Shay is the newest cat and originally hails from the antipodes. She has decided to brave the slightly cooler climes of the Hot Tin Roof office. We asked her why and other questions.
Here’s what she said:
How did you end up working at Hot Tin Roof and how long have you been here?
There is actually some background to this. I worked in a PR agency in Brisbane for a number of years but decided to take time off to satisfy my travel bug and backpack through Europe. I enjoyed an incredible four months of travel and ended up meeting my Edinburgh-local partner who followed me back to Australia. When his Visa expired, we travelled through the US before arriving in Edinburgh just before Christmas in 2015. I’m a newbie at Hot Tin Roof, but I am loving it here and loving the Edinburgh lifestyle.
Tell us what it’s like to work at Hot Tin Roof in Tweet format.
The original stone walls may be cold, but the constant flow of tea is hot, fuelling the unremitting typing of the cats.
What was your favourite subject at Uni?
My favourite subject a university was actually Time Travel Philosophy. I chose to study a couple of philosophy subjects as electives and I really enjoyed them – I preferred being able to express my own thoughts on a subject rather than constantly quoting a text book. Time Travel Philosophy sounds absurd, but unleashed my ability to think outside the box and consider all possibilities and potential conflicts to conundrums.
Tell us about the last good book you read?
I try to mix it up a bit when I read, alternating an educational book with something really light hearted. The last book I read was A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton, but I am now reading In a Class of Their Own by Millie Gray, which is set in Leith during World War 2. It’s my attempt to familiarise myself with Scottish slang!
Tell us about the last good film you saw?
I saw the Big Short on a girls’ night out recently and I was pleasantly surprised. I thought that it would be a bit tedious, being about the financial crisis, but it was really well done with financial terminology explained in a funny way and likeable characters. It made me more aware of what occurred pre-2007, so was educational and entertaining.
If money was no object, what would you spend your day doing?
There’s still so much of the world I need to explore, I would be jet setting around to check it out. It’s nice being so close to Europe, especially since I’m used to living in Australia, which is quite far away from its neighbouring countries. If money was no object I would take my time to travel through Scandinavia, Turkey, Greece and through some of North Africa.
Tell us something about yourself that you’ve never told anyone else
When I’m making pancakes, I purposefully undercook the last one by flipping it in half. I call it a pancake roll and it’s my favourite way to eat pancakes with the awesome gooey batter trapped inside. I tell anyone else it was an accident so I am the one to eat it.