I recently went to a wedding where Jeff Brazier (who writes a column in the Daily Mirror and had 2 children with Jade Goody) was present. He seemed like a very nice, well turned out chap but I had no desire to be photographed with him or felt star struck in anyway. The same cannot be said for some of the people I was with!
I once went to The Ivy restaurant years back and I have to admit I did hope to see a few major celebrity faces as it was the haunt at the time. I was thinking perhaps one of my favourite film actors like Al Pacino, Robert De Niro or Leonardo DiCaprio - that kind of league. Who was in there? Roger Moore. Looking very tanned and wrinkly going over the bill with a fine tooth comb. A tad disappointing don't you think.
I once saw Rod Stewart go pass our house in an open topped car - I could see this mad mop of hair and I thought that looks like....then when I saw the number plate (something highly original like ROD 1) my suspicions were confirmed. The only time when a telly figure caught me well and truly off guard and open mouthed was when I came face to face with Trevor McDonald whilst stepping into the work lift. I think it was the sheer randomness and surprise factor involved. He said "Good Afternoon" in his news like voice. I must admit I did exit the lift on my floor saying "I've just been in the lift with Trevor McDonald!" whilst doing a merry jig. So all and all then I've had no real brushes with anyone that decent off the telly or big screen.
Enter Nigella. Now I love Nigella. I loved the Nigella Bites series and the one where she was rustling up numbers in her seaside house. I liked her little television show she did where she got her friends to discuss this and that. I like her rainy day biscuits and the fact she collects biscuit cutters. I love her Italian trifle recipe and I admire her descriptive speaking and writing. I have about 4 of her books in total.
I also remember watching her late husband's documentary on his throat cancer which was so very sad. She has lost a husband and sister to cancer. I think Nigella whilst born into a wealthy family and will never really know financial hardship, has had to deal with plenty of emotional hardship. I think she totally gets it - the perspective on life that everyone speaks of when something bad happens. She looks fantastic too - curvy or slimmer it doesn't matter. I felt quite angry when the papers slated her for the outfit she wore in Australia. She quite rightly said "what am I supposed to look like in my 50's?" To be honest most of us would kill to look like her. I'm 38 and if I look anywhere half as decent as she does than I'd be a happy women. She's a man's women and women's women.
So I did get a little excited about my DM I have to admit. I sent her an @nigella message after reading her husband's interview. It was very frank and refreshing to hear. This is her reply - in case you don't believe me!
The Nigella DM!