hate.
If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
That’s a tough one – I’d have to say time travel though – imagine the state of the football transfer window or American politics in 100 years time? In all seriousness though, I’d love to go back and experience some of the biggest moments in history.
What is your favourite food?
Basically anything with hummus can get me through the day. Lindor chocolates run a close second though.
What is your favourite drink?
Gin and tonic. Oh, non-alcoholic? A pint of summer fruits squash.
If you are going on holiday, what luxury item would you take from home?
If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
It is hereby illegal to spit in the street, doing so will result in you being fined, imprisoned and having to lick it back up. Pet hate of mine, if you can’t already tell.
Random piece of information that people wouldn’t know about you?
I’m apparently the only person ever to have not seen (or cared for) Game of Thrones.
What is your favourite phrase or saying?
“The more the merrier.”
What cause/project/charity or anything else would you like to plug?
Dementia UK – having had first-hand experience of the impact of Dementia on patients, families and carers, I know how life changing and difficult a diagnosis it is. Dementia UK provide nurses and carers to work side by side with families. Improving care, treatment research and support for families would make such a difference.
Who is your favourite music artist?
My music taste is really varied so it’s impossible to name just one. I was brought up listening to both rock and soul music, so Foo Fighters and Stevie Wonder are up there for me. Right now though I’m really into Frank Ocean and Roy Woods.
Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life the most?
I couldn’t possibly just pick one person! Thinking about it, I have shaped a lot of my own life in the last few years. But if I had to say someone, I’d say my Dad. His advice and guidance has seriously helped me through life. Love you too Mum!
PJ’s or Not ?
Hot or cold? Hot
Cat or dog? Cat
Blue or pink? Liverpool fan here, so has to be pink.
Tea or coffee? Coffee
Glass half empty or glass half full? Half empty
Pyjamas or not? Pyjamas
Night out or night in? Night out.
Pizza or pasta? Pasta.
Biscuits or Cake? Biscuits.
Wine or Beer? Beer.
Football or rugby? Football.
Cinema or theatre? Cinema.
Gym or Tv? Gym.
Naughty or nice? Naughty.
Silver or gold? Gold.
Tent or hotel? Hotel – god I hate tents.
Bath or shower? Shower
Starter or pudding? Starter.
Sheets or Duvet? Duvet…you know we live in England, right?
Love Island or Game of Thrones? Literally refuse to watch them both.
Apple or Banana? Banana, of course.