• Question: •Would you prefer to have 5 acquaintances or 1 friend?

    Asked by student19 to Mark, Kat, Jodie, Jamie on 24 Mar 2011 in Categories: .
    • Photo: Jamie Pringle

      Jamie Pringle answered on 23 Mar 2011:

      Hello student19,

      1 friend definitely. There’s times in your life that you really need a good mate, acquaintances are all very well, but when the chips are down, you need your best mate to help out.

      I have a close friend whos life was going downhill fast after his mum died and he lost his job. He came to stay with me and my friends in our flat for a few years until his life got back on track (he’s now a secondary science teacher in Hastings!). it wasnt allways easy, but you have to hang in there with your friends.

    • Photo: Mark Hill

      Mark Hill answered on 24 Mar 2011:

      Hi student 19,

      This is a really difficult one. When does an acquaintance become a friend, or vice versa. I will always go out of my way to make people welcome and to help people where I can. Is that friendship. My fellow scientists are acquaintances at the moment, but should any of them call on me to help with a case, or in any way, I would do my best to help. My nature is always to try and make people feel welcome and I expect that my fellow scientists would adopt a similar approach to each other. Although I have never met them before, they all seem really nice, pleasant people.


      I don’t think the boundaries are that clear. Sorry I cannot be more specific.

    • Photo: Katherine Davies

      Katherine Davies answered on 24 Mar 2011:


      1 friend – everyone needs a soul mate and someone they can talk to about anything.