Fabian on a desert island
On Thursday 13th November 2014, Fabian took 'centre stage', perhaps it would be more accurate to say 'centre studio', at a fund raising event for his forthcoming election campaign. The event was held at Gledhow Sports Club and was attended by Labour Party supporters and their friends. In tribute to the BBC Radio programme, Desert Island Discs, Fabian was interviewed by Patrick Hall (pictured below with Fabian), long time friend and former Hyde Park Labour Councillor in Leeds, and shared the story of his upbringing and political career shared with the audience, his choice of memorable records that he would wish to take with him if he were to be castaway. This is a list of the music that he chose.
Fabian’s selection was music that was inspired by key events in his life and work as a politician. The interview and music lasted somewhat longer that the usual radio format pioneered by the late Roy Plomley but it gave those attending a deep insight into the ways that Fabian’s views had formed and the background to the way that he approaches political crises, particularly when conflict is threatened.
Fabian chose as his favourite book to take with him Dickens novel, ‘Bleak House’ and as a special object his elderly MG sports car which, although of little practical use on a desert island, would give him many hours of pleasure to restore and maintain while waiting to be rescued.