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James Pimentel-Pinto – What’s on your mantelpiece?

A 20-question interview with mobile and tech channel pioneer James Pimentel-Pinto

 

The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force?

Erik Estrada – Ponch in the popular television series CHiPs.

 

“Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours?

“Live and Let Die”.

 

Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in 2016?

Marzipan.

 

Tony Blair misses being Prime Minister. What do you miss most in your life?

Cap guns.

 

What might you swap all your wealth for?

All the tea in China.

 

Donald Trump was once a case of: “If you owe the bank a thousand, they close you down; but if you owe the bank a billion, you own the bank”. What’s your view on the state of the financial system?

Buy gold and precious stones.

 

What phrase or word do you most loathe?

“It’ll all turn out right if you play your cards right”.

 

In the UK, some people consider charity to “begin at home”. What’s your view and what causes do you personally support?

I do believe charity should begin at my home and all contributions are graciously welcomed.

 

The judge in Law Abiding Citizen states: “I can pretty much do whatever I want” before being blown up whilst answering her mobile phone. What’s your view on the appropriate use of such devices?

I rather like the old-fashioned British Telecom telephones with a dial.

 

If you could fill a carriage on The Orient Express, who would be your fellow passengers?

Peter Suchet, Peter Ustinov, Albert Finney and Dennis Waterman.

 

If you were unfortunate enough to end up on death row, what would be your last meal and where would you eat it?

An endless brunch at a little café I know in Penzance.

 

What time is it acceptable to consume the first drink of the day?

Upon rising.

 

A Negroni, a martini or a cup of tea?

A martini without the vermouth.

 

Whose parties do you enjoy the most and why?

I prefer dinners with trusted friends as a convivial ambiance is hard to beat.

 

Who is the most positive person you know?

Me.

 

What’s your most guilty pleasure?

Fillet steak with blue cheese melted on the top.

 

If a tattoo were to sum you up, what would it be of?

The infinity symbol.

 

If you were a car, what marque would you be?

A 1982 Pontiac Trans Am.

 

Cilla Black presented Surprise, Surprise. Tell us the most surprising thing about you.

I was in the audience of Jim’ll Fix It in 1989 and ‘The Savile’ sat on my lap whilst warming up the audience. Thankfully he moved away quickly.

 

What’s currently sitting on your mantelpiece?

A replica TARDIS and a model of The Liberator from Blake’s 7.

 

Mobile channel and tech pioneer James Pimentel-Pinto works with early-stage startups to take an idea and turn it into a scalable, robust business. He has worked with AXA, ITV and J.P. Morgan and has over 27 App Store number ones to his name.

 

Follow him on Twitter at @ideafather.

 

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