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?


Biggest extravagance?

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.

Greatest achievement?

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.

After life?

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.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Inventory

  1. Jill says:

    Very funny!

  2. duncan willetts says:

    Yep You got away with it Cheers Dunks

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s