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15 minutes with : Sid Sidgwick


Don't run, you'll only die tired....
May 19, 2004
Northern Ireland
Sid has his answers back in a couple of hours so here you go.

He has nominated @I used to good.Honest who has agreed to take part. Expect his interview to be up in a couple of days :)

Thanks guys!!

1) Name
Alister 'Sid' Sidgwick.

2) Age

3) Where do you live?
The cold and bitter north-Teesside.

4) What do you shoot?
Anything old school so I can use it as an excuse for not hitting anyone. Ok in actual fact, as many know my favourite guns are my Shockers (NXT and SFT).

5) What's your occupation?
Im a Science teacher for my sins.

6) When/how did you first get into paintball?
Seems like a lifetime a go but I believe it was 2003.

7) What was your first marker?
My first gun was a terrible JT creation than paint never came out the end of in one piece, this was soon swapped out with an Autococker which was a huge step up in quality.

8) How often do you use p8ntballer?
Im on this forum more than the admin ;)

9) What first brought you to p8ntballer?
I wanted to find like minded people nearby to shoot to bits.

10) What keeps you here?
Ive been around long enough to see the rise and decline of forum based websites but what keeps me here is the members, their attitudes, banter and help over the years have been invaluable and its nice to see floods of new people heading to p8ntballer.com.

11) Have you met many people from the forum?
I've met hundreds of people from the forum over the years and I'm happy to call many of them friends

12) What is your dream gun setup?
Ive already got it, I sold my Lady of Lust Hybrid Traitor NXT Shocker back in 2006/7 ish and regretted it for years, after much searching and the fantastic members on here I was able to purchase it back last year and its still my favourite gun. this tied with a super light bottle and a spire is bliss.

13) What is the worst gun you've ever owned?
This could go to a few its a tough call between my first gun (JT abortion) that never actually fired a paintball but did obliterate a few thousand inside itself or a Vanguard Creed that exploded into numerous hot pieces of metal leaving me with two broken fingers when it decided it didn't like air being inside it.

14) What's your favourite p8ntballer thread or post?
There have been hundreds of great threads but the best has to be 'Dye lock lid for sale' for the comedy that ensued.

15) If p8ntballer was yours for a day what would you change?
I'd change @Robbo's password to 'manloverules' as well as bringing back ban of the week, sourcing some editorials on current UK tournaments and making my title supreme overlord.

16) Explain your username?
Unfortunately I don't have a great story behind it, its simply my nickname and my surname.

17) Tourney, magfed or woods/scenario?
Tourney ball although I may be heading towards some woods and scenario action for a change of pace as I'm far too old and fat to be useful on the tourney field now (unless you need a shocker fixing mid game).

18) Who are your two favourite mods?
They are all brilliant (and have the ability to delete my account with one click of a button) I have happily been able to meet and play alongside and against a few mods over the years and have fond memories of shooting Lump out a few times (both playing with and against him). Mod edit *ball licker :D*

19) Who is your dream p8ntballer karaoke partner and what is the song?
I've seen a few sing before and the boys from BZ can hold a tune.

20) You're in the final of who wants to be a millionaire. Who on p8ntballer is your phone a friend?
There are some fantastic minds on this forum, I may have to take Robbo for his age and experience, failing that Dusty or Sci-fi1991 as they know a thing or two.

21) Take this opportunity to clear up one misconception about yourself?
Luckily I think I've cleared up most of them over the years, and I'm much less angry on the field nowadays (I haven't been banned from anything in years).

22) You've been asked into the big brother hows and you can take five forum members. Who and why?
Big-O-He can fix anything and can cook a mean meal, I Can' Shoot Straight-He alway has copious amounts of alcohol and great banter, Missy Q-Comedy Genius, Irons69-He has some great stories from his time in paintball, Dextrus-Need someone to do the cleaning and he is quite ladylike ;)

23) You have the chance for dinner with any 3 people living or dead. Who and why?
Ghandi, Mandela, Einstein, Hitler and my Grandad. I imagine the conversation being very deep and meaningful and we would get the chance to discuss historical cultural issues and put the world to right over a tasty meal.

24)What is your favourite film and song?
My favourite film depends somewhat on my mood but would range from Sin City to the old Ray Harryhausen stop motion greek mythology films. Favourite song goes to Iron Sky by Paulo Nutini.

25) Tell us one interesting and one boring fact about yourself.
My body contains more metal and plastic than most modern day markers after 9 motorbike crashes. My secret passion is for Radio 4, I enjoy a nice story/political debate during my daily commute.

26) If you could give one bit of advice to people, what would it be?
Never give up on your goals, irrespective of your starting point, with hard work, the right people around you and motivation they are possible.

27) You're invisible for a day. What do you get up to?
Id use invisibility to do a wealth of good deeds, helping those who need it but wouldn't necessarily accept help.

28) If you could be any celebrity for a day who would it be?
Stephen Hawkin, just so I could try and understand some of universes mysteries.

29) What's your most embarassing moment?
I have many that would get me into far too much trouble but one paintball one that springs to mind is during a return from an event (a 4 hr drive) and being covered in mud I had fallen stripped off and fallen asleep in the back of the van, about 30 minutes into the drive home I was woken by the rear doors of the van being pulled open and a police officer standing there asking not only what I was doing in the back of the van but what I was doing in the back of the van naked. Luckily my team mates put the police right telling them I was a Ukrainian sex slave that they had picked up hitch hiking on the way back north. In fact thinking about it most of my embarrassing stories revolve around my old team mates and nudity.

30) What is your proudest or most memorable moment in life?
My proudest moment would be seeing my children grow and succeed in life each day.

31) what is your worst habit?
My worst habit is buying paintball gear, I daren't count up the thousands of pounds I've spent on equipment over the years only to stick it in a cupboard for safe keeping.

32) Name your best paintballing experience?
Ive had loads of great moments in paintball, I think my best would be setting up a local site and running weekly events there for the year or so it was open before financial issues closed it down. The guys I met and played with during that year became the backbone of my paintball family.

33) What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you?
Numerous motorbike crashes have made me feel fallible but the scariest moment would have to be getting lost and trapped in a shipwreck in the depths of murky Scottish waters whilst diving, luckily my buddy managed to save me and bring me to the surface. That single moment alone made me look at my values in life and revaluate whats important.

34) You're on death row, what's your last meal?
Moules mariner with crusty french bread followed by pan seared scallops, langoustines and black pudding and a sticky toffee pudding to finish it off.

35) First thing you'd do if you won the lotto?
Pay off all my friends and families debt

36) Tell us a joke :)
What goes across the bottom of the ocean at 100 miles an hour…….a motor-pike and side-carp.

37) What's your porn star name? (name of your first pet and your mother's maiden name)
Rocky Gray.

mod footnote, thanks to @Sid Sidgwick for being a good sport and giving a lot of very entertaining answers. Hopefully this means we all know you a bit better and more importantly realise you have a penchant for paintball and nudity....... ;)