1. What is your full name?
Vincente Jarvis is the name, and sleuthing's the game.
2. Date of birth? How old are you?
26 March, 1979. Incidentally, I should be thirty-three this year.
3. What is your birth sign?
I... don't know?
4. What’s your earliest memory?
Something to do with sitting on top of my father's desk, fiddling with his pen.
5. Describe yourself in five words.
Clever, silly, talkative, old-fashioned... does that count as four, or five? If I can slip one more in, I'll add "geeky".
6. Describe your accent.
I can speak perfect English when I want to (it's usually Estuary-like). It just happens that I usually slacken up and let my Italian accent filter through. Sometimes, I even exaggerate it.
7. Who in your life are you closest to?
I'm not sure. At this point, my best mate is Art Dyers.
8. What phrase do you use the most?
Do I have a catchphrase? I don't know. Art says I have a tic, though, and he calls it "the Cheshire Cat grin".
9. Which item of clothing/accessory do you wear the most?
Trousers, of course. But if you want one specific article, I'll have to say that black hat. I've a thing for that hat.
10. What is your favourite book?
Detective fiction, any and all sorts. I've always had a hankering to be a detective (almost too funny to be coincidental, now that I seem to finally manage it). I do love my Sherlock Holmes - childhood hero, and all that.
11. It is nine o’clock on an average Monday morning. Where are you; what are you doing?
Just waking up in Mercury Lane. My flat on Mercury Lane, that is, not on the street. Doing my own work at my own timing has that as an advantage: I can sleep and rise whenever I wish.
12. It is eleven o’clock on an average Friday night. Where are you; what are you doing?
Sifting through the goods, having returned from Portobello, and putting them anywhere I see fit. As an explanation: I don't buy antiques every Friday; I have a stall there, and the merchandise I bring home would most likely be my merchandise, or things I am to restore or repair.
13. Of which of your talents are you most proud?
*taps fingers on the side of my forehead* And this: *points at eye*
14. Which of your possessions have you had the longest?
Which, indeed? When it comes to Mercury Lane, the rooms itself, I guess. Or if you really mean anything, I think I've had that one coat for aeons.
15. Name three objects that are in your bedroom.
I'll skip the obvious items and list the more interesting ones: a plaster cast of a disembodied hand (for restoring a sculpture; I used to put it in the living room, but it unnerved Art, so I put it in my bedroom for now), a first-edition copy of Evil Under the Sun (mine, not for sale), and a small porcelain statuette of a fisherman (not antique, but a memory of my first case... goodness, I sound like a real detective now!).
16. If you were given an unlimited supply of money, what would be the first thing you would do with it?
I'll order the world's best scientists to build a time machine for me! Or, failing that, I'll pay them to find a way to make me meet The Doctor and be his companion. It's basically the same thing, after all.
17. Describe your current home.
12 Mercury Lane, second floor flat. One sitting-room, one kitchen, one bedroom, and one bathroom. The usual whitewashed walls and wooden floors - there's a fireplace in the sitting-room, and a nice bay window. It's one of those period conversion flats, which is one of the reasons I chose it in first place (the other reason being, it's not too far away from Portobello). Oh, and it's invariably and hopelessly cluttered with my stuff.
18. What is your favourite name?
Favourite... name? I've never thought of it before.
19. How about your favourite colour?
Oh, blue. Blue, and green, and deep velvety purple... and, come to think about it, bronze, copper, brass.
20. Favourite room in your home?
Not much choices, no? I'll have to say the sitting-room: between the bay window, the fireplace, the bookcase, the fake fur rug, to the plethora of collections, it's wonderfully cosy (for me).
21. Favourite food?
My mother makes a splendid gnocchi.
22. Favourite drink?
What's wrong with good old water, anyway? But since I moved to London, I've taken on the contagious virus that is tea-loving. Good thing, too, or else I'll hardly survive this long, what with the ubiquitous offerings of tea at every other place I visit.
23. Favourite fabric?
Now, that's another thing I haven't thought about. I like velvet for touch, but I'll never consider wearing it. For clothes, I've a thing for leather jackets.
24. Favourite hairstyle?
The one I have? I don't know, I just let my hair do what it wants to.
