Jack Edwards

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 December, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 December, 1993, 12:00am

DID you always want to make a living the way you are making it now? No.

What else did you want to be - or would like to become? I always wanted, and still do, to be a politician. It's the only way to influence things.

What objects do you always carry with you? My keys, and the penknife my father used to clean his pipe. It's the only thing of his I have and it's my talisman.

What did your last meal consist of? A sardine sandwich, an apple and an orange.

When do you lie? Whenever it's necessary, which unfortunately it sometimes is, like when I was in Tokyo and had to lie my way in to hand a letter to John Major about passports for the war widows here.

What are you reading at the moment? Action This Day, a naval war book by Sir Philip Vian. It reflects my current mood.

If you could change one feature about yourself, what would it be? I'd like to have back the body I had before the war. But I don't grumble about it, my best friend lost his eyes, his hands and his hearing.

What talent would you like to possess? Oratory. To be able to sway an audience.

If you could come back as anyone or anything, who or what would you be? I admire Albert Schweitzer, Mother Teresa and Winston Churchill. I like to be someone like that.

What decision are you putting off at the moment? I'm tired of writing letters to the Hong Kong Government, even to the Governor, asking what the term 'services in the interest of the Crown' means and getting no reply. Now I'm thinking of writing to the Queen herself to see if she knows.

Which person, historical or living, would you like to have a relaxed dinner with? Historical: Harry Truman. Present: Chris Patten - I'd like to know what makes him tick.

What was the last item you bought? A Japanese tape recorder, would you believe there was a time I wouldn't even accept a gift if it was Japanese. But I'm less bitter now.

Are/were you closer to your mother or your father? Both, but probably the biggest influence was my father.

What do you wear to sleep in? Anything. Short pyjamas at the moment.

What do you dream about? I don't dream, I have nightmares. It's always the same, it's crazy, horrible and mixed up, and I dread it.

What really irritates you in other people? People's pre-occupation with money and seeming to have little time for other people.

Is there a single possession that you value above everything else? My wife. I value her above all else. I couldn't do a thing without her.

Which era would you like to live in if you could go back in time? Victorian-Edwardian Britain. A time of great change.

What is your current state of mind? I like to think I am sane. Some people disagree. I feel better now than at any time since the war. The bitterness is going.

How would you like to be remembered? I've seen my own words on a war memorial in Singapore. They say: 'None of us should forget.' I'd like to be thought of as a bloke who did remember and one who looked after his mates.