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The questionnaire.

What car do you drive?

A BMW M5, for everyday ( it's a 'de-restricted' version that can do 210mph. I also have an Ultima GTR Le Mans car, that generates 700 horsepower and can do 0-60mph in two seconds ( that's my hobby. And for the family, we have an Audi S4 estate.

What's your favourite restaurant?

Romano's in Cleadon village, South Tyneside.

Who or what makes you laugh?

I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue on Radio Four.

What's your favourite book?

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, by Douglas Adams.

What was the last album you bought?

X&Y by Coldplay

What's your ideal job, other than your current one?

If I was a lot younger and fitter, a racing driver.

If you had a talking parrot, what's the first thing you'd teach it to say?

It would be "Another bottle of beer?" When I get home in the evening, my two and a half year old daughter answers the door and goes to get me a bottle of beer!

What's your greatest fear?

Something unpleasant happening to my children.

What's the best piece of business advice you have ever received?

Work with believers ( people who subscribe to what you're doing, who are evangelical about it, and don't just punch their card each day.

Worst business advice?

I can't think of any.

What's your poison?

Beer ( proper real ale.

What newspaper do you read, other than The Journal?

I don't really read a newspaper, unless I'm on a train when it might be the FT, the Times, or the Telegraph.

How much was your first pay packet and what was it for?

It was pounds 133.33 per week at the British Steel Corporation as a trainee chemist, in September 1976.

How do you keep fit?

I coach a mini rugby side at the weekend, and I play either squash and tennis once a week.

What's your most irritating hab....?

Probably finishing other people's sentences for them.

What's your biggest extravagance?

My car ( or having a swimming pool built for the family at home.

Which historical or fictional character do you most identify with/admire?

Enoch Powell. He was a fascinating human being who was always misquoted and misunderstood. He was stunningly intelligent and insightful ( the best Prime Minister we never had.

And which four famous people would you most like to dine with?

Bill Clinton (pictured), Bill Gates, Michael Schumacher and Humphrey Lyttleton from I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

How would you like to be remembered?

As a good dad.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 27, 2006
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