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Six Degrees

Another exciting (but sadly indirect) namedrop. Someone on my BBC writing course the other day used to write scripts for Les Dawson and Tommy Cooper. Just like that.

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I was talking to a guy at the gym today whose children are at Heath Mount School near Hertford, where the Beckhams’ kids go, meaning I’m a mere four degrees away from Posh and Becks.

Watch Out Kylie!


My friend Uwe (aka Oover Matic) has a fab new single out, on iTunes, on Monday 27 September. His cool electro band has recently been featured in i-D, French Vogue and Figaro and played for Comme des Garçons in Paris.

The new single’s a classic catchy pop song. I love it. So does Boll. And we know what we’re talking about.

Few and Far Between video

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I was in a car in Hertford the other day, when the Rolls Royce belonging to boxing promoter Frank Warren went past in the other direction with Frank Warren himself driving. We made no eye contact and I only got a blurred glimpse.
Warren lives in Watton-at-Stone near here (childhood home of actor Rupert Grint). And his office is in Hertford, in Bircherley Green – which is a mere stone’s throw from Peacock Towers.
This means I’m now only two degrees away from every famous boxer in the world, including Naseem Hamed, Nigel Benn, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan.

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Jermain Defoe lives just down the road from Hertford, in Cuffley. I go through Cuffley quite a lot on the train. And I once overheard a guy at the gym say he’d been to a party at Jermain’s house. I don’t know the guy at the gym, but I did speak to him once.

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Mike, recording Jedward in the studio
My friend Mike has just been producing Jedward in a commercial. You can even see the session on youtube. Mike’s the one with glasses who smiles a lot.
This means I’m just one degree away from Jedward, which makes me a mere two degrees away from Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Danii Minogue, which means I’m just three degrees away from Kylie. I could go on.
Well done Mike. Very catchy. I assume you’ll now be getting a Jedward hairdo.

Beach Party


Here’s the latest pic of Canary James (with his pets Piggy Sue and Natasha) on their local beach in Gran Canaria.

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As you’d expect, I’m extremely close to all three main party leaders.
Gordon Brown
I once worked for about three days with Sarah Macaulay (Mrs Brown). She made me a cup of tea in 1992. Or it might have been 1993.
David Cameron
I’m also one degree away from Dave, as he’s met my friend Martin Popplewell, who made a complete idiot of him on TV and another friend of mine was at Eton so might have known him, but I can’t be bothered to ask.
Nick Clegg
In 1986/7, I was at college with him. I vaguely recognise him, but don’t think we ever met or spoke. He was a first year. By then, I was a postgrad and lived in Thornycreek which was an old house in the college grounds. But I’m sure we must have walked past each other or even stood near each other in the bar.
Nick old stick, you may recall I was MCR Ents Secretary. I liked Grolsch and Scampi Fries and used to put You Can Call Me Al on the jukebox. Please remember this if you become PM.
Nick also once acted with Helena Bonham-Carter, who was at school with my old friend S.
Can I have an OBE please?

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I’m now just two degrees away from Robert Pattinson the vampire actor. I know someone at Radio 1 who met him this week. That means I’m only three degrees away from Taylor Lautner and Dracula.

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My thumb is one degree of separation from Jeremy Paxman.
This is because flexor tenosynovitis, which my thumb has, was a question on tonight’s University Challenge.
‘What is its more popular name?’ asked the Paxman. The answer was ‘trigger thumb’ or ‘trigger finger’, because your thumb clicks like a trigger when you have it.
I have worked in the same office as Jeremy, but my thumb’s namedrop is more impressive I feel. Thumbs don’t get many chances to namedrop, so I feel it deserves its 15 minutes of indirect fame.

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My friend Amina Z goes to the same gym as the X-Factor contestants. This means that I’m only one degree of separation from them and two degrees from Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh. I’m also only three degrees of separation from Sharon Osbourne, Will Young and SuBo.
Boll and I watched the first audition programme. We were most impressed by Danyl, but we thought Joe was good too and we’re rooting for him because he’s a Geordie.