Anyway, to cut to the chase she wrote a post entitled 'Why I should be famous' - Read here - and I thought it was such a great idea. I have some really obscure claims to fame, albeit geeky ones! So I asked if she minded me using her idea!
Ergo, what follows is my little 'Why I should be famous' post!
1. I've been on Mastermind
2. I took part in the Trafalgar 200 Celebrations
So as part of this I was lucky to be inspected by the Queen on 2 occasions. This one I have no photo's of. Well, I do, but it's always the back of my cadet No.1 cap so you wouldn't know it was me! All thanks to the Sea Cadets. She is just amazing.
As part of T200 we also had to 'make ship and cheer' for her from HMS Nottingham for the International Fleet Review in 2005, so that was exciting. Love a destroyer.
We played sunset and evening colours alongside the Band of HM Royal Marines at HMS Victory as well (and for a geek like myself, that was amazing)
On Trafalgar Day itself, we paraded with the Band of HM Royal Marines, before standing on Nelson's Column in the evening as part of a display. I think possibly it was the best couple of weeks off of school I ever had..
3. I was once told off by Prince Andrew
For that particular Trafagar Day Parade I had switched from playing my flute (I've played since I was 8) to a piccolo (as it couldn't be drowned out by drums and bugles and I like the sound of my own voice, as it were).
Unfortunately, it was also tiny and a lot harder to play with white silk gloves, so I chopped the fingers off. Sods law, then, that I was one of the few cadets he decided to chat to and what did he pick me up on? The gloves. I remember it so well. 'Young lady, may I ask why you have no fingers on your gloves? I imagine you must have a very good reason'
Luckily, he seemed happy enough with my explanation, but told me in future to wear full gloves!
NB: I never cut the fingers off my gloves again after that.
4. I can fly a plane
5. I've met Ban Ki Moon
When I had the opportunity to see Ban Ki Moon in February I took it. I managed to shake his hand, and I fan-girled like a loon. I also got a picture with the head of the International Maritime Organisation (future career goals).
Bessssst thing ever <3
Post about the day is here!
6. I interviewed William Hague
At the time he was focusing a lot of time on Somalia and as my dissertation was based around maritime piracy, it seemed perfect. I tweeted in with my topic of choice 'Piracy in Somalia and the rebuilding of Somali infrastructure' and was fortunate to be one of the chosen few.
I got so much out of the discussion and managed to get a few quotes (and a photo) in to my dissertation, which got me some extra brownie points with my tutor!