I’m in remarkably good shape for 60. In fact, my trainer says I’m in good shape for 50. But I eat well and I look after myself.
My wife Audrey is a Pilates instructor. I go to the gym. I don’t drink. I haven’t smoked for 30 years.
I used to have a long-standing back problem but after successful double lumbar fusion surgery two years ago, that no longer bothers me.
I eat little and often and I have my last meal at least three hours before I go to bed. I have to as I get up every morning at 3am.
I’m at the office by 4.30am and on air by 7am. I need to eat this way if I’m going to be able to keep going.
I love crisps and chocolate. What I really love is a crisp sandwich.
I would worry about my children’s futures. (He has four children: Gerard 24, Sophie 18, Daniel 14 and Mary 12.) You just want to give them the best start in life, don’t you?
By playing the electric guitar in my bedroom. That’s my personal pleasure. We all need something for ourselves and music is that for me.
I love a cologne called Ultra Violet by Paco Rabanne. It’s got notes of bergamot and lavender and there’s something about that smell that just gets me.
I also love the smell you get when you hug the children just after they’ve washed their hair, the smell of babies and, of course, the smell of freshly cooked bacon when I come downstairs in the mornings makes my mouth water.
I could say that I’d have Billy Connolly, Winston Churchill, John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix but that wouldn’t be a dinner party, would it? It would just be me interviewing them.
Instead, I’d love to have both sets of grandparents and my parents and friends I’ve lost along the way, so that I could tell them that it all worked out OK and that we’re doing well.
We had Batman Ben (five-year-old Ben Farrell was battling a rare form of cancer) and his family on the show over the summer. When I heard later that he hadn’t made it, I cried.
I’m not vain about my appearance. If I had to choose something, I suppose I’d like it if my hair hadn’t decided to evacuate my head. But really, I am what I am.
I hate meanness. It’s a trait that manifests itself in all aspects of your character.
My nasty tongue can get the better of me. The Cork sense of humour can be vicious and if I think of a good line, I let fly. Then, I see the hurt in someone’s eyes and I realise I’ve gone too far.
I don’t pray in the sense of God and angels but I talk to people who are gone who were founts of knowledge in my life, especially to one aunt of mine, Mary Cagney Macbeth.
Luckily, I’m a glass half full person. If I wake up and I’m breathing and everything works, that’s a good start.