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Ronnie O'Sullivan answering questions. I don't have any links to the sources now :(

How long have you lived in London? Since I was two. First in a tower block in Dalston, then in Ilford.

 

Where do you live and why? Chigwell. I live on my own, but I rarely go a day without seeing my mum. She lives a quarter of a mile away - it's about as far as I get from her. Any further, I start having nosebleeds.

 

If you could change one thing about your street, what would it be? I'd take the speed cameras and traffic lights out. I love cars - I've got a Mercedes 320SLK. I'd love to have a selection, like Prince Naseem Hamed. But I don't like to waste money.

 

Are you a member of any club? Ilford Snooker Centre, Headon Health Club and the nightclub Emporium, in Kingly Street, W1.

 

What was the last CD you bought? The new U2 album. The only band I've seen live are Oasis. For some reason, in Germany they think that I'm Liam. I've signed autographs as Liam over there.

Well, you don't wanna disappoint people, do you?

 

Do you have a local? The Crooked Billet, down my road. You get a good bit of grub in there. Or Jefferson's, in Buckhurst Hill.

 

Where would you most like to spend a 'lost weekend' in London? Ronnie Wood's club and spa The Harrington. He's a good friend. I met him through Jimmy White.

 

What's your earliest memory of London? Watching my dad boxing in the King's gym in Dalston. His dad and his uncles were pros. We were brought up to know how to fight.

 

What is the most beautiful London landmark? The Houses of Parliament.

 

And the ugliest? The Dome.

 

What's the last film you saw in London? Gladiator.

 

When and where did you last get drunk? Two weeks ago, at a 12th birthday party for The Arches club in Glasgow. Seb Fontaine was DJ-ing. The place was going mental. I don't really drink, but I think when you do, you might as well go large. We went on till 10am.

 

Where is the most intimidating place in London? The Old Bailey. I watched my dad get a life sentence there [for murder], and my mum go down for her VAT. It's not one of my favourite places. My dad's in Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey. He's done ten years, and it's another seven before he's up for parole. But I speak to him most days.

 

What don't you leave London without? My snooker cue. It's a one-piece. I've had it three years, and it took two years to find the right bit of wood to make it. It would cost 500 to buy. I had the last one for 14 years, but I wore it out.

 

What's the most embarrassing thing you've ever done? Falling over, ten-pin bowling in Leigh-on-Sea.

 

When did you last lose your temper? With my solicitor. It ended with me smashing the telephone up - and my hand, too.

 

Where did you last blow 2,000 and what was it on? I can do that on a night out. But I did buy a Prada leather jacket the other day. 

What's the first piece of advice you'd give a London tourist? Go and see Blood Brothers in the West End. It's a musical, been going for years now. I've seen it five times. 
(ага, ага, Blood Brothers, я же говорила, что это их саундтрек :)))
Tell me it's not true
Say I've only dreamed it
Morning will come soon
Tell me it's not true
Say you didn't mean it...)

 

If you were invisible for a day, where would you go in London and what would you do? I do what I want to do anyway.

 

Give us your best tip for overcoming depression? Keep busy. Don't do things you're not right with.

 

What's the most overrated thing in London? The club scene. The best places I've been to are in Scotland, Ireland and the North, where people go out to enjoy themselves. In London they just go out to look good.

 

Which shop could you not live without? Marks & Spencer. It's where I get my pants, and my food.

 

Have you ever been refused entry anywhere? Tramp's, after I won the World Championship. The bouncer said to me, 'Sorry, I can't. It's a members' club.'

 

Have you ever been a victim of violence in London? Couple of times I've been in pubs when it's all gone off. When you try and break it up, you get dragged into it.

 

What's your favourite meal to cook at home? I can do three things: pasta, shepherd's pie and sausage and mash.

 

What is your favourite view? Tower Bridge from Le Pont de la Tour.

 

What last made you cry? Four years ago I was going through depression and I'd just come out of The Priory. I played the best snooker of my life and won the Champions Cup in Brighton. I saw these friends of mine from The Priory in the crowd, who'd come to support me. It brought tears to my eyes.

 

Where in London would you have your ashes scattered? On the pitch at Highbury.

 

If your house were on fire, which three things would you rescue? My cue, my mum and my sister.

 

 

Who would you say was you best mate on the circuit?

John Higgins

 

When you're practising - do you play for money?

No. I practice with Anthony Hamilton mainly at Ilford Snooker Centre.

 

Have you ever lost or thrown your cue?

I chipped my old cue! That's not why I changed it - it was knackered. The ferrule ended up 8mm and I was having to put new tips on all the time.I needed a 9.5mm.

 

What cue do you play with?

John Parris - I've been using it for three years now.

 

Do you play better when you're drunk?

No.

 

What's your favourite drink?

Red wine.

 

You're in next year's World final - and you get to pick who you play. Which player would you most like to beat?

I wouldn't care who I beat if I win.

 

Have you ever not owned up to a foul?

Never.

 

Who's your favourite referee?

Jan Verhaas.

