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Rob writes, "My photoshop claim to fame: the way the crop tool greys out the rest of the image? That was my idea. I sent it to the Abobe features request thing back in ooh probably about 1998. (After spending a frustrating day cropping images for a dull
website, and wishing the tool worked better.)"

What crappy claims to fame can you make?

(, Thu 24 Feb 2005, 12:49)
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terry waite
on a services stop with a mate from work, who should disembark from one of the many coaches but good old terry waite.

he bought a coffee and sat on the table next to us.

my mate tells him not to get too close to the radiator.

terry leaves.
(, Wed 2 Mar 2005, 9:08, Reply)
Martin Brundle
Whilst at certain famous lap dancing club in london with my bloke. Who should I spy but Martin Brundle of Formula 1 fame. I would have said hello only he was having a lap dance at the time.

I have also met Russel Crowe. I was in Harvey Nics and was lookng at gloves , where upon Russell walked up to me and tried to advise me on my glove choice. I gave hima withering look and walked off

No apologies for length, long ones are always better
(, Wed 2 Mar 2005, 9:06, Reply)
Mr Beadle
Told Jeremy Beadle that he couldn't smoke a cigar in our school computer room (parents open day and his brats of kids went to our school) - and yes he is a wanker.
(, Wed 2 Mar 2005, 8:48, Reply)
Jimmy Greaves
I by chance met Jimmy Greaves at an autograph signing session at Walthamstow Baths when i was 6. He signed a cheapo photo and spelt my name wrong. When I informed him of this fact he laughed and rudely dismissed me with a wave of his hand. Prick.
(, Wed 2 Mar 2005, 8:13, Reply)
second go at this
I won the Daily Telegraph Scrabble Challenge about ten years ago. Got 25 quids worth of book tokens and my name in the paper.

Have shared a taxi with Sir James Saville OBE, who i found to be an intriguing person.

I have had lunch with the Australian artist Ken Done. Top man, he arranged an exhibition of a mate of mine's pics to happen in Sydney.

Two mates of mine are Guinness Book of Records record holders, they designed and had built the world's largest juke box, which is part of Namjatown, an indoor amusement park owned by Namco, in northern Tokyo. My mates also designed and had built, Namjatown. Their dad created monsters for Godzilla movies, years ago. And a mate of theirs, who i have got to know, was the designer of the Japanese pavilion at the World Expo in Spain in 1992.
We also have a mutual friend who is an anchorman for Bloomberg Japan, the 24 hour financial channel. Mad as a sack of hens he is, great guy and really knows his stuff.

As a result of this post on B3ta
i had an invitation directly from the editor of Mad magazine to become a contributor.

I was an admin for Bungie's game Myth 2 Soulblighter, the guy who invited me to become a BNA (Bungie Net Admin) went on to be part of the team on Halo, and lead programmer on Halo 2, perhaps you have heard of those games :)
I also had several flame wars from the guy who created Halo, Jaime, and lots and lots of flame wars and general notgettingontogetherwellatallness with his girlfried and fellow BNA, Meg, aka Pallor.

I have my name as writer on the English version of Koei's PS2 game: Naval Ops: Warship Gunner. I did indeed write it, and also researched names and designations for all ships and weapons. Also wrote all the dialogue. If you played it, then i can tell you that all the enemy ships/weapons are from Icelandic or Norwegian, and the good guy's stuff uses gaelic names. I was trying to get a Viking vs Celts thing going.

Contributed one idea to the Spitting Image book published nearly 20 years ago now, Nouvelle Cuisine du DHSS. I didn't write the text though.

I may have helped start Gail McKenna's career as a model in London, i cast her for a Malibu trade ad, a topless pic of her was used on a spoof mock-up front page of The Sun in the ad, and two weeks later she was on page 3 of The Sun.I met her when she'd just come down to London from Liverpool. I recall that she was a delightful lass, although i will admit that i was too shy to attend the topless shoot.

A good mate of mine in Hong Kong, John, is the holder of two basic patents on motherboard design. As you might expect he is rather wealthy (and full of excellent advice too), and he also developed McDonald's tills' touch screen technology.

I worked briefly for the Booker Prize winning author Peter Carey.
Which is a really crap claim to fame as far as i'm concerned.

Any of the others crap?
(, Wed 2 Mar 2005, 6:26, Reply)
Toilet Duck
OK - I'm a geek, and worse than that, I'm a geek with "normal and simple" logic. Johnson & Johnson's Pot Pourri Toilet Duck had a different barcode colour after 1996 when I worked out that shining a red laser onto a pink barcode (really a shade of red) that is placed on a white piece of card (making the card red as well when the laser went across it) meant the barcode was invisible and multiplying 360 UK Safeway stores x an average of 16 lanes per store (5760 lanes) x 3 toilet duck blocks per day per lane (17280 blocks per day) x 7 days per week = 120960 blocks per week, times 60 seconds of not being able to scan it (and re-trying, typing it in, etc) = 7257600 seconds per week = 2016 hrs per week nationwide x £4.50 per hour = £9072/week.

