Favourites

This page features everything that I love.


Male Singer: Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross has played such an inspirational part with my love and passion for music.  I will never tire of his voice and was very sad when he died.  I have a good collection of his songs, his ballads being my favourite of his varying styles. His version of The Impossible Dream still makes me tearful when I'm alone and absorb every note!

Other favourite male singers: David Gates (Bread), Matt Monro, George Benson, Richard Hawley, Freddie Mercury, Boz Scaggs, Billy Porter, Teddy Pendergrass, Ray Parker Jr., John Denver, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Nat King Cole, Paul Weller, Bobby Vee, Bob Marley, Jarrod Lawson

Female Singer: Karen Carpenter

I love Karen Carpenter's voice.  You appreciate the clarity and crispness of her voice most when wearing headphones. My favourite song of The Carpenters is Rainy Days and Mondays.

For me, Karen Carpenter is the absolute best singer ever.

Other favourite female singers: Rumer, Randy Crawford, Laura White, Donna Summer, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Eva Cassidy, Avril Lavigne, Gwen Dickey (Rose Royce), Dani Klein (Vaya Con Dios), Zoé Colotis (Caravan Palace)

Song: It Must Be Love by Labi Siffre

This song means so much to me and was probably the first record that I ever played, at the age of around 6.  It was in my Grandmother's record collection and the most amazing part, I have never grown out of the song.  If it's ever on the radio, I feel that my whole world, mind, soul and body stops to listen to it until it's finished.  Each time it returns me back to those days when I'd spend hours alone in front of Gran's old gramophone, playing every record she had.  It's now currently set as the ring tone on my mobile when Jezz calls.

Other favourite songs: "If Leaving Me Is Easy" by Phil Collins, "Out Here On My Own" by Irene Cara, "Easy Come, Easy Go" by The Sutherland Brothers, "Missing You" by Glallagher & Lyle, "Is It Ok If I Call You Mine?" by Paul McCrane, "Crossroads" by Don McLean, "I Can't Help It" by Olivia Newton-John and Andy Gibb, "So Into You" by Ray Parker Jnr., "I Won't Hold You Back" by Toto, "Shining Star" by The Manhattens, "Last Night At Danceland" by Randy Crawford, "My Sweet Lady" by John Denver, "Childhood 1949" by Bobby Goldsboro, "Walk On The Wild Side" by Lou Reed, "Are You Mine" by Bros, "Like Sister and Brother" by The Drifters, "Stir It Up" by Bob Marley & The Wailers, "Satisfy My Soul" by Bob Marley & The Wailers, "Runaway Love" by Natural Mystics, "If You Can't Give Me Love" by Suzi Quatro, "Stumblin' In" by Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman, "Let Go" by Gallagher & Lyle, "Fifteen Summers" by Gallagher & Lyle, "Shining Star" by Bette Midler, "Falling In Love With You" by Andy Gibb, "(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away" by Andy Gibb, "Don't Break My Heart" by Vaya Con Dios,"Since I Left You" by The Avalanches, "Look What You've Done To Me" by Boz Scaggs, "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan" by Marianne Faithful, "Shine Silently" by Nils Lofgren, "Fall At Your Feet" by Crowded House, "Need Someone" by Mary J. Blige, "Reflections Of My Life" by Dean Ford, "I Still Want You" by Richard Hawley. 

Most Hated: "Fairy Tale Of New York" by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, "Bills Bills Bills" by Destiny's Child, "Dirty" by Christina Aguilera, "Jilted John" by Jilted John, "Darlin'" by Frankie Miller,

TV Programme: Impractical Jokers

I believe that I have watched every episode of this programme. I find every practical joke and challenge very funny. Joe Gatto is hysterical and not phased by anything. Sal is probably my favourite because of how he is the least likely person to cope in a practical joke situation. Murr is picked on but handles it completely. Quinn makes me die laughing because of his reactions to the public. 

Other favourite TV Programmes: Benidorm, Pose, Have I Got News For You, Doc Martin, Coronation Street, Hi-De-Hi, Top Gear, Smack The Pony, Titty Bang Bang, Ugly Betty, Hotel Babylon, The Professionals, Dad's Army, The Dog Whisperer, QI, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Come Dine With Me, Miranda, Getting On, Cheaters, Gogglebox, Celebs Go Dating, Are You Being Served?, Dinnerladies, Roast Battle, Tipping Point, The Chase, Out of Ten Cats Does Countdown,

Show: Mamma Mia

For me, the blend of a great storyline and recognisable Abba songs was just perfect.

Other favourite shows: Oh What A Night, Prisoner Cell Block H, Fame

Movie: Grease

Grease has been the one film that I can watch, time and time again and still enjoy almost as much as the first time. Stockard Channing's Rizzo is my favourite character.

