Everyone seems to be doing it so I thought I’d have a go...
The Second World War was my first real interest; I was born within 20 years of its end and remember watching All Our Yesterdays on TV as a child. However, for some reason I’ve always had a soft spot for the Cold War - sort of 1980s-ish. I think the interactions of weapons technology are so interesting during that period.
28mm pulp - 1930s archaeologists, cops, thugs, Nazis, mysterious cultists, maybe a dockside with run down warehouses and a salt-caked tramp steamer moored alongside.
3. Favourite 5 films?
In no particular order: Land and Freedom, Grosse Pointe Blank, Local Hero, 51st State, and (guilty pleasure) Notting Hill. Interestingly that’s two films with assassins as heroes and two films with scousers as heroes. Maybe I should review my planned answer to the “favourite fantasy job” question?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Skins, University Challenge, Coupling (the nearest I get to quivering fanboy is where Steven Moffatt is concerned), The Big Bang Theory.
Just one book? I love Julian May’s Galactic Milieu books but I can’t pick just one of those so it’ll have to be Pride and Prejudice.
General Studies - my favourite subject at school.
Probably Arc of Fire (though Hordes of the Things is my most played set of rules; probably ten times as many games as any other rules).
Rugby League and Sheffield Eagles (though I was brought up in football-mad Merseyside supporting Liverpool FC and they’ll always have a place in my heart).
Can I come back? If not, I’ll pass. If I can, then I’ll go to Istanbul, one night in May 2005.
I’d love to have known Christopher Hitchens. I can think of no-one more entertaining to sit next to at dinner.
12. If your life were a movie, who would play you?
I’d like to think John Cusack but I’m afraid I’d probably get Mackenzie Crook.
13. Favourite Comic Superhero?
Perry the Platypus. Britain doesn’t have as strong a superhero comic tradition as the USA so I’m going for the character from Phineus and Ferb, which my daughter watches on TV.
“Nous sommes dans un pot de chambre et nous y serons émmerdés.” - General Ducrot at Sedan.
When a man is tired of London he is tired of crowded streets and an oppressive sense of being surrounded by urban sprawl for further than he can walk in every direction. On the other hand it is full of history and OK to visit for a day. Where I’d really like to go, though, is the French national tank museum at Saumur.
That I spent so much time early in my wargaming career collecting Airfix figures and converting them into various ancient and Napoleonic types without any proper focus and without any real, strong interest in either period at the time. I just thought they were “what you do if you’re a wargamer”.
Gentleman of leisure. Prepared to consider professional assassin, though. Do you get dental with that?
Panic Beach - Maria McKee, Crazy in Alabama - Kate Campbell, Fall At Your Feet - Crowded House, Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen, Family Tree - Gerry Rafferty
I love it when a plan comes together. The only time I ever played Shock of Impact I set up a lovely defensive position with a single light infantry unit in the battle line. The enemy took the bait, quickly routed the lights and began a disordered pursuit only to be taken in flank by my elite Royal Guard heavy cavalry who’d been deployed on a hill for exactly this opportunity.
20. The miserable Git question, what upsets you?
The cussedness of inanimate objects. Particularly dice.