Peter - who blogs as 'The Beatroot' - is originally from London, but works as a journalist in Warsaw. He started his blog to try and highlight the weird and wonderful shenanigans of Polish politics to an English-speaking audience. He is also interested in how the new Polish migrants - Bobski and the Plumber - are portrayed in the British media. He lives with his Polish wife, Ania, and a Shetland sheepdog called Lucy.
What has been your best blogging experience? > I helped stitch up and expose some dodgy 'investigative journalism' into Poles in the UK by the Daily Mail once. That was fun. Something I plan to repeat.
What has been your worst blogging experience? > Trolls.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Just keep going. If what you are writing is interesting then you will get an audience.
Who are your intellectual heroes? > Marx, J.S. Mill, John Prescott.
What are you reading at the moment? > It's a book a publisher sent for review. I won't say which one because it is awful.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie.
What is your favourite poem? > I don't read poems. But I like listening to them. Roger McGough is good. 'A fascist who pretends to be a humanitarian is like a cannibal, on a health kick, who only eats vegetarians...'
What is your favourite movie? > Cabaret.
What is your favourite song? > 'God Only Knows' by the Beach Boys - proving you only need 2' 42" to show you are a genius.
Who is your favourite composer? > Bach.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to disseminate? > In our increasingly censorious and fearful times I would give On Liberty another read.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to combat? > It's not a philosophical thesis, but the idea that the coming recession will be 'good for us' is politically and culturally degenerate. The chattering classes must have a weird view of what poverty is like. I invite them to come to Poland - a country where the average person was quite poor till the mid-1990s - and tell them that 'having less is more'. They would laugh in their faces.
Who are your political heroes? > I am trying to get through a questionnaire like this one without mentioning George Orwell. So... um, George Orwell? Damn!
What is your favourite piece of political wisdom? > 'Question everything.' (Karl Marx)
What would you do with the UN? > Turn it in to an international talking shop. Er... wait...
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > Fear. You can see it today with the finance crisis... it's a western crisis of confidence.
Do you think the world (human civilization) has already passed its best point, or is that yet to come? > Best is yet to come. Human culture has just crawled out of its pram and is now staggering around, uncertain, trying to get its feet.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > Don't read advice books or columns.
Do you think you could ever be married to, or in a long-term relationship with, someone with radically different political views from your own? > Yes. Love is a funny thing.
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge? > Um... no.
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Some people say they enjoy shopping. I don't really get that.
What would you call your autobiography? > I would try and write an autobiography that didn't give lurid revelations about my mental health. So my autobiography would be called Not Written by Alastair Campbell or John Prescott. Or, maybe, Nothing To Declare.
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > John Prescott.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > Somewhere really dangerous. Like Afghanistan... or Iceland.
What would your ideal holiday be? > As above.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > Playing guitars, losing at chess, writing out questionnaires for normblog.
Who are your sporting heroes? > George Best, Eric Cantona.
Which English Premiership football team do you support? > What have the two football players above got in common?
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Marquis de Sade, Mother Teresa... and Brian Clough. We would all get on like a house on fire.
What animal would you most like to be? > An aardvark.
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