Last time I came home to the UK (2003), the pot pourri version was still printed with the barcode in black, even though everything else was pink on the back of the packaging.


(, Wed 2 Mar 2005, 4:29, Reply)
my claim of marginal value
A few years back I actually had the chance to pilot the goodyear blimp.
they have since changed their policy of letting non pilots fly the blimp. Why they let me fly it was never explained, the pilot just looked back and asked if anyone else would like to try her out. Best damn flight ever, with pic to prove.
(, Wed 2 Mar 2005, 3:33, Reply)
not me-my mum
in the 70's she was in a volunteer recycling group here in massachusetts. she was the person who originally came up with the 3-arrow logo for recycling. but since it was volunteer work she received no money when it became the universal symbol for recycling. to this day we are poor. bugger.
(, Wed 2 Mar 2005, 3:23, Reply)
ticket to canterbury anyone?
i once knocked over Dr Robert Runcie (the #2 god botherer after HM way back then) as i was walking/running furiously out of Christchurch Cathedral in NZ.
And i didn't say sorry.
And he didn't forgive me in his sermon either. Bastard.
(, Wed 2 Mar 2005, 3:23, Reply)
Rockstars also...
The keys/bass player in my band (which I started with my mate fucking ages ago in high school and still ain't getting too far with...give it time though, it's only been 11 years) played keys in OMD, and was also in the Stone Roses after John Squire quit. You can see him in promo photos for the Roses when they played Reading '95. He wrote 'Walking On The Milky Way' and stole Andy McCluskey's samples when he quit OMD - fair play to him.

Well, *I'M* proud...
(, Wed 2 Mar 2005, 2:05, Reply)
I sold coke to one of the Gallaghers.

I was working at a pub in leafy Buckinghamshire during my gap year and who should walk in but Liam/Noel Gallagher, well one of them. Because it was a nice day he was sitting out side with his maybe kid, and because he is so very famous he was sitting right at the end of the garden. I didn’t recognise which ever one it was while I took his order and as he needed a table number to order food I sent him all the way back to his table to get it. He didn’t complain or anything. Then when he ordered his fizzy black drinks I finally recognised him, but I didn’t say anything.

Then when my work mate took his food out she hit the kid over the head with the massive tray she was carrying.

I like to think that its the combination of me making him walk an extra few hundred yards and his new kid getting twatted over the head that made him never come back.

Good times in a sleepy pub.

I was at a Foo Fighters gig at Wembley a year or so back (maybe two) and got chucked out to the seating at the side for crowd surfing, go me. Then when Dave Grohl played his little solo bit during some song or other he ran off the stage past the front row and then up to where all us naughty people were, I ruffled his hair.

And at a QOTSA gig people had sex on my back, but they weren’t famous.

I also got mock spat on by Mike Patton at a Tomahawk gig for shouting about Mr Bungle (his former better than Faith No More band) while he was setting up his sampler.

I got a song dedicated to me by a my ex girl friends friends band, but hasnt everybody?

I have no length as I tried to shave my balls and am now a eunuch, sob sob.
(, Wed 2 Mar 2005, 1:34, Reply)
Big Brother
Gah... that programme that channel 4 insists on repeating used to star my english teacher. You knew her as Penny, we knew her as Lisa Ellis.
She got fired for that. She was the one that flashed by dropping her towel. Yes THAT one.

So umm yea. That's my claim to fame...
(, Wed 2 Mar 2005, 0:44, Reply)
Alan Frew
My dad knows Alan Frew (of Glass Tiger). He's a member of the Glasgow Rangers Supporters Club. He thinks he's god's gift to mankind.

I think everyone wants him to go away.
(, Wed 2 Mar 2005, 0:00, Reply)
H ugh Grant's shoes
I used to work for a well known Cinema chain at head office, I got tickets for 2 people to attend the Movie Premier to a film called "Extreme Measures" starring H ugh Grant.
The film wasnt fantastic, but at the after show party at the Whaldarf Astoria in London me and my mate stevie were wankered and while going for a piss we were talking about how impressive that the urinal had a 'piss splash back guard' which was cool, unfortunately at this point I turned and pissed on the front of the guard and the splashback soaked the person next to me, this person was mild mannered quiet and polite H ugh Grant !
Who at this point was not mild mannered, quiet or polite, he called me a bastard and left without washing his hands, the dirty cunt
(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 23:42, Reply)
Pissed in front of the Queen..
..no, not urinated. But when I was in the forces, I formed part of the Queen's carpet guard at one of the last Royal Tornaments. I had been on the beer since lunchtime and was extremely trollied. I felt compelled to hold my breath while she walked past in case she caught a wiff of my beer-breath, but I think she noticed and gave me a dissaproving sideways glance, choosing instead to talk to a member of the Belgian Army opposite. Thank goodness.
(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 23:27, Reply)
The Big Man
"The Big Man" was filmed in my village, and although I wasn't in it, it provides a multitude of claims to fame. My cousin hit Liam Neeson in the face with a wad of paper, my uncle had a speaking part which he rehearsed for weeks and which was cut out, and, best of all, my ex wife who is currently shacked up with some twat in my bloody house, is in it. First few frames of the film..... screaming blonde child on school railings. Blink and shes gone though, much like being married to her. Oh, and Billy Connolly had dinner in her house, but thats enough about her.
Oh and my dad once asked Billy Connolly if he'd like a drink. He said no thanks.
/Edit Christ nearly forgot, saw Michelle Collins (her that shot Ian Beale in eastenders) in glasgow airport 2 years ago. She was dragging a child about. I once saw a picture of her nipple, and felt mildly embarrased seeing her in real life. Not that I had, you know, over it. Oh and Mick Hucknall once walked past me and I didn't notice. Apparently.
/Nuther edit - a Lanarkshire TV newsreader and ex-Lorenzo Amoruso bit of fluff once fiddled (bloody filter, I wish,cu ddled)me at primary school, and apparently told my wife she'd quite like a go at me if I wasn't married when they were drunk. But she might have made that up, she's good at that. I like to think t's true though.
(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 23:27, Reply)
claims to fame
My sisters claim to fame was that John Noakes of get down shep fame once told her to fuck off. I wonder if he got that phrase from the reply to the question "have you got any more television work for me?"
(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 23:25, Reply)
My secondary school...
was pretty much ontop of a particularly grotty council estate where they used to film loads of the 'grotty council estate' bits in The Bill.

