Friday, 7 January 2011

My Top 5 Famous Dinner Party Guests

Before I get down to the serious business of blogging about my Year in Review or my resolutions to move my Christmas Tummy about 8 inches upwards to where my bust should be, I thought I'd take a crack at Kate's Listography challenge...

This week's list is My Top 5 Famous Dinner Party Guests.

1. Simon Reeve
You know him better as the incredibly down to earth, smiley, and insanely intelligent TV presenter (Equator, Tropic of Capricorn...). He's been awarded a One World Broadcasting Trust award for an “outstanding contribution to greater world understanding”... so I am hoping he will both enlighten me about the world and laugh at my When A Yak Suddenly Gives You Flowers story about my travels through Nepal. His brother (James Reeve, photographer extraordinaire) can come too.

2. Ed Robertson
I actually met the Barenaked Ladies earlier this year thanks to a friend who, after 15 years or so of touring with them, finally remembered that I have been a massive fan since I bought their first casette tape back in the day. Like me, he is a massive fan of The Wire, so we spent most of the time talking excitedly about who loves it more. Anyhow, Ed is very very funny and a natural entertainer and will have us all in stitches. I'll get the guitar out before dessert and make him play me For You. Aaah.

3.Boris Johnson
I was reading a fantastic article about Boris this morning in Management Today and my daughter caught a glimpse... she asked me "who is that funny man with hay instead of hair? He looks nice and a bit crazy!". Erm...that is our Mayor. Aside from just finding the totally mad hair completely endearing, I think he's pretty sharp, and you can never go wrong with inviting an intelligent, witty conversationalist to dinner to talk about a city you both love.

4.  Ed Relf
Does he count as famous? He's the CMO of Mind Candy and behind the meteoric rise of Moshi Monsters, so that makes him famous in my world. I've met him a few times now and he is one of the most clever, insightful and down to earth people I've had the pleasure of meeting. He's definitely on my dinner party list.

5. Dara O'Briain
I'm fascinated by Dara O'Briain and love his dry sense of humour. It doesn't hurt that he's quick witted, his observations are always spot-on, and he has a lovely irish accent.

Is it awful that my dinner party only has male guests, and that I haven't given a thought to my husband? Maybe I should have invited Kate Beckinsale to keep him company while I sit in awe with my room full of intelligent,  witty men.


  1. You mean you are going to invite your husband? By the guest list I was assuming not... ;-)

  2. You can tell your husband he's just not famous enough. Job done. I've gotta say I am hugely impressed with your list and wish I'd thought of no. 5 myself. Intrigued by no. 1 and 4, laughing at no. 3, and giving you a virtual high five for no. 2. Will be eagerly awaiting your next list.