Tony T was born in Melbourne and grew up both there and in a mining town in far north Western Australia. There he worked as an electrician before completing both electrical and electronic engineering diplomas and working as an automation engineer in Melbourne. Tony now teaches electrical theory and computer programming at a Melbourne technical college. He likes teaching but was horrified to discover his students are much the same as he was at that age. He believes sport to be vicarious insanity, but is tragically addicted to Australian Rules Football and cricket. Tony can be found at After Grog Blog.
Why do you blog? > I started as a recreational blogger, blogging casually, just for fun, but soon I was blogging every day – I was addicted. Now, I can't stop. I don't know how to stop.
What has been your best blogging experience? > Meeting bloggers.
What has been your worst blogging experience? > Meeting bloggers. If you read this and are wondering, 'Does he mean me?' - well, yes I do mean you. And you.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Content is king! Keep it tight! Give me money and I will link to you.
What are you reading at the moment? > A Very English Agent by Julian Rathbone.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
What is your favourite movie? > Once Upon A Time In The West. The moment it finished, first time I saw it, was a sad moment, because it occurred to me I would never again be able to see it for the first time.
What is your favourite song? > Toss a coin: '42nd Street' and 'Reprise' from the 42nd Street soundtrack or 'Pure and Easy' by The Who.
Who is your favourite composer? > Adam Mozart.
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > Celebrity and commercialism.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > People who make cheerful conversation before they ask you for a favour.
In what circumstances would you be willing to lie? > Lie? NEVER!
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge? > It would be my honoured duty to persecute without hesitation ALL people who chew with their mouths open.
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Television - I write from experience.
What, if anything, do you worry about? > Whether there is a point to what I'm doing. Blogging, for instance.
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > Ooooo, yes.
What would you call your autobiography? > If It Hasn't Got A Ball, It's Not A Sport.
Where would you most like to live? > Wherever the grass really is greener.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > Shouting at TV sport. I am rather good at that.
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? > Notanthony.
What talent would you most like to have? > Music or painting. Pictures, mind, not houses. That business can only lead to tears.
What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job? > Sports journalist; preferably cricket.
Who is your favourite comedian or humorist? > The Firesign Theatre. And Peter Cook - funniest man ever.
Who are your sporting heroes? > Oddly, for someone who has had an addiction to sport since childhood, I have very few sporting heroes. Probably only Allan Border. Shane Warne would be a hero if he weren't such a goose; one just can't separate the sportsman from the man. Despite my being able to watch one of the greatest cricketers of all time, part of me inexorably thinks 'Naked Nurse Romp'.
Which football teams do you support? > AFC Wimbledon, and Melbourne Football Club (Aussie Rules).
If you could have one wish come true, what would you wish for? > For Melbourne to win a premiership. See also the next item.
How, if at all, would you change your life were you suddenly to win or inherit an enormously large sum of money? > Quit work and swim in my money, Scrooge McDuck style. Then buy a big house in the English countryside.
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Gideon Haigh, Leaping Larry L, Les Carlyon.
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