Belfast Telegraph

Out of the office: Patrick Mahony

Manager of Redmayne Bently Stockbrokers in Belfast

Is the glass half full or half empty? Half full. Life is not a rehearsal

Culture vulture, sports fanatic or petrol head? Culture. Recently back from a great performance of Verdi's La Traviata in Verona

What's the last good book you read? The Waste Land by TS Eliot, the greatest poet

What sort of TV do you like? A wide range from those moody Scandinavians in The Killing to the hapless Inbetweeners

I'd rather be listening to... Act 3 of La Traviata, The Today programme, or William Crawley on Sunday Sequence

Holidays at home or away? Always abroad with the Galapagos a special memory

My favourite country outside of Northern Ireland is... Turkey, the cradle of history. I have a place there and I am currently struggling to learn Turkish

The most dangerous thing I've ever done is... Nothing. As a stockbroker I have been taught to manage risk not to assume it needlessly

How much tea or coffee do you drink in a day? A Turkish tea house before a Starbucks every time

I couldn't live without... My iPhone - truly a thing of marketing beauty

A night in or a night out? In with my wife Karen, the fire lit, a curry from Lolita on the Stranmillis Road, and chuckling at those Inbetweeners

What's your poison? I have fond memories of pints of Dublin Guinness when Karen and I were students at Trinity College, Dublin

Sweet or savoury? Karen and my two daughters tell me I am a sweetie. But I would prefer to be a savoury

What I enjoy most about being in business is... The pleasure when doing my best to help clients and younger colleagues achieve their goals

My childhood hero was... My mother Una. She was then and is now my only hero

If I didn't do my current job I'd be... A university teacher. Helping young people meet their full potential strikes me as an honourable calling

What would you like your epitaph to be? He enjoyed giving more than taking

Indoor comforts or the outdoor life? Karen navigates the Mournes and then tells me of its beauty as we navigate that curry carry-out