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My weekend: Joe Brown

December 2009

If I’m not working, I’m a bit of an amateur carpenter so I’ll be doing that. I’ve just moved house actually and had my new workshop shed put up which I’m very happy about because it’s a bigger shed than I had before.
I was known in the neighbourhood as ‘two sheds Brown’. Now it’s ‘one big shed Brown’.
It is one of the reasons I moved - because I wanted a bigger shed.
I’m looking for some decent oak actually. I’ve got ten new doors to make so put that in the paper and when I get to Nottingham there might some local bloke turn up with his van full of oak.
Normally in my business you’d be working at the weekend but it doesn’t matter to me what day it is. We do two 40-date tours a year.
I like coming up to Nottingham because one of my best pals, Alvin Lee, is from there. He lives out in Spain and I’m going out there again in a couple of weeks.
I don’t watch a lot of television. If I do I like the Discovery Channel or CSI. I can’t stand the reality shows or soap operas. When you have an irregular lifestyle like I have you can’t keep up with them. They don’t really appeal to me anyway. I can’t understand a guy who’d walk in to his local pub and say ‘Deidre’s left me!’. As if you’d do that. You keep yourself to yourself, don’t you? It’s not a reflection on real life. Not on my life anyway.
And if I switch the telly on I want to be cheered up.
I’ve got Sky. I’m toying with getting HD. I can’t be doing with surround sound though. I’ve got enough surround sound in my life.
We don’t got to the pictures much but my foster son Richard has a big set up at home, with a drop down screen and all that. So we go over there and get a curry and some popcorn. The last one I saw was Batman with Christian Bale. It’s the story of when he first becomes Batman (Batman Begins). That was fantastic.
My favourite film of all time is Monte Carlo Or Bust. And I like those old Ealing comedies as well. I’ve got loads of those on tape.
I don’t keep fit. I’m not fit. I don’t like the smell of gyms. I burn my calories up on the stage.
I do smoke. I’m trying to roll myself a fag as we speak but I can’t do it one-handed.
I really like Dan Brown’s books. I actually bought the hardback of his new one because I couldn’t wait for the paperback to come out. I’m waiting for a longish plane flight so I can read it. I haven’t started it yet.
The best book I’ve read in years is Dan Brown’s Deception Point.
I also read Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle. I know them off by heart. One of the guys on Mastermind had his specialised subject as the works of Conan Doyle. And I got all the questions right.
But when it came to the general knowledge round I was boggered.

Joe Brown plays the Royal Concert Hall on Tuesday January 28, 7.30pm. Tickets are £17.50-£21.50 on 0115 989 5555.

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