Shaun Aquilina

Shaun Aquilina
Shaun Aquilina
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Wave 105 newsreader Shaun Aquilina, is 28 and lives in Eastleigh. You can hear him on Rick Jackson’s Big Drive Home, week days from 4pm to 8pm. We found out how he spends his weekends.

What would be your ideal weekend destination?

There’s a village in France, about an hour’s drive from the Magny-Cours race track. I don’t know its name, but I stayed there for the night before an F1 race a few years back. It was a warm evening with good food and wine, cobbled streets and tightly-packed French houses. I’d love to go back, but I’ll never find it again.

Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

I think it would be the writer Martin Amis. I heard him speak in Cheltenham last year and he had some fascinating things to say. He’d make some great conversation.

What music would you take with you?

My iPod. I’ve got plenty of opera and classical music on there, plus some Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Simon and Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, David Bowie…

What about something to read?

I like something exciting, challenging and beautifully written. You can’t go wrong with Charles Dickens. But I’ve just started Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick (the novel that became Blade Runner) and so far it’s excellent.

What would be your ultimate way to relax?

In a hotel with a pool. Late afternoon, I’d go down for a swim, relax in the Jacuzzi and steam room and finish with another swim. Then I’d go out for dinner.

If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

Somewhere I can taste what’s being sold, a specialist in wine or whiskey or chocolate. I tried a honey-whiskey at the New Forest Show last year. I should’ve bought a bottle.

What’s your all-time favourite film?

No films make me laugh like Woody Allen’s. And, of those, Love and Death makes me laugh most.

We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

A pint of bitter, or we can share a bottle of wine.

What are you doing this weekend?

Tonight will be spent in a curry house with friends. And there’s nothing better on a Sunday morning than going out for breakfast.

What’s a favourite local destination for a weekend day out?

Stourhead, a beautiful National Trust site in Wiltshire with a lake, waterfall and grotto, inspired by classical Greek and Roman culture.