/ What famous people have you met?
I sat at a table behind Jarvis Cocker in a restaurant in Sheffield. I don't think that counts as meeting him though so the answer is none!
Hard to compete with such links
Does meeting Al Evans count?
I met Noel Edmonds once. Oh dear.
Most hallowed memory: Shaking hands with Julian Cope and wishing him a good night.
Sir Robert Winston
Colin McRae (RIP), sat in his motor home and had a cup of tea with him......top, top bloke........Roy Castle (RIP)......Ayrton Senna (RIP)..........and Zawe Ashton.
Most people that know who Zawe is won't know who Roy was., but at least she's not dead.
The one and only James "Jimmy" Stewart. Many years ago he visited the scientific station I was working at, and myself and the lads showed him around and entertained him and his lovely wife Gloria for a few hours.
A top fella and a million miles away from the celebrity narcissism we have today.
Oh and John Inverdale
Princess Diana (stunning blue eyes)
Edwina Currie (lives just up the road and we talk about dogging...of the dog kind)
Jack Straw (congratulated him on resigning over Iraq)
Roy Hattersley (my T5 is named after him)
Bryan Adams (in the bar of Raffles, Singapore)
Morrissey (I bought him a pint on the King's Road 3 years ago)
PJ Harvey (shared a 1st class table on an intercity...what a total foxxxxx)
Julian Cope (waiting for a ferry in the Hebrides)
Gerry Adams (with the Mayor of Moyle in a pub near Fair Head)
Peter Kay (he gets all his best stuff from me)
Liam Gallagher (my dog is FaceBook friends with him, but I am not)
John Peel (he spilt my pint at The Chemic in Leeds)
Brian Cox (rather raffish)
Terry Waite (he's about 8 feet tall)
...and David Beckham (who is the politest person I have ever met)
I don't include climbers because they're just climbers.
John Pertwee (As Wurzel Gummage)
Tom Baker (As The Doctor)
Richard Branson(And his mate,
A whole host of WSB and BSB riders at one of Jamie Whitams' parties
Lots of famous (British) climbers
Tom kennely (family friend)
Iggy pop (parking lot at a festival)
Ahmoud shah masood (work thing)
Chris sharma (my local wall)
Dai koyamada (wall)
Will gadd (ice championships)
Doug scott (uni, stromeferry)
Yasushi okada (work same place)
Denis ubruko, gerlindhe kaltenbrummer/ralf dumovitz (pakistan)
Guy lacelle and craig leubben (sichuan)
Errr... for various values of '(in)famous':
but my favourites were:
Story Musgrave (astronaut)
Alexander Volkov (cosmonaut)
Annie Lennox. Chatted at little cocktail party.
It was rather sweet. She made a little speech promoting her husband's charity to 30 or 40 people and was clearly quite nervous. This was shortly after she'd appeared at the Olympics in front of 100s of millions!
Spoke well though.
Oh and how could I forget Stu 'crush a grape' Francis who told me to f*ck off!
the hairy bikers in an airport check in queue
Martin oneil in a toilet
Willie Thorne severals times
One of the antiques roadshow experts
The big show and John cena from wwf in an airport
Quite an eclectic bunch really
Famous people I've met? Apart from myself, you mean?
Richard Dawkins and Rowan Williams, for a start, though not necessarily at the same time.
Rowan Williams was simply charming. Dawkins spilt my pint.
Loads of people. But then I prefer to think of it as them meeting me.
Depending on what we mean by "meet"....if we can include random "bumping into and not getting beyond 'hi'", or "getting an autograph":
Jack and Meg White
I snubbed Liam and Noel :-)
Courtney Love (and 1995 line-up of Hole)
Drew Barrymore, sort-of
Lots of somewhat-less-famous-but-possibly-recognised indie luminaries such as Tanya Donelly, Kristin Hersh, Damon Albarn, Thom Yorke, Jarvis Cocker, loads of "Britpop" really. Florence Welch.
In terms of "met and had a conversation that lasted more than 1 minute", I'd probably struggle.
Laura Veirs, Corin Tucker, Carla Bozulich...mmm here I may be redefining "famous" ;-)
In the sporting arena:
Jack Geldard, Hazel Findlay, James McHaffie.
