My Secret Life Christian O'Connell, DJ

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Christian O’Connell was born in Winchester in 1973. Aradio DJ, he worked as a stand-up comedian before joining BBC Five Live and then Xfm where he won several Sony awards for broadcasting. He lives with his wife Sarah and their two children in south-west London. The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show is on Virgin Radio every weekday morning, 6-10am.

I drive/ride: a secondhand sports car; my previous drive was a P reg Golf. I agonised over this recent purchase for ages, and it's a lovely car to drive - and convertible - but people hate me driving it. And I don't like seeing people in convertibles. No one wants to let you out and everyone wants to cut you up. Even more birds crap on me now

If I have time to myself: I sleep or read. We have a two and half year old daughter, Ruby, and Lois, who is five months old, so this question is wasted on me!

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at: handbrake turns. I was recently trained in the art by the world leading stunt driver. I was filming for Fifth Gear and being trained as stunt driver. It's all in the quarter turn and aggressive hand-braking, handy in the Sainsburys car park at the weekend

You may not know it but I'm no good at: mowing the lawn, can never get the lovely straight-lines. I tend to start day dreaming and then it's all wonky

A book that changed me: was Dave Barry's Guide to Guys began a lifelong love of the funniest writer around. Always have one of his in the loo at home. That and the Confederacy of Dunces

Movie heaven is: Goodfellas, Arthur, Spinal Tap, Swingers, and anything with Will Ferrell

Comfort eating: involves burgers and one of those Gu choccie deserts with some red wine, please; or a Becks Vier/Gold. Or maybe a takeaway - curry of course - with my wife Sarah on the couch watching something good and NOT America's Next Top Model!

When I was a child I wanted to be: World Middleweight Champion of The World. I grew up a huge boxing fan and to this day Ali is a god to me

I wish I'd never worn: that red blazer when I was 17. I thought it was cool. I was a dick

All my money goes on: CDs and DVDs and books. And kids toys - I'm a sucker for "please daddy". Cuddly toys and Mattel things that on the box say Construction Time 20 minutes; maybe for the NASA boffins, but not me.

My favourite building is: my house. I'm a real home bird; wherever I am I'm always at the back of my mind thinking when I can head home. I'm sad, I know, but contented.

It's not fashionable but I like: a good slipper. My dog eats mine so I get through a fair few pairs a year. I'm yet to find the best. The search continues....

If I wasn't me I'd like to be: Jon Stewart, the host of a brilliant American show called "The Daily Show". A Genius!

The shop I can't walk past: is Borders: the books, the magazines, I can help it.

My favourite work of art: is my signed original hand-drawn picture of a monkey eating a banana by Tony Hart. It's priceless. He did it for me. I loved his shows when I was a kid.

The soundtrack to my life: is Tiny Dancer by Elton John. I played it a lot when I first became a dad. Like all good songs, it takes you somewhere and this is what it felt like being a dad. It also reminds me of a holiday on the beach a year later carrying my daughter round the beach and her laughing so much that she got hiccups.

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