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Chris Norman, West Lothian Council...
Chris Norman, West Lothian Council

What one possession says most about you and why?

My Canon EOS 300 camera is a companion on everything from a family outing to a journey to a special destination and provides me with the ability to visually interpret spaces and places.

What's more important, job satisfaction or money?

Job satisfaction; how could you function in a job for the majority of life's daylight hours and not like it?

What have you learned recently that would be useful to others?

A stroll through Sarajevo and Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina this spring was a defining experience; seeing those cities emerging from the traumas of the early 1990s puts our own planning problems in perspective.

What maxim do you use to see you through the tough times?

Take a deep breath or two, and then think of a favourite far-away place.

Who would you invite to a fantasy dinner party?

Those who denounce planners as mindless bureaucrats swaddled in red tape; I'd try to show them the error of their ways.

If local government had a theme tune what would it be?

Every kind of people, the 1980s hit by Robert Palmer. It's a fact that planners do meet with every kind of people, and in the words of the song, that's what makes the world go round.

Suit or jeans?

It's definitely a suit, for work.

If the office was on fire what three things would you take with you?

My PC because of the irreplaceable e-mails on it; the box of files for the redevelopment of Polkemmet and my

car keys.

What would be your epitaph?

'He made bits of the world better places.'

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