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Men & sex: Bloke's boudoir.

Byline: Text, except `Male shot' by Georgina Wintersgill and Flic Everett. Main photograph by Gemma Day. Bill Borrows photographed by Nikki English

This week, we look through the keyhole - OK, actually we barge right in and rifle through every last drawer - of the bedroom of Frank Walden, 28, a musician from West London

ANCIENT, HOME-MADE BIRTHDAY CARD

M SAYS: Someone's used up practically a whole Shreddies packet to make this 17th birthday card. It's so old the felt pen's all faded.

FRANK SAYS: `It's me playing the saxophone and says, "Back to Paris with a vengeance and long hair." It's from Si, one of my oldest friends. We spent a couple of summers in Paris when we were teenagers. The intention was to be Bohemian and meet musicians but actually we just got drunk while I grew a big Afro.'

EXCESSIVE NUMBER OF BOOKS

M SAYS: Well, it's a veritable library in here - without the card index system and pointy-nosed spinster in specs telling us to shush, that is. And they actually look as if he reads them. Weird.

FRANK SAYS: `Nights on my own are precious and I like nothing better than to sit back with my book and a beer and spend a couple of hours reading. I deliberately don't have a TV so I'll read more.'

PLANET OF THE APES POSTER

M SAYS: Very junior school wildlife project - an illustrated poster of monkeys of the world, complete with Latin names. You'd never know that a gorilla's Latin name was gorilla gorilla gorilla. Fascinating.

FRANK SAYS: `When I was in Africa I spent a couple of weeks assisting a primatologist who was studying SIV, the monkey form of HIV. We collected blood samples and discovered a previously unknown strain of SIV. I've been interested in primates ever since.'

AT A GLANCE

M SAYS: Ah, Bohemian London. This room says jazz club - nice. Evidence of lots of late nights drinking red wine and having highly intellectual discussions.

FRANK SAYS: `I live in a separate flat at the top of my parents' house. I was born here. When I'm not on tour. I'm here all day, every day. I'm very happy spending time here, practising or eating or reading. It's comfortable, organised chaos.'

TOTALLY TROPICAL TASTE SHIRTS

M SAYS: Now, one Hawaiian shirt we can forgive - everyone has the odd fashion blunder - but it's 5-0 here (geddit?). Either this guy enjoys getting beaten up on a regular basis or he's in a hula-hula band.

FRANK SAYS: `I like hot countries but I don't live in one, so I have to do something to make up for the drabness of London. I do get a certain amount of stick. I had an ultimatum from a girlfriend once who said she wouldn't be seen out with me in that shirt. We're not together any more but I've still got the shirt.'

SEXY SAX SELECTION

M SAYS: Somewhere, some brassed-off conductor chappy's missing the entire brass section of his orchestra. Let's see - three saxophones, a flute and a clarinet here, not to mention the old pee-yanner in the corner. He's just a one-man-band, nobody kno-ws or understaaands...

FRANK SAYS: `My saxophones are all different - I've got a tenor, an alto and a soprano. I only started learning the flute and clarinet a few years ago because people often ask sax players to double up. The piano's useful for composing.'

SPOOKY VOODOO STATUES

M SAYS: Hmm, don't think we'd fancy waking up beside these little charmers.

FRANK SAYS: `I got these in Central Africa for about 30 quid. The first night I got them there was the biggest storm I've ever seen. In the middle of the night I sat bolt upright. The lightning was illuminating them and I thought, "My God, it's those statues." And whichever way you position them, they always end up facing East.'

MARATHON MAN MEDAL

M SAYS: Hang on, a genu-wine medal from the Flora London Marathon. That just doesn't fit in with the laid-back-musician vibe... Is our Frank secretly an up-at-five, power-walking, clean-living fitness freak?

FRANK SAYS: `Musicians are generally very unhealthy with all the late nights and smoke and alcohol, so you have to do something to counteract it. I ran regularly

until about a year ago when I started having problems with my knee. Now I go to the gym and swim and cycle.'
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2002
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