10 Questions with Francis from (Scratch) The Palace of Varieties

Posted on Saturday 21 March

palace of varieites_balloonsNow that we have a really intriguing line-up of Scratch performances, Rebecca chatted to Francis Golm from The Palace of Varieties this week.

Name? Francis Golm
Age? 28
Favourite TV show? I don’t watch TV.
Favourite type of music? Life is too varied to limit one’s input.

1 – What is your favourite animal that lives in the water?
Chemosynthetic bacteria found by hydrothermal vents in the deep sea. My admiration for these lifeforms is two-fold. First, they form the base of the food chain and thus support a diverse range of organisms, including giant tube worms, clams, limpets and shrimp and so in turn indirectly support much larger and more socially acceptable favourite animals like the cuttfish. Secondly, these bacteria exist ‘off-grid’ from the solar energy system that we humans are a part of. I admire this bacteria for its otherness. They exist alongside and contribute to our eco-system and yet are set apart – much as man is a part of Nature and yet is separate from Nature. It is also of interest to note that active hydrothermal vents are believed to exist on Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Again, my admiration comes from their ability to live in a different state to the majority of us. Chemosynthetic bacteria’s abiltiy to convert sulfur into energy through chemosynthesis should be a source of inspiration for those who find our current energy problem intimidating.

2 – When you go swimming, what is your favourite stroke to do? I cannot swim.

3 – What is the biggest risk you have ever taken? Investing in the stock market. It hasn’t paid yet.

4 – If you could choose one thing to fight for, what would it be and why? Truth.

5 – If you could pick one unsolved mystery to solve, what would it be? Who was Jack the Ripper?

6- You can choose 5 people from history to go on an adventure with, who would they be? Gottfried Leibnitz, Issaac Newton, Zeno of Elea, Blaise Pascal and Bertrand Russel.

7 – Which movie would you like to see turned into a play? Tusk.

8 – If you could only wear clothes out of one material for the rest of your life, what would that material be? Houndstooth polyester.

9 – If you could travel to one place in the world, where would it be? The Marina Trench.

10 – You’re going on holiday and have room left for one more item. Do you take; –
a -Your childhood blanket
b – A camera
c- An extra t-shirt (just in case)

I’d take a rangefinder Yashica Lynx.

You can catch an extract of The Palace of Varieties at the Scratch Night on Friday 27 March from 8pm. For more info please visit our official site.