Questionnaire: Roger Black, Former Athlete
Monday 15 February 1999
Kevin Keegan, an old favourite of mine from the days when I used to watch Southampton.
What was the last book you read?
Against the Wall, by Simon Yates. It's all about mountain climbing.
When was the last time you cried over a sporting event?
I cried while I was warming down after the AAA trials last summer, when Solomon Wariso beat me to third place in the 400 metres and was subsequently picked for the World Championships.
What sort of curry do you prefer?
A mild one. I'm a korma man rather than a vindaloo man.
What is your most valuable possession?
My dog, Jasper. I don't regard my fiancee, Elsa, as a possession!
What was your most embarrassing moment?
When I had to be shown how to set up my blocks by Kriss Akabusi before my first international at Cosford. I'd never used them before.
Which sporting figure would you like to sit next to on a 36-hour journey?
Boris Becker. I'm sure we would have a lot to talk about, and not just on the subject of sport. Perhaps we would have some things in common.
Faith healing - brilliant or bunkum?
If you believe it, it's brilliant, if you don't, it's bunkum. It's a matter of faith.
Where do you stand on feng shui?
Towards the back of the room, on the left hand side, making sure I'm not covering any windows.
Is your glass half full or half empty?
Half full. More than half full, in fact.
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