A Weekend With: Tom Soane

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David Curwen, centre, hugs his mother with whom he wa sreunited. Completing the group is his brother Keith

THIS WEEK IN 1975: Reunited after 30 years – but only thanks to a kind stranger

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Tom Soane, 32, is a partner and founder of new and innovative Portsmouth estate agents U Moove (u-moove.co.uk) based in Commercial Road. Here he describes his perfect weekend.

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

In June last year, my fiancée and I went on a two- week holiday around the West Coast of America. We started in Los Angeles, went to San Francisco where we visited Alcatraz and cycled across the Golden Gate Bridge, then Lake Havasu in Arizona where we spent four days on a big boat wakeboarding, tubing, jet skiing, cliff jumping and sun bathing, before a spontaneous trip to Las Vegas to lose some money, and back to Los Angeles for the remaining three days.

What was the last gig you went to?

Two weeks ago at the Wedgewood Rooms. It was a superb band by the name of The Founders Of (TFO) (at this point I have to say I am the lead singer of the band). We have an eclectic sound that incorporates pop, rock ‘n’ roll and indie music. We’ve called it ‘Jump Rock’.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

I went to see the musical SMIKE performed by the Giselle Academy at St

Peter’s Theatre in Southsea. The show is based on Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens and was really well done.

The last book you read?

Steve Jobs’ biography. He was a genius at making a business out of an original concept, an inspirational entrepreneur whose creativity and career I aspire to.

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

At the cinema, I went to see the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall (right), which more than lived up to the hype and the last DVD I watched was Avengers Assemble with all the Marvel superheroes like Iron Man, The Hulk and Captain America.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

Playing FIFA or Call of Duty on the Xbox.

And which TV programmes do you watch?

I love Family Guy (right). It can be surreal, satirical or just downright slapstick, but it always pushes the bound-aries of political correctness and can be really controversial.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

I think a weekend with Jim Carrey would be full of laughs.

Where do you shop?

On a regular basis? Asda.

Where do you eat out?

My favourite restaurant is Shorties in Southsea, which is where I proposed to my fiancée.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

For a quiet, relaxing night, I go to The Rose in June in Copnor. For a more lively evening, I go to the Wedgewood Rooms or Fat Fox in Albert Road.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

My top three are wakeboarding at Hilsea Lido, a walk in Queen Elizabeth Country Park or a round of golf at Great Salterns Golf Course in Burrfields Road.