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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 12:28 am    Post subject: Justin Lee Collins Reply with quote

Justin Lee Collins's heaven and hell
The television presenter Justin Lee Collins on mosquito infestations, airport entertainment and spending his honeymoon on the slot machines.
Interview by Nick McGrath
23 Dec 2008

Which was your best holiday?
Itís a toss-up between my honeymoon and a childhood holiday to Disney World. My honeymoon, in 2003, was fantastic because I booked it as a surprise for my wife, Karen. We visited San Francisco, Maui and Oahu in Hawaii and came back through Las Vegas. My wife enjoyed it as much as I did, despite the fact that I blew several hundred dollars on the Vegas fruit-machines. The trip to Florida with my father, in 1984, when I was nine, was perhaps even more special because it was the first time Iíd been abroad. I can remember Disney World vividly and Iíll never forget how excited I was to go on the Big Thunder Mountain ride Ė although I did cry at the end of it, which wasnít very brave.

And the best hotel youíve stayed in?
I stayed in this great hotel on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, in 1997, called the Argyll. I think it has been renamed now but I loved it because it was the first time Iíd stayed in a suite. I just couldnít get over the fact that it had more than one room. The Marriott Outrigger Resort on Maui on my honeymoon was also incredible. We had an absolutely gorgeous ocean-front apartment.

What do you need for a perfect holiday?
Decent weather and my nearest and dearest. When I was younger it was all about sunshine and beach lazing, but I would rather laze around at home now. On holiday, I prefer something a bit more active Ė Iím not talking about climbing mountains or anything extreme Ė but I like exploring new cities and trying something that I wouldnít normally do at home.

What do you always take with you?
Iím a scientific packer and Iíll always take two T-shirts for every day Iíll be away as I canít be bothered with laundry. I take plenty of books, but Iím not a gadget guy, so thereís no laptop or iPod, although I do take an old Sony CD Walkman. I have two young boys now; every time I travel my little boy, Archie, puts something in my case to remind me of him Ė a plastic ice cream or pizza from his home kitchen or a Thomas the Tank Engine carriage.

Whatís your best piece of travel advice?
Your holiday starts the moment you put your bags into the car or cab on the way to the airport or station, so relax. And if you are flying, donít get to the airport four hours before your flight leaves. Youíve normally checked in and gone through security in 45 minutes, and who wants to spend two-and-a-half hours sitting in an airport?

Where do you want to go next?
My wife and I are planning a two- or three-day break to New York at Christmas, and family-wise weíll head back down to Cornwall. We love it down there, especially Watergate Bay, which is beautiful.

Which was your worst holiday?
Without doubt a trip in 2000 to Corfu with my wife, before we married, and our best friends. When we walked into our apartments, they were filthy and the walls and ceilings were covered in footprints. At first we thought Lionel Richie had been in reshooting his Dancing On The Ceiling video, but then we realised that the previous tenants had been killing mosquitoes with their shoes. The heat was intense, and the locals told us it was the areaís worst-ever mosquito infestation. We didnít have a decent nightís sleep for two weeks and we were all attacked by mosquitoes. It was miserable.

And the biggest packing mistake youíve made?
Iíve never made a gargantuan error like forgetting my whole case, but Iíve forgotten my trunks a few times and on that Corfu holiday I rued the fact that weíd forgotten to pack any insect repellent.

Which is the worst hotel youíve stayed in?
I was in Cologne doing a show called Bring Back The One Hit Wonders and had to track down Joe Dolce, who had a big hit in 1981 with ďShaddap You FaceĒ. I stayed in a hotel that hadnít been occupied since the 1970s. It had repulsive avocado-coloured bathroom suites and no heating, so I had to cover myself in the sheets from the twin single beds to stop myself freezing to death. When I met Joe Dolce the next day, he was staying in a beautiful boutique hotel called the Savoy and I thought, ďHe may have only had one hit 27 years ago, but he must have done OK from it as heís staying in a palace and Iím stuck in a hole.Ē

What do you avoid on holidays?
Tap water and dogs. I always make sure I stay on the bottled water and I avoid ice, too. And you donít want to get bitten by a dog on holiday. Unless youíve had the rabies shot.

What do you hate about holidays?
Iím getting increasingly fed up with airports, especially in America with the stricter security. I donít enjoy going through the whole process in a state of undress and then being fondled by a random official. Itís a total pain and I think some entertainment should be provided to relieve the queuing boredom. Clowns or celebrity impersonators would work well.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He stole my identity...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

he stole my favourite lump of cheese...
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he stole my favourite lump of cheese...

Now that would put me over the edge...

I've always been the long haired bearded fat slightly amusing Bristolian...

...now I'm just a JLC wannabe... grrr
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Justin Lee Collins to face trial over accusations of six-month harassment campaign against his ex-girlfriend
Collins denies allegations and pleads not guilty
Rebecca Seales
22nd December 2011

TV funnyman Justin Lee Collins has been accused of harassing his ex-girlfriend over a six-month period. Collins denies the alleged harassment and entered a plea of not guilty when he appeared at St Albans Magistrates' Court today. He will now face a jury trial over the allegations after asking to be tried at a Crown Court.

The shaggy-haired comedian, 37, is accused of causing Anna Larke 'fear of violence' when the pair dated between January and July this year. If convicted the presenter, who is currently appearing in West End show Rock of Ages, could face up to six months behind bars.

When asked if he wanted his case to be heard by magistrates or at a Crown Court, he politely replied, 'Crown Court please.' This means that a judge and jury will decide the outcome of the case. He will now attend a further pre-trial hearing at the magistrates' court on 17 February 2012, when he will be given a date to appear at a Crown Court.
Happier times: The comedian and then-girlfriend Anna Larke laze on the beach during a romantic holiday to Miami in February this year

The Bristolian comic arrived at court wearing jeans and trainers with a checked shirt and tie. He was not required to stand in the dock, and instead stood next to his solicitor during the brief hearing in Hertfordshire. Reading out the charge against him, chair of the magistrates' bench, Doreen Clapper, said: 'It is alleged that between January 2011 and July 2011 you caused Anna Larke to fear that violence would be used against her by your course of action which you knew or ought to have known would cause fear of violence to her on each occasion that you made threats of violence towards her.' Collins was released on bail and ordered not to contact Ms Larke or her relatives.

When the charges were initially bought against him, a spokeswoman for the star said: 'He is shocked and upset by the allegations. He is unable to comment on the circumstances and the events to which the charge relates because of the proceedings, but he is confident that he will prove his innocence.' Collins refused to comment as he left court.
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