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- Sep 15, 2013
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I went to school with a lad who's Dad was in The Archers, the lad's name was Ross White but I can't be bothered to work out who is Dad was/is to be honest.I used to work for a local charity in a very 'nice' Dorset town, renowned for its prettiness, running a community café venture. I had a few semi-famous customers:
Mike Harding the folk singer/comedian (who was totally lovely)
Charles Collingwood & his wife Judy Bennet, actors in The Archers (equally nice)
I've met Bob Flowerdew on a couple of occasions, and Jekka McVicar (both well-known authors of gardening tomes)
I bumped into Kevin McCloud in my local Boots - about 16 years ago now - and he was very chatty about Great Designs and asked me what my favourite episode was etc., etc., In fact I had to finally excuse myself and edge away as I had a bus to catch!
Ian Hislop used to live nearby when he had young children and we'd see him a lot at local village fetes and sales.
So, did you ask him about The Yeti?I went to a Talk by David Attenborough in London in 1995 just after he'd finished the Secret Life of Plants series. I know this wasn't really *meeting* him but it was a small informal lecture theatre with less than 50 people there. We had a 45 minute slide show on the making of the series, including candid shots of David being strapped into a chair and hoisted to the top of the jungle canopy (he hates heights). There also snaps of earlier expeditions and he explained the difficulties of trying to film hippos in swamp land whilst on the backs of elephants (they don't like each other). Next came 45 minutes of Question and Answer which covered everything - a 10 year old kid had been primed by his father to ask about pay and earnings. Lastly was a 45 minute Book signing session.
Everything you've heard about Attenborough being a kind, charming, friendly, patient, good-humoured, intelligent, interesting and enthusiastic person is true.
Staying? Not sure. We'd gone for a meal and Mr Sayer's small group just happened to be on the next table.Astrali Accessories on the Red Brick Industrial estate, Aldridge. I was an accounts clerk. I don't think I've been to Fairlawns was that where Leo Sayer was staying?
I've a friend in America who has done some extra work on movies and she played an out of focus person in the background of the shopping mall scene in Hannibal, she said Hopkins was really nice to everyone, very chatty and with a great sense of humour. Her other favourite was Christopher Plummer who she described as a "proper gentleman."I knew Jill Dando,my godfather worked with her.
Met Sir Anthony Hopkins whilst he was filming locally,smashing bloke with the loveliest smile and eyes.
Alan Titchmarsh in a local bookshop,waiting in the queue to get him to sign one of his books,he got me to jump the queue as my son (a baby at the time) was getting bored and was whinging.
Adam Frost from Gardener's Word popped into work one day and stopped for a chat.
A local newsreader often comes into where I work.
It was on Anglian road, next to the Eddie Stobart truck place.Staying? Not sure. We'd gone for a meal and Mr Sayer's small group just happened to be on the next table.
I think I know the industrial estate you worked on. Could it be called Brickyard Lane, or something like that?
I too have met Britt Ekland, although in my case, like your encounter with William Hurt, I literally bumped into her. She was doing a promotion for her newly released fragrance in a large department store (David Jones) in Parramatta, Sydney. I has been shopping for clothes and was in a hurry to leave, walking briskly for the escalators. Her people were setting up her small stage for her and she was standing to the side as I came rushing around the corner of a large pillar heading for the escalator and bumped right into her. I apologised to her immediately and she smiled and said "No problem." I have to say that she was stunningly beautiful. This would have been in 1986/7.(This was the same bar where I once found myself ordering a guinness when the lady next to me asked me to hold her bag for her. It had a dog in it. The lady was Britt Ekland. I stood there with a bag with a dog in it in one hand and a pint of the black stuff in the other while Ms Ekland took an inordinate amount of time to do whatever it was that prevented her from holding a a bag with a dog in it. At one point I caught the eye of the lady on the other side of me, who raised her eyebrows in amusement: it was Julie Christie.
Sometimes I love my job(s)).
He used to be a lecturer at Tamworth college in the late 80's you know. I nearly met him but I'd be lying if I said I did. I was taught audio studies at Nuneaton college by Paul 'Snaker' Spear though who used to play with Dexy's Midnight Runners from time to time, he had a band called Expresso Bongo when I knew him and told us that Garry Glitter once tried to get off with him (he told us this years before Glitter was ousted as a paedo).Best evening was a friend and me going for a drink in the pub with Graham Fellows (AKA Jilted John/John Shuttlewort, just the three of us
Was that at North Warwickshire College Of Technology & Art in Nuneaton? .. Pam West was the drama teacher there, she used to star in very early episodes of Coronation Street and took me on location to a BBC2 drama once.I used to know someone else who was also taught by him.
Couldn't be sure, sorry, it's a very vague memory.Was that at North Warwickshire College Of Technology & Art in Nuneaton? .. Pam West was the drama teacher there, she used to star in very early episodes of Coronation Street and took me on location to a BBC2 drama once.
Nice try, but you'll never outdo Peripart!Lots of cyclists: I've interviewed Chris Boardman, Bradley Wiggins and Nicole Cooke (Olympic and multiple world champion), met Chris Hoy before he was famous, 1999 or 2000. I've ridden 60km with Francesco Moser (cycling royalty), and met Eddy Merckx (cycling god!), David Millar, Jan Ullrich, Stuart O'Grady, Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche, Hugh Porter, TV scientist and keen rider Adam Hart Davis...
Spent a day on a charity bike ride with ex-cricketer Michael Vaughan, and the evening in the bar with him later; post-Strictly, he's a hit with 'women of a certain age' who all wanted their picture taken with him, and he didn't let them down. The next day we spent 30 minutes in the Test Match Special commentary box with him and Geoffrey Boycott, who was lovely - got him on a good day. Had literary lunches with Boycott and David Gower, both times I was on the top table (I'm on good terms with my local bookshop!). David Gower is a real joy, a man who seems to live a charmed life, which he appreciates.
I used to volunteer on the Bath Fringe in the 1980s, and met Caroline Quentin, Jeremy Hardy, RD Laing (yep, that one, performing as a jazz pianist with Jeff Nuttall and Michael Horovitz; my brother picked them up from the station, having to drag Nuttall from the bar...), Gerry Sadowitz, Arthur Smith, John Hegley and many others. Best evening was a friend and me going for a drink in the pub with Graham Fellows (AKA Jilted John/John Shuttlewort, just the three of us.
I appeared as a talking head 'expert' on cult TV on a Granada Men and Motors programme with Frank Sidebottom (I've tried on his head, it reeked of beer and fags) and Jenny Powell – I gave her a kiss. I've interviewed Ian Rankin and John Connolly, and when I worked on a sci-fi mag met Andy Serkis and Steven Moffat among others. Serkis was very, very drunk!
The most famous people I've met are probably Paul and Linda McCartney, George Martin and Peter Blake at a private opening of a Linda McCartney exhibition at the Royal Photographic society. Paul and Linda were genuinely lovely and friendly.
I've also met the Mahathir bin Mohamad, prime minister of Malaysia. He launched a bike race in Malaysia I was covering for a magazine. Although his politics are anathema to me, he was warm, funny and genuinely 'charismatic', an often misused word. I also briefly met Alistair Campbell - I passed him backstage at a cycling event and said hello as I recognised the face, assuming he was a fellow journo, it took a few seconds for me to register who he was. Amusingly, he was roundly booed by the velodrome crowd when he was presenting the medals.
Sundry musicians include Robert Smith and Simon Gallup of the Cure – my brother was videoing an interview and I went along as location assistant. Had a good chat with Robert too.