Ailie

19 Feb 14
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Ailie was born in Edinburgh and is currently finishing her final year of study for microbiology degree. Science and Biology are her main interest but in a free time she loves to read a comics and to play on her X-Box. Her Mum is Glaswegian and Dad is English so I asked her if she feels British or Scottish? She answered: ” First Scottish then British ” but actually let Ailie speak by herself "I’m a local from Edinburgh, and I get a bit passionate about my city - although I can’t wait to leave when I’ve finished my undergraduate degree. I am a bit of a big kid; I get very attached to my games, my cartoons, and my Transformers toys! The walls aren’t as plastered with posters as they used to be, I don’t really fancy having a “student-y” student flat if you know what I mean. Science fiction is definitely my thing, especially retro-futuristic titles like Fallout or Bioshock, or ridiculous films like The Fifth Element because things like that often have a dark, tongue-in-cheek sort of humour; I can’t abide by anything too serious, especially if there are laser guns involved. I’ve always ticked “Scottish” on forms because that’s what I always thought of myself as being, and that’s what I’ve always been told I was. In fact, no one outside of the UK has ever called me “British”, and as a kid I got a distinct non-British feeling. All the television channels were planned to the English school dates, I didn’t recognise any of the British landmarks (I didn’t see London until I was seventeen), and no one “British” talked like me. However my father is English, and in primary school I got a bit of nastiness for it from other kids, though that usually subsided when I explained that my father is from Yorkshire which is far enough from London for most people to let me off the hook! Still, for all the anti-Englishness I was exposed to, my first long-term relationship was with a Londoner. But I have the accent, so I’m the one ordering at the bar to avoid any cheeky remarks from the barman…"

Ailie was born in Edinburgh and is currently finishing her final year of study for microbiology degree. Science and Biology are her main interest but in a free time she loves to read a comics and to play on her X-Box. Her Mum is Glaswegian and Dad is English so I asked her if she feels British or Scottish? She answered: ” First Scottish then British ” but actually let Ailie speak by herself “I’m a local from Edinburgh, and I get a bit passionate about my city – although I can’t wait to leave when I’ve finished my undergraduate degree. I am a bit of a big kid; I get very attached to my games, my cartoons, and my Transformers toys! The walls aren’t as plastered with posters as they used to be, I don’t really fancy having a “student-y” student flat if you know what I mean. Science fiction is definitely my thing, especially retro-futuristic titles like Fallout or Bioshock, or ridiculous films like The Fifth Element because things like that often have a dark, tongue-in-cheek sort of humour; I can’t abide by anything too serious, especially if there are laser guns involved. I’ve always ticked “Scottish” on forms because that’s what I always thought of myself as being, and that’s what I’ve always been told I was. In fact, no one outside of the UK has ever called me “British”, and as a kid I got a distinct non-British feeling. All the television channels were planned to the English school dates, I didn’t recognise any of the British landmarks (I didn’t see London until I was seventeen), and no one “British” talked like me. However my father is English, and in primary school I got a bit of nastiness for it from other kids, though that usually subsided when I explained that my father is from Yorkshire which is far enough from London for most people to let me off the hook! Still, for all the anti-Englishness I was exposed to, my first long-term relationship was with a Londoner. But I have the accent, so I’m the one ordering at the bar to avoid any cheeky remarks from the barman…”

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