Annelie Pompe (attempted to be third woman to summit Everest without supplementary oxygen, bailed on the oxygen thing at 7500 but still summitted - also a world-record-holding freediver)
Speaking of which - loads of top international freedivers but again "famous" is pushing it and I've never met the ones that are recognisable names to the general public (Tanya Streeter, Herbert Nitsch)
I've kissed Helen Mirren. Wasn't as good as I hoped but I don't think she was giving me her best work
Sat in a giant bucket of ice cubes at the foot of a gully in Idwal, drinking scotch with ice picked from around us, with Alan Rouse. An abiding memory for lots of reasons
Stevie Nicks (god she was so bloody cute)
Bian Sewel (actually very charming, and very very witty)
Michael Caine (he was co-owner of a restraunt in London called Langans, which we used to frequent from time to time)
Michael Parkinson (at a funeral)
Richard Branson (in a business meeting)
Princess Anne (at a charity bash)
Des O'Connors pianist 'Colin'
All of 10cc (knew the receptionist at Strawberry Studios)
Ingemar Stenmark and Franz Klammer (courtesy of Mrs Goucho)
and more than a few well known climbers, some of which I've had the great privilege to climb with.
Joe Brown, in 1975, I was not worthy.
> Story Musgrave (astronaut)
> Alexander Volkov (cosmonaut)
Yep tricky to beat that sort of experience even if they are the "less well known" ones.
Have you heard the song "Story Musgrave" by Scrawl (90s indie band, John Peel liked them)?
I've met Humphrey Lyttelton. And Suggs :-)
Met a few 'famous' climbers over the years - Conrad Anker is the one I would most like to meet again.
Oh yeah, met the D of E when I got my Gold award, Liz wasn't there though.
They are just people though, like everyone else...
All of the members of Reef, spent a summer hanging out with them surfing, playing music etc.
Terry Waite, was at the Manchester Airport protest.
Julian Cope was at the Newbury Road protest. Ben Moon was also there.
Some of The Levellers at their festival in Devon.
The Mad Professor, dub musician and producer.
Kate Moss at Leeds Festival and in N. Devon.
The singer from Asian Dub Foundation.
Fran Cotton, Bill Beaumont, Rory Underwood, Mike Slemen, Steve Smith, Simon Shaw...
Simon le Bon (At a meal)
Ian Wright (Granada TV)
Jeremy Paxman (Cafe)
Mark Owen (Numerous times at British Suerbikes)
Mel B (She worked with my sister on a tv programme)
Chris Bonington (At a Berghaus event)
Doug Scott (Lecture in Wick)
Jimmy Saville (Clachaig)
Jeremy Beadle (Local nightclub)
Robbie Coltrane (Train to London)
Linda Lusardi (she opened Fosters menswear in Rochdale)
> Fran Cotton, Bill Beaumont, Rory Underwood, Mike Slemen, Steve Smith, Simon Shaw...
I went skiing with Mike Tindall, so there! :)
And I met Bill Beaumont!
Princess Di`s mum.
signed her petition outside Tesco`s .
Tom Heap (countryfile presenter)
Bobby the barman from Still Game.
Alan Rough -legendary Scottish Goalie.was going to let him shake my hand,but thought better of it;in case he dropped it.
illustrious ,or what?
I once met Jeremy Beadle, apparently. I had no idea who he was. I was a student at the time, and I never watched telly.
He was *so* cross that I didn't recognise him. It was great to be able to do that to him :-)
Forgot about Rolf Harris.
I didn't exactly *meet* him, but I was watching the rugby in the back room in Mennie's the year before last and Gordon Strachan came in and sat down immediately behind me. He asked the room "Who's winning?" and everyone said "England" and he said "Oh dear". I turned round and gave him a grin and he grinned back.
I was wearing a Stonewall T-shirt at the time, so Gordon Strachan probably thinks to this day that I'm an English poof.
Thom Yorke from Radiohead - lovely bloke and very tolerant of my drunkeness
Mani from the Stone Roses - skinned up a joint for him and shared a few beers too.
Dave Gorman - cycled from Fort Augustus to Inverness with him
Kenny Logan - big girly wuss. Spent the whole day whinging about a splinter in his finger
Lawrence Dallaglio - Hard as nails. Trained for an event I was working at by getting pissed in Dublin for a week. The sod barely broke a sweat.
Seann William Scott (Stifler from American Pie)
Heather Vandeven - a Penthouse Pet! She was awesome :-)
Josh Duhamel (actor from the Transformers films, married to Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas)
My wife has an embarrassing habit of rushing up o celebrities in restaurants whilst my daughters and I pretend we don't know her. But has met Tom Jones, Rod Stewart and Jackie Chan as a result.
Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright (when I was about 11, and my brother, whom I was visiting, and Tamsin Olivier were both at Bedales).
Robert Lindsay, on a train from Manchester to London.
