At the beginning of 2020 we were lucky enough to get an interview with Thomas Bell, the current CEO of Bronze Bell Repairers. Below you can find our interview with him written out in full. The interviewer was our very own Peter Wake.
The Interview in Full
Peter: Good afternoon, Peter. Thank you for taking some time from your busy schedule to have a chat with us, it is much appreciated.
Thomas: No worries at all, I am happy to be here.
Peter: So, let us get started. Have you always been fascinated by bells or were they something that you grew a liking for at some later stage in your life? By the way, we bet you get a lot of comments about how ironic it is that you are the CEO of a famous bell repairing company and your surname is Bell.
Thomas: (Laughs) Yeah, you are right there. In fact, people have passed so many bell jokes that I now do not even realize when one has been passed. They just fly straight over my head if I am being perfectly honest. Regarding the question about whether I have always been fascinated by bells, the answer is yes. This stems from the fact that grandparents lived right next to a church. During the summer holidays I used to spend a lot of time at their house and I would hear the bells all the time. To be honest, to begin with they annoyed me, but they grew on me.
Peter: What it is about bells that you like?
Thomas: I get asked this question a lot and it is one that I still struggle to answer. Whenever I hear bells ringing, I find myself relaxing and zoning out so that the only thing that I can hear are the bells. If someone tries to talk to me when I am listening to bells, they will find that they have to repeat themselves because I have only been listening to the bells. If I find myself getting angry, I will listen to some bells on my mobile and will calm down pretty quickly.
Peter: You zone out while you are listening to bells, I zone out when my wife starts to speak (only joking).
**Thomas **(Laughs) To be fair, that is another time when I also zone out. I hope they are not listening to this, or I think we will both be sleeping on the sofa tonight.
Peter: (Laughs)I am used to it, Thomas. So, I am going to move away from bells because I want to find out a bit about what your opinion on gambling is. As you know, gambling is something that causes a lot of debate. In a way, I guess you could say that gambling is similar to the sound of bells, you either like it or you do not. So, my question to you Thomas is where do you stand when it comes to gambling?
Thomas: Well, it is safe to say that I am a gambling fan. In fact, I have an online casino account that I use quite often. For example, after a long and stressful day at work I like nothing more than going home, logging onto my online casino account and seeing if Lady Luck is smiling down upon me.
Peter: Just out of curiosity, what online casino do you have an account with? Would you recommend it to others who are looking for an online casino to create an account with, and why?
Thomas: I have an account with Jackpot City Casino, and I would definitely recommend it to those who want to sign up with an online casino. Why? Well, they have a great variety of games, the Welcome Bonus is one of the best out there, there are plenty of different payment options to choose from, they use some of the best software developers, and they are safe and secure as can be seen from the Malta Gaming Authority license that they hold.
Peter: Once again, out of curiosity, what is your favorite casino game?
Thomas: Well, I actually consider myself to be quite a decent poker player, so the answer to that question has got to be poker.
Peter: As you are probably aware, there has been a lot of controversy when it comes to gambling adverts with many declaring that they should be banned completely. What is your take on this?
Thomas: I have no issues with gambling adverts per say, but I do have an issue with what time of day they appear on the television. For example, I do not think that gambling adverts should be shown before 9 in the evening. I read something the other day actually that stated that children as young as three are being exposed to gambling adverts about 200 times every year. For me, that is a shocking statistic.
Peter: Wow, I did not know that. I agree with you, but if I wanted to play Devil’s advocate, I could say that smoking adverts have been banned from the television since 1991, but you still walk down the street and see children smoking. So, will banning gambling adverts really have that much of an effect?
Thomas: That is a very good point and not an easy question to answer. I would say that removing gambling adverts from the television until after 9pm will result in less kids being addicted to gambling.
Peter: Yeah, I think so too. Anyway Thomas, I know that you are a busy man, so I think it is time that I let you get on with your day. Once again, I would just like to thank you for taking the time to talk to us, your time is greatly appreciated.
Thomas: No worries, it has been a pleasure.
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