Team Member Focus November: Richard

Last month we caught up with Alyson one of our skilled Employed Drivers who told us why she would have Meatloaf and Mr Bean round for dinner and her encounter with Commonwealth mascot, Clyde.

In the hot seat this month is Richard, who works for our Operations Team and IT Communications.  We discovered his love for Scottish landscapes and long-held appreciation for the great outdoors.

Having worked in our company for almost 11 years now, Richard has certainly come across his share of unusual moments – including a giant fibreglass giraffe.

We also discovered his passion for restoring vintage motorbikes and the three items he would bring to a desert island:

What do you do at Eagle Couriers?

I’m part of the Operations Team and IT communications.

How long have you been working at Eagle Couriers?

It is about five days until my eleventh year.  

Do you have any strange delivery stories/encounters from your time at Eagle couriers?

Yes, there was this one time when a giant fibreglass giraffe had to be transported all the way to London.

The giraffe was for the opening of a new bar; it was a fair size and covered in lights. We were taking it from Edinburgh all the way down to London, so of course we had to take precautions by strapping it down securely, as moving these types of objects carries its risks.

Luckily we got in there safely, and fair to say I still remember that giraffe.

What do you most enjoy about working at Eagle Couriers?

Definitely the variety, there are just so many elements to my job and no two days are the same.

What’s something unexpected about you?

I suppose people wouldn’t know that I restore vintage bikes, in particular British bikes from the 1950’s.

This is definitely one of my favourite hobbies and is a great chance to spend some time by myself – that is something really important to me.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

My life is very family orientated however I do have a passion for Scottish landscapes and will go camping when I can.

At one point I went to the west highlands to go walking for several days. I’m pretty sure I had the best weather possible when I was there, beautifully sunny – even too warm at times.

However as is so often the case, the midges were an absolute nightmare!

What’s one food that you can’t stand?

For me it’s the three c’s: cauliflower, celery and cucumber.

If you could live inside the world of any book/ TV / series or film which one would it be and why?

The world of J. R. R. Tolkien. I like it partially for the escapism, but mostly I enjoy the heroism of the tales.

I would take the books over the films any day. However, I do believe Peter Jackson did a great job on the films which I was very pleased about having been such a fan of the books.

What kind of animal do you think you’d be?

I think I would have to say a bear. They just do their own thing and are usually left to their own devices.

If you could have dinner with any 5 people living or dead, who would it be and why?

The actor Sir David Niven would be my first choice. But I love the 1930/40’s era of Holywood movies, so Errol Flynn and other actors from that time would be an experience.

I would also say David Gahan, I believe the lead singer of Depeche Mode has some real poetry in his music. He’s definitely had an interesting life so I’m sure he’d have a lot to say.

If you were stranded on a desert Island – and you could only bring three things with you – what would they be and why?

I would bring my harmonica, I can’t play much of a tune but I’m sure it would keep me entertained.

I would also bring a tent, I love camping and would want to have that with me.

This may sound soppy but I would also bring my sister. She’d be really good company.

If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?

I think I’d have to say the ability to fly.

To be able to see the magnificent Scottish clouds and I love to look at landscapes, so that would be a great chance to do that.

If you could travel to any point in time, where would you go?

I would go all the way back to see the origins of man, particularly in Europe and the UK

The UK used to be covered in dense forests, I would love to go back and experience what the scenery looked like then.

If you could teleport yourself anywhere in the world right now where would it be?

I want to visit Canada and Alaska, I would probably head to the French side of Canada.

I’m interested in the different way of life and their culture. Obviously I enjoy the outdoors so it would also be a great way of getting back to nature.

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