Today I came across my list of celebs I've spotted out and about. I must have been pretty bored when I compiled this. A couple of things struck me – firstly how many celebs I had bumped into on trains or train stations, and secondly how few sports people I had seen (they obviously don’t use trains much). The only footballer on my list is Ian Wright... I am currently pondering the sociological and psychogeographical significance of the data. Meanwhile, here’s the list:
Andrew Marr – near Waterloo Station, 2006.
Annie out of Elastica – sat next to me on a train from London to Brighton.
Adam Mars-Jones – London.
Alan Bennett – cycling in London.
Anne Nightingale – Brighton.
A bloke who used to be in the Bill – big, black hair, looks like a friendly bear.
Arthur Smith – in Bath, twice in 2004.
Billy Bragg – shopping in Weymouth.
Billy Connolly – at the Wimbledon tennis.
Bobby Gillespie – on a train from Brighton to London. Looking a bit wasted.
Charles Kennedy – emerging from a Brighton hotel smoking a fag.
Cheryl Baker – ex Buck Fizz. On a train from Nottingham.
Chris Ellison – out of the Bill. In Bournemouth.
Chris Morris – in Borders in Oxford Street (RIP).
Chris Moyles – in a pub, London. I missed my chance to kill him.
Dennis Waterman – Littlehampton.
‘Diddy’ David Hamilton – twice. Once at Nottingham train station.
Edward Fox – talking to himself like a mad person in Oxford.
Edwina Curry – at a London train station.
Fenella Fielding – star of Carry on Screaming and voice of The Blue Cat. Walking around Covent Garden – still looking good..
Gaz out of Supergrass – loads of times in Brighton and Oxford. Plus Danny quite a few times.
George Cole – Littlehampton.
Ian ‘Wrighty’ Wright – near the British War Museum.
Jacqueline Wilson – loads of scary rings, London 2005.
Janet Street-Porter – Bournemouth, 2005.
Jarvis Cocker – sat opposite him on a train to Sheffield.
Jeremy Paxman – having, ahem, difficulty walking at Reading Station.
John Sessions – in a hurry near Liverpool Street station.
Keith Allen – Southampton train station – asked me where the “nearest boozer” was. Sneered at my answer for no apparent reason. Prick.
Ken Russell – sat opposite me on a train to London.
Kevin Rowland – twice in London – once during his “lost” decade.
Lesley Joseph – Brighton. Not as gorgeous as you might think.
Lucy Ellmann – writer, London Zoo.
Mark Kermode - film critic, presenter, Swanage 2010.
Mark Lamarr – London, 2005. Looking like someone with no friends.
Martin Rossiter – out of Gene, on a train.
Marty Wilde – on Bournemouth Pier, 2005.
Maryam D’Abo – Bond girl, sorry, famous actress. Victoria Station.
Melvyn Bragg – South Bank, of course, 2005.
Michael Foot - RIP – quite a few times on trains. Often with little dog – a very polite man.
Michelle Collins – in sunglasses for no apparent reason, Oxford.
Micky Dolenz - In Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub, Nottingham, 2011
Mike McShane – comedian.
Neil Pearson – in Bath MVC (RIP).
Nigel Planer – near London’s South Bank.
Nick Cave – being very tall in Brighton, many years ago.
Paddy Ashdown – Brighton.
Paul (Gazza) Gascoigne – mucking around and playing mini-golf – Bournemouth, 2011
Paul Heaton – in a pub, twice. In fact, it looked like he hadn’t moved from the spot in the intervening period.
Paul McCartney with Heather Mills. No entourage – just the two of them strolling in Hove.
Paula Yates – RIP. In Brighton – looking at rock and assorted seaside tat.
Polly Jean Harvey – quite a few times around Bridport.
Princess Di – RIP – got out a car in front of me.
Ray Alan – RIP - ventriloquist – in an Isle of Wight café.
Robin Day – RIP – Oxford.
Rod Hull – RIP – on Nottingham Station, wearing a gold lame jacket, smoking a pipe. No Emu.
Rory McGrath – London, waiting to do some filming.
Ross Kemp – walking along Brighton prom.
Sharon Duce – on a train.
Simon Callow – ACTOR, etc. – Victoria Station.
Steve Davies – on train station complete with cue holder thing.
Stephen Fry – walking along a narrow passage in Soho.
Stu and Michelle – or something, off of Big Brother on Brighton Pier.
Thom York – Oxford – in sunglasses for no apparent reason.
Van Morrison – numerous times in Bath. Always looking or sounding grumpy. What a surprise.
Vic Reeves - dining outside a restaurant near the British Museum.
Wendy Richard – RIP – walking a little dog, London.
Zoe Ball featuring Fatboy Slim – Brighton. He’s a lot bigger and taller than I expected.