It's a long time since I started a Blog Meme, and what better time to do it than a very boring bank holiday Sunday. Every few years, there's an earth shattering event which you remember for the rest of your life - and you remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard about it. Here are five of mine...
Princess Diana's death - 31 August 1997
I was asleep in my flat on the Isle of Dogs when the phone went. 'Princess Diana's been in a car crash. Switch on the TV," I was ordered by my partner. I did so and kept it on. I had a feeling of foreboding. I was watching when Martin Lewis broke the news and broke down himself. I picked up the phone. 'She's dead,' I said to my very sleepy partner, who struggled to take in the news. he refused to believe it.
Margaret Thatcher's resignation - 22 November 1990
I was working in my office in 36 Grosvenor Gardens. I was in the process of setting up a lobbying company. There was no TV and no radio. Just a telephone. I was stunned and felt as if I was experiencing one of those 'what if' moments. Somehow it didn't seem real.
Attack on the twin towers - 11 September 2001
I was sat at my desk on the balcony at Politico's with a small TV on in the background. Out of the corner of my eye I saw one of the twin towers ablaze. I turned the sound up only to see the second plane hit the second tower. My first thought was that my best friend Daniel's Dad had an office in one of the towers. I tried to get him on the phone but all the networks were down. I feared the worst and was a mental wreck watching the rest of the coverage. He phoned a couple of hours later to say he was OK and wasn't even in New York.
England's World Cup Semi Final v Germany in - 4 July 1990
Gaza's tears. Lineker's signal to Bobby Robson to have a word with him. The two penalty misses. this game had it all. and where was I? Watching it with several hundred insurance brokers in Nottingham. I was covering their conference for my then employers Lloyds List. Three hundred insurance brokers and me in floods of tears. You had to be there.
President Kennedy's Assassination - 22 November 1963
I was in my pram gurgling and wetting myself.
So, as one does with Blog Meme's I am nominating the following five blogs to repeat the exercise.
UPDATE: Always nice to have a government minister as my bitch...