My guest today is a dear friend I met whilst living in Seattle. Ben is a likeable, larger than life character with a strong social conscience and we bonded over beer, bars, sport and most importantly music.
Born and raised in Utrecht Ben’s working life started with four years in the Dutch Navy followed by a long career in I.T with Cap Gemini and then Microsoft. He is now happily retired and living in Spain with his wife Illonka and their son Joe who will shortly be returning to university in Canada.
Ben is a self-confessed Anglophile and this shows through in his musical choices, his dress sense and his unstinting devotion to Paul Weller and “The Arsenal” . Despite the latter he really is a nice guy 😊 and he has a raft of stories along with some great song choices, all of which are of course from the UK:
60’s The Rolling Stones Street Fighting Man
70’s The Jam In The City
80’s Elvis Costello Tramp the Dirt Down
90’s Oasis Champagne Supernova
00’s Arctic Monkeys From The Ritz To The Rubble
10’s Stereophonics C’est La Vie
20’s Parklife Blur