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Friday 22 August 2014

Out of the office: Richard Houdmont

Richard Houdmont, Director for Ireland at the Chartered Institute of Marketing

Director for Ireland at the Chartered Institute of Marketing

Is the glass half full or half empty? Definitely half full. Always look for the positives of a situation, look for opportunities.

Culture vulture, sports fanatic or petrol head? Well, I play badminton at least once a week and tennis each week too, so does that make me a sports fanatic? I don't feel like one. I really can't stand opera but I'd like to think I'm cultured. I'm really looking forward to the opening of MAC in Belfast.

Blockbuster, romcom, thriller, musical? None of the above. I studied The Art of Film (among many other subjects) at university and I particularly enjoy Australian films. I was on the soundtrack of Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's film Winstanley. They wanted someone who couldn't sing. I was perfect for the job.

Fiction or non-fiction? I prefer non-fiction, but when it comes to fiction I like a laugh. My favourite book ever is Liberation and The Aims of Science by Brian Easlea.

I'd rather be listening to...? Jethro Tull. By far and away the best band in the world and perhaps the best-kept secret. Their lead guitarist (Martin Barre) is superb and I highly recommend his CD Stage Left. Am I showing my age?

Holidays at home or away? Away. We recently took our children and their partners to New York to celebrate our children's MSc results. We raced around Manhattan and I now feel like I need a holiday to recover.

My favourite country outside of NI is...? Austria. Fresh clean air up a mountain is just beautiful.

The most dangerous thing I've ever done is...? Climb to a peak near Seefeld, Austria. It was beyond my capability but I couldn't turn back. I got to the peak and clung onto the cross at the top for dear life. I was terrified. Somehow I got back down to tell the tale, but I've learnt my lesson.

I couldn't live without...? Hmm, tricky one. Perhaps I should say my wife and children.

A night in or a night out? I'm happy to stay in and relax

What would you like your epitaph to be? How about "Welsh-speaking Yorkshireman with a Belgian surname: no wonder he had an identity crisis"? No, I'm afraid it would have to be something fairly obvious like "he did his best". I'll leave others to decide whether my best was good enough.

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