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If we're going down that path, I have had lunch sat next to David Ervine, the late leader of the PUP.

PUP? (Sorry, my ignorance.)

I switched on the TV after my post and saw that it wasn't the Scottish leaders on TV at all, but Scottish Westminster people. I had gor the wrong end of the stick.

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George H.W. Bush (the first President Bush) served me coffee at an Easter brunch at his church in Houston and refilled my coffee cup a couple of times. My great Aunt and Uncle attended that church and the men's club--of which President Bush was a member--was in charge of serving the food at this brunch. I guess what I've "done" is had coffee poured by George H.W. Bush.

 

Have any BGOers been on a hunt with a falconer? I have been with my brother when he was hunting with a hawk and then when he was hunting with a falcon. This interest--which is really an obsession--began when I was 6 and he was 12. From that point on, he has always had a bird or two and falconry was a near-constant topic of conversation in our house, which means that I know a great deal more about falconry than most people who are not falconers.

 

And I have been canoing relatively deeply in the Everglades. But my father, who was a biologist who worked in the Everglades, was with me, so it never felt very scary.

 

That's about it and I'm not sure that's very unusual.

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...and swam/ridden on a inflatable tube in one of the Amazons many tributaries.
I haven't done this in the Amazon but did do it on my 1999 trip to New Zealand. It was described as black water rafting through a series of glow-worm filled caves on North Island. Quite spectacular.
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Well... unless there is anyone else on here who went to the same Primary school as I did and was in the same choir as I was, our primary school choir made a christmas record with Richard Stilgoe. There was some cock up and it was never released nationally but it got to number one in our county.

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What a fascinating thread!

 

Hmmmm.....

 

As an eleven year old I appeared on the CBBC programme, "Beat The Teacher". (The teacher beat me, and I was teased unmercifully for YEARS by a rather horrid boy who lived nearby, who was mainly annoyed that I got chosen to go on the programme and he didn't. The whole thing was rather traumatic for a rather shy young girl who didn't want any attention from anyone at all - but I did get to meet Philip Schofield, briefly).

 

I've had dinner cooked for me by the Archbishop of York.

 

I've gatecrashed a reception held by the Queen at St James Palace.

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:D

 

....perhaps I should explain a little - both are somewhat less exotic than they sound!

 

The dinner with the Archbishop of York wasn't a cozy meal for just the two of us - he had invited a group of about 25 of us for an evening meal, before he ordained us all as priests, a few days later. I was rather surprised to find that he'd done all the cooking himself, apparently it's a hobby of his.

 

The reception at St James Palace was in honour of a signficant anniversary of the Leonard Chesire Foundation. 1 member of staff and 2 residents from every residential home had been invited. A friend and I were live-in volunteers at one of the homes. We went along on the journey to London as escorts, to help the residents in and out of the minibus and to push the wheelchairs to the right hall for the reception (one member of staff, in her poshest frock, needed a couple of extra bodies to help). There was a room set apart for the escorts to wait in, but after we had wheeled our residents in to the reception, we just sort of hung around in the main room and no-one asked us to leave, so we stayed!!

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The dinner with the Archbishop of York wasn't a cozy meal for just the two of us - he had invited a group of about 25 of us for an evening meal, before he ordained us all as priests, a few days later. I was rather surprised to find that he'd done all the cooking himself, apparently it's a hobby of his.

So what was on the menu?
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