The Best At or The Most

This page identifies just what I love about some of my friends and loved ones. 
Each category is not in any particular order and there are no number one’s, I’m afraid.

BRENDEN
He has a perfect body, recent tattoos are sexy, and he has a beautiful mild and polite manner. No. 1 sex appeal.

TIM
Handsome, mild-mannered and – totally straight and yet totally gay friendly.

MELANIE
Just everything I love about women… feisty, gutsy, strong, attractive and I bet she’s a good snog too.

MARK
Handsome face, boyish charm that seems innocent (even though he isn’t) and is sex.

KELLY
I love making Kelly laugh and when she does, it feels from deep within. Her laughter is also most addictive, but better than that… she gets every single snippet of humour that I attempt.

MAGGIE
Maggie’s laugh was the most addictive and outrageous. She had me laughing at just her laugh alone. The most fun woman… that’s the biggest loss.

DAVID J
There are moments that had both of us helpless with laughter, sometimes things he’d say and sometimes something that I may have said. Most of our telephone conversations exceeded an hour because we’d spend too long laughing. We were also tuned in to the very same wave length of hilarity… hahaha.

SARAH B
Sarah and I working together was a lethal cocktail of uncertainty for every one else, but for us… well, I’d pay to do it again for just a day. Another one of my friends who are instantly tuned in to my sense of humour.

KATE
The laugh… just the best laugh in the world.

VICKI
Always wanting to laugh, Vicki is capable of finding me funny, anywhere and at any time and like Kelly, she just gets it… any time I’m trying to be funny.

TONY
A pure genius of everything funny, spiteful and camp. I used to make him laugh a lot more in the earlier days… he’d say that it’s only because I’m not as funny but really, it’s because he was a vile bitch! HAHAHA!

NIKKI
My sister and friend. Nik can find something funny to say about any given situation and very often, she does. Every car journey, every friendly gathering is a lot funnier with Nik around.

DEBBIE
We have so much history together that was a ‘laugh a minute,’ that we could spend the same amount of time and hilarity recalling it all and laughing all over again.

CB
Made me laugh every day.

NIKKI
My sister. She knows how to have fun and combine it with a whiff of professionalism that no one noticed when we were having such a good time.

BARBARA
When I worked with Barbara, she was always willing to have a laugh without it ever offending anyone. She was also incredibly funny and has a very infectious laugh.

MARIA
Maria and I worked together at the SCILL soup kitchen! Lol. Everything about those times volunteering with Maria makes me smile… some of the outrageous things we got up to still make me laugh out aloud now.

LIZ
I just adored working with Liz, and I’ve documented before that she was key to the longevity of my job where we worked together. She was outrageously camp and very funny.

PETE
Some of my funniest times ever in the workplace were with Pete. Whether it was in Madame Jo Jo’s or in a minicab office, Pete’s amazingly clever and intelligent wit kept us all going for the entire shift.

AMANDA
Always have a giggle with Amanda, and sometimes it’s because she said something funny. LOL. But seriously, Amanda will always find a lighter side to any given situation, which is fab and completely harmonies with my sense of humour.

DAVID J
I just loved singing with David… it brought the best out in me… hahaha… no, it was his ability to harmonise with the raucous that I was screeching out.

EMMA
Emma was able to add entertainment factor to any song I duetted with her… one of my favourites was Reunited by Peaches & Herb.

VICKI
You To Me Are Everything by The Real Thing was the song that I remember most as a real duet at karaoke, but others include More Than Words by Extreme and Always And Forever by Heatwave. No mics or stage… just us two, in her car, screaming! Lol!

NOEL
What I loved about Noel was that if he knew the song at all, he’d get up and have a go and was usually fabulous. And then, when he’d had one too many, he’d get up and have a go even if he didn’t know it! Hahaha!

LIZ
Now Liz is not supposed to be ‘gay camp’ because she wasn’t gay at all… so quite why she has the title of the campest woman ever… is anyone’s guess. No, really… camp-er than Su Pollard by miles.

TONY
Well you would not necessarily know that Tony was camp – not all the time he was stood still, not talking. But if he took the dog for a walk (that was him in tight jeans and the miniature pincer on a pink lead and both of them wearing matching pink bows). All becomes quite clear why he should be featured in this section.
Lol.

