Spice Up Your Life?

24 Aug

I have a great memory for song lyrics. It’s a talent I wish I could use elsewhere, like for facts or for work or to be a genius, but no, my burden is my amazing talent is only reserved for songs. I’m also a pro at guess the intro, people would kill to have me on their pub quiz team!

I’ve had this talent since I was a child. One day my parents told me that I had to go with my dad to take his friend Nick to work. In London. On a Sunday. I couldn’t think of anything I would rather do less. I didn’t spot that a) no one works on Sunday and b) he probably would have got the train as he was a grown up and didn’t need his best mate and his two kids taking him to the office.

Danielle and I sat in the car for the whole journey merrily singing along to the Sunday top forty. Nick commented on my propensity to learn a song and then Spice Up Your Life came on. “Shimmy to the left…. if your having a good time, shake it to the right.. .If you know that you feel fine” me and my sister sang, and then were asked “do you like the spice girls?”

“God no!!” we commented. “They are, like, soooooooooo uncool!” of course we did, but we didn’t want to say it out loud in case it was being taped and would be played back at school. “They’re RUBBISH!” ultimate insult.

We got to Wembley Arena, and were offloaded. Turns out Nick was the bank manager for the Spice Girls, and he had managed to get tickets for the two ungrateful cherubs that he doted on. Awkward.

We LOVED IT. We zig ah zig aaaahed and spiced up our lives all over the place, until the end of the show, when we were asked if we would like to go backstage. By this time we had shrugged off any idea of being cool, and I was proudly wearing my animal print top like I was related to Mel B. (to give you a mental image, it was sort of like a female Harry Potter child dressed as a leopard).

My sister was so excited she threw up.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

5 Responses to “Spice Up Your Life?”

  1. Julia (AKA Jules) August 24, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    omg, i’m so well gel. I haven’t met anyone famous apart from Princess Di.

    I even stood outside in freezing cold weather to meet Girls Aloud (my idols) and it was nearly our turn to go in and they said that the girls are going home now. I was gutted. Gutted, I tell you!!! 😦


  2. LittleMissVix August 24, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    I went to see their reuinion concert – I’ll always have a soft spot for them 🙂

  3. prenin August 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    I met John Pertwee (RIP Dude) when he was dressed up as a scarecrow for an advertising rally for one of our local Banks and got him on 8mm Super eight for my friend Emma who was 10 at the time.

    A really nice guy and a great showman!!! 🙂

    I also met Ken Dodd before the tax man got him – boy did he look old!!! LoL!!!

    Love and hugs!


  4. thediaryofsugarandspice August 26, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Oh man did I LOVE the Spice Girls… I thought I was the coolest kid ever. When my dad was in England I first heard them there and came back to America singing away…everyone thought I was SO cool. 🙂

    I’ve met Josh Kelley, who is married to Katherine Heigel now and his brother Charles Kelley who is now in the band Lady Antebellum. I knew them when…before all the hype! I think that’s it!

  5. gypsydoodles September 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    aha! I used to be the Girls Band’s fan, too. =)

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