It’s almost the weekend once again and that means another ‘Time Out’. This week’s questions are answered by Stefan Haase, Director at Whitecap Consulting Limited.
What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?
The Saturday morning routine is taking my dog for a walk and then on our way back calling at the local butchers (my dog knows it is only on Saturdays when we make that detour) picking up growlers, pies and sausage roles. Coming home I then distribute the local delicatessen to the various bedrooms in return for a pleased smile from my kids. Then it’s time for a coffee and a growler to get the weekend started.
What is your hobby?
I love doing or watching sports. From Monday night football, less regular 11-a-side games at weekends or sports on TV to watching 2 out of my 4 kids doing sports. My 17-year old lad is a crunching centre-back at U19 level and I make every tackle with him from the side line, and my 15-year old daughter is a great goal shooter at netball. However, I find it difficult not being able to openly complain about poor umpiring decisions. I learnt quickly that football and netball etiquette are somewhat different.
What is your favourite movie?
It’s a close call between Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile, as both have heart-warming human spirit story lines. They are films our whole family has watched together on multiple occasions.
If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?
As a kid I was running around the garden commenting on my amazing footballing abilities when always scoring the winning goals for my favourite football team. I enjoy playing and watching sports and could see myself being a live commentator at both the World Cup and the Olympics. Maybe some day….
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Teleportation. In today’s world the travel from A to B is in 95% of the cases tedious, unenjoyable and stressful. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to instantaneously travel to the other side of the world or just to Manchester in less than 3.5h?
What is your favourite genre of music?
There are many different genres I love, but if I had to pick a favourite I’d have to say Rock and specifically being in the middle of the crowd at a Bruce Springsteen gig.
If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?
That’s a tricky one. As a strong believer in European unity I would have loved to be at fire side chat in the 70s between Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and Helmut Schmidt, two heads of state and great thinkers that put the importance of European peace and prosperity above the needs of their own countries. I think we could all learn a thing or two from these great statesmen.