25. Favourite time of day?
Night-time, hands down. I'm a night owl. Hoot.
26. Favourite sort of weather?
You know, I actually like rains. Snow is also good, but I like rain. Fortunate, that, given my choice of city.
27. Do you like your handwriting?
I don't mind it; I never really think of it. I suppose it can be a bit hard to read at times, but at least it's level and doesn't veer off in strange directions.
28. Are you superstitious?
A little bit, sometimes. I've never taken an item purported to be "haunted" or with a supernatural background story, no matter how lucrative it may become.
29. How about religious?
In my own peculiar way, yes. My family still doesn't get why I left their (Roman Catholic) faith to pursue my own brand of... something (it's got things in common with Messianic Judaism, but I don't usually use that term). I think Art once called it "bohemian pseudo-Jewish Christianity", and while it might not be very accurate, I like the sound of it.
30. If you are religious, how do you feel about those who aren’t? If you aren’t, how do you feel about those who are?
They can do what-ever they want; you go your own way and I go mine, and all that jazz.
31. Do you take any sort of medication?
Not really, no.
32. Do you wear makeup/perfume/cologne?
Cologne for some special occasions, but sparingly and rarely. I don't think I've bought a new bottle in years (excluding antique bottles, but that's another thing entirely).
33. Would you rather have lots of friends who secretly hate you, or no friends at all?
That's a tough one. I guess I already have lots of friends who secretly want to kill me. *laughs*
34. Name three people you admire.
This is difficult. You know, I don't usually... admire people. There's, of course, Sherlock Holmes, who as I said was my childhood hero. I suppose, if you want to split hairs, you can add Basil of Baker Street to the list, because he was my childhood hero before I found Holmes. And just to complete the trio, I'll add Hercule Poirot, who inspired me to play with my accent. Happy?
35. Name three things that cross your mind a lot.
- This could've been a beautiful (statuette/lamp/book/ashtray/teapotwhat-have-you) if I just fix it up a bit...
- Who to talk first to? Where to go first to? What to look at? What next, after that?
- Why do all these weird things keep happening around me?
36. What is your most unusual trait?
Art would say "your complete apathy in face of disturbingly realistic-looking fake severed limbs", but I say... everything. I'm unusual from tip to toe, and I rather like it that way, thank you very much.
37. What is your strangest habit?
I think my biological clock likes to pretend I'm permanently in jet lag. Why else would I sleep, wake up, and eat at times so erratic?
38. Do you swear?
I don't, or at least, try very hard not to; it's against my (ill-defined) religion.
39. Do you smoke?
No. Tried it as a stupid teenager, maybe trying to follow in the Great Detective's footsteps. Couldn't stand the smell. Decided that smoking, like the needle, is a habit I shan't follow.
40. Do you drink?
Occasionally, but I don't get drunk. I never drink that much - alcohol hinders my thought process, and I hate it when that happens.
41. What would others cite as your most irritating habit?
Depends on who you're asking. Art would want me to stop being so messy; his brother Jerome would want me to talk less, so he can talk more. My mother would want me to remember to eat. Benjamin Franklin would be appalled with my sleep pattern.
42. If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would it be?
Actually, I don't mind my appearance. I mean, I don't consider myself handsome, but I've never had a woman run away at the sight of me. But maybe I'll try to look a little less perpetually-tired (funny, that; people always think I am tired/sick/haven't gotten enough sleep).
43. How about if you could change one thing about your past?
Again, I don't know. I've come to accept it the way it is. Maybe deleting some adolescent folly or the like, but then again, they taught me invaluable lessons in the long run, so they might actually do something.
44. If you could change one thing about your life at the moment?
My first thought was to stop these weird things from happening all the time, but then I thought my life would be a lot more dull without those. So... I guess more money won't hurt. Then I can get a new (well, old) period house, complete with antique or vintage furnishings, and my own shop at Portobello. Amongst other things.
45. If you could change one thing about the rest of the world?
This sounds funny coming from me, maybe even a bit rich, but the world needs a steadier moral compass.
46. Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?
Can't think of anything right now, nope.
An omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles.
This message was edited by the author on March 20, 2012 at 2:39:41 AM