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Meet Connor Faulkner, our Editorial Assistant

Connor brings his dry wit, sharp dressing and biscuit bants to our chapel. In this quickfire Q&A, he reveals all about his motivation, food choices and his favourite smell. Enjoy getting to know him…


What do you like to do on a rainy day?
I always want to curl up with a good book – motivation depending – but it’s too easy for me to fall into games, television or other such terrible mediums as my guilty pleasure. The more mundane the game, the better – I’m not a fan of pretend violence in videogames. I can’t drive a wondrously expensive car in real life, but I can go out and punch someone in the face. So why would I want to do that in a virtual world? It does nothing for me.

What’s your favourite sandwich filling and how do you make it yours?
I’m not a believer in traditional sandwich fillings. I’m very much about cooked or pre-prepared inners, par exemple: chicken tikka or sausage accompanied with a trifecta of vegetables (mushrooms, onion and sweetcorn). The likes of mayo and other condiments are not welcome – a sandwich is an experience to be enjoyed, not to be tarnished by surplus flavours.

What’s a great book you’ve read?
I can’t speak for its narrative quality or the characters within it, but the world established in Max Brooks’ World War Z is so incredibly detailed and believable, and the way he writes it means I no longer have to suspend my disbelief, which is a big effort for me.

Who was your favourite teacher and why?
I can’t say one but my three English teachers during GCSEs, A Levels and at University each had a common ability to get me thinking about subjects that I wouldn’t have found engaging before. Whether this was looking at class divides, queer readings of popular films, or getting into works I’d never have read. Worst case, it introduced me to Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, so there’s that.

What’s your favourite smell and why?
Societal progression. The winds of change. Bacon. Discarded burning furniture. Fresh coffee, although I don’t drink it. It’s far too bitter for me. There are just too many great smells to choose from, and I’d be doing an injustice to raise just one above the rest.

If you could time travel, where would you go and why?
I have a fundamental issue with this question. It does not differentiate time travel and regular geographic travel. Just because you can time travel doesn’t mean you can warp to another place.

Popular culture seems to romanticise the 80s, so there must be something good about it. There seemed to be class and political conflict like it was coming out of the wazoo. What a time to be alive, especially if you like a politically-charged tune.

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
I go home, realise all my issues are compartmentalised, and put off the inevitable panic until tomorrow where my future self can deal with it.

What fictional character would you like to meet?
S Club 7 are fictional, aren’t they?

What’s the dullest book you’ve read?
 Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Dreadfully dull, repetitive, grey and bland and dull. Particularly dull. So dull!

If you could pick a new first name, what would it be?
Connor would be logistically easier than my current first name, which is John, but not John, because everyone calls me Connor. This is my daily struggle.