Wednesday, 15 May 2013

60 SECOND INTERVIEW: Colin Stone

COLIN Stone is a 49-year-old technical author specialising in aircraft maintenance and repair manuals. He is born and bred on Portland, married, and has four children and six grandchildren. His hobbies include swimming, snorkelling, spearfishing and keeping fit and he is a keen supporter of Arsenal FC who loves all sports.


WHY do you live on Portland?
I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. The coastline is fantastic, islanders are great and Portland has a lovely community feeling even though there are not as many born and bred Portlanders here as there used to be.

WHERE do you go for your holidays?
We usually stay in the UK although we do go quite a bit to Tenerife. We also have a beach hut out at Portland Bill which we love going to.

WHAT is your favourite time of the year?
The summer, definitely the summer. It is all related to being outside. We like pop festivals, we have a camper van and love to go to events in it. If you could guarantee the sunshine I’d never leave Portland!

WHAT is your favourite film?
Probably Pulp Fiction. I like the Quentin Tarantino style and Pulp Fiction and the Kill Bill series are favourites of mine but I do like a good thriller, the Bond films, that sort of thing.

WHAT is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you?
The only thing I have ever felt that scared about it was like my stomach had dropped out was when I was on a beach on Tenerife and I lost sight of Shani. Someone had walked between me and where she was playing, suddenly I couldn’t see her and I panicked. It was only seconds but it has always stuck with me.

IF YOU could live your life again what would you be?
I would try to find a career with a much more outdoors emphasis, something where I could share my love of Portland such as a tour guide or teaching outdoor pursuits.

WHICH three people would you invite to your dream dinner party?
My first would be Bruce Willis because I quite fancy having a beer with him. Also it would be good to have a laugh with comedian Paul Whitehouse while, for female company, I would choose Kate Moss because she is an iconic figure who looks as good now as she did years ago.

WHAT would you do if you won the Lottery?
I would definitely stay on Portland but I would use my winnings to pay off whatever house we wanted on the island. I love cars but, if money were no object, I would love a completely restored old-style split-screen Volkswagen camper van. I might also buy a Ford Mustang because I like sports cars.

WHAT do you hope the future holds?
The main thing I want for the future is health, happiness and success for my family.

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