Name: Sir Roger Moore
Last book read: Morgan's Run, Colleen McCullough
Last film seen: Babe
Last music heard: Brahms
Last dose of live culture: Brahms concert at the Royal Festival
Hall – I was there as one of the hosts for The Passage homeless
Who would you most like to sit next to on a long haul flight ?
Dr. Christiaan N. Barnard – the first person to perform
a human heart transplant.
What ending of a film/book has most disappointed you?
They all do, because that's when they say: "The End".
In international competition, what could you represent your
Freestyle swimming – it's the only sport where people don't
kick you or hit you with a ball.
What cliché is most applied to you or your life?
Which public figure do you think is most overrated ?
What question are you never asked and most want to answer
How would you like it if I didn't ask you any more questions?
What, in human history, do you wish had never been invented
The hydrogen bomb.
If you could have been born in a different century, which
would it be ?
The 1st century.
Name something you truly believe in?
What has been your greatest discovery online ?
If you could be stranded in one place in the world, where
would that be ?
My home in Switzerland.
What is your fantasy other job ?
A brain surgeon.
It's clear that you think of entertainment as an enjoyable but
somewhat frivolous diversion from the serious matters of life
and death. Which leads me to sense a hint of pain behind your
description of the image of Roger Moore as "debonair".
The following will encourage you to believe that the world of
entertainment can change peoples' hearts and minds, as surely
as any brain or heart surgeon.
Recommended film: Creature Comforts – Complete Series
If the last film you saw was Babe, it's time to go onto the
hard (animated) stuff. Originally conceived by Nick Park as a
five-minute film about how animals feel living in captivity in
a zoo, it was then developed into a cult television series. Using
the voices of everyday members of the public, we are shown various
clips of animated interviewees, including Pickles, a guide dog
with an over-optimistic outlook and a manic giggle; Fluffy the
Hamster, a depressed rodent whose bowl is always half-full; and
Trixie and Captain Cuddlepuss, a bored, married couple who argue
about bad breath and Yorkshire terriers wearing lipstick. What
could be mistaken for a children's film or lightweight comedy
is suffused with brilliant insights into different areas of society,
celebrity culture, and the uneasy feeling (which you know so well)
of being put on the spot in an interview.
Recommended book: Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
Sport can be one of life's greatest escapes (especially if you
like freestyle swimming), so it seemed a book about football would
never tell us anything profound about human existence. That's
until Nick Hornby came along. He uses his obsession with his club
as a vehicle for talking about his life, beginning in 1968, the
year that his father first took him to see Arsenal and the year
his parents separated. A wry, humorous, but startlingly profound
insight into male psychology and the quest for love and meaning,
Fever Pitch is far from just being a look at life through Arsenal-tinted
spectacles. Structured in the form of match reports, the book
does what the classic, "high-brow" writers were doing
in the 19th century: it teaches you about life.
Recommended music – Cabaret Original Soundtrack Recording
Wilkommen to the world of Berlin Cabaret, specifically the Kit
Kat Klub, 1931. The soaring voice of Liza Minnelli, who plays
cabaret star Sally Bowles, brilliantly conveys a depth of character
behind the make-up and fishnet tights, as she swings from brash
independence in Mein Herr, to terrible vulnerability in Maybe
this Time. But by far the most noirish note struck is the ever-present
undercurrent of the Nazi rise to power, which transforms the simple
lyricism of the song Tomorrow Belongs to Me by a young Nazi boy
into a terrifying glimpse into the future. Simultaneously uplifting
and dark, this resonant album turns high-kicks into goose-steps,
and will remind you of the importance of taking even the most
debonair entertainment seriously.