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Thursday, 8 February 2018


The last in this series. Check out all of the special guests at the end of this latest post.


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 Anthony Toner, the Belfast-based songwriter and guitarist who is currently promoting Ink, his 7th collection of original songs. Anthony, along with several others, is in the premier league of Northern Ireland’s singer/songwriter community. He has made many solo appearances, supported Barbara Dickson on tour and, quite recently, added radio (Ulster) presenting to his CV. Check out his biography, etc on his website (link below).

Links to Anthony Toner:




Album Store:


1. What is your favourite word? Chocolate

2. What is your least favourite word? Emergency

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? 
The fireworks that go off in my heart when I get the chance to witness great performances and writing – on stage, screen, page, canvas.

4. What turns you off?
Listening to lucky people whining and complaining

5. What is your favourite song? It changes all the time. Most of the time it’s Hearts and Bones by Paul Simon

6. What is your favourite film?
Depending on my mood, it changes. Recently it has been All The President’s Men

7. What is your favourite curse word? 

8. What sound or noise do you love?
The background hum and buzz of a really good café.

9. What sound or noise do you hate?
Any telephone call after midnight.

10. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Graphic Design

11. What profession would you not like to do? 

12. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“Perfect timing… the house band needs another guitar player.”

Anthony Toner, 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
Journalist/writer Geoff Hill – 23 January 2018
Singer/Songwriter Janet Henry - 24 January 2018
Broadcaster Lynette Fay - 25 January 2018
Actor Michael Smiley – 26 January 2018
Singer/songwriter Paddy Nash – 27 January 2018
Singer/songwriter Edelle McMahon – 29 January 2018
Broadcaster Kathy Clugston – 30 January 2018
Singer/songwriter Brigid O’Neill – 31 January 2018
Singer/songwriter Stephen Dunwoody – 1 February 2018 
Writer Colin Breen – 2 February 2018
Singer Mairead Healy – 3 February 2018
Harpist/comedian Ursula Burns – 5 February 2018
Actor Charles Lawson – 6 February 2018
Singer/songwriter Simon Murphy – 7 February 2018

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