Off the Cuff

“Off the Cuff” with Michael Cassidy, founder of African Enterprise

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PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA—MICHAEL CASSIDY, world renowned author, speaker and founder of African Enterprise gives JournoNews an insight into the man behind the evangelist.

My secret pleasure is … Let me put a question to you … Can you keep a secret? You can? Well, so can I!

My first job was … a school master teaching little boys French, Latin, cricket, soccer and boxing!

My most annoying habits are … Ask my friends. I don’t think any of my habits are annoying!!

A clear childhood memory is … early morning horseback rides with my dad.

What makes me really nervous is … being caught by surprise and asked to propose a toast to someone.

The best advice my parents gave me was … wait for the right girl to marry.

If I wasn’t an evangelist, I’d be … a panel beater, because I love seeing a born again car after a crash!

I’m most thankful for … my parental upbringing, for Robbie Footner who led me to Christ, for my wife, Carol, and for my children.

Servant of SlavesMy favourite meal is … breakfast. Nothing in the world can beat bacon and eggs.

I know it’s good for me, but I hate … broccoli.

A book I love is … Grace Irwin’s Servant of Slaves: Biographical Novel of John Newton.

A song that resonates is … ‘We’ll Gather Lilacs in the Spring Again’ by Welsh composer Ivor Novello.

(written for the hit musical romance “Perchance to Dream” which opened at the Hippodrome Theatre in London’s West End in 1945 and ran until 1948. Original version also called We’ll Gather Lilacs In The Spring)

My ‘happy place’ is … my study at home.

My most embarrassing memory is … emerging stark naked from a shower at a gym and being confronted by a woman. With no option but to brazen it out, I asked casually, “Are you looking for the ladies?” “Yes”, she replied, “This is the ladies!” Mmmm!

My hidden skill is … playing the piano, but it is now so hidden that sadly I don’t play it anymore.

If I was a dog, I’d be a … Golden Retriever which is a human with fur on it!

It’s a bit corny but I love … old time musicals.

I’m most at peace when … when I’m quietly at home with Carol over a weekend with no public commitments.

Country I’d love to visit … China via the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Favourite quote …

“I have only two days in my diary: Today, and That Day” (Martin Luther)

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