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10 quick questions

There are some questions in life that quickly reveal a lot about a person. First job? Best advice? Dogs or cats? We cut to the chase with these rapid fire interviews.

Simon Sherwood

  1. Tea or coffee? Definitely coffee – my coffee plunger is one of my most prized possessions.
  2. What was your childhood career dream? Playing cricket for Australia – which didn't pan out like I hoped it would.
  3. What is the best silver lining from the lockdown? Spending more time with my children, Henry and Francesca. While finding the balance of working from home has been tricky at times, it has been great to be more present around the house. The kids have also seemingly forgotten that I ever worked anywhere else other than in the home office.
  4. Are you a morning person or an evening person? I am a morning person – the earlier the better (within reason).
  5. If you weren't a lawyer, what would you be? Australian test cricketer (obviously).
  6. If you didn't live in Australia, where would you choose to live? Although it is admittedly a fairly unadventurous choice, New Zealand has a big appeal to me – I grew up in Tasmania, and New Zealand reminds me a lot of Tasmania.
  7. If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be? Probably my 4-year-old son – for both good and evil. I love the way he sees and interacts with the world, and it would be great to experience that for a day. He also loves to drive his parents crazy, and so I wouldn't mind the opportunity to try my hand at that.
  8. What do you wish you were good at? So many things, but I would love to be able to play the piano.
  9. When do you feel happiest? When I am spending time with my family. My wife Jane and I have two wonderful children and they are both full of energy and love spending time outdoors. We spend a lot of time down the coast (where Jane grew up) and the kids love it there.
  10. Optimist or pessimist? Optimist – I don't really see the point in being pessimistic about the world.

Hannah Biggins

  1. Are you a morning person or an evening person? I used to be an evening person until I had kids. Mornings are kind of compulsory now.
  2. If you didn’t live in Australia, where would you choose to live? My husband works in the wine industry, so I think a year in Burgundy would be up there.
  3. What was the best holiday you’ve been on? Hard to pick a favourite, but I'd probably say our four week honeymoon in Africa, where we relaxed on the Zanzibar beaches, enjoyed a safari in the Serengeti and indulged in all that is on offer in Cape Town and the surrounding wine regions.
  4. What is your favourite time of the week? Before COVID, it used to be Friday mornings before work. We would always take the kids to a nearby Yarraville cafe for breakfast with my parents. Scrambled eggs with a side of bacon. I'm looking forward to starting up the tradition again when we come out of lockdown.
  5. What was your first job? Check-out chick at Safeway.
  6. What are people surprised to find out about you? Maybe my love of reality TV? I started the Bachelor / Bachelorette tipping competition within my team at work about six years ago now.
  7. Sweet or savoury? Both and lots of them.
  8. Who is your pop culture icon? Bruce Willis. I love 80s/90s action movies. Actually, all action movies. I can't wait for our local Sun Theatre to reopen after the lockdown.
  9. What’s the last show you binge-watched? Chernobyl – a mini-series about the Russian nuclear disaster in 1986. Highly recommend.
  10. What do you do to celebrate finishing a matter? If I can, I love to take a few days off and head down the coast with the family. Drink lots of wine and hopefully get some time in to read the latest book from my ever-increasing pile.

Jack Henderson

  1. What was your childhood career dream? To be a pilot. I used to fly from Melbourne to Exmouth, WA monthly and loved every minute of it.
  2. What's at the top of your bucket list? Travel to Italy. I've been so close a couple of times but have yet to visit.
  3. What's the first thing you do when you get up in the morning? Make a fresh batch of coffee and sit on the back step in the sun.
  4. If you didn't live in Australia, where would you choose to live? Bern, Switzerland.
  5. What are you afraid of? Crocodiles and the dentist.
  6. What was your first job? Working as a baker's assistant at an Italian bakery in Brunswick.
  7. What hobby will you never give up? Motorcycling.
  8. What do you wish you were good at? We are renovating our house, so I'm getting pretty good at carpentry, but would love to be able to make furniture in the future.
  9. Optimist or pessimist? Optimist.
  10. What film do you never get tired of watching? Stepbrothers.