Getting Personal with Peter Thompson

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Peter Thompson - trust nobody, eat curry and whistle a lot - a recipe for life!

Who are you? Peter Thompson, Sole Groundsman, St George's School Ascot.

Family status? Married to Linda, with one daughter and two stepsons.

Who's your hero and why? Pele, the greatest.

What would you change about yourself? Nothing, I am who I am.

What's your guilty pleasure? Indian curries.

What do you drop everything for? My wife Linda.

What's been the highlight of your career so far? Being congratulated on the quality of my grass courts at Fort Belvedere by Mardy Fish, USA tennis pro.

Glass half full or half empty? Half full.

Climate change - fact or fiction? Probably fact.

What's your favourite season? Spring.

What are your pet peeves? People that don't use indicators at roundabouts.

If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be? Playing for Arsenal?

What's the best part of your job? Getting paid at the end of the month.

… and the worst? Snow! It looks nice, but I hate it.

Do you have a lifetime ambition? To enjoy a long retirement.

Who wouldn't you like to be? The England football manager.

Favourite record, and why? Anything by Kasabian or Kings of Leon; they are both cool bands.

Who would you choose to spend a romantic evening with? My wife.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Get out of Ascot!

If you were to describe yourself as a musical instrument, what would you be and why? I whistle a lot, so a whistle.

What's the best advice you have ever been given? By my dad; trust nobody!

What's your favourite smell? Grass when it's just been cut.

What do you do in your spare time? Visit National Trust properties and watch Arsenal FC and Kent County Cricket Club.

What's the daftest work related question you have ever been asked? Why do you have mole traps in your shed?

What's your favourite piece of kit? Amazone Groundkeeper; it has so many uses.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Motivated, reliable, helpful.

What talent would you like to have? To see the future.

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? The re-introduction of national service.