The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - INTERVIEW -

From Dumyat to Mont Blanc – Be­ing Alive with Moun­tains is a new book from Ian McNeish. An il­lus­trated ac­count of a life of out­door adventure, it fo­cuses on the moun­tains of Scot­land and be­yond and is avail­able from Ex­tremis Pub­lish­ing Lim­ited

First record bought?

The LP The Free­wheel­ing Bob Dylan, early 1960s.

Book that changed my life?

Hill of the Red Fox by Allan Camp­bell McLean which opened my eyes to a world of writ­ten adventure as a child.

Most ex­pen­sive pur­chase?

The house I presently re­side in.

First job?

Aged 16 work­ing at the Mun­gal Foundry in Falkirk, mak­ing ev­ery­thing from post boxes to tele­phone kiosks.

Favourite time of day?

I love any time of day when I am be­ing ac­tive.

Last time I cried?

The Dun­blane School tragedy. My­self and an­other se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer were re­spon­si­ble for run­ning the close fam­ily sup­port teams.

Worst fash­ion faux pas?

As a po­lice in­spec­tor I once mis­tak­enly wore a me­tal Sec­ond World War po­lice hel­met to a se­ri­ous in­ci­dent.

Favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion?

Austin, Texas.

Idea of hol­i­day hell?

A pack­age beach-type hol­i­day.

Big­gest pho­bia? Spi­ders.

What am I watch­ing on TV? Sport and the oc­ca­sional drama.

Favourite film?

In the Heat of the Night.

How do I re­lax?

Read­ing, with a good malt whisky to hand.

Best ad­vice I have been given?

My first chief con­sta­ble told me to make haste slowly while my par­ents told me not to judge oth­ers.

Who I last spoke to on the tele­phone?

An em­ployee of a pest con­trol com­pany.

First thing I did this morn­ing?

Walked into town early to get a cof­fee.

Worst mis­take?

I hon­estly have no idea, so many.

My in­spi­ra­tion?

My par­ents and my brother top that list.

Who would I most like to meet?

Richard Feyn­man, sadly now dead.

Child­hood crush? He­len Shapiro.

Weird­est fan gift?

An anony­mous let­ter I got af­ter Dun­blane is pretty pre­cious, but not weird.

Quirky habits?

I of­ten cut my own hair.

Worst meal?

Be­ing served a steak so tough it could not be cut in a well-re­spected es­tab­lish­ment in the High­lands.

What makes me laugh?

Spon­ta­neous, quick-wit­ted re­sponses and some­times peo­ple fall­ing.

Most em­bar­rass­ing moment?

Day one of pri­mary school. When the bell rang I ran all the way home, beam­ing, only to dis­cover it was play­time.

Sean Con­nery or Daniel Craig?

Who is Daniel Craig?

Beauty is?

My dog splash­ing in the tide on a Har­ris beach.

The beau­ti­ful beach and clear sea at Seile­bost on Har­ris.

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