Friday, 10 July 2009

Living it up, living it down

Oh. My. GOD.
I had such a showbiz night last night. It was the Pan/Picador sales conference in London and I went along to their drinks do afterwards. I had been really looking forward to the evening, right until I saw the guest list earlier this week - the guest list which included Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Andrew Marr, Tara Palmer-Tompkinson, James Herbert, Martine McCutcheon and many many more.... and then I was absolutely filled with terror. OHMYGOD. All those famous megastars... and me. I was convinced I would disgrace myself in some way or another - either falling off my high heels at James Cracknell's feet, or getting nervously drunk and managing to accidentally flash my pants at Jeffrey Archer, or being unable to stop myself from staring and pointing like the village idiot.

I don't know about you, but I find the idea of walking into a crowded room alone, not knowing many people in there, quite nerve-racking. Terrifying actually - that was the bit I dreaded most, having to rock up there on my tod, hoping to see a familiar face (who wasn't out-of-my-league famous preferably.)
When I walked into the party last night, (heart pounding, oh-my-God-just-spotted-Clive-James), I was pounced on by lovely T from the editorial dept whose first words were "Come and meet Tara Palmer-Tompkinson!"
I know I keep saying oh-my-God in this post and I don't want to be repetitive, but really, this WAS an oh-my-God moment. It was totally surreal being introduced to TPT (who looked amazing) but she was so friendly and nice that once I got over the initial shock, it was fine - oh, and get this, she said she liked my shoes! (I was too embarrassed to say that they came from Next though!) So that was a good start to the evening at least...

I was quite excited to see Dwight Yorke was there - I'm a Villa fan don't forget - and I'm afraid I embarrassed myself a bit by asking for his autograph. I know, I know - bit of a tragic fan thing to do - but I couldn't resist. (I pretended it was for my dad but I think I might just have to keep it for myself.)

I also met Martine McCutcheon who was absolutely lovely and soooo beautiful, Lucy-Anne Holmes whose book I so loved and who felt an immediate ally, Emma Kennedy, William Horwood, oh, lots of people. And I even managed not to do any inappropriate flashing/falling over/staring and pointing. Oh all right, I did do a BIT of staring and pointing, but I promise it was discreet staring and pointing...

This morning, I was back to my normal life. School run, washing machine to load, packed lunch to make etc. It all feels a bit of a dream now...

PS James Cracknell VERY handsome in the flesh. Quite wish I HAD fallen at his feet now. Maybe next time.

14 comments:

claire p said...

Do I have all this to come? Gulp.
Sounds like a fab nignt, wow and oh my god and wow again!

ChrisH said...

What a starry night! I'd be a bit worried about recognising the celebs in 'real' life and having a 'So, what do you do?' moment.

L-Plate Author said...

Oh wow, you name dropper you! How fab. Glad the magic pants worked for you. I really like TPT, I think she's the right side of dippy. I would have definitely said my shoes were from next, I do it all the time apparently. Drives one of the women at work mad, if I have a bargain, I have to say...well, it's a bargain and who cares if I've paid £3 for it!

Gald you enjoyed yourself x

Caroline said...

OH MY GOD!!!!! X

Debs said...

What a fab evening. Do we get to see these lovely shoes that PTP liked so much?

Lucy Diamond said...

Claire - I know, that's what I kept saying to myself!

ChrisH - luckily I was introduced each time so didn't make a prat of myself that way. But oh the scope for embarrassing moments!

LPlate - sorry for the name-dropping. Bit over-excited. (And I am exactly the same as you with my bargains usually... last night I was just a bit gobsmacked and didn't want to ruin the moment of everyone looking at my shoes!)

Caroline - indeed!

Debs - you would be so disappointed if you saw them, they really aren't that exciting. She was probably being nice or - gulp! - maybe she was being sarcastic!!

Calistro said...

oh WOWWWWWW!

That pretty much sums up my response to your evening. I'm sure I would have been dumbstruck! Just standing next to Michael Palin had me all of a quiver at the Orion party and I didn't even speak to the man!

Lucy Diamond said...

Calistro - there is something deeply surreal about being near actual REAL famous people, isn't there? Exciting though! xx

Tam said...

Ohhh, how fab :-) I get my shoes from Next and get quite a few compliments on them but I can never stop myself blurting out where they came from.
Am sure TPT wasn't being sarcastic.

JJ Beattie said...

Oh how exciting and terrifying and I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Single Mother on the Verge said...

TPT OH MY GOD
MC OH MY GOD

And a footballer.
OH MY GOD!!!!!!!

Sounds like the fabbest night, A friend of mine, Alice Kuipers is one theirs, but she may not have been there but in canada. If you'd have met up with her, I would have said big OH MY GOD.

Milla said...

OMG indeed! how deliciously glam, no wonder you stared, it's so hard to tell yourself you don't actually "know" them. I get excitable at Mme Tussaud's let alone the real thing. It's bizarre, all it is is that you recognise them and often for something you don't care about (although, sorry, Dwight, wouldn't recognised, hate footie, mind you, he might not know who I am!) but still you can't not stare. Very car crash.

Lucy Diamond said...

OH MY GOD, I know!!!!!!! :)

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