This week's The Best Thing About Me features Vamos performer Louise Mellor (pictured right) and composer Janie Armour (left)
The Best Thing about me is...
Louise: I have a lot of empathy for other people and I will go out of my way to help somebody in need.
Janie: I’m pretty calm in a crisis.
What did you want to be when you were 10 years old...
Louise: Probably an actor! I started to show an interest in theatre from a young age, which surprised everybody as I was very shy most of the time.
Janie: One of the Double Deckers.
What was the first single you bought? And in what format?
Louise: I think it was Wannabe by the Spice girls on tape... did I really just admit that?! I also remember getting my older brother to put Children by Robert Miles on a mix tape for me...there, does that make me a little bit cooler?
Janie: Oliver’s Army by Elvis Costello, on vinyl
What was your most cringe worthy childhood outfit?
Louise: The adidas poppers tracksuit was pretty horrendous, and those stretchy comb tooth headbands should never have happened, oh and the floral denim wedges. In fact, let's just say that the 90s as a whole was one big fashion mistake for me.
Janie: A purple velvet trouser suit complete with Donny Osmond badge.
What were you most scared of as a child?
Louise: Spiders. I wonder how many my parents have caught and set free for me over the years.
Janie: Really high tides, my brother’s aim with a tea towel.
What was your favourite childhood holiday?
Louise: Taking the ferry across to France for a camping/caravan trip, or renting a house in St Ives, Cornwall. One time me and my sister managed to hide every single one of our teddies in the already over packed car and take them with us, after being strictly told that we could only take one each. It was like a secret mission that we proudly succeeded in. We just didn't want any of them to feel left out.
Janie: Every year we went to the Isle of Man because we lived about half a mile from where the passenger ferry sailed. We would then spend the days on the beach, fishing and turning blue with cold. I also got nits, so now I’m not sure about the favourite bit…
The Best Thing about me as a child was…
Louise: my imagination and creativity, I loved inventing games and making up stories.
Janie: my inexhaustible optimism.