SQU is a new interview feature on Seen Queen that talks to well known seen-stars and ask them questions that are of a more political, spiritual, emotional and personal nature. The aim is to get a depth to those people we know and see, may have our own impression of, but in fact know very little about. The aim isn’t to glorify what they do, but find out who is doing it. Within the era of the iGeneration, this is all about U.
Our first SQU interview is with Paul Beardshaw. Many of you will know him from Profile and Lo Profile where he is currently part of the management team. He moved to London 18 years ago and worked for Gaydar’s marketing department for 7 of those years before working for the venues.
We asked him questions on 5 areas: Politics, Humanity, Belief, Love and Change.
1. POLITICS: On the war in Libya…was the west right to go in?
West claimed the intervention was to halt the attacks by Libyan Armed Forces on civilians which in theory is a good thing. In Central Africa we’ve seen what happens when a country turns on it’s own people. The results are catastrophic and should never be allowed. But NATO’s “No fly zone” may have been better titled “Keep your planes on the ground while we fire missiles at every building that Gaddaffi has been seen visiting in the last five years”. Is that right?
2. HUMANITY: If human existence depended on you presenting to an invading alien force our three best qualities, what would they be and why did you choose those three qualities?
The hippie in me would say “We have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge of the universe, we strive for democracy and we are capable of loving and compassion”. But the realist in me knows that if I said that we would probably survive but as slaves. So I would call NATO and ask for an emergency “No fly zone” around the alien fleet.
3. BELIEF: Is there life after death?
There is no way for any living being to determine whether there is life after death, because it cannot be experienced by the living. The thought that part of us lives on in another form after our body expires must be a very comforting thought for a lot of people but I am a pragmatist and there is no scientific proof to support this so, no, there is no life after death.
4: LOVE: Have you ever been in love with someone you shouldn’t have?
I have always lived in countries where loving someone isn’t a crime and homosexuality is legal. So, no, I’ve never loved someone that I shouldn’t have.
5: CHANGE: tell us three things you would like to change about yourself?
a) I’m impulsive which can sometimes lead to me making bad personal decisions that impact negatively on my life. I would like to have more self control.
b) I give good relationship advice to people but never apply it to my own relationships. I would learn to listen to myself more in matters of love.
c) When someone close to me upsets me I cut them out of my life forever. I want to learn to forgive and forget.