Explore Nick´s secrets in southeast London. EUR 6.00
1. What is the best moment of the day?
The early morning cup of tea, a few extra minutes in bed. Shaun Keaveney on the radio.
2. What inspires you?
Quirky natural things. Music. Trees.
3. How would a good friend describe you?
A pain in the arse? Nice bloke but doesn’t suffer fools.... (on reading back my answers to the interview they’d say freeloader who never leaves SE1...)
4. Your lifestyle in 5 words?
Making the most of opportunities.
5. Which books, newspapers or magazines do you read?
Huck, Monocle sometimes, The Sports Page of whatever paper is on the table in the café.
6. Which films or directors blow your mind?
Anything with the Muppets in it, Alien/s, Hellboy, HellboyII.
7. What do you love about your city?
Every continent is represented here. I cross darkest Africa on the way to football on Sunday mornings as I ride through Peckham.
8. Which brands do you fancy?
Sixxa!!!, Finisterre, Element, We, Cockfighter.
9. What sound fits best to your city?
For running, LCD Sound System. For cycling at night, The horrors. For cycling in the sun Creedence Clearwater Revival.
10. What smell would describe your city best?
Coffee and kebab meat.
11. What are your favourite cities around the globe?
Helsinki and Melbourne.
12. Who is your hero?
Buckminster Fuller and Craig Johnstone (ex Liverpool FC and inventor of revolutionary footy boots).
13. Your life philosophy?
"If it was easy everyone would be doing it. - There are no new ideas just people who do something about them."
14. What does NECTAR & PULSE mean to you?
15. Your perfect 24 hours?
Being woken up by a sunny morning sun ray streaming in through the window. Then realising it is Saturday heightens the thrill. Listen to Adam and Joe on the Radio with the rest of Black Squadron for a bit, then wander up to Monmouth’s at Borough Market for a coffee. Slightly contravene Maria’s rules by taking it to her café, but sit there with a good fry up while the foreign masses queue for half an hour for a chorizo sandwich. Feel smug. Brew Wharf is a good place for catching a bit of live sport, especially if it happens to be a rugby international day, or have a Stiegl and pretend to be in Austria with my Sixxa mates. The demographic around Bermondsey St are really in to owning dogs, rahter than a human child, so Saturday s are a good time to borrow a dog and take it for a stroll round the river, chuck some sticks down on the beach and get some (relatively) fresh air. Despite common folklore of North America there is very little smog and the fog got chased out of town by the sixties swing. So returning the dog, brings me back down to Bermondsey Village where there aren’t many places better to hang out with your mates than in The Woolpack’s Beer Garden, especially if the sun’s still shining. It would be nice to have the motivation at this point to head to Shortwave Cinema on Bermondsey Square to go and see whatever Rob’s picked for Saturday night. It’s the best cinema in town, brand new and the bar is bigger than the cinema itself. There’s no need to pick a film, Rob has the eye and only picks things worth watching. It’s good on a Saturday to let other people do the choosing. Assuming a balmy evening is on the cards, Shortwave has a set of boules you can borrow to play on the little petanque patch (few people have actually realized why there is a gravel trap in the middle of the square). Again , there’s nothing better than free fun, and as yet the the government in their wisdon has not (yet) outlawed outdoor drinking so make the most of now and rack up the stories of hedonistic times playing drunken midnight petanque to tell the grandkids in a few decades’ time.
16. What music is most likely in your ears these days?
These days liking a bit of old school country rock, and reliving my goth days with the Horrors, also plenty of Northern Sould.
17. What don’t you like about it?
Public transports sucks. If you come to London, find a bike. You’ll enjoy the experience much more than being ripped off and stuck in a sweaty flu box underground or a red box bus and you get to see everything in between the destinations so you won’t be so disappointed when you arrive somewhere because at least you’ll have seen stuff on the way.
18. Why do you live in this city?
It’s the place to be if you do what I do. I live in the city because it is intense. I could not do the suburban thing.