Wednesday, 5 December 2007
As a micro-celeb himself, Mr Gnome casts a gently sympathetic eye on the follies of 'celebrity culture'.
The HB was recently recounting a long-ago 'meeting' with the peerless American operatic soprano Jessye Norman.
The HB seems to have valued the meeting to the extent of having engineered a picture of himself with the Diva, which, almost twenty years on, remains a treasured item.
If Mr Gnome thinks 'Sad', he keeps his own counsel.
But he did gently point out two easy-to-miss aspects of the picture.
Background right. Has spooky-ish lady gazing over HB's shoulder wandered in from the set of a Harry Potter movie?
And what about the splendid gent, left background?
Munching happily on his fish and chips, and beaming cheerily into the lens, he's clearly in no doubt that this set-up is about no other celeb than his own remarkable self.
Hurrah for random celebrity, says Mr G.