- Poodles? What is the point?
Apologies to dog fans, but it's very hard for me to discern the point in any kind of domestic dog, but I'll try... For standard poodles, the three-or-four feet high kind, I think I'm doomed to failure. However, toy poodles are immensely valuable -- they provide important clues as to the likely nature of the owner, so people like me can plan our interaction with said owner accordingly.
- Will the cybermen be good again? Ever?
You have to remember that these are parallel-universe Cybus Industries Cybermen, which really aren't comparable to the Cybermen we get over here... which could totally kick the Cult of Skaro's arse.
- Who makes the best donor kebab in the whole wide world?
I must decline to judge, owing to the fact that I've only had kebabs from fifty or sixty different outlets, which really isn't sufficient experience for someone seeking to judge the best in the world. However I'd refer you to Kylie Minogue, who has had very many more kebabs than I, and from a vast range of vendors -- and she claims that the best kebabs in the world come from Jason's Donner Van.
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I refer you to my answers to the second question from Set 4, in which I said I was already in my ideal choice of career: There's honestly not much about myself that I'd change. Perhaps, one day, I'll book myself in for a pair of shiny new knee joints... when they've improved a little on the current technology.
- What's with those strange photochops of yours?
Rather less than is with the original photographs, usually. I'm still intending to set up the photoshoot with you that we were talking about... maybe in the autumn when I don't have all my weekends filled up.
- What are your views on the current schism in the Anglican church?
At the time the question was asked, there was only one candidate for "current schism", but now people seem to have manufactured a second one, so this question ought be answered in two parts... but I could sum up by quoting Tom Wright, who said "To be told that I now need to be authorised or validated by a group of primates somewhere else, who come in and tell me which doctrines I should sign up to, is not only ridiculous, it's deeply offensive" following Gafcon, and "Jesus launched in the resurrection a new project, new creation and right from start women were involved in it" at the General Synod. And, for what it's worth, when Rowan Williams says "There is a theology that takes for granted that bishop is the animator of mission, that is the ordaining and sending of persons. And therefore, from that perspective, the ordination of women bishops becomes a slightly different matter from women priests" I find myself in complete disagreement -- there's no theological difference between ordaining women vicars and ordaining women bishops, and if the Anglican church had realised that we'd have had women bishops for as long as we've had women vicars.