Jack Pitt-Brooke was born in London and grew up in Lewisham and Salisbury. He started blogging - at The Lonesome Death of Roy Carroll - in his second year at Oxford as a way of distracting himself from his dissertation on Stanley Baldwin. He writes about sport for The Independent.
Why do you blog? > I thought there was a space for a Bob Dylan/Manchester City crossover blog. I soon realized that I ought to specialize, and chose the latter. Plus it looked awfully good fun, which it is.
What has been your best blogging experience? > The correspondence with interested readers, and a few traditional friendships that have grown out of it. And I wouldn't have got my job in the 'MSM' without it.
What has been your worst blogging experience? > Being doggedly pursued by a particularly aggressive commenter.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Know your niche. Find your voice. Get on Twitter.
What are you reading at the moment? > The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch.
Who are your cultural heroes? > Bob Dylan, Christopher Hitchens, George Orwell, Nick Cave, David Chase, David Simon, Martin Amis, Martin Scorsese.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > Success by Martin Amis.
What is your favourite movie? > For a Few Dollars More.
What is your favourite song? > 'Spanish Harlem Incident' by Bob Dylan.
Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you've ever changed your mind? > The acceptability of Nigel de Jong's tackling.
Can you name a work of non-fiction which has had a major and lasting influence on how you think about the world? > Orwell's 'Politics and the English Language' is just invaluable for people who want to write. Also his 'Notes on Nationalism' is a useful corrective for the excesses of football fan tribalism.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > Irony.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Selfishness.
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge? > Yes, against certain categories of football supporter.
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > I suppose I'd do French to A2 level (I dropped it after AS), and then maintain it. (I appreciate how trivial this sounds.)
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > I wish I had an alternative to David Mitchell but I don't.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > If not in London then on the coast somewhere.
What would your ideal holiday be? > A week in a city I'd never been to, preferably with an interesting football club.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > Walking around London, reading books, seeing friends.
What is your most treasured possession? > My iPhone.
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? > David.
What talent would you most like to have? > Being able to speak foreign languages very well.
Who is your favourite comedian or humorist? > Stewart Lee.
Who are your sporting heroes? > Mike Atherton, Uwe Rösler, Xavi, Elano, Vincent Kompany.
Which English Premiership football team do you support? > Manchester City.
If you could have one (more or less realistic) wish come true, what would you wish for? > For England to rescue something from the Gabba.
How, if at all, would you change your life were you suddenly to win or inherit an enormously large sum of money? > I'd probably buy a flat.
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Atherton, Dylan and Christopher Hitchens just squeeze out my father.
What animal would you most like to be? > A badger.
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