AS SHEEN ON... GEMMA CAIRNEY

Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney, 28, tells Sheen what floats her boat |

Gemma Cairney

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I'm not very good at...
Unwinding. That's something I'm still learning, I can't switch off. I think I'm still at that phase in my life where because I don't have a family, I can pretty much do what I want...which means I'm not very good at actually 'stopping'. When it comes to the weekend I'm constantly asking, 'What else do I need to do?' It never stops!

My favourite thing to do is...
I love to entertain. I had 40 people over in September because there were a few people I hadn't seen over the summer. We've only got a tiny two-bedroom flat! I bought Moroccan tagine dishes from a shop down the road and made a huge feast. We opened all the doors, poured out wine, put cushions on the floor and cooked - it was great. I was in my element seeing everyone chatting, laughing and reconnecting - without their phones out!

My favourite day of the week is...
I love Sundays. It feels like it's the most friendly kind of day in the week. Because on a Sunday - unless you have to work - you don't see people unless you /really/ like them. You don't do 'obligatory Sunday catch-ups'. You see the people who you really love - the hardcore friends, the good ones!

If you had another hour in the day...
I'd exercise. Well, I'd /try/ and do a bit more exercise - I like an endorphin high and I'm realising that there's clarity to be found 'post-gym'. I used to find this with red wine (!) and now I'm like 'Oh my God, I finally understand what everyone has been banging on about!' But I'm not a gym freak and I'm really bad at motivating myself when it comes to health and fitness. I'm great at motivating myself when it comes to doing work, with stuff that's good for me? I'm awful and naturally self destructive.

My favourite time is...
Now that Spring's arriving, it reminds me of how much I love that time between 5 and 7pm. Usually by that point you've finished the bulk of whatever it is that you're working on and you're starting to think about getting ready for the evening. But you're not in a rush (I'm always late for everything and constantly in a rush!). I love that feeling of being allowed to 'down tools' for a bit and if it's still light, that's even better. I love seeing people walking home and the chilled atmosphere of people getting ready to see the people they love.

 

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