Timothy Spall walked past me on Wardour St about 6 months ago.
has met Tom Jones
It's not unusual.
Had a meal with Catherine Destivelle a few years ago and asked her if she had ever done any winter climbing!
Doh! At least she laughed but Rich was not impressed! Lol
I was 5 years old, in a restaurant in Minorca with my family, and this dark handsome Englishman in Raybans and a black leather jacket, drunk as a skunk, came over to our table, leant over it, looked me in the eye, and said "Do you know who I am?"
I didn't say anything, because I was five.
He took his sunglasses off and repeated "Do you know who I am?"
I still didn't say anything.
He slurred "Tony Jacklin", and then someone took him by the shoulder and led him away.
I think it really was Tony Jacklin, though I have no idea how I'd prove that.
Many of the following are subjective but most of them are quite significant to me .
Goldie ( D & B Artist/Actor & bit of an arogant bully )
Kate Moss ( she actually seemed very down to earth )
Sadie Frost ( had the serious horn for her I must confess )
Polly ( PJ ) Harvey ( worked for / family friend ) shes nice . her Mum Eva is mental in a good way .
Norman Lamont ( former MP and many MPs through work )
KRS ONE ( Hip Hop legend )
Jungle Brothers , True Mathematics , Queen Latifah , De La Soul , Lakim Shabbaz , Chill Rob G .
Dj QBert , Mix Master Mike , Beastie Boys .
Method Man aka Johnny Blaze .
Ice T . Lord Finesse & Diamond D .
kool Herc , Chuck D & Professor Griff of Public Enemy , Massive Attack & lots of other Bristol artists .
Banksy , Inkie, Seen , Mode 2 & lots of NYC Graf artists & BBoys too including NY City Breakers & Rock Steady Crew . Schooly D ,DJ Cash Money & many other hiphop artists from Philly .
Marianne Faithfull , Howard Marks & Irvine Welsh but he was so pissed I could bearly understand a word he said .
Had a few beers with Mick Jaggers brother Chris who is a great singer too .
Morgan Freeman in New York , we shared a few words in torrential rain on Madison Ave at 36th Street .
Spoke briefly to Chris Sharma in Spain but to my shame I didn't realise who he or his friends at crag were at the time, one of the guys I was climbing with mentioned it but I was taking more notice of the hottie climbing with him to be honest , I'd not been climbing long at this point . Have some old photos ( hard copy ) .
Mustn't forget Guru & Primo ( DJ Premier ) GangStarr RIP Guru .
plus Wade Simmons MTBiking Freeride Legend & lots of Pro BMXers too .
Ian Botham ( have 2 of his old bats ) , Joe Garner & Viv Richards .
Matt Black - Coldcut D.J>
should read Joel Garner .
In reply to Skip , I didn't ever meet Mat ColdCut or the other dude ( I think my brother did ) , have got a few of their lessons in Hiphop whitelabels which apparently are worth a few quid as very rare now .
Met Radiohead at a DJ Shadow Gig in Bristol .
Did meet Cut Chemist and The Jurassic Five in the crowd at a Dead Prez Gig , Tony hawkes was there too .
Another you may know, not really famous - Skitz
Lots of 60s/70s/80s mountaineers.
Michael Palin, lovely man.
Terry Jones, funny man
JK Rowling at a party prior to her being famous. Quiet, nice, pretty, wish I'd paid more attention to her...
Alice Roberts, through work. Totally and utterly lovely in every way
Time Team people. Good lot, exactly as on telly.
Muriel Gray, exactly as on telly
Janet Street Porter, great legs, much nicer than she appears on telly
Rebecca Stephenson, up herself
Robin Cook, serious
John Smith, friendly, serious
Chris Smith, friendly, serious
Jack Dee, sold him a pair of Tevas
Catherine Zeta Jones, didn't realise who she was
Tim Slessor, producer of Life on Earth, gave me a lift to Skye
Dan McCafferty and Pete Agnew of Nazareth (most Fifers of my age have met them)
Big John Duncan (Exploited etc, everyone from Edinburgh my age has met him)
Ted Nugent. Arsehole
Nick Crane, lashings of ginger beer etc
Mike Harding, lovely man
Leon Rosselson, see Mike Harding
Isabelle Autissier, awe-inspiring and nice with it
Occasionally share a supermarket queue with Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin but haven't met them as such.
Best of all, Peter O'Toole. He was walking down Hanover Street in Edinburgh and had a horrendous coughing fit. As he got his coughing under control our eyes met, and he said, "Soon be dead, thank God."
