Thanks for the compliment. Top secret where I got the name from, but it's a bit better than my boring real one.
Can't beat the indian meals in Bradford! Saying that, ironically, it wasn't until I returned to meet up with family on holidays that I actually began to eat them. Ireland hasn't quite mastered the true concept of indian food yet. (there are only two restaurants in Cork, where I live and they don't do it justice!).
By the way, Rebecca, I don't think blaming is such a bad thing if you enjoy it. I got my love of writing through my father. He's an english teacher. However, he created a character for me when I was a child by leaving books hidden around the house. The "phantom" left signs all around the house until I found the book. It took me five years to figure out who was really giving me the books.
Being a latch-key kid isn't so bad either. It gives you an excuse to be resourceful with your time. Ireland is scenic, but as I'm sure you are aware, England can be just as beautiful. Where do you do most of your writing? I tend to write in a coffee shop since there's too much distraction at home (namely my cat who dances on the keyboard). I've become such a regular, I get a great discount on the cappuccinos, so it's not all that bad. Better get off the computer, my partner wants access rights!
Hope your place is dryer than here!