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23 April 2005 @ 01:28 am
It's deja vu all over again.  
1. Leave a comment requesting an interview.

2. I'll respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.

3. Update your corner of the net with the answers to the questions and leave notification in the comments to this entry.

4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.

5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, ask them five questions. And thus the cycle continues.

Interviewed by melbournian

1. What is your quest?

To seek the Holy Grail.

I guess if I really had to decide on a quest it would be to make sure that I actually make some kind of positive difference in the world in my lifetime, whilst having a good time of it myself.

2. Where do you want to go?

I'll assume you mean geographically, so I most want to go to Ireland, my ethnic homeland.
That and Vietnam.
I look forward to plenty of overseas travel with Emily, but it will be interesting to see how we compromise our travel priorities.
For example, Emily went to Thailand (without me), and did not visit the bridge on the river Kwai.
We both want to go to Vietnam, but I don't think Emily is that keen to tour sites like Khe Sanh, whereas that would be my primary interest.
I guess she's more interested in the here-and-know, where I am enthralled by history both ancient and modern.

3. How much time do you spend watching DVDs/movies/TV shows?

Gee, I've never really worked it out.
A lot, I suppose is the simplest answer.
I have the most extensive collection of DVDs I've ever seen in any home, bar my brother's.
And, as I've said, broadband internet has opened up new avenues of, um, "acquisition".
I'd definitely say that watching movies and TV shows would be my primary recreational activity.

4. What is your all-time favourite comedy skit?

Well, the question might as well say "favourite Monty Python skit", since although there have been many worthwhile sketch comedy shows (almost exclusively British), none have ever come close to Monty Python.

Anyway, like the Beatles question, I'm going to refuse to be pinned to down to a single favourite, since different things are funny for different reasons.

I love the sheer violent anarchy of "Sam Pekinpah's Salad Days", John Cleese's brilliant verbal gymnastics in "The Cheese Shop" and "The Dead Parrot", and the true embodiment of "repetition makes it funny" in "Deja Vu". However, for the purest, simplest, most effective comedy, you can't go past the slapstick genius that is "The Fish-slapping Dance".

5. What will you be doing for a crust in ten years time?

Hopefully writing films, or doing other writing projects.
I'd also be quite happy teaching; adult education that is, I don't really deal well with kids.