The best famous person story I have is of an American friend who hitched to and from the Mull of Kintyre in c.1990. I asked him how the hitching went and he said he'd got a lift out of Campbelltown from "a really cool American woman who lived there. She said she was a photographer and her husband was a musician."
yeh have met Skits a few times hes sound ( from Devon I believe ? ) have blazed a few with old Rodders P too and Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva another sound geezer . have recorded alot of tracks with Original Foundation aka The Sindecut ( Linny Lin & Gladstone , Spikey T , Louise etc ) Demon Boyz and lots more .
Also met Makka B , Luciano , Mikey General , Capelton , Bushman , Cocoa T and lots of other reggae artist and producers through sound system work .
That said, I too am pretty ignorant of sports 'stars ' and. ' celebrities' but even I would know the ugly footballer who got a hair transplant.
> I've kissed Helen Mirren. Wasn't as good as I hoped but I don't think she was giving me her best work
Ok I have finally found one that I am jealous of, even if it is a very short list. Well done that man, (even if she is now 70, or something like that age. )
Now if you had been able to add Jaimie Lee Curtis as well........
A fair few. But nowhere near as many as Al Evans or Gordon Stainforth.
Hugh Laurie is remarkably tall - much more so than on the telly :-)
Lloyd George knew my father
> Lloyd George knew my father
My mate's grandfather used to play golf with Lloyd George in Wales.
> Have you heard the song "Story Musgrave" by Scrawl (90s indie band, John Peel liked them)?
No, but I'll try and dig it up. Thanks :)
He was alone, (or at least I didn't see anyone else,) and I spent 5 minutes chatting. A really nice guy in that environment and far more down to earth than his royal persona portrays.
Quite a surreal experience...
Also Tony Blair, Cherie Blair and John Major but I don't really think that they count!!
So, you spent a night in a tree in Africa, with Tarzan. That's brilliant!
I so nearly had the winning entry in this particular pissing contest but sadly it didn't quite come off. I helped organise a science conference in Cape Town and would have been introduced to the guest of honour. Sadly he had to pull out about two days before it happened. Nelson Mandela of course.
> Now if you had been able to add Jaimie Lee Curtis as well........
I have met her though.
I bumped into (literally) Carl Lewis in Zurich. He was never the same again.
I became fairly pally with David Grindley, who was the British 400m record holder at the time, and was my hero. He was a good laugh and a decent bloke.
> Colin McRae (RIP), sat in his motor home and had a cup of tea with him......top, top bloke........Roy Castle (RIP)......Ayrton Senna (RIP)..........and Zawe Ashton.
> Most people that know who Zawe is won't know who Roy was., but at least she's not dead.
F*ck me - you're like Miss Marple!
My missus, and a few other folks I know, went to school with him. He was a wanker then too.
I just finished his book Afghansty - very interesting. Heard him interviewed on R4 recently - typical dry but pointed humour of the FO - seemed a good bloke.
i met Tanya Streeter at the NEC Dive Show in 1999. She was working for the toursit authority for one of the Caribbean islands.
she was small but perfectly formed. she actually looks a bit like my missus (same nose - they share it - she gets to use it weekends)
Lee Pearson (Paralympic dressage guy) came to my birthday party last year.
Met both Jimmy Saville and Margeret Thatcher when I was a small child
I went away to find myself once. when I did find myself, I didn't like myself so much so never really kept in touch, although I am in Christmas card contact.
not really met any famous types - best i can offer....
Met Will Gadd and climbed with his climbing partner in Canmore
Marie Colvin as a sailing and drinking buddy
Imran Khan - spilt food on him while working as a waiter(though not in a cocktail bar)
Brummie Stokes - in a cafe in La Grave. He was very complimentary about my mangled ice damaged face, though he beat me on the overall injuries front
Patsy Kensit - spotted her on Marleybone High Street. I smiled, she smiled back, I walked into a lampost, she doubled over pissing herself.
Al Murray - he hosted an industry dinner, i was on after him doing a speech. He was very "polite" and left me alone and heckled everyone else. He drinks Kaliber - there's cans of the stuff hidden in his podium
Matthew Parris - had dinner together and talked about Peru and Mrs T. told him I wasn't a fan but we had a really good chat about the myth an the reality.
Gordon Wright - he lived next door and invented the tufty Club
My mate's dad did the voiceover in the Timotei adverts
The girlfriend's dad is a pal of Ozzy Osbourne's - went to school together and lived on next street
THe other half was "friendly" with a few of the Brum music scene in the early 80's. She goes red at the sheer mention of Terry Hall
My mum snogged Ray Davies.
