BBC Online has just provided a further preview of David Cameron’s Desert Island Discs interview (due for broadcast at 11.15am tomorrow morning after the Archers omnibus (Where is Edward by the way? Poor, poor Clarrie.)).
Mr Cameron tells Sue Lawley that he may have been approached by the KGB whilst he was on a gap year between Eton and university. This is how the BBC tells the story:
"[David Cameron] met a friend in Moscow and went to Yalta on the Black Sea coast, where two Russians speaking "perfect English" had turned up on a beach mostly used by foreigners. "They took us out to dinner and interrogated us in a friendly way about life in England and what we thought and politics," he said. "We were obviously very careful and guarded in what we said but later when I got to university my politics tutor said that was definitely an attempt.""
We already knew about Mr Cameron’s liking for Ernie The Fastest Milkman In The West. Other music choices are:
- Tangled Up In Blue – Bob Dylan
- This Charming Man – The Smiths
- On Wings of Song – Mendelssohn
- Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
- Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
- Perfect Circle – REM
- All These Things I’ve Done – The Killers
Mr Cameron also talks about his severely disabled son, Ivan:
"Mr Cameron also spoke of the shock in finding out about his son Ivan’s disability. He said the news hit "almost like mourning the loss of something, because you are mourning the gap between your expectation and what has happened," he said.""
Margaret Thatcher will be delighted with the Tory leader’s choice of luxury: a crate of whisky. If he’d chosen vodka we would have had to start worrying about that KGB contact.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Cookbook is Mr Cameron’s mouth-watering choice of book. As Amazon.co.uk points out, the book is much more than it seems from the title:
"Although it calls itself a cookbook and does contain a large number of fine recipes, the book’s scope is much broader. Really, this is more like one of those "Enquire Within on Everything" volumes 19th-century settlers used to take to the outback with them, full of instructions for mixing whitewash, worming dogs and making a bag pudding. Starting with vegetables, proceeding to livestock and fish (River Cottage does indeed have a river and is only five miles from the sea) and concluding with the wild food, floral and faunal, of the hedgerow, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall explains how he grows, gathers, kills and cooks his own food."