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Kevan James - Did you know..?
Kevan James
Kevan James

You know that he played cricket for Hampshire. You know he's the king of Solent Golf and Badminton tournaments and you know that he's naughty and bawdy (given a chance) and sporty.

But did you know...

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1. HIS CRICKET CAREER WAS A CLOSE RUN 'FIN'

At school we had to go and see careers advisers and I told one of them that I wanted to be a professional cricketer. They obviously thought I was talking a complete load of rubbish and they told me to go into fish farming. They thought that was a worthwhile career to pursue if you liked the outdoor life.

2. HE'S GOTTA LITTLE BOTTLE
I collect miniatures - those little mini bottles of spirits. I've got three boxes in my loft full of miniatures that I've never had the nerve to do anything with. It was very 80s. I used to pick them up when I went away on holiday with the family; from the age of about 11 - you'd get ten in a bag from Spain. I don't drink them. There's one called Voodoo Liquor. I'll never have the nerve to drink that. I still pick the odd one up whenever I go away - just to show I've been.

3. HE WAS LITTLE WHEN HE FIRST GOT A BOTTLE
I did get horribly drunk when I was 11. We went on holiday with another family and for some reason myself and my younger brother, and the other family's sons, a boy my age and his younger brother, got hold of this bottle of sherry from the local supermarket. We started to drink it and the next thing I knew; I was falling about absolutely everywhere. Our parents were in the restaurant of the hotel and we went in there and fell all over the place. I remember my mum and dad having to take turns to sit with me in my room for the rest of the night in case I fell out of the window. It was a horrible experience.

4. HE WENT TOO FAR FOR FURTHER EDUCATION
I failed my A Levels for cricket. I stayed on at school to take A Levels in Geography and Economics but I missed the mocks because I was away in Australia with the English Young Cricketers Tour. My Economics teacher told me not to bother. I took them though. And failed them.

5. HE WANTS IT ALL ON A PLATE
My ambition is to own a restaurant. I've got a big thing about that. I've got this nice idea of waltzing in when I fancy and being able to get a table and eat for nothing. My wife's not so keen because it would be too much like hard work. The atmosphere and the ambience would be the most important thing. I might put a bit of cricket memorabilia up.

6. HE WAS ONCE PLANE TERRIFIED
About ten years ago there used to be a little aeroplane that went out from Southampton Airport to the Channel Islands. It used to sound like a bomber. I went on one of these with Hampshire and as we took off from Southampton, heading up the run-way; it got caught in a cross wind and ended up right off the runway and on the grass. It was juddering about so much that the cabin door, separating us from the pilots, burst open and we could see both pilots, sitting on the same chair, pulling on the joystick. This caused some alarm.

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Adapted from 'Six Things you may not have known about Kevan James', BBC Radio Solent Magazine, Winter 2003

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