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A minute with Christina Covotsou-Patroclou 2017-18 Rotary Governor for district 2452 which includes Cyprus and eight other nations


Where do you live?
Limassol with My husband and 2 daughters

Best childhood memory?
Peeping behind the door with my sister, late on New Year’s Eve watching our parents prepare our presents so that we would wake up in the morning and think that Ayios Vassilis brought them down the chimney and put them under the tree.

Most frequented restaurant?
Sunshine Restaurant at the Kourion Beach for the unparalleled energy and the best swim in Cyprus.

Absolute favourite dish?
Since I can remember: the real Wiener Schnitzel with veal

What food would you really turn your nose up to?
Lamb fricassee

What did you have for breakfast?
Early morning cappuccino with 2 mini succulent croissants at my favourite café in the city

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
Difficult question but I would class myself as a night person. I produce some of my best work in the evening.
Night time: Dinner with few friends, with good food and drink running late into the night with a lively conversation around the table
Daytime: endlessly driving to places unknown watching new worlds unfold ahead of you. Good music and good company are a must!

Best book ever read?
Jeffrey Archer’s First Among Equals. The characters and their development through course of the story and the captivating storyline

Favourite film of all time?
Difficult choice again but I would say Jesus Christ Superstar as the original Rock opera and because back in the early 80s together with my friends Nicos and Stelios we would rush to any cinema that would be showing it and sing along verse by verse from beginning to the very end… eventually on video and DVD until very recently, I used to watch every Good Friday. It is permanently on my ipad.

Best holiday ever taken. What’s your dream trip?
A long time ago Christmas Trip to Burundi, Rwanda and Zaire (today’s Congo again) with a Christmas day swim in the Tanganika lake and the long search in the thick Jungle for Mountain Gorillas. Dream trip: A year long cruise (or longer if possible) round the world with my family

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
Early Morning radio with current hits Adele, Sam Smith, Florence and the Machine, Sia, Ed Sheeran and for out of town trips from my iphone, down my memory lane with Queen, Alan Parsons Project, Simply Red, Phil Collins, Police, Eurythmics, generally 80s music and Barbra Streisand, Protopsalti, Arvanitaki, whatever comes next in my playlists. To relax Mozart, Vivaldi, Pachelbel.

What is always in your fridge?
Nice cheeses and pate and salamis, eggs, tomatoes, fruit, wine, milk

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
Semirural bungalow right on a sandy beach as big as it can be comfortable and welcoming to an overnight guest or two. Plenty of land with seafront pines. No wind please!!!

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Freddie Mercury

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Stay home with my husband and near adult daughters and watch MGM musicals of the 50s with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse etc.

What is your greatest fear?
Walking down a steep hill

Tell me a joke
Q: What do politicians and diapers have in common?
A: Both should be changed regularly, and both for the same reason.

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