Campbell Docherty talks to folk rock legend Richard Thompson...
There's no stranger mental image than English folk-rock godfather Richard Thompson standing on a touchline arguing about junior football with The Terminator.
But there it was in a recent interview I was reading in preparation for my chat with Thompson, the Fairport Convention founder and one of the few from his generation still producing work that ranks with his best ever.
Coach Thompson was impishly talking about "p***ing off Arnold" by playing his son Wolfgang Schwarzenegger (Wolfgang - it just had to be) in any position but centre forward, as the "egomaniac" actor-turned-California State Governor demanded.
Thompson's playing at the Coventry Arts Centre this weekend and has a new box set released on February 3, but, c'mon, what would you ask him about first?
"Oh that was last year, when I coached my son's football team," he told me, almost like I should have known. "My relationship with The Governor - that's what I call him - has moved on now.
"I like to see myself as his special advisor these days. I am working on him subtly, making him see sense on a few things."
Thompson, for all the deep Britishness of his music and lyrics, has lived in Santa Monica for almost 16 years.
And why? For the blandness, of course.
"The culture here doesn't impinge on you. LA is the blandest place on earth and that's good for me."
It's an attitude all too evident in the further adventures with Arnold Schwarzenegger chronicled in his often-hilarious web-site diary.
The run-ins with Arnie clearly show Thompson to be a man who doesn't take LA particularly seriously - indeed, it often reads like a Curb Your Enthusiasm script.
His most recent album, last year's excellent Front Parlour Ballads, was the first entirely acoustic album in his 40 year-career and despite being recorded in his Californian basement, the songs are more "British" than the first Fairport Convention records on the late 60s which took their cues from Bob Dylan and The Band.
The entire span of his remarkable career - which has justifiably earned him the tag of one of Britain's greatest song-writers - is documented in the forthcoming Free Reed box set RT.
Unusually, the collection is made up of fan's bootlegs, but also boasts the endorsement of selections from Thompson's own vault of unreleased demos.
But Thompson himself is not particularly bothered by the overview.
"I don't like looking back, but I was happy to let the guys who put it out have access to my unreleased material and let them get on with it.
"I just checked it out to make sure the selections weren't horribly out of tune and left it at that."
The box set is definitely one for committed fans but there are some genuinely thrilling cuts in there, especially a magnificent acoustic version of I Feel So Good and the waspish Madonna's Wedding, which righteously crucifies Madge and Guy Ritchie's overblown nuptials in a Scottish castle.
So, at least Arnie knows he's not the only big star in Thompson's sights.
Richard Thompson plays acoustic shows at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, on January 20 and 21.