Getting to Know: Grahame Senior

Getting to Know: Grahame Senior
Getting to Know: Grahame Senior

We have 14 questions and we want answers!

Grahame Senior is honorary president of the Friends of Tring Church Heritage Society, a fundraising organisation committed to the preservation of St Peter and St Paul Church through organising social events and involving the community in its activities. Also a keen historian, Grahame lives in Tring.

What is your favourite food?

My favourite food is fresh fish, freshly caught and freshly cooked in a simple style

What’s the most played song on your iPod?

I don’t have an iPod (in the car it would be Leonard Cohen – Ten New Songs)

Your favourite quote?

“Carpe diem” – a Latin aphorism usually translated “seize the day”

Favourite thing to do to relax?

Fly fishing / walking in the country

Thing you hate doing the most?

Travelling in the rush hour

Invite five famous people for dinner, past or present - who and why?

Marcus Aurelius, Elizabeth I, William Blake, AP McCoy, Leonard Cohen. In all cases because they have played the hands that life has dealt them differently than might have been expected and with spectacularly effective results

Your favourite place to go in Dacorum?

The woods around the Ridgeway path between Pitstone Hill and Wigginton

If the world was ending in 2014, what would you do differently?

Live each day as fully as possible – Carpe diem.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be and why?

The battle of Thermopylae (fought between an alliance of Greek city-states, led by King Leonidas of Sparta, and the Persian Empire of Xerxes I over the course of three days, during the second Persian invasion of Greece 480BC). It was a triumph of strategy over overwhelming brute force with precise and heroic implementation

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A writer

What was the last film you watched?

Once – A 30-something Dublin busker sings and plays guitar on Grafton Street, a Dublin shopping district. He struggles with the trials of performing on the street. Lured by his music, an unnamed young Czech immigrant flower seller talks to him about his songs and so the tale unfolds

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

The second parachute jump I did when training for the paratroopers. The first I was on autopilot – the second is the one that defines you

What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever given/received?

The worst gift I ever gave was a new car I ordered in secret and delivered to my wife as a surprise on her birthday. It was green. The car she’d had for years was red. Unsurprisingly within a month it was changed for a new red car. The moral: if you’re going to risk a surprise gift, do your research really carefully (she hates green!)

How would you like to be remembered?

As kind and fair