…and met my old friend Mark for our annual get together (he lives at one end of England and I live at the other). As usual we covered a lot of ground, kicking off at the Alan Aldridge exhibition at the Design Museum, drooling in Forbidden Planet and blissing out in Orbital where I picked up “Against Pain” by my new favourite artist, Mr Ron Regé Jr.
During all this, we ate lunch in a certain hamburger restaurant in Soho. While we were munching on our burgers, I suddenly realised that the person who had just sat next to me was Jessica Hynes, née Stevenson (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Dr. Who etc). Being a big fan of her work, I was dying to talk to her, but you don’t do that ’cos it’s not polite, plus she was working on her Macbook (white, just like mine). Eventually, I did have to talk to her ’cos they mixed up our bills. The ice having been broken, I then summoned the courage to start a proper conversation. However, I wasn’t quite sure how to start, so I asked her how she found the battery performance on her Macbook. What an opening line eh? Beat that, Simon Pegg!
Later on, after Mark had headed for home, I met my fellow Virgin Money web-heads, Rob and Kris, for dinner at Wagamamas and told them of my celebrity encounter. Rob said, “You didn’t really ask her about her Macbook battery did you? You muppet! Didn’t you get her autograph for your kids?” Wielding the now legendary Kirkendall wit, I replied “Er… no”.
Fed and watered we went off to the Sanky DA&D lecture, which was the usual inspirational shot in the arm that we creative types all need.