Thanks to Lily and Agathe for this weeks great theme and for her gorgeous blog. I can't believe how much thought I gave to this list, it's not a real dinner party! I chose people I thought would get lively conversation going and plenty of laughs. I think there would also be a lot of arguments at this dinner party. I don't have a seating plan, but here's the list:
Jeremy Clarkson, broadcaster and journalist. I've always thought he'd make a fantastic dinner party guest as he's so opinionated and has no fear of casually causing controversy. While I don't agree with a lot of his views I do find him hilarious and he can talk cars with my husband.
Simon Amstell, TV presenter and stand-up comedian. He is absolutely hilarious as the presenter of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and I love his fast sarcastic humour. Excellent dinner party material I think.
Stephen Fry, actor, author, comedian, technofile, all round amazing individual. I have had a secret crush on Stephen Fry since my mid-teens, but think I could manage not to embarrass myself if he came over for dinner. Again, I'd invite him for his humour and quick wit but also because he was the second person in Britain to own an Apple Mac, and as my husband is an Apple obsessive (and so was the next guest) I think that would make for some enthusiastic, albeit geeky, conversation.
Douglas Adams author, comic, musician. He is the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series and my favourites the Dirk Gently novels. Douglas Adams was also the first person in Britain to own an Apple Mac. His novels and the cassette tapes of the Hitchhiker radio play were good companions to me during lonely adolescent times and I get a bit ridiculously sentimental at any mention of Douglas Adams.
Katherine Hepburn, another full-on outspoken and witty dinner guest. I have absolute admiration for such a strong, independent and genuinely funny woman. I have been reduced to tears of laughter by her screwball comedies, Bringing Up Baby and The Philadelphia Story are amongst my top favourite films.
Germaine Greer, writer, journalist and feminist. Another highly opinionated and outspoken dinner guest and another strong woman. I have to admit that one of the main reasons I've invited her is to create some heated discussion and a lively dinner party. I think she'd go head-to-head with Jeremy Clarkson.
I think I'd have this dinner party in winter so that I could serve really hearty casual food from the slow cooker, probably some very herby stew, with mashed potato and crusty, homemade bread. Apple crumble and thick cream would be the desert and there would be plenty of red wine, beer and ale.
Thanks to our virtual dinner host Angela for a lovely time on the This is meme.