Five by five

By Evangeline Jennings

The hugely impressive Tidjane Thiam is an Ivorian businessman and former politician who is currently Chief Executive of Prudential plc, the UK-based insurance group. Born in Côte d’Ivoire, he holds dual Ivorian and French citizenship. The capital city of Côte d’Ivoire is named after his grandmother and he was once invited to become Prime Minister – an offer he declined because he was not happy with the standard of “democracy” in the nation at the time.

When Thiam first moved to the UK, his English mentor recommended that in order to understand the British, he should read all the Yes (Prime) Minister scripts and listen religiously to both the Archers and Desert Island Discs.

Although I do listen to both radio shows and own the complete Yes (Prime) Minister, I couldn’t claim to understand the British at all, and I’m fairly sure Thiam’s mentor must have had a very particular view of the UK  which while it may have helped a wealthy incomer with a top business job would be pretty much useless for the likes of you and me.

More importantly, however, I was intrigued by the idea that you could introduce a complete stranger to an entire nation with only a TV show and a couple of radio programmes. And, obsessed with music as I am, I wondered if we could achieve the same objective through the medium of interpretative dance song.

After a few in-house discussions, we decided that no, of course, we couldn’t but wouldn’t it be fun to try.

Hence, this new Pankheart series – Five By Five.

The rules are very simple. Five songs. No words. No explanations. Not necessarily your five favourite songs, but the five you think speak volumes about you.

One by one, the currently active members of the collective are going to try their hands at this and then we may invite other people to play along – depending on how badly or well it goes.

Important Note: This is in no way a cheap and convoluted excuse for posting pictures and videos of Eliza Dushku. But it’s very possible that we will anyway.


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