A Frank And Candid Interview
The Sicilian Flag
Willie's First Ferrari
Left: Aged 12 Months Right: With Sammy
Willie Was Born OH! Yes He was, An Only child, At 6:00am On Sunday 21st September 1947, Of An English Father And Sicilian Mother, He Speaks Fluent Italian And Has Always Been Plagued With Reference To The MAFIA! Willie Grew Up Very Close To His Mum, He Learnt Many Things From Her Including How To Cook, Sew And Knit, Willie Was happy At School Until He Was 14, Then His Mum Took Him Away From Roedean :0) But Willie Did Go On To College, And Take O And A Levels.
Willie's Work Attire
" Basket Case "
Willie Always Wanted To Go Into The Entertainment Business, Although He Can't Sing He Started At Pontins Summer Camp In Weymouth In The "Hi-de-Hi" Days As A DJ. After This Willie Got An All Girl Troupe Together And Went Off To Germany Working For The Americans. He Compared Soul Shows, Danced And Choreographed Various Routines And Has Worked With Many Of The Soul Singers/Bands Of The Day. Plus A Bit Of Radio On A Late Night Soul Show.
Willie - The High Roller!
After A Hectic 20 Months Willie Went Off To Turkey For 6 Weeks Touring The American Bases. Returning To England For A Well Earned Rest Willie Went Off To Jersey And Worked One Of The Top Clubs On The Island. Willie Got Married In 73. Returned To The Mainland And Went Into Selling. And Has Been In The Amusement Machine Business For 36 Years Now. Willie Became A Single Parent When His Daughter, Samantha, Was 5 Years old. "She Is The Greatest Thing That Has Ever Happened To Me" Says Willie "She's Lovely" He Is very Proud Of Her.
Left:Willie in the Pink Right: Dr Who?
I Then Asked Willie About General Likes And Dislikes.
MUSIC:- Willie Is Strictly A Soul Man, Motown, R And B, Hip-Hop, Funk And Afro-rock. James Brown, Michael Jackson, Akon, JLS, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Rebecca Ferguson. Beyonce, Alici Keys, Lady Ga Ga, Eminem Etc Etc, Music Is A Big Part Of His Life.Most Loved Song ............ Cherish ....... Kool And The Gang. (1985)
TV:- Willie Loves To Watch Most Sports , Football, Especially If His Club Or Country Are Playing. At The Moment He Is Into Heroes On BBC2 And Primeval On ITV And watching The Crime And Investigation / National Geographic Channels On Sky. Loves To Watch MTV Channels, "Flava", "Kiss" And "Bliss". Dislikes Soaps And Reality Shows.
Books :- Mario Puzo. The Godfather, Mafia Story, Omerta, The Sicilian, The Sopranos.
Willie Also Reads Reference Books, Cookery Books, Care Bears And Ladybird Books.
SPORT:- Mostly Football. Willie Supports Liverpool As A Club, And Italy As His Country, He Enjoys All Other Sports.
FILMS:- Willie Loves The GodFather, (He Has Forgotten How Many Times He Has Watched It!) It's A Passion of His, Part 2 Being His Favourite. And Also Enjoys A Good Thriller Or A Good Horror Film, And Some Of The Old Black And White Films. Favourite Actors Are, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pachino And Some of The Old Black And White Stars, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Jane Russell. But Willie's Most Favourite Is The One The Only Sophia Loren mmmM! Dislikes Westerns And Romantic Comedies.
ANIMALS/PETS:- Willie is Strictly A Pussy Cat Lover, And Has Had Cats Since He Was A Boy. He Also Says That When God Created The Animals The Ultimate Creature Is The Tiger he Loves Them, He Also Has A Fetish For Snakes/ Reptiles/ Sharks!
COLOURS:- Pink And Red. Willie Is Often Seen With Something Pink On, And Say's Its His Mum's Fault. Sicilian Women Are Supposed To Know The Sex Of Thier Baby Before It's Born. So She Prepared Most Things In Pink, And Along Came Willie. Nuff Said!!! Hence His Favourite Saying "Think Pink"!
FOOD:- Willie Enjoys All Types Of Food, His Mum Was A Cook And He Learnt His Cooking Skills From Her. He Is Well Known For His Dinner Parties And BBQ's. If You Ever Eat At Willie's Never Ask Him What You Are Eating. He Also Makes His Own Curries Eats A Lot Of Game, Even Down to Rook, Jays And Squirrel. And Never Misses Out On A Bit Of Road Kill. He Is A Big Fan Off Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Typical Buffet At Willie's Annual Barby(Spot The Road Kill!)
SUMMARY:- Willie's Led A Vaired And Very Eventful Life. Many Up's And Down's He Is A Bit Eccentric In His Manner And Dress, But Enjoys A Good Laugh. A Typical Virgo. Likes Being Controversial, Has Had Few Letters Printed In The Local Paper And Even In The Sun. Willie Is Certainly A Character, Who Is Trying To Keep Up With The Rest Of Us, And SUCCEEDING!Willies Trilogy In Life .................... " Love Food .... Love Cats... Love Pink"
And Finally From Willie ......
"May You Always Have Love To Share, Wealth To Spare, And Friends That Care"
With His Bestest Friend Opher
Still A Poser At 50
At A Wedding Recently (No Not Willie's!)
" Every Day Above Ground Is A Good Day "
" Every Day Above Ground Is A Good Day "
If You Want To See Willie In Action Go To http://www.petercollington.com/ and Watch Him In "The Art Of Reinvention" A 10 Minute Movie.