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So What's Your Claim To Fame?  
User currently offlineSean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 40
Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2099 times:

Do you have one?

No matter how small and insignificant you think it may be, I bet you're proud as punch!

Me? I was in a sail boat race in Portsmouth Harbour in the early 80's. There was a force 7 gale blowing and our dinghys were only rated at about force 2 to 3! Heading out of control towards the bow of a rather large ship anchored in the harbour, I could see no alternative but to capsize the dinghy to avoid the impending crash. It didn't work and we smacked into the bow of... the Royal Yaught Britannia!

The dinghy split in half and I clambered on top of the wreckage. The crew of the Britannia ran down to a floating pontoon and dragged me onboard once I'd managed to paddle across to them.

Next day, the bow of the Britannia was covered in scaffold. Whether they were inspecting for damage, or touching up the paintwork, I never found out! I received a special plaque for that incident. It read "Sean Nixon - Britannia Basher".

Also in the early 80's, I appeared on a kids Saturday morning TV show (Saturday Shake Up) and opened the door for Shaking Stevens, but let's keep that one quiet!

Do you have any stories to tell?

Sean


Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man... Landing is the first!
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User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2093 times:

I was in a telly advert with Rolf Harris for the Stylophone.
Played the aforementioned stylophone infront of The Queen at the Royal Albert Hall


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19204 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2088 times:

I used to win fishing competitions...

I also had to get rescued once by the lifeguards because I got caught by the incoming tide. I did get to zoom off in a fast boat, though.

I've had my written work, cartoons and photos published in newspapers and magazines.

Been on the wireless before. I didn't win.

[Edited 2006-01-31 12:10:55]


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24926 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

I'm MOL's personal behind kisser
Signed, Pe@rson
 duck 


 Wink



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2079 times:

I was on Radio1 once on LunchTime Lovers! Big grin


One Life, Live it.
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19204 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 3):
I'm MOL's personal behind kisser
Signed, Pe@rson

 rotfl  If he gave me his fortune, I'd happily be that.  Silly



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

Nothing as glamourous as the above  Wink but i did take part in a local radio competition recently. Didnt win by the way Big grin


Hey, you want to go out for pizza and some sex? What, you don't like pizza?
User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

I served Steak and Kidney pie to Ted Heath - at the time he was Prime Minister (but not for much longer, as he was about to introduce the 3 day working week, would lead to the downfall of the Tories).

User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

For me it's a tie between winning a huge 1st prize lego technic F1 car when I was only 8 years old at a competition in a local mall, and, giving aircraft directions in an en-route ATC centre just last year. As insignificant as they may seem to you, they both caused shivers to go down my spine Big grin

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 4):
I was on Radio1 once on LunchTime Lovers!

Were you now?  mischievous 

Care to share more....?  bouncy 



Not drinking, also isn't a solution!
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

Quoting FlyAUA (Reply 8):
Were you now?

Care to share more....?

Well I had to tell 6 million people that I fancied this girl. That'll do. Big grin



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineSean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

Quoting FlyAUA (Reply 8):
Were you now?

Behave yourself!

Quoting FlyAUA (Reply 8):
As insignificant as they may seem to you...

That's the point! They are points in our lives to remember forever.



Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man... Landing is the first!
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19204 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2041 times:

FlyAUA/Trisha - I thought it was posting your photo 100 times in this website.  Silly


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineSean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 40
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2036 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 11):
I thought it was posting your photo 100 times in this website.

I wonder how many other websites out there he has given that benefit (is that the right word  Confused ) to?  Silly



Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man... Landing is the first!
User currently offlineFlyAUA From Austria, joined May 2005, 4604 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 9):
Well I had to tell 6 million people that I fancied this girl. That'll do.

Wow, that's brave  Smile

Quoting Sean377 (Reply 10):
That's the point! They are points in our lives to remember forever.

And that I will do forever  yes 

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 11):
FlyAUA/Trisha - I thought it was posting your photo 100 times in this website.

A forum with loads of people who sit behind the PC all day long and have nothing better to do? Hardly "fame"  sarcastic 



Not drinking, also isn't a solution!
User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2027 times:

I've been on Coronation Street.

Seventy quid for fifteen seconds on-screen time. Now that's what I call wages!


User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 14):
I've been on Coronation Street.

Seventy quid for fifteen seconds on-screen time. Now that's what I call wages!

Did you get to say a line. Or were you just made to buy a tin of beans in The Cabin?  Wink



Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2018 times:

I was the first transsexual in the UK.

Signed,
Banco



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 16):
I was the first transsexual in the UK.

Signed,
Banco

I am the most gullible person on the planet.

Signed
Myt332.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineAirEuropeUK733 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 976 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 15):
Or were you just made to buy a tin of beans in The Cabin?

