Meet the flockers: James Pheasant
In this week’s ‘Meet the flockers’ we say ‘are you sure you have a license for that?’ to Head of Dispute Resolution, James Pheasant.
What was your first job?
In the summer after my GCSE’s, I worked as a farm hand. It was neither glamorous nor well paid and it ended rather abruptly when I misjudged the turning circle on a tractor and ploughed through a hedge into somebody’s back garden. In my defence, I had about two tonnes of hay on the back of the tractor that I was trying to manoeuvre through a gate and around a 90 degree bend. I also (narrowly) avoided driving the tractor into a swimming pool in the garden. Unfortunately, none of this was sufficient mitigation in the eyes of the farmer On the plus side, I did build up a particularly fine sun tan that year.
What would your mastermind specialist subject be?
Food. Anything and everything to do with it. I’m generally discussing the finer points of dinner plans whilst eating lunch and exploring the local food markets is a particular highlight on holiday – the more bizarre the offerings the better. Over the last couple of years, I’ve got massively into fermenting and the home office doubles a store cupboard for jars of things like kombucha – there’s generally something a bit funky bubbling away. I’ve also always been interested in nutrition and herbal medicine and I studied the Chinese view of food as part of qualifying as an acupuncturist so if I had to narrow down the topic I’d go for something about the medicinal properties of food. I think it should be a practical exam though with lots of eating involved!
What is your favourite game or sport to play?
I’d watch competitive tiddlywinks if it was televised (it probably is somewhere). I’ve been captivated by sport from as early as I can remember and most my weekends are spent either running and cycling or coaching football. It’s difficult to put my finger on but there’s something about the drama that sport creates and the ability of elite athletes to dedicate themselves to the execution of a perfect moment, be that a bit of skill in football, a shot in golf or cricket or the perfect race that I love watching so much. It’s probably lucky I enjoy sport so much as it’s a good counterweight to excess in my mastermind subject as well.
What tunes are on your ‘go to’ playlist to help you relax and switch off?
It sounds odd but electronic music, particularly techno and drum and bass. I’m not sure why I find 140 beats per minute relaxing but it always brings a smile to my face. I’m not a big one for sitting down anyway!
If you have questions for James or anybody else at SLHQ, please contact us at email@example.com.
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