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Body and soul: Konnie Huq TV Presenter

My parents were . . . kind of quirky. They came from Bangladesh and moved to England in the 1960s. When my mum used to collect me from school she wore a sari and I used to think 'I'm a bit different from the other kids'. My dad was an actuary but he also had a restaurant, which he named after my mum, which was cute. He bought the restaurant on a whim when they were driving past it.

The house I grew up in . . . was a 1930s semi-detached house on a corner plot, which was great because it had a massive garden. It was in a suburb of London and on our block we had a little gang that would go around collecting blackberries on our bikes.

When I was a child I wanted to be . . . an astronaut, I thought I could be the first woman in space. Then I wanted to be an engineer. But I'm one of these people who gets ideas and then gets bored with them.

If I could change one thing about myself I would . . . be more patient. I get very impatient, especially in traffic!

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at . . . doing a Liverpudlian accent -- I watched so much Brookside when I was younger.

You may not know it but I'm no good at . . . sport. People think I'm really good at sport because I was on Blue Peter. But I'm really unfit to the point that if I have a big meal and climb up a flight of stairs, it's not unusual for me to get a stitch.

At night I dream of . . . I don't dream very often so when I do dream, I always think there is some hidden meaning in it.

When I look in the mirror I see . . . big hair and a small face. My hair has got longer than I ever had it before.

My favourite item of clothing . . . used to be this really soft cashmere, pink, crossover jumper. It was so soft and the cut was so nice. But one day, filming with Blue Peter, someone spilt orange juice on it. They promised they would get me a new one but I never saw it.

I wish I'd never worn . . . a dress borrowed from a friend to go to a leaving do for one of the girls from Loose Women. I didn't realise but when I walked the lining rode up and you could see the tiniest hint of my pants. There were loads of photographers there, so it was all over the papers the next day.

I drive . . . a Honda Jazz, which is a great car and Jeremy Clarkson's wife drives one too!

My house is . . . a shell as I'm doing a massive refurbishment on a grade-two listed building, which means I have to put everything through English Heritage for approval.

A book that changed me . . . I read Cormac Murphy's The Road and it was so bleak. It makes you think that there is some point when plants aren't sustained and that's going to be the end and we'll be living off packaged foods until that runs out.

My real-life villain is . . . rolling news on TV. I think it's got ridiculous, it's almost a parody of itself. The news is making the news.

The person who really makes me laugh is . . . Charlie Brooker. His programmes, Screen Wipe and News Wipe, are on BBC and he really makes me laugh.

My five-year plan is . . . I don't tend to plan too much. It's good to have goals and ambitions but you'll just beat yourself up if you don't achieve them.

My life philosophy is . . . enjoy everything while it lasts because when it's gone it's gone. We stress over so many trivial things and it's silly.

Konnie Huq was in Dublin to mark the return of Fairy's 50th anniversary iconic bottle