Oh dear, looks like I am going to be exposed in a Sunday newspaper for a misdeed of my youth. Gulp. It's all rather embarrassing.
I was inundated with messages on email and via Facebook of the "we'll stand by you" variety. All very touching. The trouble was, it was just my little joke. It referred to a conversation I had just had with Sunday Times journalist Richard Woods who was writing a story on the 25 Random Things About Me meme which has been going round. His article appears in the paper today and you can read it HERE. But this is the relevant extract...
...It was this potential insight into character that lured Iain Dale, a British political blogger, to take part in “25 random things” even though he is wary of internet crazes. “Some of these things that go round the internet are incredibly boring,” he said. “But the way some people have done these lists is really interesting.”
When Dale compiled his own thoughts he admitted at No 13: “As an 11-year-old I fancied Esther Rantzen [the former television presenter] something rotten.” He grew up to be gay. And at No 20, he confessed: “I own more than 120 Cliff Richard CDs.”
Surely that can’t possibly be true. Nobody would buy 120 different Cliff Richard CDs. “Er, well, yes I did,” Dale explained yesterday. “Strangely, I went to see him at the London Palladium in 1978 when he reformed with The Shadows and, um, I’m the sort of person that if I buy an album of somebody and I like it, I end up buying everything.
“So I have got virtually everything he’s ever done – compilations, the lot.”
It could be worse. At least it wasn’t Bucks Fizz.
Is this the time to admit that not only do I have Cliff's entire back catalogue, but I also have Bucks Fizz's? Probably not.
UPDATE: The Sunday Times has helped me redeem my reputation by including this blog in its Top 100 Blogs list. The only other political ones to be included are Guido, John Redwood, Tom Harris and John Prescott, although they slightly spoil it by putting that Prescott blogs at LabourHome rather than GoFourth.