Q&A with TV weath­er­man To­masz Schafer­naker

TV weath­er­man To­masz Schafer­naker on spec­tac­u­lar storms and swim­ming with sharks

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Guilty plea­sure? Watch­ing Net­flix, from House of Cards at one end of the spec­trum to RuPaul’s Drag Race at the other. Where is home? I’ve lived most of my life in Lon­don and have a house in Eal­ing, although I was born in Gdansk, Poland. Ca­reer plan B? I’m a keen artist, which is some­thing I’m try­ing to de­velop. I am cur­rently writ­ing and il­lus­trat­ing a chil­dren’s book. Who would play you in a movie of your life? Der­mot O’Leary, be­cause peo­ple al­ways think I look like him. Big­gest bug­bear? Lit­ter­ing. As a child you wanted to be… A shark sci­en­tist – I’m ab­so­lutely ob­sessed with sharks. Ear­li­est mem­ory? My first day at school in Ful­ham when I was four. Se­cret to a happy re­la­tion­ship? I’ve ab­so­lutely no idea be­cause I’m not in one. Your best qual­ity? Cre­ativ­ity. I can con­jure up things from al­most noth­ing. And your worst? Im­pa­tience. Ev­ery­thing’s got to be ‘right now’ and some­times that can be an­noy­ing. Last meal on earth? Some­thing in­volv­ing chips and av­o­cado, my two favourite things, plus cham­pagne. Dream din­ner-party guests? C-3PO, Mrs Doubt­fire, Barack Obama and Al­bert Ein­stein. Ad­vice to teenage self? You know best. Peo­ple used to tell me not to study me­te­o­rol­ogy as I’d never get a job, but I knew at 15 it was what I wanted to do. Cat or dog? I would like a dog, but work­ing shifts makes it im­pos­si­ble. When I lived in Poland I had a bas­set hound who was very stub­born but good fun. What do you see when you look in the mir­ror? As I have to get up at 3.30am, I’m too sleepy to see any­thing. On a day off we’d find you… In the gym and the park. Starstruck mo­ment? I don’t think I’ve ever been starstruck or had a celebrity crush. Ca­reer high­light? Be­ing the youngest-ever male BBC weather pre­sen­ter in 2001 when I was 22. Favourite weather? Apart from sun­shine, I like spec­tac­u­lar storms that make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Favourite tip­ple? Vodka, soda and fresh lime. Hang­over cure? Pre­ven­tion is better than a cure, which in my case means stick­ing to vodka and avoid­ing wine. Top of your bucket list? I’m hop­ing to go div­ing with great white sharks this au­tumn off the coast of South Africa. One thing that would make your life better? A more reg­u­lar sleep pat­tern. Do­ing dif­fer­ent shifts is like be­ing jet-lagged all the time. Phi­los­o­phy? Fol­low your dreams and your gut feel­ing. Last film that made you cry? I cried with laugh­ter at Sausage Party. Where would you time travel to? The fu­ture, to see if we have over­come our dif­fer­ences and are liv­ing in some fan­tas­tic, high-tech utopia. First record you bought? The theme song to Frag­gle Rock. Most ex­trav­a­gant pur­chase? A gold leather pouffe from Har­rods. It didn’t go with any­thing when I got it and still doesn’t – I have no idea why I bought it. Big­gest fear? I hate spi­ders. Hap­pi­ness is… For me it’s about be­ing at peace with your­self.

n To­masz was re­cently voted the UK’s favourite fore­caster in a Ra­dio Times poll

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