I'm good friends with bassist Jimmy Johnson, so whenever we've managed to get together at gigs he's played at I've had some interesting backstage chats with..
James Taylor - folk singer / songwriter
Arnold McCuller - vocalist
Chad Wackerman - drummer
Steve gadd - Drummer
Gary Husband - Drummer
Allan holdsworth - Guitarist
Also had some interesting conversations with other well known bassists at shows like Bass Day uk and the london guitar show with such masters of the low end as billy Sheehan, TM Stevens, Adam Nitti, Jan-Olof Strandberg and Marcus Miller. Not sure how many of the general public would consider these folk famous but I guess the same could apply to famous climbers. - met Ron, bonners, jerry Moffat and a handful of others in the past but none of my mates would know who the hell thay are :-)
> Lee Pearson (Paralympic dressage guy) came to my birthday party last year.
He's a neighbour of ours and we know his brother well. He always comes to present the prizes at the local riding centre. To say he's a 'character' doesn't really cover it!
Princess Anne (twice)
Gen Mike Jackson
Does Neil Bentley count as famous? That was the most amusing actually.
Billy Connolly - in the bar of the Gosforth Park Hotel at Newcastle. I was best man at my mates wedding and had sloped off to the bar with his dad for quiet pint - and literally bumped in to the Big Yin.
Barbara Castle was staying at the Hotel where my wedding reception was being held, and met her in the Lounge bar.
Wesley Snipes (he came across as a really nice down to earth guy who enjoyed a beer and a laugh) -- in Carters Bar in Dubai just after he'd attended the opening of Planet Hollywood -- somehow or other some of my mates (who worked on event security) had blagged passes in to the VIP area. There were one or two other 'lesser celebs' there, but they were so full of themselves they were only interested in people who were fawning over them!
The Big Yin told us we looked like a pair of f'kin Penguins -- and he was right!
I was at school with Arthur Bostrom who played the gendarme in Allo Allo
Fred Dibnah, who gave me the slowest lift I've ever received.
Pete Townsend, in the car-park of a supermarket.
And I've socialised with a host of eminent but not very well known (outside their field) scientists at the behest of my old tutor, who used to like to get his research students to join his guests who came to the department for drinks and merriment...
I think we have a winner!
> Yep tricky to beat that sort of experience even if they are the "less well known" ones.
> Have you heard the song "Story Musgrave" by Scrawl (90s indie band, John Peel liked them)?
I've met them too! Cafe Drummonds in Aberdeen c1993. They were lovely, sat and chatted with them for ages.
Not that many.
A fair few politicians over the years - Secretaries of State for Industry/Energy (most recently David Milliband, Chris Huhne, Ed Davey). First Ministers Jack McConnell and Alex Salmond.
Not exactly household names but have met a few very famous chess players (e.g. Anatoly Karpov, David Bronstein).
Scottish folk musicians Duncan Chisholm and Charlie McKerron.
If we mean met as in "bumped into" (literally!) then Robert Carlyle - in an Oddbins in Hyndland, Glasgow and Jimmy Boyle in a patisserie(!!) in the centre of Edinburgh.
I'm sure there are others too, but they haven't stuck in the memory.
All I remember however is he stunk of fags, and his teeth were rotten and yellow!!
I met Tom varndel (wasps rugby player)
Sat next to Trevor McDonald at a 7's rugby tournement
Had a chat with Joe launchbury (wasps and england player)
met Riki Flutey (wasps)
and one that's a bit odd, I've been shooting with the, at the time, Chief of air staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy.
all really cool and relaxed people.
On Tuesday morning I nearly ran over the nag who won the Grand National last Saturday as it crossed the road in front of me on its way to training.
It has had its five minutes of fame, mine is still to come!
Shaw Taylor - off Police 5.
Christopher Biggins - played Lukewarm on Porridge and now famous Tory gayer.
Chris Choi - ITN's Consumer Editor.
I served Rick Wakeman a hot chocolate. He was about 12 feet tall and was perfectly pleasant.
Also had a piss next to Paddy McGuiness in some grotty comedy pub in Manchester before he took to wearing shiny suits.
Met the bloke who played Kane Dingle in Emmerdale, but didnt know who he was as i didnt watch it. He had that air of "yeh, im that bloke of telly" attitude, but i hadnt a clue who he was.
Was on the same tube train as Rob Brydon, sporting a massive beard.
Said hello to Johnny Ball.
That Fergus guy who used to be the science correspondant for BBC news.
Pretty tame really.
