My life in Gloucestershire: Paul James, leader of Gloucester city council
What's your favourite Gloucestershire day out?
Aside from an afternoon at Kingsholm, I like historic houses. Sudeley Castle.
And your favourite place to eat out in the county?
We've got some hidden gems in Gloucester. The Hilltop is my most frequently-visited curry house, C&W African Experience in Kingsholm is a treat and visiting Sebz' restaurant in Northgate Street makes me feel like I'm on holiday.
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What's the worst job you've ever had?
When I was a lot younger, I spent a week temping in a call centre dealing with repairs to a particularly unreliable range of fax machines. I didn't really know what I was talking about.
Have you got any unusual habits?
I drink herbal tea in the office, which sometimes gets me a few strange looks.
Who is your hero and why?
All of our armed forces are heroes. Locally, I admire Phil Vickery. He has won everything there is to win in his rugby career, but has kept his integrity and does a lot to help charities.
What book are you reading at the moment or tell us your favourite?
I've just finished Andrew Marr's "The Diamond Queen" – a real insight into a remarkable lady.
What was the last film you watched?
On DVD I watched "One Day".
First single/record you ever bought?
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album. It was on cassette.
Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook for personal use, Twitter for work-related. @cllrpauljames.