FAVOURITE THINGS

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Former Queens­land en­ter­tain­ment jour­nal­ist Adam Zwar has turned into a TV pro­duc­ing ex­traor­di­naire. His fourth se­ries in re­cent years is The Agony of Life which airs on ABC1 on Wed­nes­days at 9pm. EN­TER­TAIN­MENT Movie: With­nail & I be­cause it’s a movie that was un­in­ten­tion­ally made about me. Book: Fall­ing To­wards Eng­land by Clive James. TV show: The Good Wife. I’d love to be in that show, hold­ing a clip­board and look­ing of­fi­cious. Band or singer: Leonard Co­hen. Al­bum: Back To Black by Amy Wine­house. I’m just one of the mil­lions who miss her dread­fully. Karaoke song: Don’t en­cour­age me. But if I had a choice, it’d be Si­na­tra. Gad­get: Ap­ple TV. LIFE­STYLE Hol­i­day spot: Cape Town, South Africa. Went there re­cently and checked out Man­dela’s cell, went on sa­fari, hiked up Ta­ble Moun­tain and the first per­son we saw at the top was Ita But­trose. Thing to do on the week­end: Work. There’s stuff to be done. Place to go to re­lax: I don’t re­lax. Hobby: I’ve tried to find a hobby, but noth­ing jumped out. You can’t call golf a hobby. It’s an ob­ses­sion. Sport to fol­low or play: AFL and the mighty Carl­ton Blues. Din­ner con­ver­sa­tion topics: I’ll tell you what I don’t like to talk about – real es­tate. HOME Room in your house: My of­fice. If a cat is sit­ting on the couch next to me, I write bet­ter. Place to hide from ev­ery­one: In plain sight. It’s the best pol­icy. Art piece: Fred­er­ick McCub­bin’s The Pioneer (pic­tured). Heart­break­ing in­sight into early Aus­tralia. Item you can’t live with­out: Ket­tle. I’m a tea fa­natic. Lux­ury prod­uct: A Ge­org Jensen watch my wife gave me. FOOD Meal of all time: Salmon carpac­cio by Tony Sassi at Sassi’s Port Dou­glas. Dish to cook: I make a good spaghetti car­bonara. Fam­ily recipe: My mum, Del­phine, was a ge­nius cook and food writer. I’d be mad to at­tempt any recipe of hers. In­gre­di­ent: Basil makes most things bet­ter. Guilty plea­sure: I’m at my hap­pi­est when an un­eaten piece of choco­late cake is sit­ting be­fore me. Restau­rant: Sassi’s in Port Dou­glas. Sassi cooks, sings, bar­racks for Carl­ton. I love that man. Cafe: Zappa in Bank St, South Mel­bourne. Por­traits of Frank Zappa stare down on you as you tuck into some really good pasta cooked by the owner’s mum. STYLE Style icon: Si­na­tra. He said, ‘‘A halfinch of a man’s shirt cuffs should pro­trude from his jacket sleeve, trousers should fall slightly above the shoe, black is the only ap­pro­pri­ate colour to wear af­ter dark, vests are bet­ter than cum­mer­bunds, and you shouldn’t for­get to shine your shoes.’’ Fash­ion de­signer: Jack Lon­don suits suit me. Piece of cloth­ing: My Carl­ton scarf. It’s not bla­tant at all. Only the true be­liev­ers can pick it. Shop: The in­ter­net. Shop as­sis­tants scare me. Artist: Cal­lum Mor­ton. Cal­lum re­works and recre­ates mod­ernist ar­chi­tec­ture and in­vests it with strong nar­ra­tives. But best of all, his work is funny and he’s funny in real life too.

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