...oh and Warrior - off of the Gladiators. He was a complete tw*t.
you commute over Ilkley moor as well then....
> Banksy ,
Does that mean you know who he is? (Not that I want to spoil the mystery, just curious) - thought his show where he took over Bristol art gallery was awesome.
Yeah I've met quite a few over the years. I've done quite a bit of security
overseas. These are some that spring to mind right away. Most of them were
Tommy Lee Jones
> Does that mean you know who he is? (Not that I want to spoil the mystery, just curious) - thought his show where he took over Bristol art gallery was awesome.
Its no big secret really he has as long as I can remember been involved in Bristol & UK Hip Hop scene in his own way .
Did you have to que for hours in the rain as well then ?
Did you know that 3D ( Robert ) from Massive Attack is a respected graf writer too ? Some of his early stuff is quite collectable , especially from The Wild Bunch & early days .
Ditto. Perhaps they avoid me?
Met Alex Salmond at the Scotland Morocco game in St.Etienne
Had a few pints with Fish and the rest of Marillion before they got big.
Played Space Invaders with Rick Wakeman (he won.....)
Michaela Strachan at a wedding (bit up herself)
Jimmy Saville at a wedding ('orribe, 'orrible man, didnae see the kiddy fiddlin' coming but he was a sleazy c***)
Nah, You must have mistaken me for someone else :-)
Climbed with Al Evans.
Ron Fawcett Shook my hand (He was paid to do it.)
Leo Houlding asked if he could climb over me halfway up the cliff at the DWS (Obviously).
Nick Crane filming Coast. He told me he gets out climbing when he can.
Had a conversation with Ted Heath as he downed a variety and quantity of free drinks.
Spent an evening with the four members of Brotherhood of Man in an empty bar in Zurich around the time of their Eurovision win.
Watched TV at Trident Studios on a settee next to Dave Ball of Soft Cell.
Bumped into Rolf Harris in St Tropez and Clive Sinclair a number of times. He made an appointment to see me once. but didn't turn up.
Standing next to Richard Branson skiing in Verbier and Jimmy White, Michaela Strachan in pubs.
Thinking about it, I've met a fair number at various dinners/college functions in Cambridge - including amongst others several MPs, two archbishops, a lot of scientists including three Nobel prize winners, and much of the (living part of the) classical music establishment. I'm not going to name names, however, and while they're undeniably famous they're mostly not "celebrities" in the pop-culture sense of the word.
I feel rather sorry for them, actually - a certain much-loved wildlife presenter is an alumnus of my college, coming back every three or so years to dine with the science undergraduates. Unfortunately, he always ends up mobbed by people seeking autographed menus after dinner, or wanting to meet him for the sake of having met him rather than genuinely wanting to talk to him.
> I think we have a winner!
I hesitated before posting; didn't want everyone to be too jealous!
> Met Radiohead at a DJ Shadow Gig in Bristol .
I met DJ Shadow at a Radiohead gig in Birmingham! Wasn't around the time of the U.N.K.L.E. album by any chance?
I also met Korn (remeber them?) after a gig in Wolverhampton. They were being arrogant tosspots. I approached them shouting 'Autograph!', handed them a piece of paper with my name on it and got removed by security. It was ace.
Bez was in my living room (with my housemate and others) when I woke up one Saturday morning about 4am, but I wasn't in the mood, so went back to bed.
I met Jimmy Savile once too, but I doubt anyone's heard of him.
So we know what the timetable looked like then.
Indira Gandhi at a dinner in London. There were 50+ people there though.
Also I was in a lift in the National Theatre in London with a friend. The doors opened and to our utter amazement Dustin Hoffman stepped in, we rode up with him.
John Major (then PM) said hello to me on the path up to the Bowderstone once.
I met Bon Scott on AC/DC's first UK tour, when they played at Leith Town Hall. I had a chat with him after the gig, sitting on the edge of the stage. Nice bloke, as far as I can remember.
I was coached for a while by Kim Hughes, Australian cricket captain best known for bursting into tears when he resigned the captaincy.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Queen Mother - she was nice to meet and had some interesting chat
Lady Diana - she was nice to meet
Princess Royal - she was the nicest and most immediately in tune of the lot
David Suchet - a good friend of the family
Alan Rickman - at a party of David Suchet
Belinda Lang - also at a party of David Suchet's
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Alastair Cook - At school with
Seamus Heaney - at a lecture, got him to sign my copies of his poetry
and the highlights:
Big Bird and Elmo - at Jim Henson's memorial service
My old man - started the london helicopter service
I've met the Cyber Leader (1980s version) - don't mess
For anyone interested in football, meeting footballers - particularly if they're of your team - are invariably disappointing and true to type.
