The Apollo Project
Liberal Ideas for the 21st Century
Saturday, February 04, 2006
My Secret Life
by Steve Travis

Perhaps an unwise title given recent events. Have no fear - this isn't a confession, but a take on the Independent on Saturday Magazine's questionaire. And while we're at it, why not make it a meme?

I drive/ride ... a Saab 9-5 Aero Estate. Practical, but fun; and more fuel efficient the quicker you drive.

If I have time to myself ... I write letters. Nothing beats the physicallity of handwritten correspondence.

You wouldn't know it but I'm good at ... making game pie. Port being the secret ingredient!

You may not know it but I'm bad at ... being decisive.

All my money goes on ... mortgage and nursery fees. What's left goes on design classics.

My favourite work of art ... Not art as such, but Art Deco architecture.

It's not fashionable, but I like ... taking Standard 8mm cine films. No sound, a strong chance of messing up the exposure or losing some of the film when you turn the reel over, and 4 minutes costs £20. Yet you get no sense of occasion and anticipation with the instant fix of video. Plus you still can't beat Kodachrome for colour.

If I wasn't me I'd like to be ... a philanthropist. I imagine the hardest bit woud be choosing between so many good causes.

Comfort eating ... Sticky Toffee Pudding.

The soundtrack to my life ... currently Keane. But all time, ABC's masterpiece The Lexicon of Love.

I wish I'd never worn ... shiny black peg trousers and white shoes. But it was 1985.

A book that changed me ... My father read me Animal Farm when I was about 7 years old. The bit about the farmer being a drunk really disturbed me, but understanding the alegory led me to a lifelong fascination with history.

My biggest regret ... Not taking History A-Level.
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