10 Questions with... Stefan Gurney
Each week we put a Norwich resident in the hot seat and ask them ten questions about themselves. This week we spoke with Norwich BID Executive Director, Stefan Gurney.
• Describe Norwich in three words...
Beautiful, progressive, vibrant
• If you were stranded with three people on a deserted island, who would you want them to be?
Robinson Crusoe, as he’d be very handy for surviving on an Island! Socrates, because as a classicist, I would love to sit and discuss philosophy, science and politics with him, (though we’d have to avoid talking about the hemlock), and finally Salma Hayek, as it can get very cold on the deserted island.
• If you could be any other person, who would it be?
Ancient or modern? In ancient times I would be Menelaus, who married Helen of Troy, was a ruler of Sparta and a hero of the Trojan War – a fair resume. However, today I’d want to be a business leader, such as Richard Branson. Having worked for him, I think he’s an inspiring leader and fairly successful?
• How would you spend a perfect weekend in the city?
I’d start Friday night after work with a few drinks in the city, followed by a meal at one of our fine restaurants (I like Bishop’s Dining Room or Benedicts). On Saturday it would be breakfast at Britannia Café, followed by some leisurely retail therapy with the family, then on to Carrow Road where we thrash Ipswich in the final game of the season clinching promotion and relegating them to life in League One (5-0 would do). It would then be on to St Benedicts for a few celebratory drinks and then a curry at Namaste India. Finally I’d put on the dad dancing shoes for a late night boogie. As I live in the city, I wouldn’t spend the evening in one of the many beautiful boutique hotels, though it’s always very tempting. Sunday would be spent in recovery!
• Would you rather spend a night in front of the telly or a night out on the town?
I do enjoy a good episode of Game of Thrones or watching a bit of sport, but with two small people the chance to get out is worth its weight in gold, so a night in the “city”, not a town…
• What’s your mantra in life?
I would like to say something cool, like Lemmy from Motorhead (RIP) “Born to lose. Live to Win”; but I like the premise “may you live as long as you want, but never want as long as you live”.
• Which song defines your life?
Time of Your Life by Green Day, not looking back with reticence but taking the positive and moving ever forward to something better.
• What’s your biggest fear?
Definitely heights, which is stupid as a 6’4” man, but I have never been any good, especially near the edge, I always feel I’m drawn over.
• Which one thing could you never be without?
I know I should say my family, but taken that as a given, so it would be sport. I play/played most sports and still love it; either playing, watching it live or on TV – it teaches you how to win or lose with dignity, the value of team spirit and how you as an individual can achieve what you want through hard work.
• What would you do if you won the lottery?
Depends on the size of the win – I had plans for £1 million, £10 million or £100 million wins when I played, which involved throwing the best family and friends party ever, living on a tropical Island in Fiji and owning NCFC.
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