June 14, 2003
Startling quirky facts
I am amazed at some of the things I didn’t know about my friends at work - didn’t know until I found out earlier this week. (Whilst in Woking). Like for example:
- One of my friends is the only “Westerner” EVER - to marry a Tibetan Muslim.
- Another has crossed the Andes by foot, boat and mule.
- Another used to be a TV presenter in Spain.
- One of them (with last-name Clapton) pretended to be Eric Clapton for his teenage daughter’s joke on schoolfriends.
- Another is one of only a handful of non-Israeli men to have served as an officer in the Israeli Army.
And these are only a handful of the ones that I can remember.
I am told that everyone has some startling quirky fact about themselves. So - please leave your startling quirky fact here by clicking on “comments” below.
Posted by jag at June 14, 2003 02:01 PM
A few years ago I was staying at a hotel just north of London - on business - and I was reading the Financial Times whilst having my breakfast. I was sat at a large empty communal table - but gradually got surrounded by others - until every seating position at the table had been taken. I was so immersed in the newspaper I was reading that I was oblivious to all the chatter around me - and the exact nature of the people around me. All I remember was that the person sat opposite me sounded like he had a German accent - and the person next to me on my right sounded like he had a French accent. About half-hour later - after reading my paper I got up, smiled at those around me - and left.
Later I found out that I had just had breakfast with the entire Arsenal football team. The person opposite me was Arsenne Wenger - and the bloke next to me was Patrick Viera.
Did I care? Not one bit. I’m not really a fan of football. But the child-like excitement of the waiters and waitresses at the hotel meant that I could not leave the restuarant until I had told them everything about what the Arsenal football team discussed. Of course, I made up everything I told them …
So why did Arsene Wenger speak with a German accent when he’s French?
I’ve no idea? Perhaps he was raised in Germany? Either that - or I was raised somewhere dodgy! :-)