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Debbie Eybers: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

The Steeple Times asks hospitality consultant Debbie Eybers: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

 

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

“My belief in right and wrong”.

 

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

“We plan, God laughs”.

 

Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable in 2007. Who or what is unacceptable in 2013?

Kim Kardashian and hurting children.

 

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

Having a dad.

 

What might you swap all your wealth for?

Having a dad.

 

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?

The politicians and the greedy bankers caused a lot of hurt without affecting themselves. I am very angry towards them.

 

What phrase or word do you most loathe?

“Vanilla” because life is so much more.

 

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

I like to be involved in a charity so I often go to Asia or Africa to voluntary work. I prefer to be physically involved rather than give money.

 

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?

Never answer your mobile when you are out to dinner with others. Be engaged in the conversation at hand.

 

Hospitality consultant Debbie Eybers
Hospitality consultant Debbie Eybers

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

Margaret Thatcher and Mick Jagger.

 

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

Chocolate, French fries and red wine at The Palm in Pont Street.

 

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

In the words of Jimmy Buffett: “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere”.

 

A Negroni, a martini or a cup of tea?

What is a Negroni? A glass of red wine. Anything except Merlot.

 

Whose parties do you enjoy the most and why?

My own parties on my roof deck in Chicago. They are the best bar none because my friends are eclectic and my parties are always a success.

 

Who is the most positive person you know?

My friend Pamela. I struggled with that one because I am Catholic.

 

What’s your most guilty pleasure?

American Idol.

 

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

A dolphin jumping out of the water.

 

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

Hopefully an Aston Martin because it is made by hand and it is perfect.

 

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

I’m an adventure junkie. I like to bungee jump, sky dive and run with bulls.

 

What’s currently sitting on your mantelpiece?

I have a framed card that says: “Your Karma is rocking”.

 

Debbie Eybers is a hospitality consultant. She is currently advising 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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