The Steeple Times asks The Palm’s barman Dale Thomson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”
The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force?
“A positive attitude”.
“Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours?
“Live and let others live”.
Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in 2013?
The way we continue to treat one another.
Tony Blair misses being Prime Minister. What do you miss most in your life?
What might you swap all your wealth for?
Health is my wealth. I wouldn’t want to swap it.
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 banking crisis?
I would prefer it if the banks made it easier for young people to get on their paths as entrepreneurs as well as to buy their first home.
What phrase or word do you most loathe?
In the UK, some people consider charity to “begin at home”. What’s your view and what causes do you personally support?
I find charity does a very good job and I think those who help people who need a hot plate of food are to be admired. I support what I can, when I can.
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?
Mobile phones should be used at your own risk. Don’t use them around other people. They’re just like smoking. It’s about choice.
If you could fill a carriage on The Orient Express, who would be your fellow passengers?
My daughter, my mum, Angelina Jolie, Robert Kiyosaki, 50 Cent, NAS, my brother Larry and my cousin Kerry. I’d like Bob Marley too and my boi, Colly.
If you were unfortunate enough to end up on death row, what would be your last meal and where would you eat it?
I’d like some traditional Caribbean food. It wouldn’t be peas and rice but it would coo-coo callallo and wild meat.
What time is it acceptable to consume the first drink of the day?
Anytime in the afternoon unless you’ve been up all night.
A Negroni, a martini or a cup of tea?
The original classic champagne cocktail.
Whose parties do you enjoy the most and why?
Backyard parties with a grill and music and conversation. “Lime” is what we call it.
Who is the most positive person you know?
Bob Marley as he’s always preaching about love.
What’s your most guilty pleasure?
A caramel bar.
If a tattoo were to sum you up, what would it be of?
I already have one. It’s of a lion’s head. I’m courageous. The next one I want is of Leah, my daughter, on my chest.
If you were a car, what marque would you be?
Cilla Black presented Surprise, Surprise. Tell us the most surprising thing about you.
I like bad girls.
What’s currently sitting on your mantelpiece?
I don’t have one.
Dale Thomson is the barman at The Palm, 1 – 3 Pont Street, London, SW1X 9EJ. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7201 0710. Website: http://www.thepalm.com/London
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