Stephen Pollard Revealed
About Stephen Pollard
What is your birthdate?:12/18
Previous occupations:Research assistant, think tanker
Favorite job:Editing the Jewish Chronicle
High school and/or college:John Lyon School, Harrow; and Mansfield College, Oxford
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Bach, Mozart, Beethoven (so I cheated and listed three)
Favorite movie:The Producers
Favorite television show:Curb Your Enthusiasm (and West Wing)
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. Lucky
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. If you don't ask, you don't get
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. Dinner at Tetsuya's in Sydney on my honeymoon.
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. Snakes
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. At home with my wife eating chicken soup and matzoh balls and a cheeseboard
- Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
- A. I do not believe in reincarnation
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. George Bush
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. Okey dokey
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. That's between me and my conscience
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. To play the piano to concert standard
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. I like to think it hasn't happened yet
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. Impatience
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. The ability to choose
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. Unfortunately you just have to look - weight
- Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
- A. Benvenuto Cellini. I'd be struck dumb.
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. People who spit in the street
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. Picking winners (or, more often, losers) from the Racing Post
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. Editing a newspaper
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. Cheese
On Books and Writing
- Q. How did you come to write Ten Days that Changed the Nation?
- A. The book flows from the title, so it was a natural. My wife gave it it's final formulation.