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Meeting Sir David Attenborough and Michael Palin - RTS Lecture YAY by Diamond on 23 September 2004 12:07am
 
well i am on cloud nine which is somewhere near seventh heaven - at last i have met Sir David Attenborough and as a bonus it was at a lecture where Michael Palin interviewed him - they go together so well and it was a really fun evening. I am too tired to tell you all the details now but wanted to say , thanks to Louise for telling me all about it.

I am now the proud owner of a Life on Air book by Sir David - signed by him and by Michael too - awwwwwwwwww

When i come back to earth i will write all about the evening - which went far too quickly for my liking!

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Re: Meeting Sir David Attenborough and Michael Palin - RTS Lecture YAY by risible-phyll on 23 September 2004 1:54am
 
Lyn........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
you lucky, lucky bastard.........
let us know EVERYTHING in detail....
tell us all NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
can't wait, don't sleep, LYN!!!!!
how could you do this to us!!!!!!!
Phyll ;-)
 
Re: Meeting Sir David Attenborough and Michael Palin - RTS Lecture YAY by peripatetically on 23 September 2004 3:18pm
 
Oh Lyn, You know how I feel about David. SIGH! And Michael was a real bonus. I don't thnk I would be able to concentrate for days after an evening with both of them. Talk about an adrenalin flow!
 
Re: Meeting Sir David Attenborough and Michael Palin - RTS Lecture YAY by Louise on 23 September 2004 3:49pm
 
C`mon Lyn - get yer finger out and post the report!

;-)
 
Re: Meeting Sir David Attenborough and Michael Palin - RTS Lecture YAY by Diamond on 23 September 2004 4:29pm
 
sorry guys still on cloud nine and grinning like a cheshire cat!! awwwwwwwww bless

will get back to you later today promise

i cant remember how many buttons that michael had on his jacket though - does it matter>>???
 
Re: Meeting Sir David Attenborough and Michael Palin - RTS Lecture YAY by Diamond on 23 September 2004 6:23pm
 
this is the first part :>>>>>>>

Well folks the day dawned and I got myself in a tiswas trying to get ready to meet SIR David Attenborough AND Michael Palin that very day!! Sir David had said he would sign books for me after the lecture so I packed up my copy of Life on Air and Life of Mammals and off I went into the pale blue yonder!!

First off I met up with my photography friend Wendy – I had met her two years previously at a MP book signing in London and we have been in touch ever since, her photos are very professional believe me!!

The Cavendish Conference Centre was in Duchess Mews, off Regent St and close to the BBC Broadcasting House, I had not ventured to that part of London and it was interesting to see the cobbled street and the houses around. We arrived early and were waiting on the sofa in the small foyer when I spotted Sir David arrive just before 6pm, bless he looked very windswept and interesting, wore a beige suit (cotton linen type) with white shirt and for those of you who have seen the Life on Air programme (with Michael as narrator) will know that with Sir David he may look crumpled from time to time, but is a very down to earth person, very sincere and appreciative with it.
I have watched the Life on Air programme many times and had smiled my way through it only that day before I set out, just to get myself into David and Michael mode!! I can thoroughly recommend any one to view it and to read the Book “Life on Air” by Sir David too.

We were asked to go through to the bar but Wendy and I hovered very close to the auditorium entrance and waited in eager anticipation – although the audience was small, about 150 of us, most of us wanted to be at the front!!
At last the time had come and we all went into the hall – it is set out like a university lecture room, with rows of seats behind one long desk to either side of a central aisle – there is a web site for the Cavendish centre and there they give you a virtual tour of the rooms, so go check it out if you wish. The room was not over big so gave an informal friendly atmosphere for us all, Wendy and I were second row (tiered) in the centre, the front row had been reserved, but it gave us a good view of where Sir David and Michael would be, bless.

Then in they came, walking down the steps to the stage and to a warm and welcoming round of applause which they both appreciated by the looks on their faces, they took their seats on the stage with Michael to the left of the table.
Michael introduced the evening as one of an informal interview – MP was smartly dressed in dark trousers, navy blazer and light blue shirt, no tie, so smart but informal and looked very handsome if I may say so!!! I had noticed by this time that Sir David had had his hair combed , bless – well I did tell you that he had looked windswept and interesting as he walked in – but by the end of the interview and evening, with Sir David moving about while he talked to us etc he got more and more crumpled by the minute, bless I think that is what endears me to him as well, that he is so relaxed not at all a celebrity with an ego!!
 
