Team Spotlight 60 Seconds with...
Ralph Bird, Head of Product Development at CurveGlobal
1. What are you listening to/reading these days?
I recently bought a copy of Economic Facts and Fallacies by Thomas Sowell. It’s a must read for anyone trying to understand the modern world and why so many government initiatives and programmes suffer from “unintended consequences” and turn out to be disasters.
I very rarely read novels these days, but my sister-in-law sent me No Middle Name, a collection of Jack Reacher short stories, which is great escapism. Apart from that I like to read Private Eye and keep up to date with the news online – especially The Times and Telegraph.
The other day I googled Pompeii, having just got back from holiday in Italy where we visited the archaeological site, and came across a YouTube video of Dave Gilmour’s concert there in 2016. Since then I have been listening to the music of my school days – Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis etc. This makes a welcome change from listening to Andy singing Andrew Lloyd Webber hits in the office! (Or is he singing “Don’t cry… 4-3 Argentina”?)
2. What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Diet Coke. Everyone in the office knows that's the only thing I drink – they don’t bother asking if I want tea or coffee anymore.
3. If you could invite any four dinner guests past or present who would you choose?
It could be a bit hit and miss trying to get four strangers to gel at the dinner table, so I’d go for four members of the Monty Python team (from the early 1980s, just after Life of Brian and before The Meaning of Life – when they were still funny).
If that’s cheating, how about Brian Clough? One of the greatest football managers of all time – the winner of consecutive European Cup titles with Nottingham Forest, my childhood team. And Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool FC’s manager (his entertaining character wouldn’t go amiss). I doubt Brian’s methods would work these days but Jurgen needs some inspiration if he’s ever going to win a European final.
Sticking to the sporting theme, I would complete the table with Sir Clive Woodward and Eddie Jones – England’s Rugby Union World Cup winning coach and his current counterpart. Maybe between us we could work out a winning strategy for the England team in Japan next year.
4. You can do any job for just one day, what would it be?
I’ve always wanted to be a portrait artist. I enjoy sketching, drawing and creating caricatures, but I’ve never learnt how to use paints properly – one day I will go on a painting course to find out. (Then I could finish the caricatures I did of the CurveGlobal team last year!)
5. Ten years ago, where did you think you would be now?
Retired, living at home with just my wife and the dogs – and the children finally moved away!