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i'm talking to levi roots on facebook chat.
he patted me on the head sometimes when i wore a bradford hat
she was called Liz and she had a boyfriend called Dez who was also on the show
here's a really tiny picture of them www.virtualhebrides.com/hebrides_images/castaway_2000/liz.jpg
we went to their wedding and Ben Fogle was there
you're speaking to Levi Roots?
saw him on facebook chat, so thought what the hell
with Bill Nighy in a shop window in Soho.
He had to come back because he left his phone on one of the racks.
has a proper speaking role in the upcoming Hobbit films.
(Current top set gossip: the guy that played Shaun Slater in Eastenders was dumped over Skype.)
and got to meet Dave Benson Philips
Isn't it meant to be their child?
I can remember a celebrity one, when some guy took Mark Speight on. It makes me sad.
My dad's a vicar and some kid he was baptising made something up about him not letting them go to the cinema on the day they were being baptised. Probably not true, but at least he didn't get gunged for it.
He's well nice
was at the same pub as mick mccarthy a week after the world cup. he was hammered.
Martin O'Neil still lives in the area from his time managing Wycombe Wanderers, and Lee Dixon also must live nearby.
My job was to look after the cellar and dressing rooms, so I have a few of these. When bands requested a runner "with local knowledge and access to a car" I was frequently that guy.
I placed and collected an order at a local Indian restaurant on behalf of Kerry King from Slayer.
Kerry King from Slayer is one of the nicest people I've ever met. And that includes all people, not just famous ones.
One for Bolton fans of a certain age. Neil Watmore bought our old house in Nottingham.
My Dad used to work with the father of the red-haired one out of Atomic Kitten. He met her once but didn't know who she was, but then he saw her on CD:UK the next week and said "I know her dad!".
i hope you went to mogal-e-azam
the Royal Concert Hall, then yes I did.
best indian in nottingham, by a long way.
My dad was walking me round London and we randomly bumped into Robert Plant, he patted me on the head I think.
Also Carol Vorderman used to live in my house
I live in the opposite building (in halls) to Carol Vorderman's daughter. Met CV for all of two minutes as we were in the lift together with our bags. She seemed lovelt.
He gave my female friend the once over. She was unsettled.
Princess Beatrice is in some of my lectures and seminars. I've discussed the Ottoman Empire with her.
Theo Walcott's Dad and my Dad used to be best mates at work when he was 15/16 and my dad would come home and tell me how his youth career at Southampton was progressing etc.
so once he saw elvis costello go into a jeans shop, so he followed him in then hid behind the racks watching as elvis costello picked jeans to try on. he hovered about until elvis costello had left upon which he bought all the jeans that had just been tried on.
my mum worked there too, and told Brian May where the lift was. so not really my brushes with fame, but brushes with fame nonetheless.
*something about my dad porking michael caine*
Michael Parkinson (Lovely)
Ronnie O'Sullivan (Surly)
Bruce Foresyth ('I hope that's his daugher')
Michael Barrymore (Quiet)
The Geordie one from Liberty X (Really nice)
Chantelle Houghton (Best arse these eyes have ever seen irl)
"Ronnie O'Sullivan (Surly)" = very unsurprising.
loving the distinction of "irl", also :D
orlando bloom (secretive)
johnny borrell (ugly)
lenny henry (quiet)
dale winton (lovely)
martin clunes (embarrassed)
bill oddie (everyone saturday)
vic reeves (stunk of alcohol and unappreciative of my jokes)
and a colleague served anthony head and kept saying "where do i know you from?" to which mr head replied "well, i was in buffy the vampire slayer for several years". colleague replied "nope, never watched it...". mr head retorted "what about little britain?" colleague: "nope, what else?". it went on, embarrassingly. i think anthony head just left in the end.
he was running a course at a university in the US, and colin powell came along and had a chat to him. for some reason. idk.
your own brush of fame, not a family member/friends.
my dad shook princess dianas hand. He got a picture of his hand and her shaking it. She had to wipe her hand after as my dad was in work and covered in grease.
Well I say speak, it was more of a one word exchange
me: 'sorry mate can I just have his name?'
A lot smaller in real life than I had predicted.
