My Weekend: Tony King

Tony King.  Picture: Paul Jacobs
Tony King. Picture: Paul Jacobs
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Tony King, 80, is a retired hypnotherapist who lives in Cowplain with his wife.

He spends his spare time writing and helping to run the Lovedean Village Hall.

The Coliseum in Edinburgh Road.

The Coliseum in Edinburgh Road.

When did you last go away and where?

It was more than 30 years ago on the South Oxford Canal which is the best way I know of unwinding, and pound-for-pound the most relaxing holiday anyone could wish for. Unfortunately I became very ill towards the end of the holiday and finished up in hospital.

What was the last theatre show you saw?

If memory serves me correctly in was in the 1940s when my father took me to see a revue starring ‘Jane’ at the Coliseum in Portsmouth (pictured). Frankly I couldn’t understand what all the people were laughing about any more that I understood why Jane appeared to have no clothes on and kept hiding behind a couple of outsized feathers. When she sang a silly song called ‘Would you like to be my little dog’, which was no doubt littered with double-entendres, I couldn’t make top nor tail of it.

I had ambitions about becoming this country’s youngest published author.

Tony King

What was the last book you read?

Krakatoa by Simon Winchester. Krakatoa was actually the name of the island in the Sunda Straits on which the volcano was situated and consisted of three craters. the author has gone into considerable detail concerning the background of the disaster yet still produced an eminently readable book that I would recommend to anyone with an enquiring mind.

What is your favourite way to relax?

Attacking a cryptic crossword such as the one published regularly in The News.

What’s your idea of a good day out?

Getting involved one of the fundraising events at Lovedean Village Hall. One meets so many interesting people and it is satisfying, not only to see community spirit in action, but knowing that I have contributed in a small way towards raising funds to keep the village hall a viable venue for the future.

Do you have any hobbies?

Writing gives me the greatest satisfaction. I have been writing stories since I was about seven years old and I finally broke into print with a book published in the 1980s. I had ambitions about becoming this country’s youngest published author. Over the years I have contributed to magazines and papers and my daughter has introduced me to Kindle e-publishing and since then 18 of my books have appeared on that site. I also love reading, listening to classical music and, although I have long been retired, I still occasionally help people out with personal problems.