I'm a Bolton Wanderers supporter (for my sins), and I've met a few of them either in Bolton or near the ground. And it's always been a "Hi [insert name]" and they reply and walk away with nothing more to say. Some just nod too. One of my friends pulled up sharp at a red light and heard a loud schreech of brakes from the car behind him. He looked into his rear-view mirror and saw the angry face of the guy in the car who just managed to stop before rear-ending him. He was giving my friend the familiar one-fingered salute. And my friend was over-joyed to see that it was none other than 'Super' John McGinlay, then top-scorer at Bolton.
My second team (my 'mistress team') is Celtic however, so I warmly recall the memory I have back in the 1990s of seeing Andy Goram in a Pizza Hut in Glasgow. It was about 2pm-ish and so was in the realm of the 'Eat all you can" for however much they were charging at the time. The 'Flying Pig' was chowing down on an enormous plateful with several friends. And as far as I could see, he hadn't been over-filling at the salad counter. Goram was, of course, at the time the first team goalie for Rangers, and this was certainly mid-season. So that infamous gut was thus accounted for.
Loads of pro rugby players
Katie Price (she is very short)
Ron Paul (the us politician)
Tara Palma Tomkinson
That bloke who invented the wind up radio
Bob Shepton (friend of dads)
Mark Walport (Wellcome and now CSA to the government)
Robert J. Lefkowitz - last years nobel in chemistry, found him pretty arrogant
Andrew Cameron - former MD express newspapers
John McTernan - former No.10 director of political operations for Blair, now director of communications for Julia Gillard
I went to school with Anna Friel, had a good chat with David Thewlis in the toilet of my then local one Christmas as a consequence.
Lisa Stansfield drinks in my local when up visiting her Dad and sisters. Patrick Stewart came in once after watching Huddersfield play Rochdale.
Seem to have met most of the of Corronation Street at various times, bought some land off Julie Goodyear recently.
Had a chat with Tyson Gay and Tommy Smith just after former had beaten the layers 44 year old 200m in a straight line record.
Dozens of others as well, mainly from when I lived in London.
Cyril Smith and Jimmy Saville, unmolested.
Prince Albert of Monaco
That Stelios bloke who founded easy jet
I've met Derek Brockway, the BBC Wales Weatherman :-)
it will soon be a dick night
In no particular order: -
Lots of Welsh Rugby Internationals (pretty normal if you live in South Wales though)
Nicky Grist (in a café in Brecon)
Prince Charles, his sister Anne...
The cast of CBbeeies: Sid, Andy, Cerrie, Alex, Chris, Mr Tumble & Poi et al
Howard Marks, Nick Pickard, Jen the young lady from the herbal essence adverts, Alison Steadman, Larry Lamb, Don Gilet, Duncan Preston, Ashley Jensen & my favourite Celia Imrie, she was an absolute pleasure to meet...
The most recent is Kristian Nairn... He was very tall... :0)
> That bloke who invented the wind up radio
If you've met him and don't know his name, is he famous?
(variation on "if a tree falls..." :-) )
> If you've met him and don't know his name, is he famous?
> (variation on "if a tree falls..." :-) )
I know his name, so to me he is more famous than a lot of the people mentioned on this thread. Trevor Baylis by the way.
I was manning registration at a fell race this afternoon, I had my head down and someone handed me an entry form, I read the name and recognised it, looked up and couldn't help saying "oh, it's THE Mick Fowler" to which he answered, "yes, sort of".
once was in the same room as Una Stubbs
almost said hello to Steve Davis
stood next to the bloke who was the boyfriend of erm was it Mary? the punk on east enders
was in the same room as Ron Haslam at Donnington
if i'm not allowed famous climbers then erm no one realy
lol, forgot Sean Bean was two years above me at school
Maybe you totally misunderstood my post and my use of a smiley.
I know his name too. You had little enough faith in his fame that you not only described what he is famous for, but you also didn't bother putting his name in. Presumably for the benefit of the crowd?
Yes, I described what Annelie Pompe has done to merit the "famous" tag, but I was being tongue-in-cheek. She is not famous, but she is a high achieving sporting professional.
Your logic is odd. I know my dad's name, but to me he is not "more famous" than any famous people. I assume you are actually saying that you have not heard of some of the people named here.
> I know his name too. You had little enough faith in his fame that you not only described what he is famous for, but you also didn't bother putting his name in. Presumably for the benefit of the crowd?
