Shopping: If I Win The Lottery Tonight...
Saturday 12 September 1998
I'd first head off to my sister-in-law's sister's brother-in-law - a wonderful tailor based in Dulwich - and order a dozen suits: some nice linen ones, a couple in loud tartan for very occasional use. I've always liked the idea of something nice in tweed, as well. Then I'd start organising my celebratory party with the Divine Comedy, Ute Lemper and the Kronos Quartet to entertain. It would be nice to get some lovely presents for friends: one who needs a car would get a sporty Mercedes; I'd buy a painting by Henry Scott Tuke for another who is a great collector.
Long-term what I would like to do is become a grand patron of the arts, putting on music and theatre and commissioning new works. I'd hire Gennadiy Rozhdestvensky to conduct a revival of one of my favourite Russian pieces, Shostakovich's Cheremushki, a great social satire, and I'd like to stage a production of Lennox Berkeley's opera Nelson to mark the 10th anniversary of the composer's death next year. It would be good to get theatre and opera to remote places - such as Cornwall, where I come from.
I'd also like to run a night-club - quite small, with lots of tables and easy chairs, beautiful bar staff and great food. There would be a stage where we'd get DJs and hip bands making music with classical players; there would be poetry and music as well, and it would be soon become achingly cool.
I love broadcasting, and would like to carry on doing On Air. I always need to be working, so the idea of a life of leisure doesn't appeal.
Holidays would be with friends. I'm desperate to go to India and Cuba; a month at the beautiful Boathouse hotel on Phuket in Thailand would be wonderful.
I live in Camden which I adore, so would stay there - although a house in my street would be nice. I'd also buy a tiny cottage by a loch.
I'm an erratic lottery player anyway, but I would carry on; my all-time favourite (number is seven, followed by my birthday, 27, and, for some reason, 44.
Petroc Trelawny is presenter of `On Air', BBC Radio 3's breakfast show
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