History-loving John ‘could live in Berkhamsted Castle’

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What’s your earliest memory?

Winning a prize for general knowledge at Victoria School in Berkhamsted and the headmistress, Miss Timpson, saying, “John, there is a picture of Berkhamsted Castle in this book, maybe one day you will live there?”

If you were stuck on Death Row, what would you pick for your final meal?

Baked Beans on toast, so I could gas the hangman!

And if you could write your own epitaph or come up with famous last words in advance, what would you pick?

I never thought I would live to see the day that Tottenham did the double again.

If you had to give up something tomorrow, what would you find it hardest to live without?

The Telegraph, Gazette and a glass of white wine.

If you could leap forward to the year 2050, what would you expect, or hope, to find?

I would like to read that my five grandsons had all represented their country in retaining the Ashes and winning the World Cup. Failing that, “World Peace”.

Favourite restaurants

Cafe Rouge, Berkhamsted, Martins Pond, Potten End, and Sainsbury’s Cafe, South Mimms, for breakfast.

Have you got a favourite shop within 15 miles of Hemel Hempstead town centre? Why is it so good? If your favourite shop is further away, tell us why it’s worth making the journey.

Birtchnells, Berkhamsted, but sadly it fell down, or Harrods because its a great day out.

You’re taking friends or family out for the day, but you can’t go more than 15 miles from Hemel Hempstead. What’s your recommendation and why?

A visit to Berkhamsted Castle with fish and chips at the restaurant at Berkhamsted Station. Because there will be 20 of us and it’s cheap!

Which person in the public eye would you most like to meet and why?

Prince Charles, so I could discuss with him the provision of toilets for the mums and children at Berko Castle.

What do you go out of your way to avoid?

The BBC News, as it’s biased.