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Countdown with ...
Interviewed 26 September 2015
Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...
As a journalist I never made stuff up; now, though…
Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...
1. One of the tallest surviving Elm trees in the UK
2. A business card from a piano player I gigged with once
3. A copy of Groovy Bob by Harriet Vyner
4. A red Tonka crane.
5. Jane McMorrow
6. A plane ticket to Dublin
7. A photo I took in Nigeria when I was 11
8. A half-written novel
Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?
Grilled tomatoes with olive oil, rosemary and garlic on sourdough bread.
Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...
1. Robert Fraser, 1960s gallerist
2. Ken Bruen. Again.
3. Writer Alan Warner
4. Dorothy Parker
5. Tom Hibbert
7. … n’ Pepa. In all my years as a music journalist meeting mad people, the nicest, sanest people I ever met.
Six things you can't live without ...
1. A musical instrument
2. A bike
3. A laptop
4. My glasses
5. A enduring belief that I’m an undiscovered genius
6. A family tolerant enough to live with someone who believes they’re an undiscovered etc.
Five favourite words ...
and of course
Four places you'd run away to ...
2. My secret shack
3. Biriwa, on Ghanian coast
4. Marche in Italy
Three books you've bought recently ...
The Detective’s Daughter by Lesley Thomson
I Do Not Come To You By Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths
Two things that make you rant ...
1. Funnily enough, I do a monthly gig called Rant with Brighton Ceilidh Collective. [http://www.meetup.com/TheRant/]
2. Shouty drivers
One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...
When you go to Stonehenge Free Festival in 1981 and somebody offers you the blotting paper, don’t take it.