Paddy Nash is a local musician and will be releasing his third album with his band The Happy Enchiladas this summer.
How would you describe yourself?
As a portly, clumsy, oaf who laughs a lot and cries occasionally. Or as Diane puts it ‘A Big Wein’
Happiest childhood memory?
Scooting about Creggan and beyond in my Space Blue Raleigh Tomahawk. We use to ride our bikes up Springhill (agony) and freewheel down Todds Hill (Bliss) into Glenowen, then across the bridge back to Creggan.
What was your first job?
When I was about 13 I got a job selling Spuds and Eggs around the doors. I got paid £1.50 on a Saturday and spent it on Midget Gems.
The Henry Smart Trilogy by Roddy Doyle. Greatest Fictional character ever created. I wish someone would make them into films.
The Big Lebowski for all round genius and Young Guns for nostalgia.
Favourite television programme?
Auf Wiedersehen Pet. Funny, moving and political with great characters.
Keep Er Lit.
Favourite method of relaxation?
Favourite holiday destination?
Has to be Italy. Myself and Diane backpacked around it a few years ago and every town was like a different country. We fell in love with the people, the food and the wine. And the food. Did I mention the food?
Who would you most like to meet?
My automatic response is Bruce Springsteen but not in a crazed stalker fan kind of way. He’d have to want to meet me too. We’d share a few beers and discuss Bob Dylan. Then we’d have a wee jam. But knowing him after a few weeks he’d stop taking my calls and I’d have to follow him. I’d become obsessed thinking he didn’t love me anymore. Where did it all go wrong Boss? I’d cry. I Hate you Bruce! Can I change my mind? I’d like to meet Joe Nelis. He owes me a fiver.
What makes you angry?
Peeling a bad spud is top of a very long list.
What makes you happy?
Downtime at home. Me and the missus footering about seeing to the hens. Sitting in the garden with the guitar and then cooking a nice meal before we settle down to a good gangster movie and few beers. Then switching on the football when she dozes off.
What human quality do you most admire?
Tolerance is, in my opinion the greatest human quality there is. It means so much to have yet takes so little to acquire.
What human quality do you least admire?
Superiority. Anyone who looks down their nose at anyone else, or who are of the opinion that they’re better than the rest of us. This nasty trait is rife in the Tory Party and some of our own (so called) politicians.
What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
Myself and Diane were staying in a small B&B in Sligo owned by a lovely little old lady called Mary. The room wasn’t en suite so in the middle of the night I had to pee and dashed across the hall in my birthday suit only to bump into the bold Mary wearing only her all in one Playtex corset. I covered up as best I could and muttered an apology. She just laughed and said ‘Aren’t you the boy’ before slapping me on the behind. First and last time I ever refused sausages at the breakfast table.
What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?
When people close to you die it doesn’t get any worse than that.
What is your greatest fear?
Falling into a wasps nest, getting chased by a wasp, getting stung by a wasp, accidentally eating a wasp, turning into a wasp. In short, Wasps.
What is your most treasured possession?
A ring my mother gave me after she died. She had arranged it with my sister. I lost it one time and didn’t sleep for two weeks. Now I keep it in a safe place and only take it out now and again.
If you won the lotto what would you do with it?
Pay off the mortgage, go on a holiday, build a recording studio and give the rest away.
If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?
Life’s too short to worry, Life’s too long to hate.