The German nation must have some of the tallest people on the planet. Herren and Frauleins were literally looking down upon this average-sized Scottish reporter. Germans are of course renowned for their efficiency. I wonder how impressed the guests were with the real lack of organisation in the hotel car park. It was like trying to get into City Centre on a Thursday night.
I also met Jade Jagger at the opening of a new apartment block in Dubai Marina. I must admit that I had to have someone point her out to me. She's a very striking girl, but she completely blanked me. I got the impression my Glasgow accent didn't go down particularly well. Listen love, if you're there for the publicity you should at least try to play along. She was incapable of talking. I asked politely if my photographer could take a picture. She turned to an old chap who was either her manager or agent. He agreed. I then asked her for a two-minute interview, and she turned to the same bloke who said: 'no interviews tonight'. No problem pal. I know all you City Times readers out there wouldn't want to read the opinions of a snob.
Moving on, I met Suzie Wonder from Radio 2 this week. She's organised the Jazz Aid event taking place at the Aviation Club on Friday. All the proceeds are going to the Red Cross to help the hurricane victims in New Orleans. Suzie is petite, but boy, can she talk. I recorded her for the article on the event, and my poor digi-recorder went into meltdown. Suzie's lovely though, and everyone should get themselves along to the show on Friday.
Finally, in last week's diary I asked if anyone knew what the appliance was. Ms. Liz English believes it's a battery operated home beauty kit. She read an article in the same day's City Times about this under the heading 'Wrinkle-free start for the apprentice'. She also wants me to let all you readers know how I get on with it. Well it isn't a beauty kit. It's a 'submersible pump with lamp'. However, I would like to know how Ms. English knows I have wrinkles? Anyway, for giving me a chuckle, I'm sending the lamp out to you Liz. It's a marvellous piece of kitsch, although I'm not sure if all the pieces are present. Enjoy.
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