Where do you live?
I live in Nicosia with my queen of a wife, Elena, and my two little princes, Constantinos, who is almost 5, and Alexandros, who is 1 and change.
Best childhood memory?
Growing up in Limassol with my maternal grandparents, and all the summers I spent with them thereafter. I fondly remember the long night walks from one end of the Promenade to the other, indulging in buttered corn on the cob, and playing for hours on end on the sandy beaches of Lady’s Mile, without a single care in the world. Oh, and reading comics until my eyes went blurry!
Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? What food would you really turn your nose up to?
Hands down, Seasons Oriental within the Four Seasons Hotel in Limassol. Favorite dish there would be the sweet and sour pork. As for my absolute worst food, that would be spaghetti bolognese as I hate the combination of minced meat and pasta.
What did you have for breakfast?
A massimo Iced Latte from Costa, with an extra espresso shot and a pump of caramel!
Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
Definitely a night person! I operate better at night, in all respects. As far as inspiration-driven work is concerned, such as writing articles and stories, nighttime is the best time to focus on this kind of work, since the world feels paused and you are not in FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) mode. Give me a bottle of Chablis and a notepad with a pen at night and I’ll give you something straight out of my heart. A perfect night out for me entails good friends, uplifting music and a constant supply of alcohol – and my wife by my side, of course.
Best book ever read?
The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom. It is a book so beautifully written, that the characters and events described therein feel as if they are alive in your mind. Although it touches upon the cliche subject of the meaning of life, the way in which the underlying story is constructed and conveyed to the reader couldn’t be farther from cliche.
Favourite film of all time?
Actually it’s not one, but three, together, as they need to be watched consecutively, as a saga! That would be The Godfather Trilogy. I literally love everything in it, from the shadowy cinematography to the chilling soundtrack.
Best holiday ever taken? What’s your dream trip?
Best holiday ever taken would be my honeymoon trip to the USA. We visited four cities in 23 days, and we fell seriously in love with San Francisco. The romanticism exuded by San Fran is truly unparalleled, as is the open-minded spirit of its inhabitants. Dream trip is a cross-country road trip across Route 66, when our two boys are older and able to join us.
What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
When I’m alone in the car rock ballads, both English and Greek ones. When I’m with my boys, strictly kids songs.
What is always in your fridge?
Wine, but that’s another fridge! In my main refrigerator you will always find fine cheeses, as I am crazy about them!
Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
I am both a city boy and a lover of the green that forests offer. So I’ll be a bit of a diplomat here and say an urban dwelling for my day-to-day life in the city, in the form of a modern house with a big garden and an even bigger home cinema in either Strovolos or Aglantzia, and a holiday cottage in either Platres or Troodos, so as to boost creativity through tranquility, and indulge in my writing.
If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Definitely Kurt Cobain. I grew up on his songs and he used to be one of my childhood idols. I’d really love the opportunity to go out with him and pick his genius mind.
If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Spend each and every hour, minute, second, nanosecond, moment, with my loved ones, hoping for a sequel in the afterlife.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing a loved one. That, and leaving dreams unfulfilled.
Tell me a joke…
Since I’m a sworn movie buff, said joke couldn’t come anywhere else rather than from a movie, so this one is from Pulp Fiction:
Three tomatoes are walking down the street – a poppa tomato, a momma tomato, and a little baby tomato.
Baby tomato starts lagging behind. Poppa tomato gets angry, goes over to the baby tomato, and smooshes him… and says, “Catch up.”