Is it not 'The Kabin' ?

Would rather have a pint in The Rovers

AE733



It's nice to fly with firends
User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1983 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 9):
Well I had to tell 6 million people that I fancied this girl. That'll do. Big grin

Rather, the msot annoying DJ combo EVER read out your email on air. And then played what they thought was a good song.



No trees were harmed by this message. However, several million electrons were terribly inconvenienced
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1977 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 19):
Rather, the msot annoying DJ combo EVER read out your email on air. And then played what they thought was a good song

Oi, Edith is a babe! I saw her on Sunday night at the recording of Petrol Heads for the BBC.

In actual fact I was that 'last' person at the end of Lunch Time Lovers. My actualy voice was heard on air for a good, hmm, 15 seconds followed by Aerosmith - Don't wanna miss a thing. Big grin



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1958 times:

Hitting, not only the game winning home run but it was also the deciding game in the 1973 Little League World Series (ages 10-12...I was 10 years old at the time). Even though this was 30+ years ago, I can still remember it just like it was yesterday. Score was 5-4, 2 out, bottom of the 7th (we played 7 inning games, not 9) and Ray Hatherley, our catcher, was up to bat and had fought off an 0-2 count by fouling off 4 straight pitches before forcing the count to 3-2. He then ripped a single to left. I remember being scared shitless as I made my way to the batter's box. It was now all up to me. Before stepping in, I looked down to 3rd and got only a look of confidence from my coach (inside he was probably thinking, "Well, at least we made it this far"). I stepped into the box, the pitcher went into his stretch, looked back the runner at first and then threw what looked like a damn missile right down the pipe (I swear it had one of those contrail things). I think the catcher was in the process of tossing the ball back by the time I started my swing. "Steeeeeeee-rike 1" I remember the Ump announcing, loud enough for people in neighboring cities to hear. I remember thinking there was no way I could let the pitcher get an 0-2 count on me so I made up my mind to swing as hard as I could at the next pitch, regardless of where it was. Thankfully, it was another fast ball, right down the middle and, I probably shouldn't admit this, but I closed my eyes and swung as hard as I could. I remember how great it felt when the bat made solid contact with the ball and when I opened my eyes, I saw it sailing off toward left field (the ball, not the bat). I took off for first, not watching the ball because that was a no no of course, and when I saw Mr. Hatherley (Ray's dad, who was the first base coach) frantically waving his arm in a windmill rotation indicating I was to go to 2nd, I dug in and headed that way, head down. As I approached 2nd I realized there was no one on the bag ready for a throw so I looked to 3rd and I expected to see Mr. Duncan (his son was our right fielder) holding up the "stop" sign (I still had no idea where the ball was) but instead he was waving me onto 3rd base. Actually, he was jumping up and down and waving me to 3rd base. As I rounded 2nd, I kept watching him and the 3rd baseman. I expected to see him suddenly give me the SLIDE! indication and I expected to see the 3rd baseman crouched by the bag, anticipating the in coming throw. I saw neither. Instead I saw that windmill rotation with the arm again and the 3rd baseman was standing about 4 feet off the bag, hands on his hips. As I rounded 3rd, the coach ran with me all the way down the line, all the time screaming, "It's gonna be close....SLIDE...SLIDE"! So slide I did and I swear, what was undoubtedly a fraction of a second before the home plate ump made the call, it seemed like several minutes passed and I heard nothing but silence until the Ump made the "safe" sign with his arms in that scissor motion and hollered out, "SAFE...SAFE...SAFE" several times. Man, what a feeling.

User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

If anyone can read (or even translate) the above, please let the rest of the world know....

User currently offlineStuckinMAF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

I am a father.



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User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6697 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1929 times:

Been on tv a few times with wind tunnel related activities. Most recently I was in the "Warplane" series that aired on Channel Five recently - in part 3, the wind tunnel tests on the supposed Bell X-1 tailplane, showing why they went from elevator to all moving tail. I was meant to be in part 4, but I was replaced by an animation..... of a flying wing so they didn't show the one I had in the tunnel.

Previously on a Sky program about hurricanes and another program about people surviving skydiving disasters - based in part on this
http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/safety/detail_page.cgi?ID=261

I met her for the program and she still can't remember what happened.



