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Why student will be busy doing nothing.

Byline: By Alison Dargie

The North's answer to David Blaine is preparing to leap into inaction tonight for a week-long lounge.

Chris Williams, 19, of Cramlington, will spend a week on a chaise-longue at the Lounge nightclub, Neville Street, Newcastle, in full view of the public.

His seven-day sofa stint will be broadcast to the wider world via web-cam.

Chris, a sports student at Northumbria University, described himself as "a down-to-earth David Blaine" and remained unfazed by the glare of publicity.

He said: "I'm not much to look at so I'm not too worried about people staring."

He fought off tough competition to win his place on the couch and wore his layabout label with pride. He said: "I like to think of myself as a couch potato. I try to avoid exercise as far as possible."

Unlike American magician Blaine, who starved himself for more than a month in a suspended glass box, Chris will be in no danger of starving as the deal includes an unlimited supply of food and drinks from the bar.

He admitted boredom could be a risk but was looking forward to the experience.

"It will be nice to have a bit of peace and quiet and a break from my hectic social life," he laughed.

"I'm pretty hard up at the moment so the free bar is a big attraction.

"The challenge will be dealing with the boredom but I will be packing my personal stereo, music and loads of lads' mags to keep my occupied.

"I will miss my mates and my own bed, but it should be a good experience."

He was also slightly concerned at missing the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup but was optimistic bosses at the Lounge would allow him to turn his sofa to face the television for the crunch matches.

At the end of the week, on November 12, Chris will be allowed to get up and join the Lounge's fourth birthday party.

The Lounge manager Barry Wilson was confident he had found the North-East's biggest couch potato for the job.

He said: "We just thought it would be a bit of fun and it would give someone a great week."

The sofa was provided by Hexham-based firm, Hepple.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 7, 2003
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