Picture the scenario, you’ve seen someone off the telly, and for once got so excited you want to go have your picture taken with them, but feel a prat for doing so. The solution? Take Moira Stuart along as your photographer of course!
Yesterday, thanks to the delightful invite from my agent, Mrs MSE and I got to go to one of the pinnacles of the ‘society calendar’, the Cartier polo at Windsor, as guests of Cartier , another of my agents’ clients.
The day starts by walking past the gamut of photographers, which I always find uncomfortable as I don’t know where to look and feel bit of a fraud, though as Mrs MSE looked gorgeous not much focus was on me anyway. In fact, a few even asked me to step aside for the ‘fashion shot’, which is fun as Mrs MSE was again in high street clothes, amongst the designer and couture – we’ll see if she makes the fashion pages as she did last year (see my the girl in the £35 dress blog).
It’s a spectactular day, most of which is spent in the glamorous marquee, sipping Pimms and eating an Anton Mosimann lunch of ridiculously high quality considering you’re effectively in the middle of a field.
Yet as I’ve written about that in previous years (see my How the other 1% live, and So Michael Buerk, what’s the manly way to hold a fan? Blogs), on with the story…
Moira and the misfit
Midway through the afternoon while having sandwiches and petit fours (don’t you know), we were sitting having a great chat with Moira Stuart, who is simply hilarious and, even better, has a naughty streak (made better still by her sultry voice), as well as a few others.
Then across the room, beyond the models and society people I spotted Nathan from Misfits, one of our favourite shows (see my Misfits v Being Human blog). OK it was actually the actor Robert Sheehan who plays Nathan, but you get the point.
While this is a completely star-studded event packed with the likes of Geri Halliwell, Katherine Jenkins and many others – for me the Misfits star was REALLY exciting, so I had to have a photo.
Even though I’d already been approached by people myself asking for photos (which I don’t mind), I am really quite shy about asking others, so started discussing tactical ways to try and do it without feeling a prat. Then the ‘Moira’ angle came up (after all, who can turn down Moira Stuart?), and I took Mrs MSE along for extra backup.
My ploy succeeded, as you can see from the picture of Mrs MSE, Robert and I. Taking a news legend as a photographer is a wonderful icebreaker; it’s a shame Moira isn’t available more often! Then again, her photo skills were a little tepid; it took a good few attempts for her to press the right button!
P.S. Seems like Mrs MSE did get picked up by the fashion pages.