Beachroad Magazine meet up with DTales owner Lars Narfeldt who describes himself as a 48-year-old accidental serial entrepreneur. Lars has a
With a fondness for what’s unusual and irrational, Lars has previously lived and worked in Uzbekistan, Sierra Leone, DR Congo and Afghanistan and is currently also involved in a construction business and the start of a chain of restaurants across Africa. He likes green apples and his son’s laughter, but really dislikes people cutting in front in traffic and paintings not hanging straight.
Lars answers the Beachroad Magazine Q&A //
NAME? // Lars Narfeldt.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // I was a roadie for a small music company in Sweden and went on tour with Uriah Heep, Katrina and the Waves as well as a bunch of local bands. It was great fun but my dad didn’t like it as I should really have been in school when I was 15.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // I am my own Boss.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // I want to say my family but I will settle for ice cream anytime.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Waking up upside down rolled in a carpet and left outside my house where nobody will hear me.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // Me smiling.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // My Dad and everyone in the audience… and I really don’t know why.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // A really cool Bakhoor lighter from Dragonmart.
IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN? // Time is important, but what is more important is that it is your time so you make sure you use it well. It’s a line from my family’s watch ceremony when you turn 18.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // I am annoyingly accurate and precise when it comes to straight lines and things in order.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Ignorance.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOUR ROLE IN A MOVIE? // Yul Brynner.
FAVOURITE MUSIC? // Jazz and Dap I think.
FAVOURITE DESIGNER / CREATIVE // Eero Saarinen.
LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // Nina Revisited – A tribute to Nina Simone and The Soul Snatchers Scratch My Itch.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // The Apologist by Jay Reyner.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // We could almost eat outside by Philippe Delerm.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // Challenges.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // It’s a toss up between a bullet on a rooftop in Al Khalil, a plane crash I missed in Kosovo and a child soldier in DR Congo.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Big cities. Any big city really.
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // The final one.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // I watch films and sleep.
WHY DUBAI? // It was logistically very practical as it was in between our house in Kabul, Afghanistan and our house in Juba, South Sudan.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // I am immensely sporty, so much so that people often come up to me to say “You are a good sport, you are!”
BEACH OR DESERT? // Desert.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Urban.
CATS OR DOGS? // Dogs, but I have a cat…
COFFEE OR TEA? // Coffee.
WHAT YOU MAKES YOU LAUGH? // Puns, spoonerisms, obscure words and meanings, clever rhetorical excursions, oddly formed sentences, double entendres, telling character names and Wellerisms.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // Oddly enough, people winning or succeeding makes me cry.
YOUR MESSAGE? // I have nothing to say, and I say it!