Star line-up for dinner

South Western Times - - Lifestyle -

In Times 5 we ask mem­bers of the com­mu­nity for their re­sponse to five not-so-se­ri­ous ques­tions. This week we talk to the vice-pres­i­dent and public­ity of­fi­cer of the As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety of the South West, Cameron Mem­brey.

Q AIf you were hav­ing a dinner party, which five guests would you in­vite (and why)? Hard to choose just five peo­ple! For as­tron­omy I’d go with Vera Ru­bin, the dis­cov­erer of dark mat­ter and Carl Sa­gan the great science com­mu­ni­ca­tor. Lit­er­a­ture, Dou­glas Adams as au­thor of the fun­ni­est sci-fi/comedy tril­ogy-in-five-parts ever. Martin Luther King was one of the most in­spi­ra­tional peo­ple in his­tory and I’ve got to have a some­one from sport — so Peter Nor­man, the Aussie 200m record holder.

Q AIf you had a time ma­chine, where would you go (and why)? Any time within the Me­so­zoic era would be great to ex­plore and see all the di­nosaurs and dif­fer­ent an­i­mals, plants we don’t even know about. Not to men­tion the chance to see how dif­fer­ent the night sky would look.

Q AName your dream con­cert line-up (and why)? Ella Fitzger­ald, Nina Si­mone, Deb­o­rah Harry, Chrissy Am­phlett, Lily Allen, Bil­lie Eil­ish would put on an amaz­ing per­for­mance to­gether each in their own unique way from their own mu­si­cal gen­res and eras.

QIf you were an an­i­mal what would you be (and why)?

I would be ei­ther a tardi­grade, the most in­de­struc­tible an­i­mal in the world, or a bird like the red-tailed black cock­a­too for their uniquely melodic and peace­ful squawk.

Q AIn a movie about your life who would play you (and why)? ABC’s satirist Mark Humphries. He’s way fun­nier than me so he would bring the hu­mour the role des­per­ately needs.

If Cameron Mem­brey had a time ma­chine, he would go back and see the di­nosaurs.

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