FirstWord Kele Okereke
The sometime-frontman of Bloc Party has been doing alright off the back of solo album The Boxer. Just don’t criticise his guitar-playing . . .
First record you ever bought Elastica: Elastica. Take photos to remind yourself how good life can be.
First film you saw that really moved you The Sound of Music. Last time you were star struck I walked passed Missy Elliott in a hallway last week and I literally gagged.
Last lie you told I told a journalist that Bloc Party split up because I wanted to work with the guy that produced AQUA’s ‘Barbie Girl’. Last time you cried Yesterday, I watched a documentary about people living with disabilities and the abuse that they face. It was a total awakening.
First thing you do when you’ve got time off work Catch up on all the trash TV that I’ve recorded. Last great meal you cooked I cooked a chicken curry last night; it was great.
Last extravagant purchase you made I bought a £300 pair of trainers a few months ago, I felt really bad about it as I really don’t need any more trainers.
Last book you read I just finished a collection of stories by Raymond Carver called Cathedral. First great piece of advice you were given
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First thing you’d do if you ran the country Bring back free milk in schools.
Last meal on earth – what would it be I’m really into roasts at the moment; I would like a roast beef dinner to send me off.
First song you’ll sing at karaoke ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Kate Bush. Last time you exploited your position to get something I do that all the time; it’s a perk of the job.
First time you realised you were famous When I got chased out of Bethnal Green tube station by a bunch of screaming school girls after ‘Banquet’ was released.
Last time someone criticised your work Yesterday the engineer in the studio told me that I could do a guitar take better. I told him he was fired.
Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it Those trainers I mentioned earlier. First concert you ever attended The Cranberries at Wembley arena with my mum and my best friend at the time. I was, like, 12, I think.
prettier in the ground.
First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning What do I have to do today? Last thing you think of before you go to sleep What do I have to do tomorrow?
First three words your friends would use to describe you Generous but driven. Last time you bought someone flowers I’ve never done it; I think plants are
■ Kele, The Arches, Glasgow, Tue 16 Nov.
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of Roger Sterling’s memoirs which some cynical publisher is bringing out just in time for Christmas.
If all these hyper-cultural cyber delights are leaving you woefully out of touch with your wholesome, childish side, may we suggest a bit of leaf pressing. There are some lovely leaves fluttering
Now, throw anything Mad Men-related at us, and we’ll probably like it. For example, take this inspired Mr Men rendering of the scandalously stylish TV series (http://ow.ly/31AZg), in which ‘Mr Sterling Gets Angry.’) We’d chose this any day over the actual book
down from our trees this time of year, and you can get hold of a snazzy press from online toy shop HoneyBee Toys for under a fiver.
It’ll be next year’s crochet, we promise.