PJ: What’s your name?
AH: Adam Holm
PJ: Your birthday?
AH: 17th of September
PJ: What’s your star sign?
PJ: Your blood type?
AH: Not blue, for sure. I’m staunchly anti-royalist.
PJ: What type of men do you like?
AH: Men who know how to listen and display empathy.
PJ:What type don’t you like?
AH: Pompous, arrogant twats. There are quite a few around
PJ: Who are your current lovers?
AH:My wife and two other women. We’re in an open marriage for the time being.
PJ: What’s your favourite food?
AH: Risotto ai funghi
PJ: What food don’t you like?
AH: My Norwegian mother-in-law cooks potatoes that are a torture both to the soul and the mouth.
PJ: What’s your favourite fashion?
AH: I’m simplistic and ignorant when it comes to fashion. A solid shirt will do for me.
PJ:What fashion don’t you like?
AH: Anything that is merely made for the supremely wealthy to flash.
PJ: What’s your hobby?
AH: Very conventional. I like reading, travelling and occasionally kicking the ball around.
PJ:What were you doing last Sunday?
AH: I was meandering through the streets of Tirana, Albania, with my family.
PJ: When did you wake up this morning?
AH: Five to seven. I had to see our two teenage-sons off to school.
PJ: Who’s your favourite fashion designer?
AH: Anyone who is committed to breaking down the poshness of designing.
PJ: Favourite lipstick?
AH: The one my wife leaves on my cheek
AH: Sorry, just a deo-stick.
PJ: What colour hair do you wish you were born with?
AH: I’m bald-headed but in my hairy days I was dark-brown. That was good enough for me.
PJ: Are you a good cook?
AH: I can’t boast being a great chef, but I quite fancy cooking.
PJ: What food do you cook best?
AH: My ratatouille is usually received with some joy.
PJ: What do you wear when you sleep?
AH: Mainly my underpants
PJ: What did you eat when you woke up this morning?
AH: I had a toasted rye-bun, a glass of ginger-apple juice and a cup of coffee.
PJ: What’s your favourite word?
AH: I don’t single out one word from the other. They are all created equal.
PJ: What words don’t you like?
AH: I’m an egalitarian. Any word stands a chance with me.
PJ: What’s your favourite flower?
AH: I’m not a botanical connoisseur, I have a weakness for trees, not flowers. My kingdom for a palm tree!
PJ: Favourite colour?
PJ: What’s your favourite season?
AH: Summer. I thrive in high temperatures.
PJ:Where do you most want to go now?
AH: Syria. I have covered the war, and written a couple of books on the subject, but I have been denied access for the past almost three years.
PJ: What’s your job?
AH: I host programmes on radio and tv. And I write newspaper columns and occasionally a book.
PJ: Do you like your work?
AH: Some of it. I rarely watch and listen to myself, but I sometimes read what I write in order to improve.
PJ: Do you like your job?
AH: Yes, very much so.
PJ: Do you like your voice?
AH: Not exactly but I have gotten used to it.
PJ: What is your dream of the future?
AH: One concrete and one abstract; I hope my sons will thrive and realize their potentials, and I hope for a better political understanding of our imminent climate and social challenges.
PJ: What’s the happiest thing about your life?
AH: Without a doubt, becoming a father. Both times.
PJ: How about the saddest?
AH: One November-day in Damascus 2012 when a car-bomb exploded a few minutes from where I was located. The carnage was cruel.
PJ: What part of your self do you like best?
AH: My Jewish nose. It’s massive and solid.
PJ: What part of your self don’t you like?
AH: The gaping hole where one of my teeth have been missing for some time. I got elbowed during a football-match.
PJ: What part of your personality do you like best?
AH: My love and loyalty to family and friends.
PJ: What part of your personality don’t you like?
AH: That I often commit the same mistakes. As a trained historian I should learn from the past, alas, no. And also my inability to stop talking once I get started.
PJ: What is your habit?
AH: I sip coffee while writing.
PJ: When was your first love?
AH: If ‘love’ means sex, I was sixteen.
PJ: What kind of guy/girl was he/she?
AH: She was very kind and generous. And drunk like myself.
PJ: What type of guy’s your current lover?
AH: They are not a he.
PJ: What did you dream last night?
AH: I faintly remember something about being on a voyage. Maybe because I was watching BBC’s excellent series ‘The North Water’ quite recently.
PJ: Do you believe in dreams?
AH: I know dreams are born out of feelings and real sensations, so yes.
PJ: Do you believe in jinxes?
AH: No, but there are occurrences and incidents which make you think that jinxes exist.
PJ: Do you believe in magic?
AH: Negative. But I like the tricksters known as magicians.
PJ: Do you believe in god?
AH: Whether spelled with a capital G or small g, no. Fanatics are an island unto themselves, but I have gradually learned to respect people’s need for religious explanations.