Culture Club

Issue 82


Who is your favourite author and why?

My go to author when I need to switch off from work is Andy McDermott. He’s written a whole series of books that is a similar concept to the Indiana Jones franchise. It’s so easy to get lost in the mysteries of the world within them. If it’s an author within my profession it would be Daniel Barnett. Daniel is a top London Employment Barrister who puts employment law into simple explanations within a short series of books. I always recommend these to my HR trainees and clients wanting to learn more about employment law and HR.

What would be your three Desert Island Discs?

Run to You – Whitney Houston. The Prayer – Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli. There You’ll Be – Faith Hill (from one of my favourite films).

Who is your favourite film star and why?

Tom Cruise is an actor I have followed and loved since my teenage years. There is something about his cheeky persona. I have also loved Robert Redford. A great actor with charm and charisma.

What are your top three films? 

,The Last Castle – Robert Redford plays an ex-general who is court martialled and sent to military prison. The warden played by James Gandolfini treats Robert and the other prisoners terribly, so Robert fights for justice and fairness for all. Top Gun – Tom Cruise in a uniform, flying a plane and riding a bike. Need I explain more? The Bodyguard – Whitney Houston plays a famous singer who is being stalked and Kevin Costner plays a bodyguard assigned to protect her and her family. A feel-good film with one of my favourite singers and favourite other actors.

Which poem left a lasting impression on you?

No particular poem comes to mind, but I can recite lots of nursery rhymes currently after my grandson was born last year!

What boxsets have you enjoyed?

Game of Thrones – I love fantasy and science fiction. Taken – it’s about a family through the generations that is impacted by alien abductions. Some great story lines in this.

Who is your favourite artist or performer?

Celine Dion – I love a strong ballad to sing along too. I’m that crazy lady sat at the traffic lights singing away at the top of my voice whilst driving. What is your favourite venue? You can’t beat Madison Square Garden in New York City for a venue.

Which musical instrument do you particularly enjoy?

I love to hear the organ played as it reminds me of watching my dad play when I was a child. My dad passed away when I was 19 so watching someone play brings back great memories for me.

From the world of Arts and Culture who would be your ideal dinner party guests?

Audrey Hepburn – she personified talent, natural beauty and cared deeply for others through her humanitarian work. She would fascinate me in conversation. Robert Redford – his career in acting and what he has done for the Arts and other actors is legendary.

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