Had a good weekend? It was a busy one for today's reviewer, Dimple Patel - who is currently preparing to launch an exciting radio project in her home city... (which isn't New York!)
What do you do for work?
I'm a freelance radio producer, I make radio programmes, develop radio projects and train people in audio storytelling.
What has inspired your current radio project?
My current radio project is establishing and running a refugee arts station called Sanctuary Radio. It's a pop-up internet radio station from 18th August to 11th September, with programmes produced and presented by refugees and asylum seekers in Leicester. My inspiration came from events that I'd been to showcasing refugee arts and I remember seeing some fascinating work by artists, filmmakers and musicians, and thinking people should know about this.
What's been your proudest career moment so far?
Probably last year when one of my radio projects was part of an exhibition called Adopting Britain at Southbank Centre in London. The project was a collection of migrant stories of people who had moved to Leicester and the exhibition curators designed a special listening post with my audio stories. I was invited to the launch and I was able to take some of the wonderful people I had the privilege to interview to the exhibition too, including a 93 year old WW2 refugee. She first went to the Royal Festival Hall when it opened as part of The Festival of Britain in 1951, as a 'Tonic to the Nation' after the devastation of WW2, and so to go back again over 60 years later to see people listening to her life story in there was quite special. I felt proud that day.
And your biggest achievement outside of work?
Having managed to buy a home feels like a big achievement!
When is your weekend?
For the past seven years, in my last job, I worked four days a week and had Fridays off - so I've got used to a three day weekend! It's great because you have one day to wind down and then you still have Saturday and Sunday. I still like to stick to the three day weekend as much as I can.
How did you spend this weekend?
On Saturday I went to Leicester Caribbean Carnival. I was working at a stall with Radio2Funky - which is an online urban music radio station. Luckily my work doesn't often feel like work. The weather was hot, I saw friends, ate some good Caribbean food - tried curried goat for the first time.
On Sunday I went to Crawley in Sussex to see my brother, sister-in-law, nephews and niece as they are visiting from Singapore where they live now. We spent four hours in motorway traffic, so it took twice as long as it should have! But I had a lovely day once I got there. It was the twins' birthday so I bought them Leicester City football shirts, and of course one for their older brother too. They were following the Leicester City story out in Singapore, so the shirts went down well.
I also had the chance to tie a rakhi on my brother's wrists as a sister's blessing for a Hindu festival called Raksha Bandan. It's actually not until next week and normally I'd have to post it, but as my brother was here we did it early. I got a nice gift from my brother too, which is also part of the tradition!
How typical was it for you?
Not very typical - it just happened to be a busy one.
What's your ideal Sunday menu - with no restrictions?
Breakfast: Eggs royale and a cappuccino - al fresco in a warm climate.
Lunch: Roast dinner - a late lunch - made by Jamie Oliver.
Dinner: I wouldn't be that hungry after a late roast dinner, but I'd have a dessert featuring chocolate and then a savoury midnight snack!
I'd be with loved ones for all the meals.
What's in your fridge?
Not a lot today - broccoli, spring onions, spinach, tomatoes, cheese (feta, cheddar, parmesan), watermelon, raspberries, garlic bread, various chutneys, half a bottle of wine... I need to go food shopping.
QUICK FIRE - without much thought, name your absolute favourite...
Book: 84, Charing Cross Road - by Helene Hanff
Film: 2 Days in New York - it makes me laugh.
Holiday destination: NYC... but also Vietnam
Museum: MIA (The Museum of Islamic Art) in Doha, for the building itself
How can people follow what you do and get in contact?
You can find me on Twitter @_dimplepatel