It was late at night and the shop was pretty much empty. I bought a heavily discounted copy of Death Magnetic and got him to sign it. He was alright - certainly not the arrogant dickhead you keep reading about. He wanted to know if 'The Damned United' had been released on DVD yet. Lars loves a bit of Cloughie.
I kissed my ultimate teen crush (Matt Tuck) on the cheek and there is photographic evidence somewhere on here.
I met Maxwell and Saskia (Big Bro.....er I dunno) at V Festival. Theres a picture of that somewhere too.
Just the odd few people here and there.Mainly fair city cast and the odd band member.
I met Gary Glitter when I was in Cuba, lovely bloke. He wasn't a convicted nonce then though.
Show me on the doll where he touched you...
but he was very pleasant. There's even a photographic evidence of me meeting him somewhere. Actually at the time I didn't really know who he was, apart from knowing he was famous in the 70's. The two guys I was travelling with recognised him and wanted to get their photo with him.
It's me with legendary animator Bruce Bickford.
Nearly was in Ladyhawke as the live guitarist. Didn't work out but we still speak to her from time to time, mainly to clarify pub debates about stuff in New Zealand. I don't think it would work having two Pip's in a band anyway.
was in a band with this cunt
was in a band briefly (never gigged) with Pixie Geldof. She is lovely, by the way.
Friends with Toby Butcher, who is the son of Belinda from MBV.
An ex of mine dated Ben Knopfler, son of Mark. Another ex dated Gael Garcia Bernal. A friend dated Romy from the XX. My housemate used to live next door to the singer from Sigur Ros when she was in Iceland.
a friend of mine lived really near jonsi for a while, and is good friends with him.
(I spoke to pixie briefly at a celebrity soccer thing I had to do with babyshambles. She's so sweet!) Your ladyhawke gig would have been amazing!
I forgot to add most of mine. i.e. that i've smoked a joint with Marianne faitful in a restaurant loo in oxford, had malcolm mclaren sleep on my sofa for a week and had dinner with OJ simpson (did not end well). And a number of footballers over the years (did not end well).
I went on Oblivion with Jonathan Ross. I spoke to him about Morrissey in the queue briefly, as he had been on his show a couple of days earlier. He said he was slightly disappointed as he wanted to be mates with him, but Morrissey didn't give him his mobile number. Yes, he had to queue.
I stood on matt bellamy's coat, like a clown, looked expensive too. Was pleased when I realised.
'YOU KNOW HE'S DEAD FAMOUS ON THE INTERNET' and then fucked off.
sorry bout that!! good night, I was so drunk.
Shame it didnt happen for him. Could've put him in the spotlight again
does that count? probably not.
...went out with a girl who appeared on Junior Masterchef. Had dumped her before it was televised; she didn't win. Also went to school with someone who made a right tit of himself on The Crystal Maze. Favourite comment from a fellow pupil during Maths lesson "Haw Murray, get your crystal dome out of the way - I'm trying to see the board."
Also you know the cat that killed Tommy in Trainspotting? That was my old boss's cat.
interviewed conrad keely from and you will know us by the trail of dead.
also, i once interviewed nicky wire then later met the other manics. sean moore never talked, james seemed really nervous, and nicky was actually very nice and very intelligent.
I also got asked to play poker by Todd Trainer, but declined as I had no money to fritter away :(
Several years later I was on a ferry going to the Isle of Wight and she was sat next to me, ate a packet of crisps and LEFT THE LITTER on the table before walking off. What a litter bug.
Anyone who did regular band practices in the Barrowlands (shite practice space) has probably run into one or two bands. They said we were better than they were at that age. We were 16.
Same place, accidentally walked in on Embrace (not the Ian MacKaye lot, the shit ones) doing their pre-gig warm up.
Blatant thread rules violation, but our singer walked past "some really tall ginger dude and a mental looking bald guy with a goatee" downstairs at the same place. It was Josh and Nick from QOTSA.
Robbie Coltrane came into the Tesco I used to work at, but I never served him. He's absolutely fucking massive (vertically and circumference), too.
