What is your idea of perfect happiness?
No telephone calls, good food, a glass of wine and a book by the seashore or Black Adder Goes Forth on TV
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
I have no idea
On what occasion do you lie?
When it’s a matter of life and death
Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
Deborah, my youngest daughter
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My receding hairline
What is your most marked characteristic?
Full commitment once ventured
What is your most treasured possession?
My collection of books
Choose a movie title for the story of your life.
‘The best is yet to come’
Which talent would you most like to have?
To play the piano
What is your greatest extravagance?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My inability to be still and relaxed
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
The lack of seriousness and taking a very casual attitude
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To slow down and chill out
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire
Which historical figure do you admire most?
Who are your favourite writers?
Leon Uris, James A. Michener, John Masters, Barbara W. Tuchman
If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?
Impatience and always being in a hurry
Would you rather have less work or more work you actually enjoy doing?
When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?
Good health, a sound mind, peace with God and man, and ready for exit
What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
Nothing comes easy, hard work comes before success
What was your favourite food as a child?
The beef rolls my mother made
What impact do you want to leave on the world?
Having tried and improved the quality of life of plantation workers
Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Ari Ben Canaan of Leon Uris’s Exodus
What is your greatest fear?
No fears. Live each day fully by God’s grace
What is your biggest regret?
Losing my father when I was young and not having him around