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10 Questions with Andy Niles

The next person in our ‘10 questions with…’ series is OEA President Andy Niles. We hope you enjoy this set of quirky questions and his replies!
Andy and his wife Jane.
Andy and his wife Jane.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

I flinch whenever Karaoke is suggested.  I lived for more than 25 years in Asia and have spent too much time with clients and colleagues labouring through evenings in a Karaoke lounge. If I’m with clients, then it’ll be safe: My Way by Frank Sinatra. If I’m with a group of friends, then it’ll be Wonderwall or Bohemian Rhapsody.

How do you spend your free time? 

Free time with 2 young sons and a fantastically supportive wife is a fine line between ensuring that we all spend time together with my need to exercise every day. Without a cycle, a hike or a game of squash or racketball I become grumpy and irritating. The whole family know that I need time to think and time to exercise.

Do you listen to any podcasts?

Not so much podcasts but I love listening to audio books on interesting subjects. The current one is Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed – it’s a book about learning from failure and using the lessons to improve.

Do you have any pets?

We have a 13-year-old Siberian Husky called Luna. She is the latest in a line of huskies that we have had and brings love and life to our house, she’s a great listener and takes me for a walk at least once a day.

What’s your favourite place to eat in Guernsey?

The family love to go to Hook where we know the staff and the family all have a favourite dish. In the summer we really enjoy BBQs at home in the garden.

What was your favourite subject in school?

Favourite subjects were economics, maths and classical studies. Classics appealed to my love of history and mythology whilst maths and economics have stayed with me throughout my career. On balance Classics was my favourite.

What’s the funniest joke you’ve ever heard?

I’m rubbish at jokes but this is one that I got from an AI joke generator:

What’s the difference between a Head Teacher and a Prime Minister?

One is a career politician who is held to account for their actions; the other is a Prime Minister.

What’s your biggest fear?

Obsolescence.

What was your first job?

My first job was working in a greengrocer selling cabbages, mushrooms and asparagus; my final job as a banker was selling China debt to Europe and Russia; I think the first prepared me perfectly for the last.

Who would you choose if you could be friends with a fictional character?

That’s a tough choice between Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Hans Solo, Vito Corleone or Tony Soprano. In reality it would have to be Tony Soprano, a flawed antihero who juggles his life as a mafia boss with that of a husband, parent, brother and son. The normalcy of violence, his family life and his exploration of his state of mind with his therapist is so compelling.

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