Used to work in Borders so had various book signings with celebrities. Highlights include
Being told I was "fabulous" by Gok Wan
Being told I had a "stupid English haircut" by Evander Holyfield
Being told i looked like an "older version of him from My Chemical Romance" by Chris Moyles (I was 24 at the time, Gerard Way was 32)
I also served Rob Brydon a computer magazine, sold 2 copies of 'The Second Plane' by Martin Amis to Nicky Wire, and had a conversation with David Quantick about Hilary Mantel. I also sold some blank tapes to James Dean Bradfield when I worked in MVC. When I asked him about what type he wanted, he said "I don't care about quality"
At JFK airport I met the guitarist and drummer from Beth Orton's backing band, 2000 line-up. They did go on to mention they used to be in Jeff Buckley's backing band, which extends the quality of this story, I hope.
Jon Snow quoted a pun I wrote on the Channel 4 News.
Steven Wells quoted something he overheard me say to my friend in a review of the 80s Matchbox B-Line disaster.
massively famous for being one of The Sharks for Shipwrecked battle of the islands. Because we were in a bar once where you can sit in a mock shuttle and have a drink, she now calls me 'Jesus from the Rocket'. Bloody celebs eh
Say met, giggled like a little girl and I couldn't look him in the eye.
Had an Indian with Yeovil Town legend Darren Way. I'm living the dream.
I like this a lot.
He's a lovely bloke. :)
. . . . and won't give them back
She left them in his car after he gave her a lift back from Bestival
which is what you implied.
1. On saturday just gone Graham Linehan came and gave us a quid and his daughter had a go on the drums
2. Some months ago Sanjay from eastenders came and sang with me while busking. he was inebriated and rapping in Urdu along to my banjo. He asked if I like Tony Blair, I said no, he said that he was actually a nice bloke.
3. Also some months ago, Adam Ant came up to me and my friend busking and asked if we wanted to play on a 'tour of London' that he was organising. A week at the Coronet, a week at the Festival Hall, and a week at the Royal Albert Hall, supporting Adam and the Ants and Right Said Fred. He was wearing a dress and was absolutely mental.
he said we would be welcome on his tour because one of us was a pretty girl. being a pretty girl was "very important to me".
He used to fancy my boyfriend.
was in the restaurant where I work on the day that Michael Jackson died. He had a salad. Nice bloke.
Embassy No.1, FYI. Dean Winstanley was on the Royals, I think.
he was buying his kids a lot of toys.
of The Futureheads. I was about to get mic'd up by one of the production crew... I shouldn't have spoken up and let them do it.
called me "pal" once
He watched the 1994 League Cup Final from the stands as a fan, then was there two years later scoring Villa's third goal. He also regularly sits in with the Villa fans at away games.
Great player, legendary fan
Though other brushes have included:
- Actually walking straight into David Beckham and his man cleavage
- Sharing a lift with Gary Neville
- Chatting to a woman and her son whilst I was waiting for another lift about the cost of school clothes only to realise whilst in the actual lift that it was Stella Mccartney
UK's Best Anal!
He will definitely go down in history as a one of the worst dates ever.
- My mum's cousin is married to Hollywood actor Greg Kinnear. I've never met him.
- Chanelle from big brother is a friend of a friend. She waved at me once.
- I had a piss next to Gary from The Cribs. I resisted the urge to look at his penis.
- A friend and I met Matthew Holness in Times Square. Here is a picture: http://i54.tinypic.com/j0e8uv.jpg
play Ted Bundy in a film. He is the spitting image of him.
you know the ones you get from a
so. i was @ the bar,
fumbling for change.
A reasonably well dressed man standing next to me,
in a stinking leather jacket, the ones you can smell
before you see. Looked pricey.
He bumbled up to me, and sqwaked in my ear.
'I'D RATHER HAVE A BOWL OF COCO-POPS"
He sounded exactly like the monkey on the cartoon.
He then told me that it IS/WAS him who does the voice.
I was impressed.
But he kept going.
saying, 'I can do other stuff too'
He sang me 'Rehab'
and im pretty sure he Freestyled me some kinda rap.
Whilst constantly reminding me,
"THATS NOT ALL I CAN DO"
But none of the things he did
were half as good as,
"I'D RATHER HAVE A BOWL OF COCO-POPS"
Upon being informed im not a dealer and at this Uni to visit my now ex girlfriend she disapeared back into the halls kitchen
That was surreal
- Told Gareth Southgate where the 'loo' was. he didn't understand me.
