My Weekend: Neil Ogle

Neil Ogle
Neil Ogle
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Neil Ogle, 45, from Portsmouth is a member of the Portsmouth Irish Society and is singing over Christmas and new year at the Irish Club in Southsea.

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

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My last trip abroad was to Lanzarote with my wife. I visited Playa Blanca which was lovely. We did quite a lot of walking and swimming, reading on the beach and experiencing the nightlife that the country had to offer. We’ve been there five times and I would recommend anyone to go and visit.

What was the last gig/concert you went to?

The 65th annual dinner dance for the Portsmouth Irish Society. There was a mixture of Irish and American country music which I enjoyed. There was no specific dancing – we were able to go freestyle.

What was the last theatre show you saw?

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Aladdin at The Mayflower in Southampton. I went with my wife at Christmas last year. It had Paul O’Grady in it and was really funny. We both enjoyed it and I’m definitely glad we went to see it.

And the last book you read?

Off The Rails by my brother Brendan Ogle. It’s about reforming trade unions on the Irish railways. I would read it again as there were so many facts in there that I didn’t take in during my first read.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I like to sing a lot. I sing a bit of ’60s, ’70s and ’80s music but my favourites have to be Elton John, Buddy Holly or Elvis. I sing on my own every third week at the Portsmouth Irish Society to a crowd of people. I don’t have a fixed set and always add new stuff each time so it doesn’t become repetitive.

Where do you eat out?

The Italian Bar and Grill, Southsea. It has Italian food, as the name suggests, but also has Mexican and steaks which gives us the variety we like. We’ve never been disappointed. We’ve been going there for four years and we had our wedding reception there!

Where’s your favourite place to go for a day trip further afield?

I love going to London with my wife, especially to Camden Town (left). It is such a mix of cultures, ages and styles which is brilliant. There are also a number of restaurants and a Saturday market that we enjoy going to when we go up to London. I like to walk and talk and meet new people while we are up there.

What hobbies do you have?

I like to do a lot of walking, plus playing guitar and singing as well as watching films. My favourite film is Midnight Express which is about a guy who is framed for drug smuggling and gets locked up. It follows his time in the prison and is also about how he tries to escape.

And finally, what was the last film you saw at the cinema?

I went to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (above) with my wife, which we both really, really enjoyed. I think we will go and watch the second one when it is out next year.