A Kidney Cancer Evening and Curry with a few Celebs…

Once or twice a year I get invited along to parties that The James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer organise.  Last time it was at the House of Lords with Christopher Biggins giving the after diner speech.  I don’t know what I was expecting but he was hilarious, despite the fact that his computer presentation didn’t work, clearly well practised at off the cuff speaking.

Last night was the kick off for Britain’s Biggest Curry Party.  It was held at Café Spice in London with the TV Chef Cyrus Todiwala MBE cooking for us all.  I reckon (without counting) there were about 40 people.  All in all good fun, good food and good company although I have to say it was a strange choice for a starter, when was the last time you had Steak and Kidney pie in an Indian Restaurant? ….. but Kidneys were Cyrus’ theme for the evening and it was a welcome surprise, could have gone for 2 of those, in fact I nearly did but for the fact that Nick Turkentine (Fund CEO) was looking just as I was trying to whip his portion off his plate! (he’s quite protective of his food).

I’m not much good at randomly walking up to celeb types, for some reason you feel like you know them because you see them on the TV, but you don’t, so somehow it makes it awkward to talk… I guess that’ll be the star struck idiot in me.  I find it’s just as much fun (and easier) to watch.  However the ones I did speak to were nice.  

For those of you who remember David “Kid“ Jensen from his Radio One days, well, he was there with his wife… they’d just come from lunching with Prince Philip (as you do) and were a great couple.  I also discovered that there is somebody smaller than me! in the guise of David Van Day, singer in Dollar and I’m a celebrity get me out here contestant (and no I don’t watch it!).  I didn’t get to talk to him but on TV he looks like  such a tall chap (sorry David it must be the Tom Cruise effect, but just remember .. small is beautiful)… clearly I’ve missed my vocation because if TV makes you look tall then that’s where I need to be!

So hopefully an evening where lots of awareness and money was raised whilst everyone got to stuff their faces with curry,  and a great kick off to the curry week … I might even have signed one of the guests up for the Arch to Arc challenge!

More on the Arch to Arc in another blog later, but the great news is that getting 20 people signed up seems to be happening faster than I expected.

As a quick postscript … sorry Sarah, I didn’t mean to tear the banner last night, but dont think anybody noticed, well at least they wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t kept on pointing it out.

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