- Got stuck in a lift with Alex McLeish, Mark Hateley and Andy Goram.
- Told Ugo Ehiogu where the Rangers dressing room was on the day of his debut. :D
- Had to get Pat Nevin a whisky whilst he was live on BBC Scotland doing the CIS cup final
- Had to get the Prince of Spain to move out of the way for some wheelchair access ramp during the UEFA Cup Final. and stood next to him whilst his live broadcast was beamed to Spain. :D
...this thread seems to be about"brushes with the famous" rather than "brushes with fame".
*I don't really hate being a pedant.
...that post should be "blah blah i'm a cunt blah blah"
i've just eaten
- Pete Doherty
also i spoke to efrim from gy!be on skype the other week.
won an award at work which was presented to him by Kevin Keagan.
not sure Kevin Keagan is.
slept in my bath when I lived in Brixton
Said he thought he'd be 'out of the way' there.
Not when I need a shit you're not.
Bumped into Soccer AM's Rocket in Metro once. Hand dryers weren't working, so my hands were wet when I shook his. I told him I hadn't washed them.
Robert Pattinson and Jack Whitehall. Have said this before
rthey probably know about DiS now
Jack White how to use a dyson hand dryer. He looked confused.
i posted about it on here, and someone went and waited outside the restaurant to get his autograph
Ed Groves (bassist in Snug - WOW!)
The drummer from Razorlight
Most of long forgotten also-rans Longview
Ben unbearablyhandsomebloke from GMTV or whatever it is
Missed out on Alexa Chung at sixth form college by err...three years.
I'm Facebook friends with Andy, the guy who invented the computer game Worms, he comes from Bournemouth.
Walked past Stephen Fry once in Amsterdam, it was during his 'disappearance', my girlfriend informed him that he was Stephen Fry and he thanked her for the information.
Tom Penny (skateboarder) tried to buy dope from me in Camden
Geoff Rowley (skateboarder) gave me a deck after mine snapped in Bristol
Bam Margera (skateboarder, would later find fame with Jackass) tried to sell me his shoes at the Munster World Skateboarding Championships. He was drunk, I declined and he fell into a freezer full of Dr.Oethker pizzas
Chatted to Zane Lowe in a pub, he knows a lot about hardcore.
Met Jo Whiley at Geneva Airport, she mentioned us on her show the next day. Saw her again at a kitesurf comp in Poole.
See Martin Clunes and PJ Harvey out and about in Bridport from time to time, separately though, not together.
Errr...some others too probably.
As you were
of... er... Wigan? Crystal Palace at the time, came to our New Years Eve party. He didn't drink anything and was not particularly in the mood for chatting. Strange really, who doesn't love being sober when everyone else is shitfaced?
Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) - chicken and bacon salad, side of piquante mushrooms
Andrew Whiteman (Broken Social Scene) - sausage and mash, side salad
Pete Doherty - chip butty
I also once directed Catchphrase's Roy Walker to the John Lewis in Sheffield.
but a slightly older friend of mine used to get a lift to and from school from her friend Stella's Dad. Didn't realise until years later that the Dad was none other than Paul McCartney.
with Ed Balls
I know Alex Guttenplan (the bloke off Uni Challenge a few years back, who became minorly famous for correcting Paxman mid-show). He is a nob.
I've got his Dad's book about David Irving's holocaust denial.
I want to be Levi Roots's friend.
is their lack of current fame as a result of scandal?
And no scandal... not so far as I'm aware!
He answered in the affirmative. Good lad.
(Went to posh school ON A SCHOLARSHIP, they kept inviting all these mountainous figureheads to give talks, sometimes we got to eat & chat with them afterwards)
I think there are others but that's the best one. Although I once embarrassed myself hideously in front of Marcus Trescothick
Mate: "OI OI. You'll never guess who i'm with?"
Mate: "Victor Ebuwa"
Mate: "Off Big Brother"
Me: "Oh, right..."
