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PERSONAL STORIES - Derek Ashburner:                  

 

Interviewed in Portsmouth June 2008:

 

Different Strokes:   How old are you, where were you born and how long have you been a stroke survivor?

 

Derek:I’m 67 years of age, born in Darlington; a Stroke Survivor for 17 months.”

 

Different Strokes:   What was your occupation(s) and when?

 

Derek: “Sales Director of a Construction Company..”

 

Different Strokes:   Of all your experiences, which occasion or event sticks in your mind most?

 

Derek: “Climbing Towchal (A mountain above Tehran)."

 

Different Strokes:   What has been your proudest moment and what was the happiest occasion in your life?

 

Derek: “Proudest moment – Lunch with the Queen; Happiest occasion – The 2 weddings of my daughters.”

 

Different Strokes:   Since being disabled by your stroke, what do you hope the future will bring?

 

Derek: “New friends and cycling in France.”

 

Different Strokes:   What is your favourite tipple when available and what do you usually prefer when out with friends?

 

Derek: “Dry white wine.”

 

Different Strokes:   When you were active in the past, what activities did you enjoy most?

 

Derek:Sailing, skiing and swimming .”

 

Different Strokes:   Do you have any particular hobbies/activities you are still able to enjoy?

 

Derek: “Gardening and opera and Church membership.”

 

Different Strokes:   Which big-screen film has entertained you most; and who was the screen actor/actress you liked most?

 

Derek: “Casablanca. I don’t have any particular choice of film star or actor in mind”

 

Different Strokes:   Outside of the media of music, films and TV, whom do you admire and respect most?

 

Derek: “No one individual comes to mind. I’d prefer to just say that I enjoyed living in Buckinghamshire from 1977 to 2008”. (We lived in Iran from 1974 to 1977)

 

 

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