Monthly Archives: July 2013


Part 3 in the ongoing This Is Why I’m Fat series


… although, to cut myself some credit, it was made using the rice left over from last night’s meal.

The other ingredients, as if you didn’t already know: “spicy crab” (surimi, mayonnaise, chili powder), pickled daikon, lettuce, nori (sheets of dried seaweed), and of course soy sauce and gari (pickled ginger).

James Bond movies, part 6: Pierce Brosnan

[This series has been dormant for a while, but here is the penultimate part. To refresh your memory, see part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5.]

I have two confessions to make about Brosnan’s four Bond films.


First, they all blend into one in my mind in a way that none of the others’ films do. It’s pretty easy to keep (say) Thunderball and You Only Live Twice separate; or Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only. But while I remember seeing Brosnan in a sequence where he’s chasing a nuclear bomb down the inside of an oil pipeline, I can’t honestly remember if it was Tomorrow Never Dies or The World Is Not Enough.

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Answering 25 tough interview questions, part 5

And so we come to the fifth and final part of this resoundingly unpopular series on interview questions (from here). Oh well: I’ve enjoyed writing it, even if no-one’s enjoyed reading it! [part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4]. And that’s the point of a blog, really, isn’t it?


Off we go, for the last time …

21. “Who is your biggest hero?” – Asked at De La Rue.

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Answering 25 tough interview questions, part 4

… Ploughing on through those 25 interview questions. Why am I doing this? In a comment on the last post, jwerpy correctly noted that “Not a single one of these questions provides any insight into […] why hiring you will improve the company and make it more successful”. But that’s only one application of such questions, and not the one that interests me. I think of them more as mental stretching exercises, and as ways of finding out what I think by seeing what I say (as E. M. Forster had it).

See also part 1, part 2 and part 3.


16. “What do you mean by ‘leadership’?” – Asked at Moody’s.

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Answering 25 tough interview questions, part 3

No-one really seems to care about this series (seven comments on part 1, none at all on part 2) but I’m finding them a pleasant diversion so I am ploughing on anyway. Original questions from here.


11. “What have you done in the past to get out of a tricky situation?” – Asked at Virgin Atlantic Airways.

“The best defence against an atomic bomb is to not be there when it goes off” — attributed to the British Army Journal.
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