What a fantastic evening I had yesterday. AT DOWNING STREET. Just thrilling to be there. I was invited to attend the launch of First News’ “My Way” Awards with Henry “The Fonz” Winkler.
The beautiful Francis Osborne introduced the event and I stood right next to her husband Chancellor George Osborne (he’s taller and better looking than he appears on TV). Then seven children who have all been helping the Government with their plans for special education needs each took to the stage to announce who they had nominated for the “Thanks For Helping Me To Learn My Way” award. Seriously, by the end there was not a dry eye in the house. Their choices included significant teachers, siblings and mothers. It was very inspirational to be there and to hear Henry Winkler talking about how each individual child should be allowed to learn in the way most suitable for them.
We had drinks after that and I talked to Frances Osborne’s mother all about her daughter’s book and Africa and stuff. So interesting. I told her that my Grandmother always claimed to know where the gun was hidden – the one used to shoot Joss Ackland in Kenya during those White Mischief years.
Whilst on the balcony we could see the pretty courtyard garden of Number 10. We watched David Cameron finish a casual outside meeting and then stroll down to the play area to mess about with his children for a bit.
Here I am with my friends posing outside Number 10. Honestly, not in a million years sitting in Hong Kong drooling over The Fonz whilst watching “Happy Days” would I ever have predicted that I would be standing outside No.10 Downing Street having my photograph taken with him 35 years later. Really not sure why I decided that it would be a good look to pretend that I was Henry Winkler’s second head. Even worse than that, immediately after the photo was taken I gave him a huge hug and told him I loved him. I CANNOT believe I did that. Possibly the most uncool thing I’ve ever done:-