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" Claims to fame"

Post by Mid A 15 » Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:52 pm

I helped Ingrid Kristiansen (?spelling) set the then Womens world marathon record in the 1985 London Marathon by acting as a pacemaker






1hr 48 minutes behind her.....



I was born in the same hospital as Steve Davis the snooker player .....


get the idea? the more tenuous the better!!
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Post by Katharine » Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:43 pm

Kim Philby's father used to live in a house near us! (Strangely other former occupants of the same house, but not at the same time, include Lord Haw Haw and the composer Granville Bantock)

A lady I knew, used to walk Bertrand Russell's dog.
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Post by blondie95 » Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:50 pm

I have babysat Leslie Phillips grandchildren-his son Andrew is currently a CH teacher
Served Dave Benson Phillips from get your own back at the service station i worked at

im sure there is more but cant remember...have met Jonny Wilkinson twice :)
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Post by midget » Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:06 pm

Had my hand shaken (and crushed) by Henry Cooper (work related)
Saw Tony Blair's father-in-law in the foyer of Hendon Court, when he was making one of his regular appearances for D&D
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Post by Katharine » Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:51 pm

Just remembered how I did not shake Bobby Kennedy's hand! It was when I was at Oxford and he spoke at the Union in the Debating Chamber. When he had finished I was one of the first out and rushed to the Ladies in the other building. What I did not know was there is a tunnel between the two buildings and Bobby was taken through that for his safety - the tunnel comes out in the Ladies' washroom. Sadly I was behind a closed door with my knickers down at the time, :oops: :oops: so did not shake the hand of a very bewildered US Politician. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
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Post by cj » Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:29 am

Katharine wrote:Sadly I was behind a closed door with my knickers down at the time, :oops: :oops:
Being a Kennedy, he's have probably really appreciated the gesture, Katharine!!

My claims to fame are mostly musically related:

I sang with the university choir at a very small luncheon party at Holyrood Palace for Malcolm Rifkind;

I was friends at university with one of the chaps from Belle & Sebastian;

I went out very briefly in the early 90's with a member of the BMX Bandits (we went to a Spiritualized gig - not my cup of tea at all - and a party at the flat of the chap from Teenage Fanclub);

My husband's former colleague used to be in a band that supported Oasis on one of their early tours and by a bizarre coincidence was child BMX champion himself;

My daughter's godmother is friends with Orlando Bloom's mother. (Apparently OB and I went to the same dancing school in Canterbury, but not at the same time.)

Our family can trace a link to Edward III and the Plantaganets. We are the result of an illegitimate liaison between one of my great x4 aunts (or somesuch) and their distant gentrified descendants. Massively exciting. It makes me about a 13th cousin to Wills and Harry. Won't hold out for wedding invitations when the time comes though.

Oh, and my brother was at school with James D'Arcy. :wink:
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Post by Richard Ruck » Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:47 am

I saw that Fiona Bruce on television.......
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Post by Angela Woodford » Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:53 am

I was made curry by John Major. Late sixties style, flour thickened + sultanas, little bowls of peanuts, banana etc!
"Baldrick, you wouldn't recognise a cunning plan if it painted itself purple, and danced naked on top of a harpsichord singing "Cunning plans are here again.""

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Post by sejintenej » Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:00 am

Won the Financial Times Christmas writing competition a few years back ("Who is the greatest person who ever lived")

Mention on the FT front page as arranging the only ........................ to actually work (OK so it was moral and decent but still subject to secrecy 20 years on).
and a few other ones involving famous peeps now dead

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Post by Angela Woodford » Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:40 am

sejintenej wrote:Won the Financial Times Christmas writing competition a few years back ("Who is the greatest person who ever lived")
Who is/was the greatest person? I'm so impressed you won the competition; wow!
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Post by englishangel » Thu Jan 24, 2008 10:12 am

We play this one, the more obscure the better.

Went home to visit the family about 28 years ago and Mum's friend was talking about her son, (a childhood friend of mine but not recently in touch) he worked in a merchant bank and was worried about his assistant who was worried about her nanny. Apparently said nanny was behaving very strangely, always wearing a hat when she took the children out, and leaving by the back door etc. Then nanny handed in her notice with just a day or two warning. Said nanny, Lady Diana Spencer.
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Post by Mid A 15 » Thu Jan 24, 2008 10:54 am

Angela Woodford wrote:I was made curry by John Major. Late sixties style, flour thickened + sultanas, little bowls of peanuts, banana etc!
As long as it wasn't Currie :wink:

Some excellent contributions in the spirit of the thread. Keep them coming!!
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Post by ben ashton » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:14 am

Ive sold beef rib steaks to the liverpool manager circa '03ish (the french one with a dodgy heart),
organic salmon steaks to Sir Ian Mckellan (sp?) (and poured wine for him and his bf),
seen the original main man from Spooks (Tom?) buying a hoover,
eaten calves liver cooked by Brian Turner at demonstration cook,
all at Waitrose Canary Wharf.
(ooh shook hands with the MD of Waitrose too :-D)
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Post by icomefromalanddownunder » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:43 am

Angela Woodford wrote:I was made curry by John Major. Late sixties style, flour thickened + sultanas, little bowls of peanuts, banana etc!
Uncle John :D :D :D :D

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Post by Angela Woodford » Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:21 pm

"Uncle John" (to those in 6's) hadn't been Curried in those days!
"Baldrick, you wouldn't recognise a cunning plan if it painted itself purple, and danced naked on top of a harpsichord singing "Cunning plans are here again.""

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