coast of Inkoo. In late autumn or just at the beginning of the prolonged darkness in Lapland (when turists disappear) I enjoy a trip up north. I prefer to travel by boat, but regrettably seldom. I have an ambition to live a month in the Orkneys or in Vardø, and to  spend some time in Honningsvåg, or possibly in Siberia. Krasnoyarsk, maybe. One of my favourite paintings is by Reidar Särestöniemi Where Lynx and Arctic Ocean Meet (1974). I also like Fanny Churberg's portrayals of night and half light. Mona Lisa just isn't my type, and I have no time for the Finnish idealisation of sordid rusticity which so often imbues our art, especially our films.

Hobbies? I don't really have any. I do indeed enjoy spending time with other people, good food, wine - notably port and sherry - likewise Finnish lager, and a bit of peaceful cycling. On top of these, life at home, visitors and listening to music, magazines, newspapers and relatives nicely consume all the time that I should otherwise devote to edifying hobbies. For years I was a private businessman. If someone asks, I still do something for the Nevelyn Media Oy. I own the company with one of my friend. In my day I did a lot of travelling, and for a variety of reasons lived abroad for many years (Riga, London, Konstancin Jeziorna near Warsaw and Moscow). I went to Thailand twice, including Ayutthaya, its 17th century capital, Iceland, Australia and Vietnam. With my son Rudolf (now 16) I went to see sperm whales around the Lofoten Islands. I spend one and a half week in a river boat when experiencing Volga and Don rivers. Some time ago I went to Hong Kong .

Nowadays I enjoy sitting at home, mostly in Tampere. I work in Tampere, yet life in Helsinki has connected me very well. Indeed, I don't have any special hobbies - and certainly none of any glamour. In principle I go in for fitness. In practice I read a lot as such a dry sort of fellow would. I often stay awake at night. In summer I spend some time at our log cabin on an island off the