FAVOURITE THINGS

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In the lead-up to one of the coun­try’s most closely-fought elec­tions, Sky News Can­berra po­lit­i­cal re­porter Laura Jayes is ready to bring view­ers all the big sto­ries. TV Guide sat down with the jour­nal­ist to find out about her favourite things away from chas­ing pol­lies. EN­TER­TAIN­MENT Movie: As a kid I was ob­sessed with La Bamba, but I cried so much when Ritchie Valens died my mum banned me from watch­ing it. In my older years, Snatch. Just too many good one-lin­ers. Book: The Power Of One by Bryce Courte­nay. The re­la­tion­ship be­tween Peekay and Giel Peet re­stores your faith in hu­man na­ture. Even if it is fic­tion. TV show: Game Of Thrones. I’m still get­ting over Ned Stark, and House Of Cards. I see a lot of Fran­cis in the politi­cians I meet day-to-day. Band or singer: Van Mor­ri­son, sen­ti­men­tal favourite, and Paolo Nu­tini. Nu­tini has a voice like no other. Al­bum: Bon Iver’s self-ti­tled al­bum. I saw them live in Paris this year. Words don’t ex­plain. Karaoke song: I have never done karaoke in my life. Never will. It’s a so­cial fear. LIFE­STYLE Hol­i­day spot: Thredbo. My fam­ily have been go­ing there since I was a kid. The snow is not that great but I am never both­ered by it. I love the vil­lage, the at­mos­phere, the vibe and the peo­ple. It feels like home. Thing to do on the week­end: Run­ning – it keeps me sane. Place to go to re­lax: Home to Mum and Dad’s house. Hobby: In­ter­net shop­ping. I need help. Sport to fol­low or play: Snow ski­ing. I was an in­struc­tor in my for­mer life. Din­ner con­ver­sa­tion top­ics: Pol­i­tics is unavoid­able and I love it, travel sto­ries and any story that gets bet­ter with more wine. HOME Room in your house: I live with three boys, there is no favourite room. Art piece: An ab­stract can­vas of a naked lady my sis­ter bought me from Cuba and a glass carv­ing my grandma brought back from the Inca Trail. Item you can’t live with­out: Con­cealer – for those long days un­der bright lights. Lux­ury prod­uct: Calf skin leather pants. I live in th­ese for work and week­ends. Al­though they have raised a few eye­brows at Par­lia­ment from time to time. FOOD Meal of all time: Burger with the lot. Dish to cook: Lamb shank pasta or spinach and ri­cotta gnocci are old favourites. Fam­ily recipe: Mum’s car­rot cake (the se­cret in­gre­di­ent is crushed pineap­ple) with cream cheese frost­ing. In­gre­di­ent: Chilli. It fixes any dish that didn’t quite work out the way you wanted it to. Guilty plea­sure: Rice pud­ding. My grandma, Patty, was the mas­ter. Bar: Pub­lic Manuka’s Pub in Can­berra. Wed­nes­day night dur­ing a Par­lia­men­tary sit­ting week you wit­ness all man­ner of things from jour­nal­ists and politi­cians alike. Restau­rant: Res­tau­rante Aste­lena in San Se­bas­tian in Spain. I have never so em­phat­i­cally rec­om­mended any eatery in my life. Bite-sized steaks with mini quail eggs, chorizo skew­ers. We went back three nights in a row. Cafe´: HAM Cafe and Deli in Cronulla. Old favourite. Love the fa­mil­iar­ity of the Ital­ian boys that run it. STYLE Style icon: Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe. I love her glamorous curves. She’s just sexy. Fash­ion de­signer: Alexan­der McQueen. Al­most com­pletely un­af­ford­able but if I were rich my wardrobe would be full of it. Piece of cloth­ing: Black lace dress, it’s ver­sa­tile, very fem­i­nine and clas­sic. Shop: Wheels & Doll­baby. It chan­nels that ’50s glam­our – my favourite decade of fash­ion. Artist: An­nie Lei­bovitz. She’s an in­cred­i­ble pho­tog­ra­pher of her time, doc­u­ment­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble mo­ments of the most fa­mous.

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