Thame’s deputy mayor Don Butler takes to the spotlight and answers the questions we pose to him.
What’s your earliest memory?
Just after the war, throwing an ice cream cone to the ground after my mother had queued a long time to buy it, because I wanted a wafer, not a cone. Horrible child!
What do you wish they’d taught you at school, but didn’t?
The art of making money and hanging onto it.
Of all the places you’ve been in your life, which would you recommend to a stranger?
Being in the middle of the Atlantic in a 32ft. sailing boat between the Bahamas and Bermuda, over 1000 miles from any land, accompanied by turtles, dolphins and the odd whale and shark. Sheer magic.
If you could pass one new law tomorrow, what would it be?
To ban political correctness and a large proportion of the health and safety laws which are generally considered to be ridiculous.
If you were stuck on Death Row, what would you pick for your final meal?
Ham, fried eggs, chips and Daddies brown sauce, washed down with copious quantities of vintage PG tips.
If you could write your own epitaph what would you pick?
I think I would have to steal the most famous saying that I know which is on a gravestone, by, who else - Spike Milligan - “ I told you I was ill”.
If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
To be able to fly like a bird and observe the fabulous earth, first hand, from above.
How do you relax?
Easy. Relaxing at home with my family and then a couple of beers with my friends down the pub.
What’s your greatest fear?
I’m not a fearful person.
I’ve been scuba diving, parachuting, microlighting and been a passenger in a plane doing aerobatics, BUT I could not and would not do potholing.
What was the last little treat you bought for yourself?
A couple of months ago my wife and I went to Abu Dhabi to see the last formula 1 race of the season. WOW!
If you had to give up something tomorrow, what would you find it hardest to live without?
I gave up cigarettes two years ago which is something I would recommend to all smokers.
What’s the most important lesson that life has taught you so far?
Keep worrying to a minimum. Be happy and keep a strong sense of humour.
What websites do you use the most?
Sorry, don’t do websites, Facebook or YouTube, but I have heard of them.
You’re taking friends or family out for the day, but you can’t go more than 20 miles from Thame. What’s your recommendation and why?
Just drive around the roads of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, stopping at the various pretty villages, walk through woods and countryside and enjoy its beauty.
What do you go out of your way to avoid?
The “Go Compare” T.V. advert - it’s a rush to press the mute button on the remote. I hate roasted vegetables and brussels sprouts - in fact most vegetables with the exception of runner beans or peas. Now that I’m almost grown up I don’t have to eat them.
Always leave them laughing - so please tell us a joke
How do you pronounce the little round cake things - SCONE or SCON ? Before you eat it it’s a SCONE. After you’ve eaten it - SCON !!!!