The beauty of the game is strength, stamina and technique and when you shorten the game, technique goes for a toss and the quality of badminton will surely go down in this system.
If you go to Real Madrid, there’s no time to improve as a manager. You don’t have a chance to be a better manager, you already have to be the best.
If you go to Real Madrid or Barcelona, the fans, the media and the decision-makers don’t give you the time to grow into that.
The players notice that you love football. You still like to have a ball at your feet in training. Do you come to work with a joie de vivre? I can’t give off the impression that I am under brutal pressure or fear that something could go wrong.
As a player you just go and train – but as a coach or a trainer you think what you can do to improve the team, or specific parts of the game. You will do that on the field and after the training: you say that was the right or the wrong way.
I didn’t know much about the East End and I didn’t go trudging round to research it – couldn’t be bothered with all that – but my grandmother was a cockney so I used her voice for Dot. I don’t think it sounded very real at the beginning.
Don’t like makeup. I don’t use it much unless I go out – I think it makes you look older.
I can’t go out socially. I never go to soap awards now. I don’t recognize people I know and they would think that I was snubbing them.
I’m absolutely pedantic about language; it must go back to my schools.
I never wanted to be an actress. I wanted to go into the medical professional. Acting was not important enough. That was a hobby – nothing to do with what you did in life.
You don’t go into a game expecting to lose.
The Old Vic is special to me because that’s where I began. I lived in New Bond Street in London in a flat that cost 4.20 a week. I split the rent with friends. We used to go to concerts, theatres, we went to the Proms.
One of the ideas for Justin.tv was that it would force me to go out and be sociable and talk to people.
I would not like to go into a care home. That’s my worst fear. I like my own home and would like to die here.
I actually want to go out and try to date girls. I mean, ones who want to be on camera.
I find little flaws I have in practice, I work on those and go to the gym or I eat better.
You have got to go through all of the opponents to get to the gold medal.
I wanted to go out there and do what no one’s ever done – and that’s recapture some kind of glory.
I look at my family and what they had to go through sitting in those stands and listen to their child be booed.
What is it really going to amount to if I go out there and run against Usain when he is not at his best? That is not a great storyline. It is not a race I would like to go out and win.
I want to go out there and show the world I can stretch my legs even more and exhibit more talent.
Alcohol was this crutch for me, to be able to be confident or go do those things I was scared to do. Eventually, I was like ‘Oh, this isn’t serving me anymore.’
The toughest breakup I had to go through was losing my father.
Go back to the basics as life gets more complicated.