Interview:2003-State Art 20/20

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A Life without anxiety and fear, filled with Love, Reassurrance and Achievement and plenty of food in the cupboard, a roof over one’s head and a warm, welcoming bed where one can sleep easy at night.

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be, what would you do?

George W. Bush and I’d fuck anyone I wanted and tell the world about it too. Pretty much what he does already so he shouldn’t mind.

Which person (living or dead) do you most admire?

Someone you wouldn’t know or would have ever heard of. And, that’s the way it’s staying!

What is the one trait that you hate most about yourself?

Something I obviously inherited from my Mother which is always being late by about half an hour for almost everything. She used to have the clocks in the family home always set fast so as to try and combat this peculiarity – so whilst she was ‘apparently’ late for the bus she wanted to catch she, in fact, never was! I just drive faster or telephone to make my excuses.

What is the one trait that you hate most about others?

Big mouths and loose tongues, especially after a few drinks.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I don’t think I’ve ever had one. To be extravagant is contrary to my nature.

In what way would you prefer to die?

I wouldn’t!

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

One man’s virtue is another man’s vice so that’s a little tricky. Monogamy, perhaps?

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Blah, blah,blah,…

What is your greatest regret?

Lying to my Father when I was very young about how an ice cream I was eating ended up on the ground, not being physically or mentally prepared for a spiritual epiphany in 1980 – which will haunt me for the rest of my Life but probably inspired the rest of my Life up until now – and not buying a dinner plate that once belonged to Eva Braun. It was absolutely exquisite but was about 2,200 Euros in 1996 and I thought it would be too extravagant. See, I could not fight my own nature, damn it!

When and where were you the happiest?

When you accept Existence one cannot reasonably expect to be always aware of being ecstatically happy every single second of the day. Neither can you expect absolute misery – we hope! The Bliss of the Now is always worth looking out for.

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?


If there is ‘life after death’, what would you choose to come back as?

Unless I have unfinished business, which I hope I don’t, I wouldn’t choose to come back. I was told when I was young that I was an Old Soul on young shoulders so I feel I’ve done my ‘bit’.

What is your most treasured possession?

My Instincts.

Where would you most like to live?

Where my Heart is.

What is your most marked characteristic?

I am always right.

What do you value most in your friends?

Their Love and Faith. And, sense of humour!

Who are your favorite writers?

I’ve been asked this question a million trillion times. Marx and Engels, of course. I especially love their rhyming couplets.

If you could fight anyone, who would it be?

I don’t believe that anyone who has been in a real Life and, possibly, death fight would actually choose to fight with anyone. It is choice that has always been imposed upon me but my response has been adequate.

What is your motto?

Purity of Intent through Deeds not words.

Many thanks to Douglas for answering our Stateart 20/20!


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