The Malta Independent 17 August 2022, Wednesday

Getting to know… Alison Bezzina: Her childhood hero was a dog cartoon character

Stephen Calleja Sunday, 19 September 2021, 09:30 Last update: about 12 months ago

Animal Welfare Commissioner Alison Bezzina opens up to The Malta Independent on Sunday about her likes and dislikes by answering a set of questions aimed to let us know more about her.

She tells us about her love for pizza and, needless to say, animals, as even her childhood hero was a dog cartoon character. And who would she like to have dinner with, given the chance?

What was the last book you read?

The book of Animal Ignorance by John Mitchinson and John Loyd and an incredible forward by Stephen Fry.

Who is your favourite author?

Marilyn French

What was the last film you watched?

7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story

Which film have you seen multiple times and enjoyed every time you saw it?

Dirty Dancing

Who is your favourite actor/actress?

Kate Walsh

What is your favourite TV series?

Dr. House

What is your favourite game or sport to watch and play?

Athletics (to watch.)

Netflix binging (to play)

Which team do you support?


Which song would you sing at a karaoke night?

Anything that is offered on screen after my 3rd drink.

Who is your favourite singer/band?

Dolly Parton

Which show/event would you like to attend/have attended?   

A Dolly Parton Concert (have not attended)

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?

Fresh water, a book, and a solar powered satellite phone

Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?


What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?

Ketchup and Mayo sandwich

What is that one thing you could not go a day without?


Which fictional character do you relate to most?

Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones – Mother of Dragons)

Do you check your horoscope?


What age would you choose if you could be one age forever?


What invention would you erase from history?

Factory Farming

Would you like to know the day when you will die?


What's your favourite animal?

Every non-human animal is my favourite

What's your favourite type of foreign food? 


What is your favourite hobby?

Getting rough and dirty with dogs, cats and any animal that will play with me

What's your favourite season?


What's your favourite ice cream topping?


What's your favourite board game?


What is your favourite pizza?


What is your favourite colour?


What is your favourite pasta dish?

Tarja Froga

What is your favourite cartoon show?

Tom & Jerry

What did you like to do most during the summer holidays?

Cycle to Mdina (where my school was)

What career did you see yourself in when you were young?

Owning a stationary shop with an inhouse cafeteria

What is your best childhood memory?

Finding out that I was going to become a big sister

Did you learn how to ride a bike?


Who was your super hero?


Which toy do you wish to have kept?

A toy cash register with fake money

What subject did you excel in at school?


What subject did you dislike the most in school?


Was there some family tradition that was never missed?

Wit-wrestling with my dad any chance I get

What are the best values you owe to your parents?

That treating others as equal does not mean that you treat everyone the same

What would you change about yourself if you could?

My disastrous sense of direction

What really makes you angry?

Animal cruelty and neglect

Is your glass half full or half empty?

Half full always

Are you a sore loser?

Yes, but not for long

What is your biggest regret?

Not pursuing science subjects after school

What’s the first thing you look for in a partner and/or friend?


What is your greatest fear?

Losing financial independence

What is your life motto?

Do not sweat the small stuff

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Do not mistake my silence for allegiance, agreement or respect

What's one thing that can instantly make your day better?

The sight of a dog, any dog.

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you do or buy?

Donate 80% of it to animal sanctuaries and animal charities

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

My four grandparents (all dead)

If you could bring one person back from the dead who’d it be?

My friend Jonathan Chetcuti who passed away last year

If you could time travel, when and where would you go?

I would go back to my teen years and come out.

If you could relive one moment in your life, which would it be?

Getting my first dog.

If you could live anywhere outside Malta, where would it be?

On a super yacht just off the coast

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?


If you could know the truth behind a secret or mystery, which would it be?

Who came first, the chicken or the egg

If you could eliminate one of the seven deadly sins, which one would it be (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath or sloth)?


If you had to be given a superpower, what would you choose?

The power of persuasion

Coffee or tea?


Walk or swim?


Summer or winter?


Italy or England?


Restaurant or delivery?


Early bird or night owl?


Fish or meat?


Mobile phone or TV?

Mobile phone

Black or white?


Film or TV series?

TV Series


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