It seems to me that our own lives are always more interesting in retrospect. Mine hasn’t been easy of late, I’ve been down on myself and my luck. However I’d like to remedy that by practicing some self-appreciation on my blog and I’m starting by sharing some reminiscences about the fun stuff. So let’s begin the reverie with a somewhat silly list recounting my random brushes with celebrity…
- Like that time I saw Amy Pohler, before she became a huge phenomenon with Parks and Recreations, MCing with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York.
- Or the time I went on a sandwich run for the Sheriff of Nottingham? Alan Rickman was on the board of governors where I used to work and guess who was on catering duty ?
- Then there was the time I spotted Stephen Hawking in his wheelchair on the streets of Petty Cury Cambridge.
- Or that spell where I was always passing Sophie Aldred (Ace from Doctor Who) on the street -I worked near a memorabilia store on The Strand which might explain it a little.
- There was that time I worked on Sam Taylor Johnson (then Taylor-Wood’s) huge solo exhibition at the Hayward Gallery and was in the room when she was giving a personal tour to celeb friends Elton John and David Furnish.
- Or the time I shared some friendly banter with Kristin Hersh who was performing on stage at a tiny secret gig upstairs at the Camden Barfly.( And the time she retweeted my stitched portrait of her <3)
- Once I sold Christopher Biggins make-up remover and cotton pads during panto-season, and we shared a knowing joke.
- And I once spoke to punk’s favourite artist Jamie Reid on the phone about an art project that never came to be.
- There was the time Australian singer Gotye (Someone that I used to know) got in touch to tell me he loved my felt rendition of the character from his video and asked me if I could make more just for him.
- Or the time I stalked Ricky Gervais through North London on my way to work (he just happened to be walking in the same direction as me –the whole way– I wanted to shout ‘Just so you know,I’m not following you, Jerk!’)
- I met one of the scientists who discovered DNA’s helical structure Maurice Wilkins on his lunch break at Guy’s campus of Kings Collge London.
- Last but not least I did my training for my first job in London at Reynholm Industries from the IT Crowd -well the building that stands in for it anyway! (Cheers Google earth for the pic).
I did mention that some of these claims to fame were tenuous, right? Still, it was fun to share and I hope you found my curious confessions entertaining. So right about now I’m wondering if you have any brushes with greatness you feel like declaring? Go on, tell me all about them in the comments below!