Team Question Challenge - Roger Mathew
Roger Mathew, Senior Developer takes on the Team Question Challenge.
He'd love to be writing the next bestseller in the Magdalen Arms or chatting to Jesus via Zoom. However, he's more likely to be found watching The Princess Bride with a plate of his Grandmother's apple crumble.
Question: What is your favourite film or series?
A: The Princess Bride. Anybody want a peanut?
Q: What is the best bit of your job?
A: I love the challenge and satisfaction of solving complex problems.
Q: If you could start again and had to do something else, what would it be?
A: I’d be a photographer, or perhaps an author. Although IT projects always live for longer than we expect them to, they’re very much ephemeral in the grand scheme of things. I like the idea of creating something that might still be around for generations to come.
Q: What is your favourite pudding?
A: My Grandmother’s apple crumble.
Q: Has the coronavirus pandemic changed how you see the world?
A: It has, for better and for worse. It’s sad to see so many people taken in by nonsensical conspiracy theories, and so many more for whom potentially spreading a deadly virus is preferable to being slightly inconvenienced – but it’s also amazing to see so many people around the world working together to beat the pandemic. I guess it’s brought home just how polarized the world is.
Q: If you had to recommend a pub or restaurant in Oxfordshire, what would it be and why?
A: We used to live around the corner from the Magdalen Arms on Iffley Road and it was a regular lunch and dinner destination. They have a seasonal gastro-pub style menu with a few big, scrumptious sharing dishes like a lamb shoulder or beef rib for anywhere between two and five people. There’s a good wine list, it’s family friendly and the staff are always welcoming.
Q: If it was in the name of pleasure – would it be car, bicycle, walk, run, swim?
A: Swim/Bike/Run! Our MD, Nik, got me in to running many years ago and at one point I was running enough to enter a few sprint triathlons. I’d like to get back to that level of fitness!
Q: You can invite three guests from any time in history to join you on a Zoom call. Who would they be and why?
A: Jesus, to meet the man behind the legend.
Ronnie Corbett because he tells a great story.
Sir David Attenborough because I could listen to his voice forever.