Kevin McCloud interview

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  • How would you describe the style of your home? I live in a 15th-century farmhouse, but I think ‘style’ is a nonsense word. One room at home is very traditional and one is not; one’s full of rubbish and another’s very uncluttered. I happen to have quite a contemporary kitchen because they tend to be places where you need a bit of hygiene and I quite like glamorous bathrooms, but my favourite room is probably my office, which is full of books.

    My loves

    Ice hockey. It’s extremely fast and bloody; the closest you’ll get to watching gladiatorial combat today.

    Classic novels.
    My favourite authors include Trollope and Dickens.

    The Coen Brothers. They bring such a great offbeat humour to their films.

    My hates

    Throwaway culture. I don’t want anything that I buy to have done any harm to anyone or anything

    Laziness. I get incredibly frustrated if people aren’t pulling their weight.

    Smoked food. I just can’t bear the taste.

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