 

When you fluke against someone - what do you do?

Hold up my hand to apologise.

 

What one thing do you regret?

Nothing.

 

What's your idea of a good night out?

Watching a video and a hot chocolate. (Yeah, right!)

 

What type of tune gets you dancing?

Eminem.

 

Do you have a bet on yourself in tournaments?

No.

 

You're allowed to play one match again - which one would it be?

The semi-finals of the 2002 World Championship against Stephen Hendry.

 

What gets you stressed?

Snooker.

 

Kylie or J-Lo?

Kylie definitely. Nice a***.

 

What do you wear in bed?

Nothing.

 

Your favourite designer...

Prada.

 

What aftershave do you wear?

Desire.

 

Who cuts your hair?

My girlfriend.

 

What's the coolest party you been invited to?

Ronnie Wood's 50th birthday.

 

You go into celebrity big brother house - who would you like to be stuck in the house with?

Del Boy (Derek Hill, Ronnie's mentor) - I love him to bits and Christine Hamilton - she's a great girl.

 

 

What's your favourite city in America and why? There are a couple of places I like, but actually I think I've still to see the place I'm really looking for. I have this picture in my head of driving down one of those big roads in California, roof down, arm hanging out the window, sun pouring down on top of me. That's what I want. Don't know when or if I'll get it, but if I stay long enough in America, I might.

 

What was the most extreme thought that went through your head during that traumatic World Championship quarter-final against Peter Ebdon this year as Ebdon came back from 10-6 down to win 13-11? The longer the game went the more I wanted out of there. It wasn't the case of losing a snooker match. I just didn't want to be anywhere near a snooker match, a snooker table, a snooker venue. I'd just had enough. It took me five months to get those thoughts out of my head, and just when I did - after chilling out during the summer - I get a call that I'm playing in a tournament in Belfast. And it all comes rushing back to me...

 

Are you the most naturally talented snooker player the world has ever seen? If not, who is? A lot of people have said that and, without being big-headed, I'd say yes. I'm good at what I do when everything is going right. When things aren't right I'm the same as everyone else, missing shots, making mistakes. There isn't a player yet who has been able to play 110 per cent every day.

 

Let's play word association. After each of the following players, you respond with the first word that comes into your head. 
First one: Alex Higgins. Genius.

Stephen Hendry. Machine.

Ray Reardon. Ha ha. One word? Someone who knows the game inside out but thinks he can play golf!

Steve Davis. Legend.

Shaun Murphy. Eh? Yeah, good.

 

Which sporting event would you pay most money to see? I don't know. Yes I do. I think if there was a boxing fight I'd really want to see then I'd probably pay a few quid for that. Like a couple of years ago when Tyson and Holyfield were knocking seven bells out of each other. It would take something special for me to want to pay to see it. Again, if England got to the World Cup final then maybe I'd cough up for that. But there aren't too many events or occasions that I'd spend my cash to see. Different if I was invited ... then I might go!

 

You're an Arsenal fan. What's gone wrong with them? And how would you fix it? And is it true you used to support Spurs? And isn't now a good time to switch back? I don't think anything has gone wrong other than lose a couple of big players and not have the same money as others. Things will be different after the new gaff goes up. I'm happy. I'll stick with Arsenal, although some people have joked about me jumping to Chelsea. No chance.

 

Which one losing match from your career would you play again, given the chance? I've lost loads of matches. I don't think I've ever played any of them in my head again let alone wanted to play them again. I don't dwell on those kind of things. There isn't any point. Anyway, I've had bigger wins than I've had losses.

 

What's the most money you've spent in a day? And on what? Taking away the normal big things like houses and cars and the likes, probably on the gear for my lingerie shop. [Viva La Diva, in Soho]. That was a bit like, "How much?"

 

To celebrate your new career, you can throw a party and invite any six people from history. Who and why? Where's the bash? What do you eat and drink? Anyone? In history? Let me think. I know ... no. I'd have Ray Reardon and his wife. That's two. My mum, my dad, my sister and my girlfriend ... and me. That's six. Why would I want to invite anyone else around my place? Next thing I know, I'd be reading about myself in the paper. There are not many I can trust ... and I'm happy to keep it like that. I'd have the bash near home and we'd have Chinese or Italian. Simple, no hassle.

 

 

What your last dream was about?

Peter Ebdon making a 147 in 5min 19 secs, it was a nightmare

 

What is your favourite book?

Howard Hughes , The aviator man

the rivalry its fantastic

 

Who is the most difficult player to defeat?

Hendry or Higgins

 

When did you first know your were going to be a champion?

Snooker become my life when I was 14, becoming a champion, well, thats tough, when I made my break through in the UK Champs when I was 17

 

What is your favourite kind of music?

The Stones

 

What is your favourite colour?

Red

 

Which match or tournament in your career has given you the most satisfaction and pride in your performance?

Beating Stephen Hendry in the European Open final in 2003.

 

If you were only allowed one last snooker match, who would you play and why?

Stephen Hendry without a doubt

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