Saturday, April 10, 2021

Russell Norman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks restaurateur Russell Norman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

 

The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force?

I am guided by the usual human forces, but my permanent motivation is work.

 

“Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours?

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow, but learn as if you were to live forever”. Also: “Don’t fuck it up”.

 

Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in 2013?

I don’t know who Kerry Katona is but I would say that the persistent trend amongst youths for wearing trousers waistbands below the arse is totally unacceptable in 2013.

 

Tony Blair misses being Prime Minister. What do you miss most in your life?

I miss my 1965 Triumph Herald 1200, my 1973 Mercedes 450 SEL and my 1968 Austin 1100 estate. Now that I have a family and responsibilities I can’t justify my penchant for classic old motors.

 

What might you swap all your wealth for?

Uninterrupted good health for my children.

 

Donald Trump was once a case of: “If you owe the bank a thousand, they close you down; but if you owe the bank a billion, you own the bank”. What’s your view on the banking crisis?

I hate the taxman and insurance brokers far more than I hate bankers.

 

What phrase or word do you most loathe?

“At the end of the day”, “for all intents and purposes”, “in actual fact”… The list goes on. I can’t bear lazy, meaningless idioms.  In addition, I cringe whenever I hear the word “serviette” and I cannot say “croissant” without wanting to kill myself.

 

In the UK, some people consider charity to “begin at home”. What’s your view and what causes do you personally support?

My daughter is an outpatient at Great Ormond Street Hospital following an accident in 2010. I support the hospital in every way I can.

 

The judge in Law Abiding Citizen states: “I can pretty much do whatever I want” before being blown up whilst answering her mobile phone. What’s your view on the appropriate use of such devices?

We should be as embarrassed by our mobile telephones as we might be by nasal hair trimmers and only ever use them in private.

 

Restaurateur Russell Norman
Restaurateur Russell Norman

If you could fill a carriage on The Orient Express, who would be your fellow passengers?

We’d be a dull, bookish lot. Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Christopher Hitchens, David Mamet, Will Self and William Butler Yeats.

 

If you were unfortunate enough to end up on death row, what would be your last meal and where would you eat it?

A bacon sandwich and a mug of strong tea on remote hilltop, alone.

 

What time is it acceptable to consume the first drink of the day?

Not a moment before 6pm.

 

A Negroni, a martini or a cup of tea?

My three favourite drinks.

 

Whose parties do you enjoy the most and why?

I’m usually the most miserable person at parties. I didn’t used to be.  I don’t know what happened.

 

Who is the most positive person you know?

There’s this incredibly chirpy barista in a Soho coffee shop. I have to avoid him when he’s working. He’s always so bloody happy.

 

What’s your most guilty pleasure?

Spectacles, wristwatches and stationery.

 

If a tattoo were to sum you up, what would it be of?

Pi to 100 decimal places or so; inconsistent but predictable.

 

If you were a car, what marque would you be?

A Riley.

 

Cilla Black presented Surprise, Surprise. Tell us the most surprising thing about you.

I don’t enjoy eating out in restaurants.

 

What’s currently sitting on your mantelpiece?

A mirror and 19 carved wooden apes and monkeys.

 

Russell Norman is a restaurateur and author of Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts). His restaurants include:

 

– Mishkin’s. Website: http://www.mishkins.co.uk

– Polpo. Website: http://www.polpo.co.uk

– Spuntino. Website: http://www.spuntino.co.uk

 

To purchase Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts), go to: http://www.guardianbookshop.co.uk/BerteShopWeb/viewProduct.do?ISBN=9781408816790

 

Follow Russell Norman on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/Ape451

 

5e3b97728b2e4bf58c9ff7822befe328?s=96&d=mm&r=g
The Steeple Times
We research and background check our articles. If you believe we have made and error in some detail please get in touch, we seek always to write the truth and stand against a press owned by a self selected few. Please help us, we will accept all your likes, subscriptions and anonymous suport. The Editor and his team at the Steeple Times.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Advertisement
Advertisement

Become a Patron of The Steeple Times

Independent journalism will only remain independent if it is supported by clear-thinking people like you. We each have the command to make a real difference. Join us.

2,585FansLike
2,068FollowersFollow
10,909FollowersFollow

Subscribe For DAILY NEWS

Please subscribe, like and share this very British site, it helps us grow. Your data is protected and The Steeple Times will send you an email at noon everyday that we rather trust you will enjoy.

Advertisement

Other Stories You May Enjoy

Runners & Riders – The Grand National 2021 – ‘The Steeple Times’ examines the tipsters’ selections and offers 4 options for Saturday’s crowded Grand National 2021.

