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A bit about...Wilbur Smith

Postby Matbow » Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:11 pm

A Bit About ... Wilbur Smith

http://www.metronews.co.uk/magazine/art ... smith.html

BEST-SELLING author Wilbur Smith was signing copies of his new book, The Quest, in Bramhall this week.

The Northern Rhodesia-born author has written 30 epic Africa adventures.

The first thing I do when I wake up is ...
reach for my wife. We set the alarm 15 minutes earlier than necessary just to have that cuddle time.

Ideally I would spend every day ...

reading good books.

If money was no object I would ...
buy my wife the Cullinan Diamond

The greatest gift I ever received was ...

the gift of life from my darling Mom.

My one piece of advice would be
...
don't think about it. Don't talk about it ... Just do it!

My first job was ...
at the age of 12, working as junior foreman on my father's cattle ranch in Rhodesia. The pay was a shilling a day.

I'm scared of ...
failing.

I'm excited by ...
waking up each morning.

If I could go back in time and do one thing again it would be ...
re-write my first book, When The Lion Feeds, exactly as I did in 1963 just for the thrill of it.

I love ...
good friends, my good woman and good books.

I hate ...

cruelty and greed.

I want ...
what I have worked for. You can keep the rest.

You have to read ...
and read and read.

Everyone should listen to ...

Terry Wogan. He is funny and crazy enough to keep the rest of us sane.

You must watch ...
your waistline. It could keep you alive.

If I could be anyone else I would be ...

there ain't nobody I would rather be.

My ultimate ambition would be ...

to write better and better books.

My biggest inspiration has been ...

my father.

The first time I fell in love ...
I thought it would last for ever. It lasted a week.

I think God is ...

in everything around me.

I think the death penalty is ...
something that we desperately need to reinstate. There is no other just punishment for such crimes as child abuse and acts of war and terror on innocents.

My epitaph would be ...
he wrote books that gave pleasure to millions and had a hell of a lot of fun doing it.

Fur or faux?

Any kind of faux is bad... false friends, false words and false hopes. Fur is beautiful.

Mayonnaise or salad cream?

Mayonnaise on lobster, and salad cream on salad.

EastEnders or Coronation Street?

A pox on both their houses.

Daily Mail or Guardian?

Mail for scandal, Guardian for news.

Harry or William?

William has more charisma, like his mom. Harry has more cojones, like his dad.

United or City?
United who? Which city?

Brains or beauty?

A dash of each, please.
“Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.”

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Postby John R » Fri Apr 27, 2007 5:27 pm

some pretty cool answers there, and also, going back to 1963 and writing when the lion feeds exactly the same, just for the thrill! lol

"The first thing I do when I wake up is ...
reach for my wife. We set the alarm 15 minutes earlier than necessary just to have that cuddle time."

This doesn't surprise me!

and also the advice about "don't think about it,. don't talk about it, just do it" ...i like :)
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Postby Penitent » Fri Apr 27, 2007 7:16 pm

Great answers! Talking about somebody that goes to the point!
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A bit about... Wilbur Smith

Postby Ada » Thu May 03, 2007 9:03 pm

Thanks for posting this one Matt.

That really is WS in a nutshell isn't it? I know some of his opinions/attitudes aren't approved by some people but that's the way he is. He will never change. Political correctness - WS's attitude is: Who cares?

The strangest question in this interview is the "If I could be anyone else I would be ...". Why do reporters & journalists ask "famous/successful" people this question? What sort of answers are they expecting?
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Re: A bit about...Wilbur Smith

Postby Cyrus Lomax » Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:18 am

Brains or Beauty? - A dash of each please!

Heh heh, how good is the man!
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