My name is Ryan Child. I live on a bus, travelling the country on the Battling Suicide Tour. The 5asideCHESS project is all about getting people to connect.
I play chess and write and run.
Instagram: @play5asidechess @Ryanowenchild
What is your favourite joke?
The one about superman, wonder woman and the invisible man.
What makes you smile?
What is your favourite good news story?
When caged animals eat humans.
What inspires you?
The determination of people without perceptible hope.
If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Lack of perspective. It would be good if more people could spend a few days experiencing what a person’s life from a completely different background is like. The good thing is that is possible, people just have to be more willing to do it.
If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
I would quite like to be like the blue girl from X-men.
What is your favourite food?
What is your favourite drink?
If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
A cattle prod for people with selfie sticks.
If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
I would implement a ‘National Civic Service.’ Everyone has to spend a year helping their country. It could be painting walls or building a community center. Anything really. Do some hard work, understand we all have a part to play.
Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?
I played for Bristol City until I was 18. Actually, I’m pretty sure I never stop going on about that.
What is your favourite phrase or saying?
The course language of hard-working men.
What cause, project or event would you like to promote?
The Battling Suicide Tour at 5asidechess.com. I live on a bus and travel around the UK, visiting universities, colleges and workplaces. It’s all about getting people to connect more. To me, that’s probably the biggest tool we have for improving society.
Who is your favourite music artist?
I like songs more than artists. Purple Rain by Prince. Weak become Heroes by the Streets. Tennesse Whiskey by Chris Stapleton.
Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
Both of my parents.
PJ’s or Not?
Hot or cold? Cold
Cat or dog? Dog
Blue or pink? Blue
Tea or coffee? Coffee
Glass half-empty or glass half-full? Half-full!
Pyjamas or not? Not
Night out or night in? Night out
Pizza or pasta? Pizza
Biscuits or cake? Neither
Wine or beer? Wine
Football or rugby? Football
Cinema or theatre? Cinema
Gym or TV? Gym
Naughty or nice? Confused
Silver or gold? Gold
Tent or hotel? Tent
Bath or shower? Bath
Starter or pudding? Starter
Sheets or duvet? Duvet
Love Island or Game of Thrones? Game of Thrones
Finally, apple or banana? Banana
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