A weekend with: Dave Allen

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Retired university lecturer, musician, music historian and Hampshire cricket archivist Dave Allen is 63 and lives in Old Portsmouth.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

A weekend in London last month, principally to watch Hampshire playing and winning their Lord’s (cricket) cup final.

We stayed in the hotel with the team, so Saturday night was rather fun and fairly lengthy!

What was the last gig you went to?

The Cellars to see the Former Members, four guys who played with legendary 1960s bands like Country Joe &the Fish, Steve Miller and Al Kooper’s Blues Project.

It was a lovely night of varied American music played with so much skill and experience .

What about the last theatre show you saw?

I’m not a regular theatre-goer. I guess my last visit to a theatre was to the Kings for the Pompey Pop Show in the summer (although I was in it).

The last book you read?

I’m just coming to the end of But Beautiful by Geoff Dyer which is subtitled ‘A Book About Jazz’. It’s certainly that and a very imaginative, somewhat fictionalised yet critical consideration of Duke, Bud Powell, Monk and other greats.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

I was a lecturer in Film Studies but I stopped going to the cinema when it became a place for people to eat and drink noisily, make mobile calls and chatter.

The last movie I saw was Howl, about Allen Ginsberg’s 1950s beat poem.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

Singing, swimming and sleeping.

What do you watch on TV?

New drama like Homeland or Boardwalk Empire, arts programmes, the news – and cricket.

And which TV programmes do you avoid?

So-called ‘reality’ TV, talent shows and soaps.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a

weekend with?

Bob Dylan

Where do you shop?

Brighton, North Laine for books, music, memorabilia.

Where do you eat out?

The ABar Bistro is my local and also Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road which is just that. They do their best to keep me up-to-date.

What’s your signature dish, if you’re cooking?

I’m good at toast and I often fix breakfast.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

Music venues like the RMA.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

Southsea seafront (pictured above). I love it, always have, always will.

I hear people moan about it but I think, ‘we’re all lying on the esplanade, but some of us are looking up at the horizon’.