Mate: "Hang on, i'll get him so you can have a word with him"
<five munite wait>
Victor Ebuwa: "Safe, bruv"
Victor Ebuwa: "Yeah, man"
Me: "Is that Victor off Big Brother?"
Victor Ebuwa: "Yeah"
Victor Ebuwa: "Anyway, laters, i'll put your mate back on"
Mate: "See, i wasn't lying"
Mate: "Never doubt me, mate, i always come up with the goods"
Mate: "Anyway, cya".
Peter Barlow from Corrie: "Hiya, mate. Do you work here?"
In the Briton's Protection pub...
Me: "I think i'll have...Did you used to be in Corrie?"
Me: "Nice. I'll have two pints of Tetley's, please".
- Michelle Collins at the theatre last Thursday. Appeared to be on her own. I'm told Norris was there as well but I didn't see him
- The gay one who's name I've forgotten and Vera Duckworth both in the same restaurant at the same time, not together, but when he clocked Vera Duckworth was in he came running downstairs and gave her a big hug, was very touching
- Martin Platt at the cinema last week. The Artist. I'm told he now makes cheese for a living and often sells it in St. Ann's Square under a big banner that says "I BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW I MADE CHEESE" but I can't confirm this personally.
- My auntie (a midwife) delivered Leanne Battersby's baby IRL. She invited the whole special care baby unit to the set so she met much of the cast, who were all lovely save for Eileen who was right up her own arse apparently.
- Jason drives a Lamborghini IRL, seen him filling up at Sainsbury's. Who knew he made that kind of money? It's a hideous shade of orange.
- Fiz at a Bjork gig last year.
- Kevin Webster in the Trafford Centre ages ago.
My mate (pointing): "Yes Kev!"
Kev: "Fuck off mate!"
at the same time she was famous, loads of people would queue for her autograph when she came to pick up her kids.
Was a lovely, lovely bloke. Says the royalties off LMBYF pays for the family holiday every year. His sister was one of the finalists in that Andrew Lloyd Webber BBC thing too. He couldn't sing for shit mind.
i also once lit Giles Peterson's cigarette for him.
I also once got a bottle of fizzy drink off the top shelf in waitrose for Debbie McGee
Apparently he is a director.
I was with the other girl though. She also wasn't famous then so I don't know if that counts. We saw Serendipity with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsdale, it was rubbish.
I also met John Terry in Chessington around the same time. He was queuing for the Samurai and I ran up to him but didn't know what to say, so just shook his racist hand. I would have stayed to chat but I wanted to go on the Bubbleworks.
Also, this summer I served Patsy Kensit whilst working in M&S. She bought some Elderflower water and Percy Pigs.
During the height of her fame she stayed at my house, and we did some drugs
I see the guy from Auf Wiedershen Pet a couple of times a week. He sometimes buys me drinks, but doesn’t really like me
Explained to Sanli Tuncay why he was a bad fit for Stoke.
Saw Sergio Aguero standing by the reduced to clear shelf in Waitrose
she went out with 'someone called Rob who played rugby union for Harlequins', for about a year. This would probably have been in the 1980s. Any idea as to who?
1. lighting a cigarette for the guy off cornershop.
2. talking about how awesome no age tshirts are with steven malkmus. he has three apparently.
3. sharing countless lifts with huey morgan. don't think we ever spoke.
4. sorting jarvis cocker's fanmail every morning. that guy has loads of stalkers.
my favourite brush with fame is when alastair stewart almost ran me over in his open top bmw sports car just off oxford street.
Thats about it
I've heard so many fucking stories about how cool Squarepusher is i'm starting to hate him.
I had a wee next to Zane Lowe once
I gave directions to Denis Law in a hospital as well
just because I told him that United had won earlier that day.
Started chatting to Elijah Wood in the VIP area at Latitude about the Spiderman films as I thought he was Toby Maguire. Whoops.
Shared a takeaway pizza with Jarvis and Russell from Pulp behind Manchester uni.
