Next Door

Friends and friends of friends

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…

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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.

Six Degrees

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.…

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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…

Six Degrees

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…

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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…

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…

Six Degrees

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.

Six Degrees

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’…