Time Out: Bruce Collinson, Director and Head of Residential Consultancy at Adair Paxton

It’s almost the weekend once again and that means another ‘Time Out’. This week we hear from Bruce Collinson, Director and Head of Residential Consultancy at Adair Paxton. He is also the President of the Leeds Estate Agents, Surveyors, Valuers and Auctioneers Association and Chairman of the Leeds Surveyors’ Forum.

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?  

After an extra 10 minutes in bed, argue about who’s walking the dogs, then proper bacon and eggs as a weekend treat, check the weather, list the chores and crack on.

What is your hobby?

I’ve pursued country sports all my adult life, especially fishing, but my principal distraction is flying and crashing model aeroplanes at a beautiful site near Stainburn. Think James May meets Biggles!

What is your favourite movie?

A week ago I’d have defaulted to “Shakespeare in Love” until our daughter made us watch “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the Queen biopic. My era, close enough to the facts to be persuasive and entertaining.

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?  

I was going to study law right until the last minute. I’d have been an adequate solicitor or a very moderate barrister, but my heart would have headed to being an auctioneer full-time instead of once or twice a year.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Flight – no explanation needed. It would also allow me to see our son and his family in Los Angeles without being confined in an aluminium tube for eleven hours.

What is your favourite genre of music?

I always default to Southern Rock (think Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynrd), proper Delta Blues (BB King) and at the top of the charts, The Floyd, “Wish You Were Here”, album and soundtrack. Mournful, post-Syd Barrett and Dark Side, enough friction between Gilmour and Waters to make it really sharp, but without the fracture post facto.

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?

Toughest question of all. The reformation it Italy? Classical Greece? The River Dee in 1930 when it was stuffed with salmon? Prosaically, 1986 when I turned down an investment opportunity which would have been a very good one.