Next Door

Friends and friends of friends

Daire with Bolly and her beloved dachshund Sushi

Six Degrees – One Direction

One Direction
I’ve realised I’m virtually a member of the boyband du jour – One Direction.
They were formed by Nicole Scherzinger, on/off partner of Lewis Hamilton, who lives in Tewin near Hertford, which is where my accountant lives.
I hope you’re impressed.

Six Degrees – Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg

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.

Six Degrees – Julia Child

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

Six Degrees – The Monkees, Alice Cooper, Keanu Reeves

A friend of mine was at college with someone whose dad was in the Monkees and who was babysat by Alice Cooper, who also babysat Keanu Reeves. Hope he wasn’t in full make-up.

Alice Cooper babysitting Keanu Reeves – apologies for giving the misleading impression that Alice is doing Keanu’s hair

The Monkees

Six Degrees – JK Rowling

The mum of someone on my writing course this week used to be the English teacher of … JK Rowling.

Six Degrees – Glee

Dr Laura
Sue Sylvester mentioned Dr Laura on Glee this week. I once met Dr Laura Schlessinger, the US talkshow host. And I interviewed (aka ‘had a row with’) her on the BBC. That means I’m just one degree of separation from the entire Glee cast.

Six Degrees – Princess Anne

My friend Franklin was in a taxi in the Cotswolds the other day and went past Princess Anne. His cab driver confirmed that it really was her and not an impersonator or a drag queen. I asked Franklin what she looked like and he replied, ‘I don’t know – I only saw her face.’

Six Degrees

The sister of the producer of my next Radio 4 programme is the producer of Gok Wan.

Six Degrees

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.