Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Wedding Anniversary - quite eventful


me, the missus, and Colin Dexter

Just got back from our wedding anniversary trip all the way up the road to the Randolph Hotel. Those of (the many of) you that follow this blog will know that a little while ago - when Pip and I went to 'An Evening with Colin Dexter' - we won a night's B&B for two at Oxford's prestigious Randolph Hotel. So we arrived there yesterday lunchtime and found that they'd upgraded us to the Presidential Suite (we were expecting a bog standard double although there's not really any such things as 'bog standard' at the Randolph). This is where Bill Clinton stays when he comes to Oxford we were told by the concierge. It was HUGE! Two bathrooms, lounge, biggest bed you've ever seen etc. with a view out over the Martyr's Memorial etc.
We booked a table downstairs for an evening meal and I'd just ordered the wine when the manager of the hotel came over to us and said "we've got a little surprise for you" and then Colin Dexter appeared! Those of you that know Morse will know that Colin (we're on first name terms now!) is the author who wrote the original books. Those of you that don't know Morse may as well navigate away from this page now! As you know I am a massive Morse fan so we were absolutely dumbstruck as he pulled up a chair and sat with us for about half an hour talking away. We took the above photo in the Morse Bar in the hotel which the hotel named in honour of Oxford's most famous detective. As we said goodbye Colin gave us his address and told us to drop him a line to see if he could arrange for us to be extras in the forthcoming progs they're going to make based on Sergeant Lewis (or Inspector Lewis as he will be then).
So we had a great time topped off by a fantastic breakfast this morning.
A two and a half hour extended lunch with Pete Ward after that brought me back to earth with a bump!

5 comments:

Peter O said...

Forget Colin Dexter - is that Matt Rees in a suit AND tie AND a non-70s collar!!!

Blimey...

Anonymous said...

That is one big BLAG. Nice one ! Sort out the tie though...

Rich / richjohnson.blogspot.com

alexander said...

Hey I dont tend to get overly spiritual about these things but this sounds remarkably like Gods favour?!

Simon said...

Come on...what a blog..I can't wait to see you in the Morgue as an extra in Inspector Lewis.

Thinking of you guys at the mo...Simon

Jim said...

Given previous discussions about Colin Dexter and the pleasure(s) he has provided I was initially disturbed to see that he appeared on your wedding anniversary... but I quickly got over that!

You must have been well chuffed... and you now get the opportunity to walk past Kevin Wakely while trying not to look into camera!