When I’m not at work I spend my time… Home with the family, driving kids around to sport and I manage to squeeze in some golf, a mountain bike ride and a bit of running with my wife (we do the odd half marathon). I am assuming lying on the lounge watching TV probably doesn’t count as “spending” time.
The person that most influenced my decisions in life when I was younger was… My schoolmates – they weren’t all great decisions but the important thing was that we shared them together!!
The last interesting book that I read was… The last book I read was Paul Barry’s “Who wants to be a Billionaire.” The last interesting book I read was Bruce Dover’s “Rupert’s Adventures in China: How Murdoch Lost a Fortune and Found a Wife.”
My first job was… First full time job was working selling advertising in Street Press for a Music Magazine called On The Street. Great fun but it was a slightly dubious industry – that whole paying people at the end of the week was often hit and miss.
My guiltiest pleasure is… Max Brenner and Lindt Cafés. I have given all the ones in the city a picture of me and asked them not to serve me. I love the chocolate soufflés at Max Brenner and the sundae at the Lindt Café. Both perfect for initiating adult diabetes.
At school, I was known for… I think a sharp tongue, an inability to do what I was told and an ability to talk my way out of trouble. Not qualities I really tell my own children to aspire to but the last one is handy in a crisis.
My favourite movie of all time is… The Great Escape. Steve McQueen was a childhood hero. So much so that my brother and I set up a jump to leap over our neighbours picket fence emulating the scene where Virgil Hilts is pursued by German troops also on bikes (McQueen did all the jumps bar the final jump himself) Similar result to the movie, we made it a couple of times and eventually I clipped a picket and crashed the pedal powered Malvern Star. I also like classics like The Exorcist, Stripes, The Pink Panther movies and movies I watch on planes that I would never be allowed to watch at home like Superbad, the Hangover and Get Him to the Greek.
I know it’s not cool but I love… Bon Jovi – will be front and centre on December 18 (probably won’t squeal until the encore.)
The person I most admire is… My younger brother Lachlan. He was very sick at a very young age with an extremely serious illness, which he fought through all his teen and early adult years. He beat it and showed a lot of courage and toughness, which I always admired. He lives overseas now but we are still close.
My friends say that I… Can only be tolerated in short bursts.
My hope for the future is that… The world moves away from fossil fuel consumption and develops commercially viable renewable energy sources. (Heavy but I hate smog and digging up and burning stuff that we know is eventually going to run out.)