How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I’ve been here over ten years. I just love the Parkes climate, people and country atmosphere.
What is your favourite thing about your working life? I feel very fortunate in finding employment in my favourite areas of science and technology. Working for CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science is the best job I’ve ever had, challenging yet personally engaging and rewarding.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Here in Parkes is good, on 11 acres close to town and the airport, the Parkes Aero Club and Aviation Museum, with excellent Rex connection to Sydney and the world…including my arctic hometown.
What makes you laugh the most? The reactions I get when I translate Aussie jokes to ’foreigners’.
If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be? Skydiving … I love motorcycles, aerobatics, and Michelle and I scored a hot air balloon ride at 50th anniversary of ‘The Dish’ (Murriyang) Open Day. But yeah, skydiving for a day should not tempt fate too much.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to and why? I would avoid going back in time, that could lead to problems. But if I could quickly duck forward in time to peep at next week’s Lotto results that would be awesome!
If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce? Free Tim Tams!
What is one thing you will never do again? ‘Never say never’…climb the summit of Cradle Mountain.
Do you believe in random acts of kindness and which is your favourite one? When you reach the checkout with one or two items and the stranger in front with a full supermarket trolley says ’you go first’, but of course you incur a future debt… to return the favour to someone else.