wheat and dairy can screw up your brain
25 Sean377 : I saw that! Were you the guy in the wind tunnel fiddling with that model (of an aircraft).
26 Post contains images Skidmarks : I had my picture on the back page of RAF News in December 1992. Talking to Aircrew at Memmingen while on detachment. Andy
27 Oly720man : Yep. That was me.
28 Post contains images Myt332 : Well it's your lucky day because I had a dig through the archives and I found that back page! Here you are using your forces pseudonyme.
29 Post contains images Skidmarks : Where's JGPH1A with his Fatwah list when you need him eh? Probably in some MacDonalds in Nice stuffing his face!! Andy
30 Roadrunner165 : I broke the sales record for yoplait yogurt at work this last week. Does that count as fame? Adam
31 Itsjustme : I must have used too many big words.
32 HAWK21M : Air Pistol Shoot Well. regds MEL
33 Newark777 : So you played for Taiwan? Harry
34 PIA777 : My 4th grade class went to the Bozo Show in 1980 and I was on TV for about 10 seconds. Growing up in Chicago, every kid wants to be on the Bozo show.
35 Senorcarnival : -I write for my school paper, so every week thousands of bored college students at that campus come across my boring and predicable game recaps. -I ca
36 Post contains images 2H4 : I (along with my team) won the National Intercollegiate Flying Association 2002 national championship. Kind of like the "super bowl" of collegiate av
37 Itsjustme : Me thinks you took the title Little League "World" Series a little too literally. No, it was 'just' a recrecational baseball league in suburban Detro
38 ShyFlyer : While in High School, I was a member of the Marine Corps JROTC program. My first command in front of a large audience was a Color Guard for a school b
39 Jafa39 : I won an eel catching competition when I was 12. I have been on TV twice in the UK, once talking to Arthur Negus (ask your parents) outside a chip-sho
40 S12PPL : I was in TV comercials when I was 7-9 years old or so. They were local spots, not even regional, or national. But hey...For a few years, everyone reco
41 Aerobalance : I'm lazy, yet somehow I make money.
42 Kevinl1011 : I won the VW engine pull contest in 1975. In and out in 3min 52sec. Rode an elevator up four floors with John Delorean. Persuaded the Pilot of the Goo
43 Pacificjourney : Had sex with Lucy Lawless, pre Xena but it still counts. Met Queen and Phil and had tea and chatted on RY Brittannia.
44 Texan : That was a fun read! As far as I know, I'm the youngest person to attempt a United States Congressional run (23 years, 1 month). Had to stop due to a
45 Mhodgson : My legs appeared on TV on a news report about Manchester Piccadilly station.
46 Post contains links and images YooYoo : I have the same hairline as Logan22L
47 Aleksandar : Three articles published in "Airways" and "Airline Review"
48 Ryanb741 : Was a model for Issey Miyake in Paris 8 years ago. Have been in a kickboxing match live on Thai TV. Can make any woman cum simply by kissing (absolute
49 IAH777 : I've been on the local TV news a few times talking about various dumbasses wrecking their cars. Wrote a little anecdote I emailed to some friends abou
50 Post contains images Go3Team : I once won a radio contest on a nationally syndicated talk show. Talk about being nervous. I never did get the prize I won
51 Post contains images ABfemme : Spent the day with Oliver Reed (now deceased) at his home in Dorking, Surrey before he moved to Ireland. He was my hero in my teens and I asked him to
52 Halls120 : You can hear my voice in the live video of the rescue of the crew of the F/V Alaskan Monarch, a 92’ vessel that grounded just outside of St. Paul in
53 Post contains images Msllsmith : I can bone a rock cornish game hen (baby chicken) without breaking the skin. Once held Burt Lancaster's cashmere coat while his wife shopped. Once hel
54 Newark777 : Haha, ok. I remember my little league days, never was very good at it. Harry
55 BA767s : My cousin used to date Lee Ryan from Blue Served Jodie Marsh and Jade Goodey when I worked in Sainsburys When I blagged my way thru security only beca
56 Logan22L : Ours still look better than Mark's.
57 BristolFlyer : Was in a winning crew in the first Bristol Boat Race (copy of the London Boat Race) watched by about 3000 people. Have been on the news in the US and
58 Post contains images Tuffgong : Front Page of the Vancouver Province newspaper when i was 2 years old with Matt Dunigan (QB for the BC Lions when they won teh grey cup must have been
59 Gunsontheroof : I came in second place in voting for "most fun" in my high school class. Afterwards I had a bunch of people come up to me and tell me how much more fu
60 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : These threads are great. It would be so wrong to put anything remotely good like 'Won an Academy Award' So here are a few non-claim to fame of mine! -
61 Centrair : - Named after distant relative (Disability rights) - Descendent of Laura Engles Wilder (thus my middle name) - Ancestors came to America on the Speedw
62 Gunsontheroof : I've gotten shitfaced with the girl on the Atta-Boy dog food bag once or twice. She's not as cool as she sounds.
63 Post contains images BMIFlyer : I have appeared in a BBC TV series about the British Army that was fillmed in 1997. I have the video evidence here at home Lee
64 Gunsontheroof : I'm waiting for a poster with a username like JTQantas707 or CaptVincentVega to totally ruin this thread for the rest of us with the following post: "
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