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Andy Tijou

Andy Tijou

Andy Tijou has been with Epsom Hospital Radio since June 2005.

Andy is the on the stations managment committee as the station's Cheif Engineer.

In 2015, Andy was appointed as an honoury life-time Vice President for his work building the stations new studios when Epsom Hospital Radio moved to Rowan House.

Questions and Answers: 

What's your favourite genre of music?

I'm a big fan of indie and rock, it's hard to choose a single favourite band, it would either be The Beatles, Muse or The Stone Roses. I also like most music from the eighties!

When you're not at Epsom Hospital Radio, what are you doing?

During the day and sometimes the night, I'm an engineer for the BBC W1 campus (Broadcasting House and Wogan House). I am also a keen photographer, and enjoy going for walks with my camera in one hand and my wife in the other!

If you had £1,000,000 to spend on yourself and no-one else what would you spend it on?

Going by house prices in Epsom, I'd say just about scrape together the 10% deposit for a one bed flat! I'd also like to buy a nice car that I fit in properly!

What is your ideal holiday destination?

The next few holidays I really want to go on are to Northern Norway in the winter to get loads of snow and the Northern Lights, as a keen photographer I'd love to snap them. Spain, Portugal and Italy are firm favourites of my wife and me, I think that Naples might be one of our destinations next summer. I'd also like to visit my brother in Sydney soon, not sure I could manage 24 hours on a small seat in a plane!

What is your favourite film?

I like either comedies or action movies, things like the Bourne Trilogy, Naked Gun, Aeroplane, In The Loop, Star Wars and the Bond movies, I'm also obliged to say that "Tomorrow Never Dies is the greatest movie ever made" it's not, it's good, but it's not, but it's become something of a catch phrase among me and a couple of my friends.

What is your favourite TV programme?

Does Netflix count? I really enjoyed Breaking Bad, and the spin off Call Saul, I do like my sitcoms though, my highlights there would be Yes Minister/Prime Minister, The Thick Of It, Father Ted, Alan Partridge and the IT Crowd.

Who is your favourite comedian?

I think Frankie Boyle, Jimmy Carr and Milton Jones are really funny.

Who is your favourite sports team/star?

AFC Wimbledon.

What is your favourite drink?

You can't beat a good cup of tea, I quite enjoy wine, Merlot or Burgundy specifically, Reisling for white. Also partial to the odd pint of Guinness.

What is your favourite food?

I love Italian food, I think I do one of the best tagliatelle bolognaises on the planet! Combined with my wife's béchamel sauce, we also do the best Lasagne

What inspires you?

The beauty of the planet and the people that we share it with, all pretty amazing really!

Middle name?

Stuart

Star sign?

Scorpio

Weird & wonderful talents?

I can take a brilliant joke and ruin it!

Most treasured belongings?

My camera, photos and my music collection.

Favourite smell?

Breakfast being cooked (preferably for me!)

What was the Number 1 single on the day you were born?

It's My Party - Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin.

What record drives you mad when you hear it?

Does the 'Go Compare' advert count? No? Well, I know she did it for charidy mate, but Sophie Ellis Bextor's cover of Rebellion (Lies) originally by the Arcade Fire. The original is up there with my favourite songs ever, but Sophie ruined it, slaughtered it, absolutely destroyed it beyond all comprehension. The first time I heard it, I cringed and every time subsequently I want to throw up it's that bad! Is that a little harsh? Nope, the webmaster says that’s fine!

What is your favourite album?

Very tough question, either Muse - Origin Of Symmetry, the eponymous Stone Roses album or Abbey Road by The Beatles.

Have you met anyone famous and if so, under what circumstances?

Loads and loads and loads, a part of my last job was to look after some little contribution studios in the BBC's Wogan House (or Western House as it was known then!) in Central London, all the celebs come in there to promote various books, DVDs, CDs and so on. Naming names, my personal highlights are Kylie Minogue, Sir Roger Moore, Sir Stirling Moss, Billy Ocean, and very briefly Paul McCartney, though his entourage got in the way of speaking to him, oh and Brian Johnson (AC/DC) who was chuffed that Chris Evans let him borrow a Ferrari he was thinking of buying a similar model of, hopefully one day Chris will let me drive his Ferraris too, though I'd probably have to get a job at Virgin Radio for that!

Who is your favourite radio presenter?

Mark Radcliffe.

Apart from your current partner, who would be your ideal dinner date and why?

Really tough one, easier to answer who I wouldn’t like to invite around for dinner: Chef Nigel Slater. Every week on his show he seems to walk into a shop and end up going home with one of the staff to cook them dinner. Now, luckily for him, and them, they always seem to have some interesting ingredients in their kitchens, I think he’d be rather disappointed when he rifles through my cupboards to find no peppers, no asparagus, no quails eggs or anything else these peoples' houses he goes back to just so happen to have! Also, I quite like eating whilst sat down, which seems to have been outlawed by Slater, so he’s off my list.

I suppose I’d go for a meal with the future Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, it would probably be quite funny! (This answer will also show how good I am at predicting things!)

If you were marooned on a desert island, what would be the items you'd need most?

My digital SLR camera, a digital photo frame, and some magic solar powered power source to charge the batteries for the camera and run the photo frame. Might as well have an MP3 player in there too!