Runners & Riders – The Grand National 2021

‘The Steeple Times’ examines the tipsters’ selections and offers 4 options for Saturday’s crowded Grand National 2021.
Website of the Week 2021 – Sadie Quinlan’s Yankee Wally – Sadie Quinlan’s ‘Yankee Wally’ YouTube channel where she “plays by the rules” whilst exposing what she views to be the nefarious activities of the Duchess of Sussex is a must watch.

Website of the Week – Yankee Wally

Sadie Quinlan’s ‘Yankee Wally’ YouTube channel where she “plays by the rules” whilst exposing what she views to be the nefarious activities of the Duchess of Sussex is a must watch.
Mucky Maxwell’s Bogus Bogtrot 2021 – Ghislaine Maxwell’s latest lies – Mendacious madam Ghislaine Maxwell’s moaning about her prison conditions exposed as bogtrot as she is revealed to be a mucky pup in the bathroom area.

Mucky Maxwell’s Bogus Bogtrot

Mendacious madam Ghislaine Maxwell’s moaning about her prison conditions exposed as bogtrot as she is revealed to be a mucky pup in the bathroom area.
The Slaying Sisters Sulk 2021 – Merelize van der Merwe & Larysa Switlyk – ‘The Steeple Times’s’ campaign against endangered species slaying Merelize van der Merwe and Larysa Switlyk has plainly really got to them; the sulky pair have set their attack dogs on us.

The Slaying Sisters Sulk

‘The Steeple Times’s’ campaign against endangered species slaying Merelize van der Merwe and Larysa Switlyk has plainly really got to them; the sulky pair have set their attack dogs on us.
Runners & Riders – The Irish Grand National 2021 – ‘The Steeple Times’ examines the tipsters’ selections and offers 2 options for today’s Irish Grand National 2021.

Runners & Riders – The Irish Grand National 2021

‘The Steeple Times’ examines the tipsters’ selections and offers 2 options for today’s Irish Grand National 2021.
Bailey Bombs to 64/1 – Shaun Bailey Bombs to 64/1 in London mayoral election – Vote Max Fosh and Count Binface instead – As Old Harrovian wannabe Mayor of London Max Fosh photobombs his fellow Old Harrovian rival Laurence Fox, their clapped-out Conservative rival Shaun Bailey sinks to likely 3rd place at odds of 64/1.

Bailey Bombs to 64/1

As ingeniously ironic Old Harrovian wannabe Mayor of London Max Fosh photobombs his fellow Old Harrovian grumpy groaner rival Laurence Fox, their clapped-out Conservative rival Shaun Bailey sinks to likely 3rd place at odds of 64/1.
The Failings of Fakery 2021 – Fake news peddler Ivy Holt called out – Volkswagen joins those condemned for spreading fakery after we called out PR peddling pillock Ivy Holt for her stupendously stupid stunt whilst we celebrate five moments of true comedy.

The Failings of Fakery

Volkswagen joins those condemned for spreading fakery after we called out PR peddling pillock Ivy Holt for her stupendously stupid stunt whilst we celebrate five moments of true comedy.
Wallies of the Week 2021 – Stephen Cloobeck and Stefanie Gurzanski – Self-proclaimed billionaire Stephen Cloobeck and OnlyFans.com stripper Stefanie Gurzanski’s court battle makes a mockery of the both of them; this tawdry pair should both “belt up, wrap up and shut up.”

Wallies of the Week 2021 – Stephen Cloobeck and Stefanie Gurzanski

Self-proclaimed billionaire Stephen Cloobeck and OnlyFans.com stripper Stefanie Gurzanski’s court battle makes a mockery of the both of them; this tawdry pair should “belt up, wrap up and shut up.”
The Fake News of Love Yourself – Ivy Holt, Agility PR fake news – PR peddler Ivy Holt of Media PR makes a prized pillock of her client Love Yourself by trying to spread unentertaining fake news; all she achieved was to prove herself to be a wannabe Brian Basham.

The Fake News of Love Yourself

PR peddler Ivy Holt of Media PR makes a prized pillock of her client Love Yourself by trying to spread unentertaining fake news; all she achieved was to prove herself to be a wannabe Brian Basham.
No ‘Scatterlings of Africa’ for Merelize van der Merwe in 2021 – Merelize van der Merwe’s video accompanied by Johnny Clegg’s ‘Scatterlings of Africa’ music of her slaughtering a majestic giraffe is removed from YouTube for copyright infringement.

No ‘Scatterlings of Africa’ for Merelize van der Merwe

Merelize van der Merwe’s video accompanied by ‘Scatterlings of Africa’ music of her slaughtering a majestic giraffe is removed from YouTube for copyright infringement.

Popular Articles From The Past

Weather

London
overcast clouds
6.2 ° C
6.7 °
5.6 °
75 %
4.6kmh
90 %
Sat
6 °
Sun
9 °
Mon
9 °
Tue
11 °
Wed
13 °