MELANIE
Always upstaging me if we’re ever out together and has the prowess to pull it off totally.

MIRANDA
Just so stunning in looks alone, but she is so fashionable… stunning.

TIM
Tim is gorgeous and then tops it up with his clothes… wherever he is, he always looks smart and gorgeous.

MICHÉLE
My sister is supremely smart. One of the few people I know that commands respect by her smart appearance alone.

PETE
I think Pete teaches me a new word each time I talk to him… hahaha! But more than that, with his Father, Pete has taught me so much over the decades. He continues to be smart and is always ahead of any conversation. He’s also articulate and entertaining to listen to.

DAVID J
David will always be my favourite telephone buddy… I loved and cherished my phone calls with him because he had such an entertaining way of teaching me stuff. And I wouldn’t retain it, if it said by anyone else, (with a possible exception to James May, Tony Robinson or David Attenborough from off the telly), but it’s also information that I was unlikely to use or even need, and yet I still loved learning it.

CB
Having this man in my life helped me to develop any skills when handling challenging situations with more diplomacy, tact, and intelligence. He’d spend a lot of his time helping and guiding me, also with emails, letter writing, as well as how to behave.

NIGEL
What Nigel has achieved in his life, how popular he is with everyone, including on Facebook and just how wonderful he is to know and the fun I’ve had just listening to him… I wouldn’t complain if we switched personalities for a day, but I’m sure I’d be exhausted.

MIKE O
Mike has made a wonderful and enviable lifestyle. I hold him in high esteem because his achievements are normally associated with a more brutal personality, but Mike is humble, sweet, and loveable.

MIKE K
One of the hardest working guys I know, and he’s done it all by himself. He’s also incredibly self-less and a good friend to know and have around.

BARBARA
Another friend who manages it alone… can do it all by herself, but Barbara’s stamina is outstanding too. She has an energy that pours out, and it’s amazing to watch and be in the company of.

JEZZ
The most reliable, flawless person in my world. I can rely on Jezz for everything… he understands me more than anyone else has ever done, ever! Jezz may wear the trousers in our relationship with many decisions, but he never says ‘no’ to me.

NICK
Despite many of Nick’s quirky traits, no one can dispute just how there he is for anyone that really needs him. I feel very comfortable and reassured knowing that if I phoned him and said I need you right now… he’d get in his car and come to me… whatever time of the day. Nick is so reliable like that, he probably wouldn’t even ask why before getting dressed and making his way to his car. Excellent feeling, that is.

AMANDA
I don’t know how she does it. She’s an incredibly unselfish person. It feels like she exists for others, she is there completely, as I’m sure she’ll say about me… what? But I am! Lol. I have a total guarantee and cast-iron assurance that if Amanda can find it, make it, acquire it compile it, buy it… she will. Each of those I can give an example of, making her a first class sister and life-long friend.

DAVID J
David and I could be on the phone, without speaking and identical thoughts would just happen, unexpectedly but never in a frightening way.

DAVID W
When my DD was alive, we’d spend a lot of time together talking and reflecting on life and all the problems that go with it, but there was an unspoken feeling on top of that. I feel that we knew what each other were thinking… it wasn’t perfect because if it was, I’d have known more about just poorly he was… then again… he was good at not letting-on too.

KELLY
It’s got to be just a paternal thing with Kels and me, but I feel her pain, I feel her upset and frustration in a way that I can’t with anyone else… David J is close, but Kelly can transmit her deepest inner self like a Wi-Fi device, and I’ve got it, in seconds and more than that… I feel it as though I were her. Weird, but I wouldn’t trade it for a million bucks.

NIKKI
Flat out, one of the hardest working people I know… not just with her full-time day work but how energetic she is afterwards for her entire family.

WENDY
Working herself to an early grave… she never stops. Day and night. How her family put up with it is anyone’s guess.

KELLY
How my gorgeous daughter crams in being sociable with her job, the grand children and the man in her life… it’s a wonder I get to see her at all. And when I do, she is fresh and wonderful and behaves like she doesn’t have a care in the world. Incredible lady.

BARBARA
Full daytime job, part-time evening work, full-time Grandmother and friend. Amazing. Seriously, not bad for a pensioner… I’m so impressed with how she manages to keep it altogether.

