This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Geoff Scaplehorn, Lead Games Producer at FunFair Technologies.
Keep reading to discover which sport breaks physical inactivity, a love of Britpop, disdain for ‘staycation’ and a top ten of movie loves.
That would have to be when I went on safari. Landing in Kenya, we drove to Tanzania to visit the Serengeti crater, and ended up diving off the coast of Zanzibar. It was an incredible experience and did a lot to put my everyday life as a perennial city-dweller in perspective.
That said, while I refuse to acknowledge “staycation” as a word, nothing beats a holiday where you don’t need to do anything or go anywhere.
This just depends on my mood. I was a Britpop kid, so my default answer is usually Parklife by Blur, but I’ll also accept LA Woman by the Doors, Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel, or Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. Or whatever else I happen to be listening to at any given moment. Right now, it’s ’64-’95 by Lemon Jelly.
Best Sporting Experience
I am generally about as physically inactive as it is possible for a human to be, but I do teach archery on weekends, which probably counts. That said, I’ve been told by various friends over the years that my football commentary is absolutely top notch, so that being said the Germany vs Brazil match during the 2014 World Cup is probably one of my highlights.
Again, this list varies from day to day, but my top 5 usually contains 1 or more of the following: The Lion King, Blues Brothers, The Prestige, Aliens, Koyannisqatsi, The Empire Strikes Back, Arrival, ET, 2001, or Plan 9 From Outer Space. In general, I can be coaxed into watching nearly anything, especially if it has A-list actors in silly outfits punching each other with superpowers.
The books I’ve reread the most over the years are The Forever War by Joe Haldeman and Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I keep an Amazon wish-list of stuff I want to read in the future, but like a fool I always ignore it whenever I have to choose my next book.
If we’re not counting the time that I once successfully made a bet with a date that everyone can be persuaded to have a gamble on something, then I’ve still got money on Donald Trump not making it through his first term. I’m running out of time, though.