Evan Dando stole my pint at an Oasis gig and when I demanded some money for it he gave me his gold credit card. I'm not quite sure what I was meant to do with it to be honest...
so was in a room drinking free booze with the likes of geri halliwell, liam gallagher (came out of the mens loo as i came out of the ladies) david tennant (annoyingly this was before i got into doctor who) and david grey.
i was in the middle of a really good book at the time and when james blunt did his set i took the opportintiy to go back into the inside area, sat down on a sofa and read a chapter or two, at one point looked up and dave grohl was standing a few feet away from me. this was when i lived in london and i'd been out till stupid o'clock the night before and woke up late and was in a massive rush to get across london to meet my family there so hadn't washed my hair and felt a bit scruffy so didn;t talk to anyone famous :(
my friends had the lovely guys in punchline round their house for a jam and a smoke after they played a gig in southampton which i missed because iw as ridiculously hungover. i was furious with myself when i saw the pictures of the bands sat on their sofa with their guitars but when they played in portsmouth a year or so later we hung out and smoked with them after the gig which was cool.
i saw whatshisname from hard fi walking through the shopping centre in kingston.
met kele from bloc party near the bar at a les savy fav gig a few years ago, he seemed to find it rather nice that my boyfriend and i first met each other at a bloc party gig
saw phil jupitus at the bar at bestival wearing a free poncho.
apparently when i was a toddler at the airport with my family we saw ringo starr.
he also came into where I used to work. he bought natural yoghurt
Then I realised I was thinking of Levi Stubbs.
Shaun disappeared just after we got in, then re-emerged about 15 minutes later *much* the worse for wear. He regaled us with anecdotes for hours, though unfortunately none of us could really make out the details. We were pretty certain there was one about a girl from Newport and a Pepperami though.
Got home way later than I said and got grounded, but it was all worth it, in a way.
I saw Matt Bellamy from Muse on a train yesterday.
It may even have been the famous banking dog. Harry was holding a battered old football at arm's length like it was a silver tray. Jamie had shades on even though it was pretty much dusk.
gok wan nearly ran me over then he waved at me from his car like he was the queen. he's not the queen he's gok wan and I NEARLY DIED.
Took Christine Bleakly's turn at the bar in the Shepherds Bush Empire because she wasn't paying attention, then her mate had a go at me when she realised.
I did a remix for the guys from Cast of Cheers a while back and they put it on their Myspace.
Was hanging out with Deer Tick for a good while the last time they were playing in Dublin. Nice bunch of guys, ended up loading out gear with them.
Was a a party or two with the girl from Fight Like Apes. I think I offended her when I was drunk.
Halle Berry - Worked on a film with her. She spent the entire time in a wet suit and we had a swim together in the underwater stage at Pinewood. She was lovely and gave every member of the crew a bottle of champers at the end.
Toby Jones - On the set of Tinker, Tailor I had to put a radio mic on him and he apologised for his tight shirt. I told him it wasn't a problem and he thanked me.
Danny Dyer - One of my first jobs I dropped a boom on his head. He swore at me and called me a cunt.
Billie Piper - Spent a day with my hands down her top. She didn't mind.
Stephen Fry - He was playing God and I had to go to his trailer and get his radio mic off him. He was in a white toga which he took off and stood there in his pants as I took it off him. I told him it would be our little secret.
A few more, but because of my job I see these people a lot of the time.
Out of work I had a piss mext to Yngwie Malmsteen. Drank Bombay Sapphire with Chad from the Chillies and hugged the lead singer from Neds atomic dustbin before stage diving at Gloucester Guild hall.
Although it is hard work. There are perks, see above.
with a nice lacey bra underneath. I was having a devil of a time getting her radio mic to sound ok and not be very rustly against her shirt. So between litterally every take I had to put my hands down her top and adjust it constantly. After a while she would see me coming and pull her top open so I had easier access. She is lovely and saw I was embarrassed about it but was very understanding. I did have several accidental boob touches during that day which she didn't say anythng about even though at times I did literally cup one.
For research purposes obviously...
You have my blessing. I won't tell you about my job with Sienna Miller then.
he's fucking huge.
when I worked in the cafe at a walled garden, Joe Swift came in and I served him. He had a flapjack and a cheese and tomato sandwich. He seemed really friendly and kept the staff entertained- they didn't have many celebrities coming in there.
he bought a pack of extra strong mints and a local paper. and of course... he was wearing a tracksuit
Said "Hi Ray"
cunt ignored me.....like he didn't know me or something
was one of my tutors in college.
it'd probably be more impressive if it was Tim Booth.
a couple of us did get to go backstage at their comeback gig at the MEN, though...Booth was swanning about, didn't acknowledge us. The Twang were the support act. they were bumming about; we didn't acknowledge them.
