Every week the Financial Times interviews a notable in a page named Inventory. Itwonthurt looks in the mirror and interviews a Hugh Thompson 70, ex journalist, blogger,teacher and neighbour.
What was your earliest ambition.
Aged 17 I went to a career’s advisor. After tests the conclusion was either advertising or journalism would be the most likely careers. My 35 year journalist career started with writing about advertising.
Applying for a job at a major ad agency I suggested that an education which involved mild homosexuality and a right wing bias at school tempered by aggressive heterosexuality and a left wing bias at university was ideal. I didn’t get an interview. JWT since you ask.
Ambition or talent, which is most important?
Ambition, those without it can be confounded by the less able who move ahead.
How politically committed are you?
I have worked and participated for the International Socialist, Labour, SDP and Tory parties. Those who don’t get involved cannot complain about the democratic process,
What would like to own that you do not possess?
Inheritance has allowed me to think that premium economy and the best theatre stalls are essential. Wine over £10 a bottle still seems a waste of money.
Where are you happiest?
Many places. But outside the church in Burpham,Sussex looking down the valley towards Arundel. Its here I would like a memorial bench.
What ambitions do you have?
To die quickly and painlessly.
What drives you on?
A whole range of interests, family and friends, neighbourhood, travel and culture. Beauty can be enjoyed in so many places on so many levels.
A family , though thats a bit corny. Maybe the Wall of Fame at my old school or creating a community spirit in my street.
I find regrets pointless, harmful and self abusive and therefore of no point.
If your 20 year old self could see you what would he think?
Blimey, you got away with it.
If you lost everything tomorrow?
Have a blub and then get on with it. Maybe live in the third world where its cheaper.
Do you believe in assisted suicide?
Very much so.
Oh come on.
Rate life satisfaction.
7/10. Like everyone I know I could/should have done more, tried harder. But as I said, no regrets. We are what we are.