Q. Would you lie on the ground if a bank robber told you to?
TB. Instantly. If he was just taking money, i would have no problem complying with his demands. If he was injuring somebody, it would be different, although I wouldn’t do anything that would be like committing suicide.
Q. Have you ever come a cropper while showing off in a car?
TB. I don’t know if I was showing off, but when I was 18 I was driving along with two passengers when we skidded on some black ice and ended up in a ditch. My mum’s car was a write-off. I think I’d had a drink beforehand.
Q. Have you ever fired a gun indoors?
TB. Yes. I fired a 2.2 air rifle at some birds outside when i was about eleven. But when i went out and saw the results i was so devastated that i threw them over the wall and hoped next door’s Alsatian would dispose of the evidence.
Q. Could you eat a raw egg?
TB. Yes I’ve had them in drinks. Thats a bit of a spit or swallow question. I don’t have that many odd foods in my diet. I ate crocodile a couple of years ago in America. It was like very chewy chicken – not very pleasant.
Q. Have you ever set yourself on fire when lighting a barbecue?
TB. No, but I have been set on fire. It was a Tibetan purification ritual. I was covered in alcohol and, then set alight for about ten seconds. I got burned, but the shock was the hardest part to deal with.
Q. Have you ever ended up in bed with someone whose name you didn’t know?
TB. No, but sometimes I’ve forgotten names of people I’ve slept with then been phoned up and reminded of the fact. Although I tend to be very conscious when I go to bed with someone, I do have a very bad memory.
Q. Have you ever been bitten by anything poisonous?
TB. About a month ago I was bitten by a spider in Glasgow. I’ve no idea what type it was but I found the spider on my bed in the morning and I had these five bites on my head. One of them still hasn’t gone down.
Q. Would you climb an 80 ft tree to rescue a kitten?
TB. No. I’d call the fire brigade – they get paid for it. I’d probably manage if it was 30 ft but I would get a bit shaky after that and start thinking that my life was more valuable than the kitten’s.
Q. Have you ever been out in the snow wearing just a T-shirt?
TB. No, but I’d do it if I was coming straight out of a sauna, like they do in Sweden. I like those extremes of heat and cold.
Q. Can you remember the last time you were rude to a policeman?
TB. I resisted arrest in Greece once. We’d gone naked on one of the beaches and the locals didn’t like it. The policemen said they were going to take us to prison, then deport us. So we legged it and jumped on a bus out of town.