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Nicola Rees
Nicola Rees

Nicola Rees

Find out more about your favourite BBC Radio Leeds presenter.

About me:

Star sign: Libra

Grew up in: Preston, Lancashire

First job: Nicking daffodils from the park and selling them to the neighbours… until I was old enough to know better and get a proper Saturday job in a jewellers.

First car: Peugeot 206… Slow and boring and I'm still driving it.

First record bought: Oliver's Army by Elvis Costello - It was probably released before I was born but my Auntie gave me the record and an old record player when I was about 9.

First kiss: Neil somebody… He was ginger and a bit sloppy, but he was the official cock of the playground (so to speak).

My Favourite Things

Food: Thai red curry and mint choc chip ice cream

Drink: Mojitos... Although they have been known to make me a bit sick

Place in the World: The Perhention Islands in Malaysia - Absolutely the most spectacular place in the world… like something out of a Bounty advert!

Place in West Yorkshire: Hebden Bridge in Calderdale, and Roundhay Park for picnics in summer

TV show: Louis Theroux, Phoenix Nights, and Alan Partridge

Movie: The Beach, Castaway (I like tropical islands) and Fernando Meirelles' City of God - about a young photographer growing up in the slums of Rio de Janeiro... Brilliant.

Music Act: Van Morrison, The Beach Boys, U2, Richard Ashcroft, the Magic Numbers… all sorts really

Thing in your wardrobe: A cowboy hat that I wear whenever I travel anywhere, but never in this country, and my emergency jeans that can go weeks without a wash!

Possession: Harvey the Duck (he's a popcorn maker) and my cranky old Pentax ME Super SLR camera

Heroes (fave people): Peter Kay, the funniest man on earth and Louis Theroux

Zeroes (least fave people): Vanessa Feltz, Trinny and Susannah, Chris Tarrant - all very annoying

Hobbies/Interests: Running, climbing, Salsa, eating out, movies, photography, travel 

Best radio moment: Convincing thousands of listeners that BBC Radio Leeds presenter Graham Liver was trapped down a manhole on April Fools Day 2006 - reporting live from the 'scene' and interviewing a group of amateur actors disguised as firemen and mountain rescue!  And following the Huddersfield Town fans on their trip to Cardiff when they won the 2004 Third Division playoff final.

And Finally...

What would you be if you weren't on the radio? A travel photographer… concentrating mainly on exotic destinations.

last updated: 26/07/06
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