What car do you drive?

BMW 6 Series

BMW 6 Series

What’s your favourite restaurant?

Kevin Liu's New Rendezvous in Ponteland

Who or what makes you laugh?

Mark Benton from the comedy series Northern Lights

What’s your favourite book?

Sir Bobby Robson’s autobiography

What was the last album you bought?

Dire Straits’ Private Investigations

What’s your ideal job, other than the one you’ve got?

Being employed by Newcastle United in some capacity

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

“Howay the Lads!”

What’s your greatest fear?

My partner having a bump in my car

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

“Always remember where you came from”

And the worst?

It’s not possible for you to print it!

What’s your poison?

A nice bottle of Sancerre

What newspapers do you read, other than The Journal?

The Evening Chronicle, of course, and occasionally the FT

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

I used to get £1.50 for my newspaper delivery round, which paid for me to get in to watch Newcastle United as a kid

How do you keep fit?

Running and cycling which I need to do more of!

What’s your most irritating habit?

You’d better ask my partner that one! I think my work colleagues would tell you I need to learn to relax and forget about the airport when I’m on holiday

What’s your biggest extravagance?

My car

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

Grace Darling. She showed bravery beyond belief, putting her own life at risk to save others

Which four famous people would you most like to dine with?

Alan Sugar, Kylie Minogue, the actor Martin Shaw and Princess Diana

How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who gave it his all


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