'My Life in Gloucestershire': Quedgeley parish councillor Barry Kirby

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By Bodger21 | Monday, February 18, 2013, 14:23

What's your favourite Gloucestershire day out?

My favourite Gloucestershire day out is a visit to the Forest of Dean, with my family and dog in tow.

Being able to escape into the forest to wander and explore is brilliant -be it walking the sculpture trail or a picnic by the ponds.

And you don't have to travel more than 20 minutes or so to get there, yet have that feeling of a completely relaxing environment.

Sometimes we make it stretch for the weekend by taking the tent and pitching up at one of the FoD's campsites.

And your favourite place to eat out in the county?

My favourite place to eat in Gloucestershire really depends on who I am with.

Having a young family, if we are out together then we like going to the Barn Owl pub in Kingsway and the Angel Chef in Gloucester. They are very child friendly and my wife and I can relax.

However, now the kids are more able to be left with a babysitter, we are aiming to go out more as a couple and try other places.

What's the worst job you've ever had?

The worst job I have ever had was as a factory cleaner in an animal foods factory.

This was a summer job and involved deep-cleaning the factory, reaching those parts that never normally got cleaned.

The worst part was cleaning underneath the hoppers of the grain loading bays.

Having to go down and empty the grain that had slipped out the side into a deep cavern which was knee-deep and alive in grubs was certainly an experience.

On the plus side, it gave me one of my earliest lessons in leadership and leading by example.

Have you got any unusual habits?

Some may think it's not too unusual, but I just hate being late for things. I much prefer to be an hour early rather then five minutes late and trying to get me to be "fashionably late" for a party is a nightmare for Mrs Kirby.It comes from being ex forces, but it does clash with some people in other roles who think nothing of being 10 minutes or more late for things.

Who is your hero and why?

I don't really have any heroes in the idealistic sense as such. However, I have a number of people I admire greatly and take inspiration from.Three examples of these are Warren Buffett for his attitude to wealth and philanthropy, Tim Berners-Lee for the way he thought outside the box to take two concepts (the Internet and HTTP) to create the World Wide Web, and Jamie Oliver for showing how to make use of what you have achieved as a platform to help others.

What inspires me is where people do something well, and then use what they have for the benefit of others. 

What book are you reading at the moment, or tell us your favourite?

Book reading is a real passion and I like to read whenever I can.

Having just been given a Kindle, I'm reading the Hornblower series by C S Forester.

What was the last film you watched?

I'm not a huge cinema fan, much to the chagrin of Mrs Kirby, but the most recent film was the Iron Lady.

We have recently signed up to Netflix and have enjoyed revisiting some older films, such as Hackers and Tron (the classic version). 

What's the first single/record you ever bought?

The first record I ever bought was Now 26 on CD. I never really got into buying singles as such, sticking more with compilations - at least not until MP3s took off, and now I enjoy downloading singles and albums quite often.

Being involved in a community radio station has done a lot to expose me to a wide range of music tastes.

Facebook or Twitter? (and what is your Twitter handle/name?)

I use both, but find they are very different experiences and I use them for different things.

Twitter (@Baz_k) is great for seeing news and up-to-the minute opinion, as well as reaction to specific events, whereas Facebook is much more about keeping up with friends, sharing photos and chatting.

What I like about both, is that it is an easy way for people to get in touch with me.



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