This is: Paul Spek – Editor-in-Chief

Our team consists of about 40 employees, so there's always something to tell. In the section 'This is' we interview a colleague about his or her work, but also about dreams, trends and what we have just wanted to know about it. This is Paul Spek!

Hi, who are you and what are you doing at Bu
ro N11? Hello! I am Paul Spek and I am (end) editor. I joined as editor a long time ago, but now I don't just check texts and tests, I also write. I mainly make translations.

What do you like most about your work?
The combination of language and cars. Reading and writing about and working on cars is of course fantastic for a car enthusiast like me. It is a combination of work and hobby, although my car hobby is very broad …

You're known in the department as a language master. Ruben Jason wonders if you're someone who e-mails the paper if there's a dt error in an article? And what is your favourite Dutch word? Well,
'language master' … A little pretentious term, I think. I'm doing my best. I have to say, I don't understand that some people don't apply the basics of language – spelling and grammar – well. You've already learned it in elementary school – or in my case in elementary school – and you use them every day, so it's not that hard. No, I don't look for mistakes at night. I like to read English reading in my spare time. Then I don't fall over any mistakes. I celebrate my perfectionism with modeling. Favourite Dutch word? Gee, do you know how many beautiful words there are? 'Correct' comes to mind now; I didn't come up with it in advance. Correct is a rather stram word for flawless, neat, friendly and appropriate, good.

What is your top-3 dream cars and w
hy? You can't drive dream cars. Driving is a pleasure for me if you choose the right roads. I dreamed of a DAFje with a twist in my 20s. I found an old, red-and-black Daffodil LE, provided it with alloy sports wheels and was proud. I always had a claim everywhere and people regularly stuck their thumbs up. Also abroad.
More than twenty years ago I dreamed of a bremyellow Fiat Cinquecento Sporting and eventually it came. Beautiful little car, totally perfect. There was nothing superfluous about it, and you could steer it razor sharply.
My third long-term favorite is the Ford Streetka. In 2004 I was allowed to choose a test car and take it on holiday. I chose the Streetka because that was my dream car. And after about fifteen years, it's also there. I can keep looking at all these crazy lines and he still drives nicely too – of course always with the roof open.

What are you most proud of, work and private l
ife? I am proud that we at Buro N11 make beautiful products, projects and texts. And that I'm a switch on that. Although I probably look at text differently than the ordinary reader. Privately, I am quite proud of my miniature cars, especially the self-built and converted ones.

How do you stay up to date with what's going on in your field? In pr
actice especially a lot of reading about language, cars and technology. Listen carefully to colleagues, because I don't have the wisdom in it, and keep your ears and eyes open.

What's the last book you've read? I'm
often working on more books at once. There are books and magazines all over the house. Very recently I read the book about the vintage Bentley 41/2 litres – published by and designed as a workshop manual by Haynes – and now I started in the book about the Ferrari 250 GTO from the same series and in 'My Father's DAF'.

What three things make you happy?
I'm always happy. But even happier, trips with Miranda, my wife, in the Ford Streetka, make me even happier. But I also like being involved in modelling, especially if a construction box or a renovation works well. And third, er … cooled marrow pipes from the Aldi.

What are you listening to i
n the car? I usually just listen to Radio 2, except on Saturdays between noon. I also have the necessary CDs and luckily the Streetka is equipped with a fine CD player – yes, that's how old it is already – and then I like to spin Patricia Kaas, or Mike Oldfield, ELO, Kate Bush, Meat Loaf or eh … Well, I like a lot of old music.

What's your biggest dream?
A maintenance-free cottage without a garden, but with a large maintenance-free, heated and well-lit shed in which I can get rid of some nice old cars, my display cases with miniature cars and bookcases with car books. But the way we live now is actually good.

What question would you like to ask which colleag
ue? I ask my question, actually there are two, to Majliss Kruger, my former roommate in the old building. She has a very special first name. Can she tell you briefly what is special and where it comes from?