Hilary seems like a decent and interesting person. Apparently she’s one of the multi-millionaire panel members on a television programme called ‘Dragon’s Den’. She’s typecast, obviously, but she seems down to earth, plain-spoken, intelligent and extremely astute. She’s led an interesting, challenging, financially successful and sometimes tragic life.
It was a tragedy for her, obviously, that her third ‘marriage’ lasted no longer than her wedding day, which was all it took for her gold-digging groom to walk out on her. One might well ask how an astute, intelligent, successful and independent woman could possibly be so stupid . . . but then again, we don’t know how clever and psychopathic her groom really was. He’d certainly done a good job of grooming the sweet and innocent Hilary, who was no doubt too busy being a successful millionaire business person to pay too much attention to other matters.
Hilary was on Desert Island Discs this week:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nk24l – Hilary Devey
Hilary admits to having ‘a lousy choice in men’, and she also says – like a lot of the many clever, dynamic, creative and innovative people who pop up on DID – that she hated school. Or in Hilary’s case, schools. Her family moved around a lot, and so she experienced several schools. She hated all of them.
Hilary says that ‘intelligence’ is just a matter of having a good memory – which is an interesting point of view. Limited, but interesting. In a way she’s not wrong, since she seems to be saying that as far as schools are concerned, as far as the education system is concerned, as far as “academic success” is concerned, all you really need is a good memory so that you can do well in timed tests and examinations. This is certainly an astute and largely accurate point of view. There’s no doubt that the lack of a good memory for facts and figures and other bits of information is an extreme handicap in our current system of schooling. It’s about to become even more of a handicap when our Education Czar, the Govester, succeeds in scrapping all ‘coursework’ as a means of assessment.
It’s a pity that Kirsty Young didn’t get Hilary talking about her other intelligences – personal, social, spiritual, instinctual, etc – and also talking about her capacity for creativity and innovation, since these are not big or important issues as far as our education system is concerned. Emotional literacy would also have been an interesting topic.
As for Hilary’s taste in music – well that was interesting as well. It seems Hilary would like to spend her time on the desert island in the company of Michael (Thriller) Jackson, Freddie (Bohemian Rhapsody) Mercury, Frank (My Way) Sinatra, Elkie Brookes, Westlife, Dolly Parton, Celine Dion and Kenny Rogers. Hmmmmm. Just imagine living with that lot in your face, and in your ears, every day. I’m not saying these people can’t sing – it’s how they sing, and the material they choose to sing.
Notice any commonalities there? Extreme schmaltz, cliched sentimentality, pompous posturing, egocentric rambling, huge vanity, overblown emotion, and good old country & western. Pick and mix.
Hilary – thank you for your presentation. It was interesting and in parts hilarious.
[However, I’m about to make a pitch to Hilary for funding to set up a company that will produce character profiles of people on the basis of their choices and preferences in music, literature and art. Forget graphology, astrology, exam success and other worn-out methods of employee selection. Employers wishing to use my service will need to get their job applicants to agree to having a survey done of their entire music collection and their entire home library, together with an interview about favourite books, authors, music tracks, songwriters and other artists. There will be an examination of both breadth and depth in each candidate’s case. I guarantee that my profiles will be of far greater use than any existing method. There may be the odd glitch – but who cares? We’ll still get fantastically rich. If graphologists, astrologers and exam boards can do it – then so can we!]