Journalist Hugh Pym recalls being caught in the crossfire of a North London gang dispute

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Hugh Pym remembers the second he was caught in a gang crossfire in St John’s Wood (Image: Phil Coomes )

My greatest buddy is… I’m blessed with mates who’ve been hospitable and beneficiant over a few years and I’ve generally not been in a position to reciprocate. It is improper to single anybody out and I’ll merely say thanks and I’ll attempt to do higher in future. My three brothers and a few nice BBC colleagues. 

My nickname is… usually associated to my top (6ft 7ins). For colleagues at work it’s Huge Pym. At college it was Skis – I’ve measurement 14 toes. When I labored in Glasgow, it was Shuggy (Scottish nickname for Hugh). 

The bravest factor I’ve ever executed was… diving beneath a desk at Harry Morgan’s restaurant in St John’s Wood, London, some years in the past after listening to what appeared like gunshots. So not very courageous in any respect. I pulled my son down, banging his head on the desk. It turned out they actually have been gunshots as one man in a crash helmet chased one other proper via the restaurant. It was a miracle no one was significantly damage – it turned out they have been rival gang members attempting to type out their variations in an unlikely setting. Instinct took over and I phoned in to BBC London to do a report from the scene. 

My favorite TV present is… all BBC News programmes (clearly), Homeland, Downton Abbey, The Crown, Line Of Duty. 

My good night is… dinner with my household at Locanda Locatelli run by the fantastic Giorgio Locatelli. 

My first kiss was… at major college (which was a really very long time in the past and recollections fade…). 

The smartest thing my mother and father taught me was… consider others first and do your greatest for the local people. I used to be introduced up with my three brothers in Malmesbury in Wiltshire. My father was a GP and my mom a vet and between them they knew virtually each household within the city. Looking after native individuals was their precedence. If we mentioned we have been unwell when my father was again from his surgical procedure on the finish of a protracted day he would take one look and say, “I have seen people who are really ill today and you are not one of them.” 

My largest remorse is… my father not being round to satisfy his daughters-in-law and grandchildren. He died a lot too younger at 58. 

I’d prefer to make an apology to… my household for all these late nights within the newsroom over a few years – they’ve been massively supportive and understanding. Our canine Robbie – now a veteran – sorry I’ve to tug you off the couch for the late-evening stroll. 

The one factor I’d change about myself is… I’d prefer to lose 4 inches and be 6ft 3ins – a way more wise top and no extra cramp on lengthy flights, complaints from individuals sitting behind within the theatre or cinema and a better option of clothes. 

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Hugh at all times tries to do good by his local people (Image: Phil Coomes)

The final time I cried was… when Bobby Zamora scored for QPR in opposition to Derby within the Championship Play-off Final. 

The first document I ever purchased was…You’re So Vain by Carly Simon, adopted by Elton John’s Crocodile Rock. 

It’s not good for my picture, however I like…magic tips – I did a little bit of conjuring as an adolescent however with out a lot competence.I want I had practised and received higher. Maybe there’s nonetheless an opportunity – are you able to train an previous canine new tips? 

My best weak spot is… chocolate. 

If I might cross any legislation it will be… one thing to type out as soon as and for all the issues of social care in England. 

I drive… my household loopy with fixed questions. It’s the journalist in me and I have a tendency to hold on in the identical vein when again at house within the night. 

The store I can’t stroll previous is… Euro Sports on Finchley Road. My sons and I’ve been shopping for sports activities tools from them for years. Any second-hand bookshop, particularly the one close to the London School of Economics. Thanks as at all times to Queen’s Park Books. 

The most costly factor I’ve ever splashed out on is… too many new books through the years which stay unread. 

My good Sunday is… morning service at St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Pont Street in west London, adopted by a little bit of sporting motion (cricket at Lords or the Oval in summer time) and Sunday roast again house. 

My favorite place in Britain is… Devon’s South Hams. I’ve been going there on household holidays for nearly 60 years. There’s nothing to beat an estuary swim on a heat summer time’s night. 

My final vacation was… It has been far, far too lengthy since anybody within the UK has had a vacation. 

I’m at present studying… A Long Half Hour by Stephen Chalke. I like sporting nostalgia historical past books and Stephen Chalke is among the most gifted cricket writers round. This has pen portraits of six former cricketers, together with Arthur Milton, the final double England worldwide for soccer and cricket – for Gloucestershire in the summertime and Arsenal within the winter. As a boy I noticed him play within the early 1970s. A sporting titan (his double sporting achievements won’t ever be repeated). In later life he grew to become a postman in Bristol. 

The greatest day of my life was… Aside from my wedding ceremony day and the delivery of my youngsters, watching England win the Ashes on the Oval in 2005. There is one thing fantastic in regards to the climax of a sequence at that well-known previous floor in Kennington. 

If I had half an hour left on Earth, I might… get on to YouTube and watch a few of these wonderful sporting moments with commentaries by Bill McLaren, Richie Benaud, John Motson and Barry Davies. 

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Keshav Ghoshal

I am an average guy who believes hard work makes everything possible. I completed BE computer science from LPU and can’t find my destiny on that. Music and Writing are the only things which make me happy and satisfied. e-mail: keshavghoshal@trendycow.net

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