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take 10 Steven Rainey ; The 32-year-old presents the new music series Revolutions Per Minute on BBC Radio Ulster, where he invites listeners and guests to have their say on classic albums. Steven is originally from Antrim and now lives in Belfast with his girlfriend Zoe

June 15, 2013


1. What's your earliest memory? I''ve always loved the Ards peninsula, and can still vividly recall the sunlight dancing upon the water in those glorious summers that never seemed to end. Considering how short the summer seems to be these days, I think I lived a lifetime in those early days!

2. Who is the most important person in your life? It''s a cliche, but it''s true -- I'-- I've always valued the support and love from my family, and I wouldn't be able to do anything without my girlfriend! She''s the brains behind this operation really.

3. Shock us! Tell us something very surprising about yourself ...

As well as listening to and writing about music, I also love playing music. I can play a selection of instruments, and I''m currently trying to get to grips with the lap steel guitar. My one is shaped like a surfboard, and it goes well with the impressive collection of Hawaiian shirts I''ve built up over the last few years.

4. What's your greatest fear? I''ve always hated being alone. I love spending time on my own, busying myself with reading or making music or writing, but I hate that feeling of being truly alone.

5. What makes you most happy? I''ve recently discovered how much I love Arizona, and while standing on the Phoenix city limits, with the Sonoran desert spread out before me, I found myself thinking, 'This is paradise ...!' 6. And your biggest regret? I''m not a big one for regrets, because even the things that hurt helped make me who I am today. Although, I do recall having the chance to meet Leonard Nimoy at a book signing in Belfast, but not being able to get out of school, and that one still pains me!

7. How do you chill out? I love to take my Harley Davidson out for a ride to a mountain-top, and then whipping out my axe to play a gnarly guitar solo. Only kidding, I love nothing more than a great book, some loud rock music, and a bit of sunlight! As well as that, I''ve recently been trying to write a novel, and have found that it is one of the most relaxing things I''ve ever done. I just love being able to sit down and tear into it, making up characters and stories, and finding out how they react to the scenarios I create.

8. What's the most important lesson you've learned in life? Not to fear ageing. I turned 30 two years ago, and have found myself enjoying my 30s far more than my 20s! If only I could have told my younger self how much he''d enjoy being a grownup!

9. The book that means the most to you -- and why? I grew up reading comics, and I still devour as many of them as I can get my hands on. But rather than superheroes, I love stories like Maus by Art Spiegleman, which depicts his father''s survival of the Holocaust. The story is told with the Jews being drawn as mice, while the Nazis are cats, and it''s one of the most powerful and moving books I''ve ever read. I think everyone should read this book.

10. If you could change one thing ... what would it be? Not to take so long about things. There have been things I''ve always wanted to do, like writing a novel, or travelling to America, that I took a very long time to get round to. Looking back, I have no idea why I waited so long! Thinking about things is one thing, but doing is the most important thing in the world.

Revolutions Per Minute starts on BBC Radio Ulster today at 2pm and runs for eight weeks. To contact the programme to have your say on classic albums text 81771 or call 08459 555678

'' I regret I didn't meet Leonard Nimoy

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