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OH GREAT. Vladimir Putin and singer Taylor Swift are among the most admired people on the planet according to a YouGov online survey of 37,000 people in 35 countries.
They came sixth and ninth respectively.
Happily, the local results – in the UK – made the Queen the most admired woman and David Attenborough the main man.
I missed the pair of them on TV chatting in the Buck Pal garden but caught up with a snippet on Gogglebox.
It reminded me of when Mr F and I returned from the Queen’s Garden Party this time last year and people asked us about the grounds. We had to admit we didn’t explore them at all – we just concentrated on the tea and barley water (no booze on offer sadly) and the bands and ice creams and chatting to people in the sun. And, for me, Royal-watching obviously.
Interestingly the Queen and Attenborough are people who have never publicly vent their spleen.
I’m sure they do in private. But don’t we all? (Mr F is currently shouting at someone on the news).
It would be nice to think that dignity and a calm presence is still admired but maybe it was simply that mostly oldies completed the survey and chose people like themselves.
I had what Terry Wogan used to call ‘a senior moment’ the other day when I called Mr F to look at an abandoned canoe or kayak complete with paddles I had spotted from the bedroom window. He wasn’t impressed.
It turned out to be an upside-down ironing board and the paddles were the legs pointing skywards.
OK, I should have gone to Specsavers.
Actually, I have happily used Vision Express in Uxbridge for decades and I wouldn’t change, but Specsavers do the best adverts don’t they?
(By the way I’m not too proud to accept a free pair of glasses Vision Express!).
■ SO pleased to see the Market House clock opposite Uxbridge station is now telling the right time again. Unfortunately I now have no excuse for being late for an appointment.
I overslept the other day but thank goodness was woken with a welcome cup of tea by Mr F, and consequently made my meeting on time.
As I was still half asleep I only realised what he’d said –‘Here’s your nice cup of novichok’ when it was too late to fire back a witty retort. Hmm.
That Putin’s got a lot to answer for (allegedly).
The Queen and David Attenborough pictured at the Christmas broadcast in 1990 and last year in the gardens of Buckingham Palace for ITN