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Banana Chat – meet Richard Austin

Hi, never thought I would be a Banana Consultant.  I’ve been called a few things in my life but never that. In all seriousness it has been great working alongside my son Matt and wife Amanda on this venture. They do all the work really and I just help when I can!

I was born in the East End, spending days out in Southend and now I live there!!

My passion when younger was cycling and I still help out now. I have even threatened to get back on the bike properly this year, but then I have probably said that for the past ten years!

Met Amanda through work and been married for 28 very happy years and lucky enough to have two great sons, Dan and Matt.  Dan got married this year meaning we now have a lovely daughter-in-law in Hayley.

I consider myself one very lucky person.

What is your favourite joke?
Since things turned sour with my wife a fortnight ago, I have taken to riding my bike 50 miles a day to clear my head. I’m now 700 miles away from home but feeling much happier!

What makes you smile?
Seeing people happy and enjoying themselves, whether young or old.

What is your favourite good news story?
Arsenal 2 Spurs 0

What inspires you?
My children doing well in life

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Christmas cliché, but for there to be Peace on Earth

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
In the words of Cher … “If I could turn back time…”

What is your favourite food?
I like food of all types and varieties. Most common choice when eating out then probably a steak and ale pie

What is your favourite drink?
Pint of Real Ale

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
iPod for music

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
Cannot talk about politics at weekends or on my birthday!

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?
I played an Ugly Sister in my school pantomime

What is your favourite phrase or saying?
To be fair ….

What cause, project or event would you like to promote?
These past few months have made me realise what a fantastic job The Cystic Fibrosis Trust do and how hard it is for those that suffer with it, but they all seem to get on and make the most of life

Who is your favourite music artist?
Paul Weller, you just have to listen to the words in his songs. They may have mellowed from his Jam days but still have meaning

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
My parents, they could not have done more for me and have made me the person I am today

PJ’s or Not?

Hot or cold? Hot

Cat or dog? Cat

Blue or pink? Blue

Tea or coffee? Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon

Glass half-empty or glass half-full? Half full

Pyjamas or not? Not

Night out or night in? Night in

Pizza or pasta? Pasta

Biscuits or cake? Both, particularly if the biscuit is chocolate!

Wine or beer? Beer ….. then wine!

Football or rugby? Football

Cinema or theatre? Theatre

Gym or TV? TV

Naughty or nice? Nice

Silver or gold? Gold

Tent or hotel? Hotel

Bath or shower? Shower

Starter or pudding? Both, couldn’t possibly choose!

Sheets or duvet? Duvet

Love Island or Game of Thrones? From the little I’ve seen, neither!

Finally, apple or banana?  Banana