You have covered business news for more than 20 years in Luxembourg. What are the key positive and negative changes you have seen in over those years?
The country has always been open to new people and ideas, and this has continued to improve. Coupled with greater self confidence and transparency, the result has been the record prosperity we enjoy today. On the negative side, we still don't know how we are going to honour state pensions promises, and public finances are even more reliant on carbon-tax competition.
You’ve sung bass in chamber choirs, but you’re also known to do some mean karaoke. What do you enjoy most about each?
Endorphins are released when we sing. Some evolutionary psychologists reckon homo sapiens learned to sing before we learned to speak; perhaps helping our ancestors to reinforce group solidarity. Whatever the reason, it just feels good! The effort of working at home and in rehearsals makes choir singing a more rewarding experience, but bellowing out rock classics with a beer in hand is pure pleasure.
We understand you’re a big fan of nominative determinism. What is it?
Nominative determinism is the (fake) hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards areas of work that fit their names. Sara Blizzard is a BBC weather forecaster, Attracta Mooney is a Financial Times journalist, and Usain Bolt goes like lightening. A recent tangential discovery is that Buzz Aldrin's mother's maiden name was Moon.