The TV company used to buy said estate a Christmas tree every year, which would stand right in the middle...

...till it would inevitably get nicked a few hours later.

Edit: Come to think of it, that classy lady Lindsay Dawn McKenzie came from the same estate. Yay me.
(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 23:19, Reply)
Blink and you'll miss me
I spent 3 1/2 weeks taking part in the filming of `Gladiator'. I'm one of the standard bearers at the beginning and one of the soldiers `Maximus' walks past just before it kicks off.

I cooked the dodgy food that Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn ate when they appeared in that even dodgier programme about them training as gladiators in Italy.

My Dad once dug up the skeleton of a 100 year old murder victim from the mud of the Thames. He got three lines in `The Times'.

Apologies, etc. etc.
(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 23:08, Reply)
Bubble from Big Brother and that historian guy off Time Commanders
Working in a pub means celebrities might walk in.

I have seen Bubble, he wondered around and people just stared at him.

I also spotted that american historian off Time Commanders that pronounces everything weird, he drinks real ale.
(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 22:30, Reply)
look in my loverly profile, and give us a shout would you? ta.
Another Lame to fame: I have helped set up some fairground equipment for the Hartington Steam rally, which used to be ran by the family who used to own Flying Scotsman.
(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 21:35, Reply)
saw Lisa Riley (of You`ve Been Framed "fame") in a nightclub in Belfast
`twas panto season

my mates said they`d pay me £50 if I snogged her.. but I`ve never been that desperate for £50
(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 21:30, Reply)
I was a no-hoper on Model Behaviour
I went along as moral support for my friend and decided to have a go for a laugh.

It was a fun day out.

(We actually got shown on the programme)
(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 21:21, Reply)
Nearest I can get.....
Went to see 'Supermarket Sweep' at the old Central TV studios in Nottingham...went to the toilet, came back and there was the lovely Dale Winton whose hand I shook.
And I hadn't washed my hands either (I was young and foolish then).

So, Dale Winton has shaken my smelly toilety hand.

Oh, and I once stalked Dennis Waterman and Rula Lenska round Nottingham for an hour.

My mum's friend at school went out with Wayne Fontana (but not his Mindbenders alas and alack!)

I went to the same school as wot Barry Hines taught at - not while I was there though.

Apologies for girth etc....
(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 21:05, Reply)
saw Paul Daniels talking to a street florist in Reading city centre

(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 20:54, Reply)
Not the best...
My girlfriend used to be babysat by Elvis Costello's dad (incidentally the man who did the R Whites Secret Lemonade Drinker song).

Also, I did work experience at a newspaper and worked for none other that Margot off Hartbeat, went to a press release and met two people who apparently feature in the scottish soap "Take the High Road". Truly the life of Riley that journalism lark.

Ooh! And my brother served the guy who was Inspector Morse's sidekick in a pub. He had a shandy. I dined out on that one for weeks.
(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 20:32, Reply)
I hit fuckin fiddy fuckin cent with my piss 2! WE RULE!
(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 20:31, Reply)
I saw
Cardiff City defender Rhys Weston in Cardiff town. I called him a wanker then ran.

I also saw the Cardiff City manager Lenne Lawrence at A Wales v Yugoslavia match and stood on his toe
(, Tue 1 Mar 2005, 20:31, Reply)
ok mine just seem shite after this lot
I threw an apple at dane bowers from halfway deep in the crowd at a "power in the park" many moons ago... missed him by a couple of metres, damnit.
As far as i know i'm the only person ever to be interviewed on live radio whilst he was asleep, i was only 3 at the time.
Uhh... i used to go running with Chris Accabusi (buggered if i can remember how you spell it, that athlete guy who presented record breakers for a while.)
Uhh... i think thats it, bit crap really
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