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Twenty Questions with Wilson Carlisle

Wilson Carlisle - an old fiddle that likes stuff on the griddle and to turn a few in the middle!


Who are you? Wilson Carlisle (Managing Director FTS Sportsturf Services Ltd; ECB Pitch advisor for Berkshire).WilsonCarlisle.jpg

Family status? Married with two grown up daughters.

Who's your hero and why? Sir Vivian Richards, the greatest batsman I've ever seen.

What is your dream holiday? A tour of the world's greatest Test Cricket Grounds and Golf Courses (this might not coincide with my wife's dream holiday).

What annoys you the most? Bureaucracy and red tape, also poor customer service.

What would you change about yourself? My golf swing, if it would let me!

Who wouldn't you like to be? Osama Bin Laden.

Favourite record, and why? "Light my fire" by The Doors, the first record I ever bought.

Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? My wife, still my best friend.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Organise my Dream Holiday (see above).

If you were to describe yourself as a musical instrument, what would you be and why? An old fiddle (many a good tune etc.).

What's the best advice you have ever been given? Measure twice, cut once.

What's your favourite smell? Potato bread cooking on a griddle.

What do you do in your spare time? Eat out, play cricket or golf.

What's the daftest work related question you have ever been asked? Can you advise me of a machine to remove snow from our cricket square?

What's your favourite piece of kit? Graden GBS1200 straight reel verticutter, a surprisingly versatile machine.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Unbiased, tenacious, optimistic.

What talent would you like to have? To bowl leg breaks like Shane Warne.

What makes you angry? Hypocrisy in sport, e.g. cricketers who call other players cheats for not "walking" when they wouldn't do so themselves; e.g. overpaid, self absorbed football managers and players who exhibit double standards in what they do and say.

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? Generally, we need less legislation not more, provided that the weak and vulnerable are protected from the strong and ruthless.

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This article was written

by in People on 21 Apr 2010

This article appeared in Pitchcare Magazine Issue 29 - Feb / Mar 2010

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