‘We should sing every morning’

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Joe Heap, the man behind the hugely popular Towersey Festival, takes on our weekly questions.

What’s your earliest memory?

Losing my toy rabbit in Thame Park.

What do you wish they’d taught you at school, but didn’t?

Real life maths … like tax and VAT.

Ignore what you’re doing now - if you could do any job in the world, what would it be and why?

A firefighter. Always wanted to since I was aged five – thought I would look good doing that job.

Of all the places you’ve been in your life, which would you recommend to a stranger?

Vancouver, Canada (or Towersey Festival).

If you could pass one new law tomorrow, what would it be and why?

Everyone should start the day with a song. A big communal sing would do us all good.

If you were stuck on Death Row, what would you pick for your final meal?

Really good, proper macaroni cheese, a Mars bar and can of Coke.

If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?

Flying – avoid traffic and enjoy the views.

How do you relax?

Singing, the gym and watching TV Box Sets.

What’s the most important lesson that life has taught you so far?

Be nice to people, but only so nice.

If you could leap forward to the year 2050, what would you expect, or hope, to find there?

A simpler life with less complicated technology and an altogether better tin opener.

Websites you use/value the most?

I think the BBC website is an amazing resource. So big and well maintained.

Favourite places to eat within 20 miles of Thame?

Three Horseshoes in Towersey and Thame Tandoori.

Have you got a favourite shop within 20 miles of Thame town centre?

I’m loving the new guitar shop in Thame and I wish them all the best. Stunning stuff in there.

Your favourite place to visit around Thame?

If the time of year is right then Towersey Festival. I’m biased but it really is a unique day out.

What’s your best kept entertainment or social life secret, or guilty pleasure?

I love musical theatre. It’s cheesy stuff but well sung musical songs really tug at the heartstrings.

What do you go out of your way to avoid?

Anything sweet in what should be savoury food. Pineapple on pizza, raisins in curries. – that sort of thing is simply wrong.

Always leave them laughing – so please tell us a joke

Man goes into a pub with a Giraffe. “pint of beer for me a pint for my giraffe,” he says. Several pints later the giraffe falls to the ground and the man decides to leave. The landlord says “Excuse me, you can’t leave that lying here” The man says “It’s not a lion it’s a giraffe.”