...Well in this instance, and amazingly enough, the replies were received without the three subjects in question ever having seen my letter, and no, these famous sportsmen have not all recently become highly experienced in clairvoyancy.
Now don't get me wrong, I have got and do expect to get a number of negative responses to my requests for meetings, but I'd feel just a tad happier if those who were telling me that they would not be able to meet me, knew that they were telling me that they would not be able to meet me. In fact knew that they'd been contacted at all.
I sent an email to the SFX Group (no nothing to do with murder by illusion) the other day. They represent nine of my celebrity 500, namely Steve Backley, John Francome, David Gower, Richard Keys, Gary Lineker, Prince Naseem Hamed, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer and Jonny Wilkinson.
In my email, I kindly asked that the letters I'd be sending to these people could please be passed on. I received a reply from one lady who deals with, or is the PA to the person who deals with Messrs Owen, Shearer and Wilkinson. It read: