FirstWord Greg McHugh

Currently appearing in the second series of Gary: Tank Commander, comedian Greg McHugh reveals a bit of a pizza habit in our Q&A

First record you ever bought The Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack, aged 8. I hadn’t even seen the film. That was when I had someone creeping up behind me and whispering ‘cheesy pasta’ then walking away.

First film you saw that really moved you Philadelphia. Last lie you told That all the food on holiday was made of chopsticks.

First movie you ever went on a date to Backbeat. Last time you cried Watching X Factor auditions when hungover, every time.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work Cinema.

Last great meal you cooked Sea bass fillets with caper and tomato sauce. Last extravagant purchase you made A Mulberry document holder.

First crush Nicola Brooks in primary three. Last book you read The Collector, by John Fowles.

First great piece of advice you were given Don’t go to drama school at 17 Jack Cardiff. Last time you were star struck Meeting Armando Ianucci at the Scottish BAFTAs in 2008.

First thing you’d do if you ran the country Free travel to all those under 60. Last meal on earth what would it be South Indian garlic chilli chicken from Koolba restaurant in Glasgow.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie. Last time you exploited your position to get something Last year I was given a takeaway pizza that was about to be delivered to someone else. The guy working there liked the show, so I got that pizza without having to wait. Showbiz.

Last time someone criticised your work . . . I punched them in the face.

First time you realised you were famous First three words your friends would use to describe you Funny, impatient, moody.

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it A Mulberry document holder. First concert you ever attended Oasis at Ingliston in 1996.

Dominos Pizza. Last thing you think of before you go to sleep Did I put on The Monster Lock. (So that monsters can’t get in the flat obviously).

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning Gary: Tank Commander, BBC1 Scotland, Mon 10 & 17 Jan, 10.35pm.

WeLike The things making our world just that little bit better

As a new year shuffles into view, still slightly fuzzy-headed after Hogmanay, The List wonders what trends it will bring. Will 2011 see ballet mania, with a Black Swan inspired surge in tight chignons and pale pink

tights? Or perhaps a renewed Strokes obsession, when the new album drops? We hope we’ll have better things to talk about than in 2010 Twitter noted the most Tweeted topics were Justin Bieber and the Gulf oil spill.

As for our language, fingers crossed we’ll lighten up. Online dictionary noted our most searched for words in 2010 were ‘austerity’, ‘pragmatic’, and er, ‘moratorium’.

We like The Washington Post’s annual call for subtly tweaked words which threw up such gems as ‘Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it’,

and ‘Cashtration: The act of

buying a house, which renders one financially impotent for

an indefinite period of time’. Not unlike the month of December, really.

This fortnight on

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