AMANDA
Amanda is one of a very people who seems to hold it all together when it’s all getting too much. The strength I’ve seen from this lady, when most of us, would have thrown in the towel, is astounding. Pressures of personal and family life, coupled with the issues of her working environment, and then compounded by the stress and pressure of moving home… unbelievable!

DEBBIE
Just an amazing sign of strength and stamina, and I’m sensitive enough to know when the cracks are showing, but when I think of all you’ve been through in one go, well done, olé pal. Just awesome power.

ZOE
How you haven’t become more ill, I’ll never know. How the hell do you keep it together? I’m not sure if I know all of it, Zo, because of the sensitivity and confidential nature of several things going on, but you are outstanding at holding yourself and all the family together, at the same time. Remarkable.

AMANDA

Gift buying for others – Amanda is, hands down, the very best person ever, for knowing what to buy as a gift for someone. And if she isn’t, her ability to always find the right gift is amazing.

MICHAEL C

Carpentry – MC is an absolute genius with anything to do with wood. He has such an amazing way with visualising and is the best creator that I know.

DAVID J

Knowledge – normally useless but totally fascinating knowledge that I would never tire of.

WENDY

Letter writing – Wendy is a good letter writer and can light up any work that I’ve done by a quick read through and total re-write.

SARAH W

Proofreading – Willsy was the best person I knew, that can spot the minutest of grammatical error.

NICK

Driving – excellent and most competent driver that I’ve ever known.

NOEL

Dancing – has such a natural rhythm and ability to move with music that you would have thought he’d have been professionally trained.

DAVE B

Snogging – just very passionate at kissing and, obviously, memorable

VICKI

Memory – remembering the tiniest of detail and recalling it, verbatim, is both powerful and annoying.

JEZZ

Organising – can fit everything in to no space at all and know where it is months later

Public speaking – It started at my sister Nikki’s wedding reception in 2006, (I wasn’t that good at it). But since then, I’ve read at the funerals of Ron, Dad, Maggie, Donald, David, Aunty Gwen’s, Sarah Williams and David Jack, and feel that I have improved slightly each time. The latest was a 22-minute self-written debut standup comedy set which was The Groom’s Speech at my wedding.

Singing – I have often been complimented by others for my singing… at the karaoke bars that I have sung at and from forced audiences that have endured my songs on CD and in FaceTime calls.

Driving – I would consider myself very proficient at driving. Professionally, I have been a courier and handled the stress and pressures that go with driving and parking in and around Central and South London. I’ve also been a chauffeur in American stretched limousines (6 and 8 seater) and luxury cars like the Mercedes S Class, the Bentley Arnage and the BMW 760i. Driving my own cars and using motorways feels extremely second nature, and I often use the line: “I’m sure that I could do it with my eyes shut.” – I’m joking, by the way!

Counselling – On the odd occasion that my friends and family members come to me to sound off about problems that they are having at the time, I am complimented that they feel better after. My daughter has often said that I am understanding and non-judgemental. My sisters have both remarked that I am a good listener, and I’m flattered that I have earned the title, particularly as I never shut up long enough normally.

DJ’ing – It’s probably considered an ‘old school’ style of radio presenting now, but I have done a lot of it in my time… as a child from the age of 13 in hospital radio and again in the late eighties, for pirate radio.

Letter writing – Articulate and a good knowledge of the English language and dictionary (though no expert), I have always been confident when compiling letters for both business and personal purposes. Friends and family have often utilised what letter-writing skills I have, from job applications and CV designing to letters of complaint.

Computer teaching – I think that my style of ‘hands on’ computer teaching is the best method for anyone showing someone else. Standing behind the person and telling them what to do is key for them to absorb exactly how to perform a task and means that they are less likely to forget what they have learned. Quick re-capping is also a fun and positive thing to do afterwards, too.

Musical knowledge (chart songs from 1960s through to 1990s) – I seem to have remembered a lot of the information that I learned about chart music, positions, band names and titles of songs back in 1977 through to 1980 (specialist year being 1979). I did the chart show at hospital radio but also collected the Top 40 whilst at school on a Tuesday afternoon, listening to Paul Burnett on Radio 1 in the park on a transistor radio, at lunch times.

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