Where I come from, it takes years to get truly intimate with people. You don’t say you’re friends until you’ve known them for ten years, delivered their babies, gone to funerals with them and all that bollocks (laughs). I met a lot of people in London but I dealt with them not as friends but as mates. Is there a level of difference there in English ? I thought that I would never have real friends here.

Hotpress, 10 august 1994