Objects of Desire with Dave Fanning
Published 23/06/2016 | 02:30
The chatty 2fm DJ tells Andrea Smith about his favourite purchases
I'm not a great person for going out, but my favourite place for eating out is Café du Journal in Monkstown. I go there quite a lot, either by myself or with the family, and I like to have their 'Breakfast Salad', which is served with crispy bacon, avocado, black pudding, a poached egg and French dressing (€9.50) and a latté (€2.90).
I got a new Renault Kadjar (from €25,190, Renault.ie) this year and I'm really enjoying it. It has sat nav, although I still prefer to roll down the window and ask directions. The boys are driving my old car, and they're hoping I won't sell it.
I'm obsessed with football, although I don't support any particular team, apart from UCD at home, as I can get behind any of them. We have a 46 inch LG TV, and the dream would be one of those 55 inch LG Oled Curved TVs (€2,799, Currys.ie). I'm glued to the Euros at the moment, and they would look much better on that than on mine.
I love the book 1971 - Never a Dull Moment by David Hepworth (€14.99, Easons.com). He says the best year for music was 1971 and he's an arrogant b***ard about it too, but he makes a very good argument. I love that he places the facts and details into the socio-economic history of the time. Everyone of a certain age defends the year they think was great, but he has edited everything from Smash Hits magazine to Q so he knows what he's talking about.
I'd say I've watched more box sets than anyone in history. Loads of them are terrible, but the best is the English version of The Office (€14.99, HMV.ie). The first time I saw it, I genuinely thought it was a documentary. It's not laugh out loud comedy - it's 'embarrassment' comedy - the 'I'm going to get behind the couch now if he does what I think he's going to do' type of comedy.
I've had about 10 phones and was never really into them, but I really like my Samsung Galaxy S7 (€349-€549, Billpay, Meteor.ie). I'm learning to do things like using voice recognition, and I'm really enjoying having a phone for the first time in my life.
I love going on holidays with my wife Ursula and kids Jack (23) Robert (21) and Hayley (13). We went to Paris in December to see U2 in the AccorHotels Arena (Dublin tickets €30-€185). We spent five hours in the Louvre on another occasion (adults €15, children free). It sounds like the most ridiculous 'Waltons' cliché, but we just enjoy the time together as it happens less often than you'd think, especially now the kids are getting older. You blink and they're grown up and gone and I hate it.
How to get Dave's favourite things on a smaller budget
Our Dave loves his footie, and there's no better way to bring the beautiful game to life than on a big ole curved TV. This Sony KD55S8005C 55 inch 4K Ultra HD Smart Curved TV (€1,299 sale, Argos.ie) will show all of Euro 2016's brave battles on foreign fields in glorious technicolour.
Dave rightly believes that there is nothing like a family holiday (unless you all end up killing one another, of course!) This fabulous three-night city break in beautiful Prague includes a walking tour that will keep everyone entertained (from €329pp, TravelDepartment.ie).
He'd prefer to gnaw off his arm than use his sat nav, but we bet music aficionado Dave is a big fan of great sound in his car while cruising to RTÉ for his weekend shows (2fm, 9-11am). This Pioneer DEH-X8700DAB car stereo (€219, Halfords.ie) will give him control over his beloved smartphone for music playback.
Fans will love U2 Experience by Brian Boyd (€47.40, Easons.com) which comes with posters and items of memorabilia. Dave could probably have written it himself, as the thing is, as his catchphrase goes, there isn't much he doesn't know about U2.
Dave Fanning presents Movie Classics with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Arnold, NCH, Friday July 1, 8pm. www.rte.ie/nso