JPY’s first flat share: No view, not enough room ‘to swing a cat’

WEEKENDER – Lunch with John Paul Young at Vita Cafe, Watkins Rd, Wangi Wangi. 27th JULY 2017 – PHOTO BY MARINA NEIL – NEWCASTLE HERALD
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The singer’s not so great at taking his own advice when it comes to home organisation.

What is your strongest memory of your childhood home? As a kid in Glasgow, my memories appear in black and white. We got to play in bombed-out sites and railway yards and one of the highlights was having mum throw a sandwich from the second story window, landing in one piece. The seven of us were in a one-bedroom flat, three under the age of 11, the luxury of an inside loo ??? and every Sunday off to granny’s for a bath.

What do you remember about buying your first home? The first home we bought was in Bronte, a large three-bedroom federation house overlooking the water. There was abject fear about the auction process and the fact we might not get it. However, all was well and we surprisingly got a bargain. Great times there, many memories.

Have you ever house-shared with flatmates (when you were younger or a student)? Yes. First around North Sydney with a co-apprentice where I worked at Commonwealth Engineering. A small two-bedroom flat with no view and a kitchen you couldn’t swing a cat in. Then, I had a room in a house rented by a fellow cast member of Jesus Christ Superstar in Neutral Bay later moving on to the eastern suburbs and shared there too.

Do you have any tips for organising your home? We all accumulate and shed, but some of us lose the ability to shed. The best answer is to stop buying stuff and declutter, take it a room at a time, otherwise you’ll scare yourself. Not that I take my own advice.

Do you have a favourite room? Everything revolves around our combined kitchen, diner and lounge room. This is the hub of the house, with easy access to the pool, the barbecue, the studio and beyond. When friends and family gather, it’s the place you want to be.

What’s the worst piece of furniture or household item you have ever bought? We’ve been very lucky in that area. Thankfully, Lynette manages to stop me from buying anything too ridiculous. Even the stuff we bought from Tempe Tip years ago, we still love.

If you could live in a dream house, anywhere in the world, where would it be? I do think about this now and again, and there are many places I’ve visited both overseas and in but the concept of my dream house in my dream location brings me back to where I am. I love this place and all it has to offer.

John Paul Young is part of the line-up for 80sFest alongside Taylor Dayne and Go West at the Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley, NSW, on November 4. He is touring in November.

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