First Word - Geoff Ellis

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  • 25 June 2009
First Word - Geoff Ellis

First record you ever bought
‘My Generation’ by The Who for 10p from a jumble sale (original 1965 release on Brunswick label and very warped). Also got ‘Band of Gold’ by Freda Payne a few minutes later at same jumble sale. First new record purchased – ‘Lamplight’ by David Essex!

Last time you were chatted up
By my girlfriend several years ago. Although recently I had a dream where I was being chatted up by a famous actress. It didn’t last long, though. I was rudely awoken by my dog’s giant paw hitting me across the head.

First film you saw that really moved you
Ring of Bright Water when Tarka got brutally cut in half by a spade. I fell out with my sister who laughed, embarrassed at me crying in front of the entire Saturday Cinema Club.

First movie you went on a date to
I think it was An Officer and a Gentleman. It worked.

Last time you cried
First time I really listened to ‘Daddy’s Gone’ by Glasvegas on my own.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
Ask why it is raining. Ask why I have been woken up earlier than usual and then usually spend time with the kids.

Last great meal you cooked
I love cooking and my Yorkshire puddings bring back memories of my mother’s. Last night I whipped up a couple of steaks in balsamic and garlic with spinach, juicy tomatoes and shitake mushrooms.

Last extravagant purchase you made
A Vivienne Westwood suit which I hope will soon fit me.

First crush
Cheryl Macdonald in primary two. I shared her with my mate Alan.

First great piece of advice you were given
‘Build on your strengths rather than learn to cope with your weaknesses’ – given to me as I was finishing a Diploma in Building. A year later I gave up the building degree to study an arts-based degree.

Last time you were star struck
Meeting Roger Daltrey at Buckingham Palace, as you do. He put out his hand and said, ‘Hi I’m Roger’ and all I could say was, ‘Hi I’m Geoff, happy birthday’, having read in that morning’s paper that it was his birthday that day. I’ve met him since, though, and he no longer thinks I am a stalker!

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Commandeer a castle and file a big expenses claim for moat cleaning.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
The tenth birthday of T in the Park – when I was presented with an ‘Appleton Sandwich’ cake.

Last time someone criticised your work
Myself yesterday – I’m my own worst critic. Criticism keeps you on your toes, though I think you need to take it (and praise) as objectively as possible. Never let criticism get you too down or praise allow you to get complacent.

First three words your friends would use to describe you
That *&!* ing Geoff!

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
A sink that looked amazing in the showroom but doesn’t actually fit in our bathroom! It’s currently residing in the garage …

First concert you ever attended
Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow at Manchester Apollo.

Last time you bought someone flowers
Last week for my girlfriend – gathering brownie points for the next football trip.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
I wonder who Man City will sign today.

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
I wonder who Man City will sign tomorrow …

T in the Park, Balado, Fri 10–Sun 12 Jul. See page 18 for our preview coverage.

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