Re: Meeting Sir David Attenborough and Michael Palin - RTS Lecture YAY by Diamond on 23 September 2004 6:23pm
 
INTERLUDE>>>>>>>>
 
Re: Meeting Sir David Attenborough and Michael Palin - RTS Lecture YAY by Diamond on 23 September 2004 6:24pm
 
Part two!!!

Michael and Sir David had obviously got together the day before - from comments that they said, to put the evening together and it started with a 45 minute interview with Michael asking questions on an informal basis to Sir David but on the odd occasion Sir David would turn the tables and ask the same question of Michael so we had the pleasure of both MP and Sir David putting their contributions in, at times Michael would ad lib a comment and it fitted in well, the two of them are well paired and made the evening so memorable as the atmosphere was so good.

I remember the first question was about Sir David visiting a remote island for ZOO Quest, well the film of this story is in Life on Air so as the story unfolded I could visualise what they were talking about, but as Sir David told of the natives rushing out to him as he was on the boat, not knowing if they were hostile or not and that they were naked with spears!! Michael quipped – perhaps they were the 18 – 30 Club!!! Oh we were in stitches, bless you Michael for your humour, there were other pieces like that but I cant remember it all – so sorry!!! We learned of Sir David and his work with the BBC – did you know he invented/created:
One-day cricket Match of the Day Floodlit Rugby League
AND he pioneered Colour TV before anyone else amongst other things!!! And of course, commissioned Monty Python.

During the interview – they both had radio mikes on and bless during the time on stage because Sir David isn’t the type to sit still –his battery pack fell on the floor, and while he was trying to get the top off his water bottle that fell off on the floor too, bless – he is so human!

The Q&A session had a roving mike for people to talk to both Sir David and Michael and luckily Michael let it go for longer than planned, but bless Sir David is nearly 80 and could not hear well, so when one man asked a particularly long question, Sir David just said PARDON, oh bless but it all added to the atmosphere, my question was why did he choose the colour scheme of blue shirt and beige trousers and did he realise that he had started a trend for others to follow suit!! They both contributed to the answer for that one, I should have asked did they go shopping together for a discount!! Tee hee!!

When the session was over and Sir David came off the stage I caught his eye and he came over to sign my books – awww bless – I also managed to get Michael to sign Life on Air too, well they are on the TV prog together. As other people wanted to speak to Sir Dave I then made my way down to talk to Michael and to get him to sign a couple of photos of Wendy’s that she had sent me earlier, bless him – GUESS WHAT – I didn’t have to tell him my name!! YES – he looked at me and said now is your name with one N or two – awwww swooooon!! Bless you for being so considerate and genuine Michael, I mean the last time I spoke to Michael was on Dec 11th 2002!!! – ok it was twice in one day – giggle – I must admit but bless his cotton socks for that – it made my day and made me smile – I am still smiling now, cant stop!!! Then I made my way back to my seat and somehow got to stand next to Sir David as he was talking to someone else – as I did so I asked Wendy to take a photo and bless Sir David noticed and posed with me, - now you know why I am still on cloud nine!!

Michael and Sir David are in life what you see on TV, both genuine and very sincere, no acts or pretences and it was a pleasure and an honour to be there.

My special thanks to Louise – bless you for telling me about it but next time do not book a holiday when Michael is about please!!

Next time I will be meeting Michael is next week at the Logan Hall for a talk and book signing on Himalaya – be good to catch up with Suetu and Travel champion, looking forward to it !!
 
Re: Meeting Sir David Attenborough and Michael Palin - RTS Lecture YAY by Louise on 23 September 2004 11:59pm
 
Thanks for the report Lyn.
You said "bless" a lot - were they sneezing or are you training for a nunnery?
lol - Lou
 
Re: Meeting Sir David Attenborough and Michael Palin - RTS Lecture YAY by Diamond on 24 September 2004 12:32am
 
me go into a nunnery!! ha ha ha ha ha - well now you come to mention it!!!!

how many times did i say it??
 
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