Other favourite  movies: Fame, Ghost, Dogfight, Duets, Airplane, Sisters

Actor: Billy Porter

Purely for his role as Pre Tell in the series Pose. He is also famous for his starring role as Lola Kinky Boots. He takes the lead from River Phoenix because of how intense he is. He is captivating and I'm totally absorbed in his character. He makes me laugh and then cry. His version of For All We Know really made me cry.  

Other favourite actors: River Phoenix, Sir John Gielgud, Jim Broadbent, William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Jason Statham, Robin Williams, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Arnold Ridley, Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins

Actress: Amy Poehler

I loved Amy in Parks And Recreation but what has rocketed her to be my favourite comedy actress of all time is the 2015 movie she produced "Sisters." Co-star Tina Fey was outstanding too.

Other favourite actresses: Siobhan Finneran, Sheridan Smith, Tina Fey, Kaitlin Olson, Bette Midler, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Tina O'Brien, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hattie Jacques, Liz Smith, Caroline Quentin, Michelle Keegan, Sue Cleaver, Diane West

Comedian: Kenny Everett

My hero and the memory of him alive and well is everything I'd love to be.  Kenny is also my most favourite DJ of all time.

Other favourite comedians: Les Dawson, Bob Monkhouse, Eric Morecambe, Jimmy Carr, Micky Flanagan, Stewart Francis, Tim Vine, Stephen K. Amos, Lee Mack, Joe Lycett, Milton Jones, Jack Dee, Paul Merton, Michael McIntyre, Larry Dean, Tom Allen, Sean Locke, Russell Howard, Ricky Gervais, Romesh Ranganathan, Russell Kane, Greg Davies, Alan Carr, Dara O'Brian, Ed Byrne, Jackie Mason, Hal Cruttenden, Jason Manford, Reginald D. Hunter, Rob Beckett, Nish Kumar, James Acaster

Comedienne: Victoria Wood

Just nothing and no one has ever bettered the observational writing of Victoria Wood, nor the delivery.  The most respected funny woman of all time.

Other favourite comediennes: Jo Brand, Julie Walters, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Liz Smith, Roisin Conaty, Nina Conti, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Shappi Khorsandi, Gina Yashere, Katherine Ryan, Andi Osho, Sarah Pascoe, Zoe Lyons, Jen Brister

Most fanciable man: Nyle Dimarco

The gorgeous man is so lovely. His character as a model and dancer is stunning to watch on telly. He is also deaf and I'm inspired how it never affects his ability to live life to the full.

Other favourite fanciable men: J from 5ive, River Phoenix, Shayne Ward, Jason Statham, David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Josh Hartnett, James Marsden, Fran Healy, Cristiano Ronaldo, Justin Hartley, Kevin Zegers, Matthew Fox, Ryan Phillippe, Ryan Thomas, Tom Welling, Vin Diesel, Spencer Smith (Big Brother 2002),  Chris O'Donnell, Matt Damon, Max Greenfield

Most fanciable woman: Jacklyn Smith

Since my teenage years of watching the original series of Charlie's Angels, Jacklyn Smith has always been the most perfect looking woman in my life.  Her beauty and character name Kelly Garrett were the reasons for choosing Kelly as my daughter's first name.

Other favourite fanciable women: Kaitlin Olson, Dani Behr, Celia Sawyer, Tina O'Brien

Radio presenter (living): Nick Abbot

Nick Abbot is currently on LBC97.3 FM.  He is a very dry-witted presenter and finds everything to complain about.

Other favourite radio presenters: Anthony Davis, Steve Wright, Nick Ferrari, Steve Allen, Clive Bull, Adrian Juste, Dave Lee Travis, Simon Bates, Tony Blackburn, Alan Freeman, Ian Collins

Hot Food: Homemade Chicken Curry

Taken from a recipe that Dad taught us very early on in life, and since then adding chicken stock and coconut, this dish is not only extremely tasty but always reminds me of having tea at home together, normally Wednesday evenings. This dish is just as nice with chips instead of rice. 

Other dishes: Mock Meat Loaf (renamed Mr Merlin because we always had it when the programme Mr Merlin came on the telly) and Dad's cold meat and bubble on Mondays. Other favourites are gammon pineapple and chips with peas and a fried egg, homemade Lasagne.

Chocolate Bar: Star Bar
For decades now, I've found Cadbury's Star Bar to be my favourite chocolate bar. It just has so much going on. I admit, it's a bit sickly and probably not very good for my diabetes, but I will never get fed up with them.

Other favourite chocolate bars: Daim, Bounty (Dark), Fruit and Nut, Bournville Rum and Raisin, Crunchie, After Eight Easter Egg, 

Biscuit: Border Chocolate Oat Crumbles
These biscuits have brought back a long-lost childhood memory of mine. They are almost identical to the taste and texture of an old 70s biscuit from Sainsbury's called Chocolate Crunch. These are bigger and nicer but so similar.

Other favourite biscuits: Bourbon, Digestive, Rich Tea Finger, Fruit Shortcake, Nice