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Tuesday, 23 January 2018


(6 OF 12)

The Pivot Questionnaire comprises 10 questions. I have seen it used on the television show Inside The Actor's Studio, presented by James Lipton. Apparently Proust was the original inspiration. The modern questions originated on a French TV show called Bouillon de Culture, hosted by Bernard Pivot. I have expanded the questions to 12.

(For the time being, this idea is restricted to Northern Ireland's creative artists in any field, literature, music, broadcasting, etc. If you are one and are interested in taking part as well as promoting your work, please get in touch via

This post’s special guest is Geoff Hill who describes himself thus: “A critically acclaimed bestselling author and award-winning feature and travel writer based in Belfast. As motorbike columnist for a series of national UK and Irish newspapers, he recently found himself one of the most widely read bike columnists in the UK and Ireland, which is surprising considering that his columns are a desperate attempt to disguise the fact that he knows bugger all about motorbikes. He’s also the editor of Microlight Flying magazine, in spite of the fact that he knows even less about aeroplanes than he does about motorbikes. He’s the author of 15 books, including accounts of epic motorbike journeys from Delhi to Belfast and Route 66 (Way to Go), Chile to Alaska (The Road to Gobblers Knob), around Australia (Oz) and most recently In Clancy’s Boots, recreating the journey of Carl Stearns Clancy, the first person to take a motorbike around the world 100 years ago – complete with Clancy’s original boots.

Geoff's website is


What is your favourite word? - Absolutely
What is your least favourite word? - No
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? - Beautiful young Japanese women who own vineyards
What turns you off? - Rudeness, fatness, arrogance and pebbledash bungalows. And rude, fat, arrogant people who live in pebbledash bungalows
What is your favourite song? No One Knows The Trouble I've Seen from Antiphone Blues by Arne Domnerus
What is your favourite film? The Battle of Britain
What is your favourite curse word? - Christ on a bike
What sound or noise do you love? - My wife cooking; a wine cork popping
What sound or noise do you hate? - My bank statement popping through the letterbox
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? - Pilot
What profession would you not like to do? - Dentist
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? - "Nice try. Fancy another go?"

Geoff Hill, thank you for your dozen answers to a dozen questions.

Previous posts:
Singer/songwriter Mandy Bingham – 17 January 2018
Poet Colin Dardis – 18 January 2018
Writer & Independent Researcher Anne-Marie Quigg – 19 January 2018
Broadcaster Gerry Kelly - 20 January 2018
Writer George Larmour – 22 January 2018

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