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'If you could.......?' to AlecW

June 20 2005

One of our 2005 summer series is a supporters 'If you could', the series continues with one of our regular posters - AlecW. Throughout the off season we plan to learn a little bit more about many of our 'Usual Suspects'

If you could............. Alec Whewell - AlecW
Relive any 'non-sports related' moment in your life, what would it be and why?

The day we exchanged contracts on my cottage in the country

Enjoy a 'champagne moment' again in your career which one would it be and why?

When the CEO of a major investment bank thanked me personally for the contribution I’d made to the bank’s bottom line through recruiting several “stars”

Enjoy a 'champagne moment' again in sport which one would it be and why?

Obvious: April 20th 2002. Powergen Cup Final

Not be asked one question for the rest of your life what would it be? Two actually: How do you pronounce that [my surname]?” and “What do YOU do?”
Be a celebrity for the day who would you be?

Don’t know – not in to “celebrities”

Be a sports star for the day who would it be? Tiger Woods
Have dinner with 4 people from the past or present who would they be? Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Isabella Rosselini, Elizabeth 1st
Witness one event from history what would it be?

Eruption of Vesuvius, AD 79 (from a safe distance…!)

Go back in time and give advice to a 13 year old Alec Whewell what would it be? Don’t wait 18 years to give up smoking. Better still, don’t start
Win any sporting event in the world what would it be?

The Ashes – England v Australia

Try out a new sport what would it be? Bobsleigh
Have one extravagance what would it be? A superb library with comfy leather armchairs
Only ever eat one meal again what would it be? Fresh Lobster salad, mayonnaise

Roast leg of new season’s lamb, gravy, roast potatoes, spinach, green beans, mint, garlic

Sorbet colonel

Cheese board – Brie, Roquefort, Gorgonzola, Epoisse, Wensleyale, Gruyere

Wines to match

Good company

Live anywhere else in the world where would it be? Florence
Support any other Rugby Club which would it be and why? Rosslyn Park – great club, play in London, fairly easy for me to get to. Play on a Saturday…!!!
Tell us a claim to fame what would it be?

I once saved the son of a (then) major rock star from serious injury or worse

See into the future what do you expect to be doing in 10 years time?

Ideally retired, living the winter in Italy & the summer in the UK. Unlikely though!

Only ever drink one drink again what would it be?

Champagne – Mumm de Cramant or (if we’re pushing the boat out) Krug rose

Do any other job other than your current one what would it be?

Sports journalist: to be paid for watching top class rugby & cricket! Bliss…!

Change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Less prone to worrying, particularly over the fate of a certain rugby club!

Buy one player from past or present to play in London Irish colours who would it be? Colin Earl Meads – mid ’60s vintage. Just the “hard-as-nails, go forward bastard” we need”

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