your first word? No idea. It might have been 'wreck' or
'destroy' though. Because those were definitely the first things I did
as a child if I believe what my mother tells me.
languages do you speak? I speak four. Fluent English
and Dutch, passable German and the bare essentials of French. All of
which I have the Dutch schoolsystem to thank for. Although the BBC and
Sky Channel are really to blame for my mad English skillz. I feel dirty
for just having written that.
your most prized physical possession? A small Dutch
almanak from 1723 on display in my coffeetable, under a thick sheet of
could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Honestly,
superficial as it may seem, I would get rid of some unwanted hair. I'm
not too self-concious about it, but if we're talking a
magic-pixie-fairie-dust scenario here, why not make it disappear?
your favorite toy as a child? I had so many. But my
Soundwave action figure would have to rate pretty high. Or maybe all
the Playdoh I mashed up into the same dull grey sludge over the course
of my youth.
you cry? Child abuse. Every time I read about some poor
little toddler ending up wounded or dead because the kid happened to be
born to complete morons I die a little inside.
could have one superpower, which power would you pick?
Telepathy. I wish I could say I would use it to the better the world,
but I'm afraid my life would become one big imitation of Porky's.
you want to be when you grew up? First a chef, then an
archeologist. At this point in my life I am neither, have no hopes of
ever becoming either and have a thorough knowledge of what I do not
want to be.
could pick any other time period to live in - including the future -
which would it
be, and why? The late seventies or early to
mid-eighties. Neon, Transformers, Knightrider, The A-Team, muscle
one thing that you regret that you would go back and change if you
could? When I was growing up, I didn't 'get' one of my
younger brothers. He always wanted to play with me, but he was four
years younger and thus in a completely different age group. As a
result, we never really connected and I didn't spot difficulties he had
growing up. If I could go back I'd sit down with myself at age 10 and
kick some sense into my egocentric little head.
just purchased a small island off the coast of any continent of your
choosing, and you are preparing to start your own country there. What
does your flag look like? A skull and crossbones on a
black background. What did you expect? Oh, and possible a 'no
door-to-door salesmen'-icon in the lower left corner.
Do you have any tattoos and is
there an idea or some sort of reasoning behind them? I have several. On my
upper right arm I have the words 'Vulnerant Omnes, Ultima Necat'. It's
something the Romans used to inscribe on sundials and means 'Every
[hour] wounds, the last kills'. I got it after my divorce when I
realized that I needed to live life to the fullest each day and that
feeling down and sad over lost love was not going to make things better
for anyone, our son included.
I also have a vertical
row of three stars on my lower right calf with the skull in the middle
one. It means absolutely nothing. I was young and he needed the money.
Three quarters of my
left arm is taken up with a large green octopus, a blue crystal skull
with the elder sign on its forehead and the words 'That is not dead
which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die.' I
saw the wonderful work the artist had done on my best friend's arm and
decided it was time I honoured H.P. Lovecraft. It cost me dearly, but I
know I have a unique and well-crafted tattoo on my body.