Penarth's elected politicians name their 'Castaway Favourites'
12:01pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Penarth news
PENARTH’S elected politicians were put to the test by the former boss last week at a themed evening about their lives and interests, focusing on how they would survive on a desert island – with some surprising answers.
The Labour-Party sponsored Castaway Favourites event was hosted by former assembly member Lorraine Barrett, for whom Stephen Doughy MP and AM Vaughan Gething both worked as researchers.
They were each asked how they would cope if stranded on local landmark, Sully Island, with just seven records, a book, and a single luxury item.
Vaughan said he would catch fish and cook them with his luxury item, spices.
Stephen said that he could build a shelter using skills learnt as a scout and then watch his luxury item, DVD boxset, Scrubs.
Their musical choices were interspersed with chat about their upbringing, sporting interests, and personal, and political influences.
Stephen’s song choices were Graceland by Paul Simon, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, Fantasia on a Theme by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Doubting Thomas by Nickel Creek, Fields of Gold by Sting, and Viva La Vida by Coldplay.
His final choice was Canned Heat by Out of the Blue – a recording by his old Oxford a-cappella group.
Vaughan chose an eclectic mix of I’ve Been Loving You Too Long by Otis Redding, I Heard it Through the Grapvine by Marvin Gaye, Think by Aretha Franklin, Islands in the Stream by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, Keep this Fire Burning by Beverly Knight, Bizet’s Pearl Fishers Duet with Bryn Terfel and Andrea Bocelli, and March of the Monagues and Capulets by Prokofiev.
Lorraine thanked both Vaughan and Stephen before presenting them with book written by Robert Tressell, published in 1914.
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is regarded as a classic of working-class literature reflecting the social, political, economic and cultural life in Britain around the time that the Labour Party was founded.
Lorraine also thanked Rose and Clive of the Windsor Arms for their hospitality in providing a function room that can be used by community groups and for private functions.