Greg lives in central Dublin but dreams of having a house by the sea. His favourite writer is Chaucer and, not surprisingly, when he grows up he wants to be a lecturer/researcher in medieval literature and culture. In the meantime, he keeps himself entertained listening to a bit of progressive rock and watching Fringe, Breaking Bad and Peep Show. Oh and finishing his thesis. Although Greg did admit that the questions were difficult and took some time to complete, I hope he is happy with the result.
1. Tell me about your favourite pet.
My dog Mulder, who died last February aged 14. He was a springer spaniel with a gentle nature and a sixth sense for when you were upset or ill. He was also absolutely bonkers (often more blur of fur than dog) and liked to smell (and occasionally eat) flowers.
2. Describe your perfect day.
A Saturday. I’ve gotten everything done the day before, so I can take my time over a nice breakfast. Then spend the day reading, chatting, avoiding the news, trying something new, watching something funny and then meeting some friends for a glass of wine in my favourite place in Dublin.
3. What are you most grateful for?
That I have dependable people in my life.
4. At what time in your recent past have you felt most alive?
In a good way – on my wedding day last July. I didn’t think it was possible to feel so many things simultaneously.
In a bad way – when I was 27, I thought I was having a heart-attack. I’d been having bad chest pains all day, then they got much worse. I was brought to hospital where they discovered a virus that simulates a heart-attack by inflaming the muscles around the heart. I was absolutely terrified.
5. What is the one thing you like most about yourself?
My obsession with medieval history and culture.
6. What are you most proud of?
That as I’ve grown up, I’ve cared less and less about what the wrong sort of people think of me. Still a long way to go, though.
7. What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?
Tried to be someone I’m not for people I didn’t even like.
8. What’s your biggest regret so far?
That I didn’t have more fun growing up.
9. What has been your lowest point?
Not being able to help a loved one who was going through a very difficult time.
10. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
I want to speak at least 2 other languages fluently. I could blame time, but it’s really my own fault.
11. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
Take out a massive loan and write a travel book (I have the idea & everything).
12. What are you most afraid of?
Losing control over myself when I get old. I want to know who I am and be able to look after myself.
13. Think of the last time you were angry. Why were you angry and how did you react?
I got angry at an aggressive, misanthropic colleague in work. I reacted by arguing with him because he was being obnoxious and wrong.
14. Is there something you’re ashamed of? Are you prepared to share it here?
I’m ashamed of my younger self. He wasted so much time and thought he knew it all. What an eejit.
15. What have you learned that you think other people should know about?
Spoil/treat yourself when possible, not just on special occasions. You deserve it. And keep trying new things, big and small.
16. What did you dream of being when you grew up?
A paleontologist. I was obsessed with dinosaurs.
17. What have you been thinking about lately?
How I’m going to get to September without going mad (I’m submitting my Ph.D thesis).
18. What gives you butterflies in your stomach?
Daydreams about the future.
19. What’s the one thing you’d like to change about the world?
For people to realise how their words, actions and choices affect others and the world in general.
20. What do you like to do in your spare time, on weekends?
Chat, read, watch tv, do housework, play videogames (good for giving the brain a break from work thoughts), plan the week ahead.
21. Name one thing you’ve done that has made a positive difference to someone else.
I introduced them to Mulder. Until meeting him, they were afraid of dogs.
22. What one question do you wish I had asked you today?
Why do good things happen to bad people?
Again thanks a million to Greg for being a part of this project.
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