My Weekend: Simon Clarke

Simon Clarke
Simon Clarke
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Simon Clarke, 39, is a radio presenter for Wave 105. He has been the host of the station’s afternoon show since 2007 when he moved from the West Midlands. Simon lives in Wickham.

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

I’ve just come back from a week away in Pembrokeshire with the children. It’s the perfect break for someone like me who is always on the go as there is no mobile signal or wi-fi.

What was the last gig you went to?

The Isle of Wight Festival in June. It was my first time and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. I love The 1975, so they were a highlight. Another memorable moment was discovering The Struts, who made an amazing impression. I’m thrilled that Wave 105 has them as part of the line-up at this year’s Night Air concert at Bournemouth Air Festival!

What did you last see at the theatre?

I was lucky enough to get tickets to see Lee Evans at The Mayflower in Southampton at the end of June. It was one of those ‘work in progress’ shows where he tries out new material before his stadium tour. I had never seen him live before and it was easy to see why his tours set records every time.

And the last book you read?

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey. A friend bought it for me 15 years ago and it had sat on a shelf since then. I suppose I would have read it sooner if I knew it was more than just a business book.

What was the last film you saw?

We took a few DVDs away on holiday and one was Mrs Doubtfire which the children and I watched on the day we heard that Robin Williams had died.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I love to cycle. I try and squeeze in a ride whenever possible around the South Downs Way or New Forest.

What do you watch on TV?

I really enjoy 24. Its total escapism and I’ve been watching it since the start. It’s the only TV programme I make a point never to miss.
Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

Eddie Izzard would be brilliant company. There is so much more to him than his stand-up comedy and we have a few common interests too.

Where do you eat out?

The last meal out I had was at The Vineyard in Wickham. It’s just been taken over by Three Choirs and the food was fantastic. I sometimes have breakfast at Breezes in Hill Head – their Eggs Benedict never disappoints!

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

Six-hour pulled pork in soy, ginger and spring onion with wild rice. Created by complete accident and it’s one of those meals that takes no 
effort – just a bit of foresight to put the pork shoulder in the oven far enough in advance. 

Where’s good for a day out?

Avon Beach in Mudeford is one of my favourite places on the planet. We always have a few days a year where we hire a hut and lots of friends turn up with their children. I love the view of The Needles and I would like to get a hut there some day.