Question Time: ‘He came, he did good and now he is gone ...’

Alex Bond
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Chinnor Rugby Club’s Alex Bond answers our questions

What’s your earliest memory?

Building Lego houses for Playmobil people in the garden – probably aged six.

What do you wish they’d taught you at school, but didn’t?

How to chat up girls.

If you could pass one new law tomorrow, what would it be and why?

I would ban dogs from town and urban areas. It would make me unpopular, but dogs and their mess are one of the few things in life that really irritate me.

You can invite three people – living or dead, from any period – round for dinner. Who are they and why?

Thomas Telford, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and my wife, Julia. We would discuss architecture and engineering – and generally put the world to rights.

If you were stuck on Death Row, what would you pick for your final meal?

Sausages with anything – and I would probably leave the anything.

If you could write your own epitaph what would you pick?

He came, he did good and now he’s gone.

How do you relax?

Mostly sports and other outdoor activities with my family.

We are all quite sporty and I particularly like rugby. I also enjoy the occasional lager shandy.

What’s your greatest fear?

Getting older and going grey.

What was the last little treat you bought for yourself, or someone else?

I popped out and bought bags of Maltesers for my three colleagues this lunchtime.

If you had to give up something tomorrow, what would you find it hardest to live without?

Probably those occasional lager shandies.

What’s the most important lesson that life has taught you so far?

If you can communicate effectively, you can either avoid or resolve most problems. Also, I guess, not being afraid to ask someone for help when you are faced with really complex technical issues.

If you could leap forward to the year 2050, what would you expect, or hope to find there?

Self-driving cars, glamourous pensioners and trees planted everywhere.

Websites you use?

My company’s website: We design and manage extensions and new builds – with an eye on the environmental impact.

Have you got a favourite shop within 20 miles of Thame town centre?

The club shop at Chinnor Rugby Club – it sells the finest sports kit money can buy, is run by volunteers and, best of all, it is at the rugby club.

What’s your best kept entertainment, social life secret, or guilty pleasure?

I am told I have the weirdest taste in music possible – everything from Bon Jovi to Tammy Wynette, with a little Leonard Cohen thrown in for good measure.

Always leave them laughing, so tell us a joke.

Two men walking along next to the river in Paris, one says to the other ‘if you went in there, you would be insane’.