‘Sorry, but I just hate The Beatles’

Sam Graffy speaks to the Thame Gazette
Sam Graffy speaks to the Thame Gazette

Every week we put someone in the spotlight, asking them to answer our instant interview questions and tell us all about themselves.

This week’s subject is Sam Graffy, the director of Gallery Wood Flooring & Carpets in Thame.

What is your earliest memory?

Falling into an ornamental fish pond when I was just three years old.

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

I was taught basic French but would have liked to have taken other languages like German or Italian.

Ignore what you’re doing now – if you could do any job in the world, what would it be and why?

A civil engineer involved in the construction of roads and bridges – something to be used for many years to come.

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

Ban spitting on the street, such a foul thing to do and see.

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

Joanna Lumley for her beauty, John Belushi for his wit and Albert Einstein for his brains.

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

Steak and kidney pudding, mash, broad beans and white sauce.

If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

The ability to fly – I hate airports

How do you relax?

Cruising the British waterways on a narrowboat.

What’s your greatest fear?

To lose my sense of humour.

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

I gave up smoking 12 years ago so I guess I would say beer.

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

To listen and think before taking action.

What are your favourite places to enjoy a meal within 20 miles of Thame?

The Mole & Chicken in Easington is very good, as is the Crazy Bear in Stadhampton.

Have you got a favourite shop within 20 miles of Thame town centre? Why is it so good?

The Oxford covered market – purveyors of good and fresh produce

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?

Chinnor Steam Railway because it is a fun thing to do with the family.

What’s your social life secret, or guilty pleasure? Tell us about it...

I love going to the Comedy Store in London.

Which person in the public eye would you most like to meet and why?

Dr Gunther Von Hagens because his exhibition of Bodyworlds was one of the most interesting and informative, not to mention fascinating, things I have ever seen.

What do you go out of your way to avoid?

Sorry, I hate The Beatles!

Always leave them laughing – so please tell us a joke.

Want to hear two short jokes and a long joke?

Joke ... Joke ... Joooookkkkkeeeee

> For more information on Mr Graffy and his business, visit www.gallerywoodflooring.co.uk