Five Minutes With…David Matthews

david-matthewsName, role and department:
David Matthews, Library Services Manager, Library Services

How long have you been at Manchester Met:
26 years

Favourite thing about the University:
The inclusive environment and desire to do the best for our customers

 A typical working day:
The three Cs . . . computer, colleagues, customers

 What is your ideal weekend:
Watching Stoke City win (rare) or going for a long walk to a country pub (not rare)

Interesting fact about you:
I was beaten at Subbuteo on two occasions by Frank Sidebottom (Chris Sievey)

What are you reading, watching or listening to at the moment:
I’m reading Landscapes of Communism by Owen Hatherley, watching George and Mildred on ITV 3 and listening to Sq1 by Wild Billy Childish and CTMF

Favourite place in the region:

Person you would most like to meet- past or present, real or fictional:
William Ewart Gladstone (four-times Liberal Prime Minister of Britain)

What items would you take on a desert island and why:
A fruit knife for eating, a hand-pumped water filter for drinking, an encyclopedia for my sanity and a mankini for my tan.

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