Boat culture

Close Up Kirklees & Calderdale – Out of office.


Name and age: Doug Main, aged 42

Job title and company: Creative Director, The Bigger Boat

Lives: Scissett

Drives: Jeep Renegade

1. What is your first ever memory?
That’s a difficult question for someone of my age! It’s perhaps unsurprising given my job, but one of my earliest memories is winning a drawing competition when I was about 6 and collecting my prize in front of the whole school!

2. What is your idea of the perfect day out in Yorkshire?
Yorkshire is quickly becoming the county of the cyclist and if you ride a bike around this stunning countryside it’s easy to see why. My perfect day is riding up hills and down dales in blistering sunshine. When the weather’s good, there is no better place to get on a bike.

3. What is your number one holiday destination and why?
I love the architecture, laid-back culture and fantastic food in Spain. If I had to settle anywhere it would be Puerto Pollensa in Majorca. A great place for all the family and it’s like Disneyland for anyone who likes cycling hills!

3. If you were stranded on a desert island with one item, what would you take and why?
It would have to be my iPhone – not because of Facebook, Twitter or even the ability to keep in contact, but I’m a massive Audible fan.

4. What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I’ve already mentioned cycling, and I completed the 890 mile Land’s End to John O’ Groats challenge in only seven days in June, to raise money for Child Brain Research (CBR). I enjoy the training, which probably explains why I compete in triathlons too. I also coach junior football and love going to watch movies.

5. Tell us your best party trick.
I’m actually a man of many party talents! I can spin a tray on one finger and juggle – both things I learned when I waited tables in my youth. My favorite party trick though is a weird, clicking, hand-slapping thing I do which I learned from my Grandad. Difficult to explain and also to master!

6. If you could invite anyone to the party, who would it be and why?
I’ve been asked this before and there’d have to be a list, not a single invite! Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone and Mohammed Ali, to name just a few. It would be one hell of a party! If I had to pick one it would be Dean Martin.

7. And finally, what is your best piece of advice for switching off outside of the office?
Exercise – run, swim ride the bike, whatever. Watch a good film at the cinema – nothing helps me to forget what’s going on, more than two hours watching a really immersive film at the flicks. And ditch the phone if you really want to switch off!


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