"I am ideal for this because you cannot get a woman living a more twenty-first
century lifestyle than myself. I am an unmarried twenty-nine year old woman living
in my own house and driving my own car. I hold down a responsible and demanding job
as a Police Control Room Operator, previously a very male orientated profession.
I have no dependants and am not responsible to anyone else. It would be hard to find a woman living my lifestyle twenty years ago, let alone one hundred!"
"I love my life and to be given an opportunity to see what sort of life would
have been open to me at the beginning of the last century I feel would be an invaluable
experience both emotionally and physically."
"I am under no illusions that transplanting a modern woman, such as myself, into a life
of service one hundred years ago will be difficult to say the least, but I fell I have
the determination, desire and tenacity to test myself to the limits"
"I have a diploma in Catering and Hotel management - after this I started at the bottom
as a trainee manager, working through housekeeping to become assistant restaurant manager
of a hundred cover restaurant."
"It was here that I became aware of how the hierarchy in the kitchen worked and that to
insult a chefs cooking was to take your life in your hands."
"My current position as Police Control Room operator has taught me how to be cool and
clear-headed under pressure, to be able to pass on detailed information efficiently
and succinctly, to operate on very little sleep and at all hours of the day, to anticipate
a situation and act accordingly and lastly but importantly, how to keep well
mannered and courteous whilst being subjected to abuse."
"I enjoy cookery, baking and cake decorating and not only did I attend a cake
decorating course but have decorated several wedding cakes. My cooking talents and experience were also pushed to the gourmet limit in 'The Dinner Party Club', a
society that my friends and I have started."
"Other than blisters, calluses, dry skin and aching limbs, I hope to gain a
better understanding of what women and the lower classes had to go through to
enable modern society to live with the amount of freedom, opportunity and
independence that I am in a position to enjoy today."
"In relation to the job itself, I hope to learn their method of cooking extravagant
and complicated menus with what would be considered as primitive equipment by
today's standards. All this with the added hindrance of cooking what is in season
and available from the gardener."