So sad to hear about Daire. She was an fantastic friend and brilliant broadcaster.
Radio presenter Daire Brehan dies – BBC News
Daire Brehan Obituary – Broadcast
Great Obituary of Daire in the Independent
I’ve just realised I’m practically related to Steven Spielberg.
For a start, I know a sibling of the star of one of Spielberg’s films.
My next door neighbour S provided the sand for Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg was very particular about the colour.
Then, last week, I was in a cafe in London W1 (Great Titchfield Street, to be precise) sitting, by chance, right next to three people who appeared to work with him and were going on about him. They seemed to think he was very good, but he only made brief appearances in their office, which they referred to as ‘Spielberg Drive-bys’. I’ve no idea who they were.
I watched the excellent Julie and Julia on DVD today and suddenly realised I have an impressively direct Julia Child namedrop. Here it is –
I once had coffee with friends (well, friends of the parents of a friend) in Cambridge Massachusetts, whose garden backed onto the house where Julia Child lived and filmed her TV programmes. This was in the 1980s, so Julia may have even been in residence. I didn’t see her though.
Julia Child – how to make croissants
The mum of someone on my writing course this week used to be the English teacher of … JK Rowling.
The sister of the producer of my next Radio 4 programme is the producer of Gok Wan.
My friend V used to work on Beaumont Street in Oxford, very near to where Thom Yorke lives. I also once sighted him myself, on a bus from Headington into Oxford. And my friend C lives in Abingdon, where Radiohead are from.