I was too star struck to apologize so I just looked rude.
I am 99% certain that Maxi from King Adora signed me up for an access to leisure card at my local swimming baths.
Work related stuff...
- I spent an hour with Anton Newcombe chatting in his dressing room while he chain smoked and ranted.
- Had a pint and a half hour chat with Aidan Moffat.
- Couldn't get Henry Rollins off the phone for an hour.
- Got given guesties and spoke at length with Stuart Braithwaite backstages in the Barrowlands.
- Will Oldham called me sir repeatedly when I had to call him.
- As did Micah P Hinson when we spent the afternoon drinking and smoking with his wife and my mate at Stereo.
- Ended up steaming drunk with A Place To Bury Strangers.
- Drunkenly burst into Bill Callahan's dressing room and got him to sign some records.
I also used to be really good friends with Paolo Nutini.
Loads more I can't think of.
I had to hold up a "Quiet Please" sign whenever he took a shot. He had a hole in his jumper.
My dad used to be a Sunday League referee and I sometimes went to games with him. Once when I was about 8, he was refereeing near The Cliff where Utd used to train. Lee Sharpe, Gary Pallister and Dion Dublin were all watching their mate in one of the other games. I got Sharpe and Pallister to sign my football. The inner racist in me thought Dion Dublin was their bodyguard or something, so I didn't bother to ask him. It was only after I went back to my dad's pitch and was asked why I only had two autographs that I realised the awful mistake I'd made. So I brazenly went back to ask Dublin to sign my ball too, mumbling something about my pen running out. Turns out he's the nicest man in the world ever and we had a mint conversation (for an 8 year old) about what position I played and who for and all that. He's still a bit of a hero and I won't hear a bad word said about him.
Also, I have a signed letter of apology for rude behaviour from singer-songwriter Carole King. Or at least I did until a few years ago when I decided it was a bit tragic to keep it any longer so I threw it away.
She bought an extra seat so that everybody could put their coats on it.
I saw Lionel Richie in the Trafford Centre once. I first noticed his Jimi Hendrix tshirt, then looked up and saw his chin (so much chin) and then realised it was Lionel Richtea. I said to my gf "that was Lionel Richie" and she went "no way" and I went "way". He's surprisingly tall, I'm not very tall so that's why I saw his tshirt before his chin.
We were about 6 and went to watch some testing at Silverstone when you could still pitch up and wander round the pits/hang off the pit wall when the cars came past. Damon happily indulges us for about ten minutes before patting us on the heads and leaping into his car.
On the same day David Coulthard took the piss out of my dad because he had an old camera, and later on that year Gerhard Berger gave me a signed visor and I met a disgustingly young Michael Schumacher.
Met Damian from the band a few times and he's pretty much the nicest guy ever.
Broke open a toilet door on board the Thekla in Bristol when the guitarist from the Horrors was doing a shit in there. I thought my mate who'd stolen my pint was in there. Normally I wouldn't have minded but none of us had any money left.
He looked very sheepish and then someone flipped up the hand-dryer so it blew his hair out of place and everyone cheered.
- Sold a horrible t-shirt to David Platt (from Coronation St, not the footballer) the day before Valentine's Day 2006
- Sat next to Fizz from Coronation Street in a club
- Was asked to come back for another round of auditions for the SMASH HIT television show Children's Ward but declined because I never even wanted to be on telly and my teacher had made me go to the auditions in the first place
- Watched Kanye West from the top of the escalator as he was bossing his entourage around in the shop I worked in
- Received a Most Improved Player award when I was 14 from football legend Earl Barrett
smoked a bowl with Ariel Pink after a gig. He was shouting at his drummer, who i think had messed up a couple of times during the show. seemed like a decent enough fella though.
(is he famous enough? is that more a brush with indie fame?)
also I lived with a girl last year who I have a sneaking suspicion is Rick Moranis' niece
It's me with Louis Theroux!
I'm the one in the middle