10 questions with... Blur drummer Dave Rowntree

British band Blur (left to right) Graham Coxon, Alex James, Damon Albarn and Dave Rowntree. Picture:

British band Blur (left to right) Graham Coxon, Alex James, Damon Albarn and Dave Rowntree. Picture: Dominic Lipinski - Credit: PA

Each week we put a Norwich resident in the hot seat and ask them 10 questions about themselves. This week we spoke with Dave Rowntree, Norfolk resident and drummer with Blur.

1. Describe Norwich in three words...

Creative, vibrant, historic.

2. If you were stranded on a desert island with three people, who would you want them to be?

A little apprehensively, I'd have to have my three other band members. Apart from the fact that we could carry on playing music together, Alex could make us cheese, Graham could carve furniture from logs, I could build a radio to call Mayday, and Damon could boss us all around. Mind you, have you ever read 'Lord of the Flies'?

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3. If you could be anyone else, who would you be?

I've always loved space. I grew up reading science fiction a dreamed of living on the moon. I think I'd be Tim Peake - he's lived an extraordinary life as a test pilot and astronaut, and looking down at the Earth from the Space Station must change you forever.

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4. How would you spend a perfect weekend in Norwich?

Saturday morning I'm usually out knocking doors with the Labour Party, looking for problems we can help with. For lunch it's hard to beat the Timberhill Bakery, who do the best mozzarella toastie I've ever tasted. If it's the perfect Saturday I'll finally get around to seeing the Masters of Japanese Photography exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, and an early dinner at the Giggling Squid in Tombland. A perfect Sunday is about fresh air, and in winter I love to visit the seal pups at Blakeney Point.

5. Would you rather spend a night in front of the telly or a night out in the city?

I'm not sure what I used to do before Netflix, but nothing beats being at an early gig of a great new band, right at the start of their career.

6. What's your mantra in life?

'Manducare Frumentum Non Trito', which means 'Never Eat Shredded Wheat'. Because of my love for Shredded Wheat I don't apply it too strictly.

7.Which song defines your life?

I identify with T. Texas Tyler in his song 'Deck of Cards' where he talks about getting caught playing cards in church, and trying to argue his way out of punishment by listing how each card reminds him of an aspect of his Christian faith. It reminds me of my work as a criminal solicitor, and the hopeless arguments I've had to make on behalf of clients in the Magistrate's Court.

8. What's your biggest fear?

The reaction of the judge when, standing alone, in the full glare of the court, you make the hopeless argument.

9. What one thing could you never be without?

Depressing though it is to say it, it's my phone. I'm sure it's us that used to own them, but now they definitely own us.

10. What would you do if you won the lottery?

I'd probably get lynched if I kept the money - I expect I'd give it to charity. I help run an annual fundraising event called Star Boot Sale which raises money for Syrian refugees in the Middle East. The more we can improve conditions there, the less people feel they have to risk their lives crossing continents for safety, and the better placed they will be to return home when the war finally ends. That's probably what I'd do with the money, if I played the lottery, which I don't.

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