My weekend: Gary Louca

Gary Louca
Gary Louca
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Music and film writer-poducer Gary Louca is 49 and lives in Buckland. He’s busy writing songs for an album for his dance act, L & O.

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

Rome, Italy. I went to the Vatican and the Colosseum. Rome is such a historical place I recommend you see it at least once in your life.

What was the last gig/concert/comedy show you went to?

I went to an amazing opera recital in a beautiful church in Rome. I am not into opera, but it was fantastic and the singing was breathtaking.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

Snow White at the Kings Theatre. I took my four-year-old nephew. It was a great show for all the family. Just before I saw Scrooge at the London Palladium starring Tommy Steele. He was magical in it.

The last book you read?

I am not really a great book reader, but I have book on how to speak Italian for 2013!

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

Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher, a brilliant action thriller. I am a big film fan and Tom Cruise is at his very best in the film, five out of five.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I do like exercising to a good dance music album. I know all the moves to Gangnam Style (pictured right)!

What do you watch on TV? Match of the Day but the new BBC crime drama Ripper Street is brilliant.

And which TV programmes do you avoid?

I’m a Celebrity... Get me Out of Here! and Big Brother. Surely in 2013 there will be a fresh new TV program with some original ideas. What about The only way is Pompey? It would be a classic.

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

Sir David Attenborough (pictured right). He would have a wealth of stories to tell and I could listen to him all day.

Where do you shop?

Generally sports shops. I like to dress casual as much as I can.

Where do you eat out?

Apart from my favourite Greek restaurant, there are some great places to eat in Portsmouth. I like Frankie & Benny’s – great atmosphere and food.

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

Beans on toast. I am useless. Considering my grandfather was a top Greek chef who owned numerous restaurants, it’s embarrassing. I’ll put that on the to do list for 2013.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

Wetherspoon’s is great for cheap food. I am teetotal, but it’s always got a friendly atmosphere .

Where’s good for a day out locally?

Southsea seafront a beautiful, chilled out, relaxing place, especially in the summer. And the shopping centre in Palmerston Road is not too hectic. There are lots of great restaurants around Osborne Road too.