My weekend: Alison Romaine

Alison Romaine

Alison Romaine

Stuart Piper with his wife Debbie and children Megan, 10, and 12-year-old Abigail  Picture: Sarah Standing (170385-8300)

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Alison Romaine, 15, is in Year 10. She lives in Fareham and when she isn’t preoccupied with school, enjoys being creative and having a competitive match of rounders with friends.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

A few weekends ago I was in Andover completing an expedition for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. We had to walk 12km each day. Unfortunately our navigation wasn’t spot on (Andover has lovely countryside but it’s hard to tell one tree from the other) so we covered way over 24km in the two days – oops!

What was the last concert or show you went to?

This year I was involved with Rock Challenge (a dance and drama competition) with my school. It is a smashing day out and it really encourages team work. In the heats our piece came first and we received awards as well as a place in the final.

And the last book you read?

Most teenagers would have heard about The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. The story of a young girl diagnosed with cancer who attends a support group has taken over social media, so I thought I should see what all the hype was about. I was told I should cry at the deep and intelligent meaning of this novel, but all the coverage on it meant I didn’t quite shed a tear. Nonetheless, you can see teenagers love it – they’ve even made T-shirts (oh and a film).

What was the last film you saw at the cinema?

Whenever Channing Tatum is in a film, it’s a must-see. I needed a break from revision and 22 Jump Street delivered. The double act of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was very entertaining. Fast cars, jumping (as the title suggests) and laughter were just my cup of tea.

Where do you eat out?

My friends and I recently discovered the Vintage Tea Room along West Street in Fareham. We went to try their special ‘high tea’ while enjoying the Victorian/vintage interior. It is usually quite jammed in there (apt pun) – a reflection of its popularity and friendly staff. The cakes are divine and come in massive portions.

What’s your signature dish if you’re cooking?

I’m proud to say that I’m pretty much a professional when it comes to microwavable meals – it’s efficient and it doesn’t taste too bad. 

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

One wouldn’t call her a celebrity, but everyone knows her. The Queen sounds rather cool – I’d be fascinated to see her busy day-to-day schedule. Much of her life is behind the scenes and surely the Queen must do normal things too. Also it would be quite an achievement to say I’ve spoken to the Queen.

Do you have any hobbies?

I play the flute, trumpet and piano and I also enjoy dancing and performing in drama productions. I enjoy singing, however that doesn’t mean that I can sing! Whenever 
I have time, I love to go indoor go-karting. I love to be creative too – textiles especially.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I like popping down to the beach and spending the day with friends – a game of rounders is always on the cards.

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