I am pretty sure I did neither of those things!
> I am pretty sure I did neither of those things!
"Tara Palma Tomkinson
That bloke who invented the wind up radio
How is that not "omitting his name, but telling us what he did"?
> I was manning registration at a fell race this afternoon, I had my head down and someone handed me an entry form, I read the name and recognised it, looked up and couldn't help saying "oh, it's THE Mick Fowler" to which he answered, "yes, sort of".
I was chatting with Mick in Jura.. he was saying how in awe he was of us front runners.. and I was just like 'Your Mick Fowler'... incomparable.. lovely guy, so well spoken..
I never knew that, he's a man with excellent choice.
As for me:
Lily Cole; did a camera op job with her last year. She was quite a nice person, as it goes.
Howard Marks; lovely bloke, we ended up sharing a tube of Pringles.
Robert Plant; nice chap, good stories, tight as a duck's rectum when in the pub - don't expect a pint.
And as I used to work as a roadie when I was in my late teens, I've met & been on the road with various punk/ska bands during the early 00's, my favourite of which were Rancid, who are absolute legends. Less Than Jake nearly destroyed my liver, SUM41 are all midgets with silly hair, and Neville Staple from the Specials broke my big toe.
> She was quite a nice person, as it goes.
What does "as it goes" mean, in this context? Looks like a weird disclaimer! Not directing this particularly at you, it's just a general question - I see it a lot and it looks a bit mean spirited, like "damning with faint praise".
> almost said hello to Steve Davis
People used to genuinely mistake me for Steve Davis, so maybe it was me!
Reading this thread it's intersting to see how broad the definition of 'famous' is. Reminds me of the old line about local heroes:
"What do you mean you've never heard of him? He's world famous round here!"
Air Vice Marshal Sir Keith Park
Several Battle of Britain fighter pilots, one of whom's daughter I dated for a while
Field Marshal Montgomery
Sir John Betjeman
John Eliot Gardiner
> "Tara Palma Tomkinson
> Ranolph Fienes
> That bloke who invented the wind up radio
> Ron Atkinson"
> How is that not "omitting his name, but telling us what he did"?
You might want to look back and see who actually wrote that. I'll give you a clue, it wasn't me!
My sincere apologies. Not entirely sure how that happened! Oops.
Erm...well, all the same comments can be applied to Cu...
> Not entirely sure how that happened!
I've worked it out. It's because I am stupid.
> My sincere apologies. Not entirely sure how that happened! Oops.
By met I mean chatted to.
Prince Charles and Camilla
There are others but probably enough.
Friend lives next door to the late Sir Bobby Robson (Lady Elsie still lives there and I see her when visiting my friend) Met Sir Bobby a number of times. Very nice man. Sad he passed away.
Met Wicksy from Eastenders at a campsite in Borrowdale. He was with his family in a small motorhome.
The Duke of Edinburgh (as mentioned before short chap, nice though.)
Sir Chris Bonnington at a presentation.
Malcolm McDonald whilst out walking in Durham.
Had dinner with Lord & lady Ingleby after working in York Minster after the fire there.
Dame Tanni Grey Thompson came to watch me working with some kids at a school I taught climbing at.
Sang on stage with Alex Harvey (Delhila I recall).
Met Steve Cram a few times at athletic events.
Mike McLeod too. Been climbing with his brother a few times. Never running though - far too fast.
> Several Battle of Britain fighter pilots, one of whom's daughter I dated for a while
Ohh forgot about that.. I dated a previous Tory party Chairman's daughter..
Well, if you are allowed to include "famous in New Zealand", then (because my other half is involved in music and we go to the odd award thingy) i have talked to and failed to recognise most of your popular kiwi music artists, various current All Blacks, and a good smattering of NZ tv personalities/newsreaders. I have cheerfully said hello to people I've half recognised in cafes and airports, thinking i must know them through work or my partner, only later to realise that i've seen them on the front of a magazine or something. I've also found out that some of our friends are (fairly minor, even for NZ) celebs, which is a bit odd when you're out with them.
But in NZ, everyone went to school with each other, so everyone knows each other anyway.
Although i did hear a talk from and meet with Helen Clark (ex NZ prime minister and current head of the UN development agency) late last year, which was very interesting.
Apart from that it's all scientists or science related.
I sat next to Javier Bardem on the airport bus at Nice airport.
I said: "You you like Javier Bardem!"
He said: "That's because I am Javier Bardem."
I also met Alex de la Iglesia at a party.
One of my climbing buddies is the spitting image of Robson Green, do I win a prize?
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