Stretching from 336 BC to present day, some of my guests would need to be raised from the dead and catering requirements may be awkward to fulfill!
Vladimir Lenin: whilst I’m far from a Communist, on my travels I feel I’ve seen a Lenin monument more times than I’ve seen my own face. I feel it would be fascinating to share a glass of Vodka with Lenin and hear the first hand story of his life during the Russian Revolution and the infamous train journey into Saint Petersburg. I would love to find out what was true and what was made up after his death and most importantly, to talk about what he had never seen such as WW2, the Cold War, Chernobyl, the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union and the reign of Vladimir Putin.
Alexander the Great: a historical figure I admire hugely is that of Alexander the Great, proof that age is really just a number! I would love to discuss what it was like to take charge of an empire at the age of 20 before launching an unprecedented military campaign through Asia and northeast Africa and subsequently creating one of the largest empires of the ancient world by the age of 30. I would love to talk about what it was like to explore lands from Greece to northwestern India in an era where few people travelled at all and after an action packed decade of life, was he content with a young death at the age of 32.
Martin Scorsese: I’m a huge movie fan and some of my all time favourite movies were directed by Martin Scorsese. To share a few beers with him and discuss movie making over the decades would be fascinating, especially the nitty gritty of the making of Taxi Driver, a masterpiece filmed on the tough and wild streets of 1970’s New York.
Oliver Cromwell: One of my favourite historical periods is the English Civil War, with Cromwell being one of the most infamous figures of the war and the subsequent violent conquest of Ireland, I would love to gain an insight into one of the most turbulent and violent times of English history and discuss modern day England and the troubles in Ireland which can arguably be traced back to his actions.