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Nicholas Atkins - scenestr of the day

Published in SOD  
What do you do?
I'm a music journalist.

Why do you do it?
Because my friends got bored of me going on and on about music all the time and I needed an outlet.

What do you love about the city you live in?
I love Brisbane because it's like an adolescent: temperamental, occasionally passionate, and totally obsessed with itself.

Where did you go for your last holiday?
I went to Caloundra and sat motionless in the sun for four days. If you have to get up or move at all, then it's not a holiday.

What's your favourite item of clothing?
My denim shirt. I'm bringing back double-denim in a pretty big way. Street tests have produced mixed results.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
My favourite TV show was ‘The Clangers’. If you haven't seen it, it's a British kids show made in the ‘60s where these pink, little woolen creatures make mechanical machinery on their home planet while communicating in whistles and hanging around with the 'soup dragon'. Confused? It was the ‘60s, if you know what I mean. It just got recommissioned for a new series in the UK with Monty Python's Michael Palin narrating. As an English person that's the equivalent of finding out that Shane Warne is presenting the new series of ‘Totally Wild’; unreal mate.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
Probably back to the room where they came up with ‘The Clangers’.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us?
I would cook a curry with heaps of chillies in it.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
Don't touch any sensitive areas after chopping chillies. I had an incident the other day. Also being able to say sorry is a very useful tool. You don't have to mean it, you can cross your fingers, but it gets you off the hook big time.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...
I was born totally without a sense of direction. I get lost in my own flat.

Are you happy with your work/ life balance?
Very happy. Now I just need to work on the income/ life balance.

How do you define success?
If you make a positive impact on the lives of people you interact with on a day-to-day basis, no matter how small. That and being filthy, stinking rich.


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