Ni­cholas Par­sons

Host of BBC Ra­dio 4’s panel game show Just a Minute for the past 50 years, the 93-year-old pre­sen­ter was first voted Ra­dio Per­son­al­ity of the Year in 1967 for his satir­i­cal com­edy show Lis­ten to this Space. A holder of the OBE and CBE, he re­cently fronted

Country Life Every Week - - A Few Of My Favourite Things - Il­lus­tra­tions by Chris­tian David Moore

I have a great in­ter­est in clocks, hav­ing ac­quired a num­ber of old and bro­ken grand­fa­ther clocks, which, af­ter some in­struc­tion, I be­gan re­pair­ing. One of my favourites is a lan­tern clock from about 1640, which my fa­ther bought for a very mod­est sum when he was study­ing medicine at Cam­bridge. It had been in our home all through my child­hood, with a very large chime, but, in his later years, it fell into dis­re­pair. I couldn’t bear to see it not work­ing, so I took it away, cleaned it, got it go­ing again and it’s been keep­ing per­fect time ever since. It’s part of my child­hood, my life, and will, pre­sum­ably, be handed on to one of my chil­dren

Rhubarb or ap­ple crum­ble is cer­tainly one of my favourite dishes and, when I had a veg­etable gar­den, it was a joy that I sup­plied the in­gre­di­ents my­self. My wife, Ann, makes an ex­cel­lent crum­ble mix­ture, then I stew the fruit and add lit­tle ex­tras such as lemon and gin­ger. With vanilla ice cream, it’s one of my favourite ways to fin­ish a meal

I love gar­den­ing. I find it the most ther­a­peu­tic and re­lax­ing ac­tiv­ity and feel very sad that, with ad­vanc­ing years, what I can achieve in the gar­den on my own is lim­ited. In ev­ery gar­den I’ve owned, there have been

roses and they’re cer­tainly my favourite flower. The ones I have at present, I prune with love and in­fi­nite plea­sure when they come into bloom

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