FAVOURITE THINGS

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When the For­mula 1 Aus­tralian Grand Prix be­gins on Fri­day, former GP mo­tor­cy­cle cham­pion Daryl Beat­tie will be there to call the ac­tion for Chan­nel 10. TV Guide caught up with the Queens­land-born com­men­ta­tor to find out about his favourite things.

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Movie: When I think of movies I think of frozen Cokes. That’s why I go to the movies!

Book: I’ve only ever read a hand­ful of books in my life. Chick­en­hawk by Robert Ma­son would be my favourite.

TV show: I’m a huge Shaun Mi­callef fan and will watch any­thing he is in.

Band or singer: If I had to pick a favourite it would be U2.

Al­bum: I don’t have a favourite al­bum. I put my iPod on shuf­fle and lis­ten to an ar­ray of my al­bums.

Karaoke song: The only karaoke I have sung was when I lived in Ja­pan in the early ’90s rac­ing for Honda. I’m tone deaf and can’t sing but when the Ja­panese help you to sing Sail­ing by Rod Ste­wart and their English is not great, they think you’re great. Gad­get: My Garmin watch. LIFE­STYLE Hol­i­day spot: I have a few – Cape York, North­ern Ter­ri­tory, The Kim­ber­ley, and More­ton Is­land is like go­ing home. Thing to do on the week­end: When you work in mo­tor­sport at Ten your week­ends con­sist of For­mula One and Mo­toGP. Place to go to re­lax: A good moun­tain-bike ride around Manly Dam in NSW is the per­fect way to re­lax. Hobby: In the early ’90s I did my fixed wing and com­mer­cial heli­copter li­cense, so avi­a­tion and fly­ing. Sport to fol­low or play: I fol­low Euro­pean mo­tor­sport, Mo­toGP and For­mula One. I like AFL but ten­nis would be my favourite ball sport. Din­ner con­ver­sa­tion topics: Cook­ing is some­thing I en­joy so nor­mally din­ner starts out with, ‘‘Gee, that’s really nice’’, or I go through the rea­sons why I got it wrong. Then it’s red wine and how was your day. HOME Room in your house: I live in a onebed­room apart­ment (so) the bal­cony is the best room. Art piece: I’ve got some great Ja­panese swords that were given to me by Honda, a cou­ple of paint­ings by Pi­casso, but the one that means the most to me is a paint­ing on a can­vas by my son, Jor­dan. Lux­ury prod­uct: Bed­ding. I like my sheets washed ev­ery three days and some­thing with a high thread count. FOOD Meal of all time: Tuna sashimi or cooked tuna over a wood-fired bar­be­cue with mates in Cape York. Dish to cook: Viet­namese crab meat noo­dle soup. Fam­ily recipe: We prac­ti­cally had steak and ve­g­ies ev­ery night grow­ing up. In­gre­di­ent: Chill­ies, fish sauce, le­mon­grass, gar­lic and gin­ger. Guilty plea­sure: I love deep-fried ice cream. Bar: The best pub in a coun­try town. Restau­rant: It hap­pens to be coowned by my cousin, Mark Jensen – Red Lantern in Syd­ney. Cafe: Mor­eish Foods in Bal­go­wlah, Syd­ney. They make great cof­fee. STYLE Fash­ion de­signer: Ian Harold from Harold Boot Com­pany in Mel­bourne. Piece of cloth­ing: My Levis or Wran­gler jeans.

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