An extract from an email received from Roya, an employee of PBJ Management....
"Thank you for your interest in our clients regarding your bet, Greeting the 500. Unfortunately our clients Dom Joly and Chris Morris are unable to meet up due to work commitments."
Shame about that, particularly Chris Morris, who I'd loved to have met as he's pure comedy gold, but you know what, a reply like this from an agent comes as no great shock to me anymore. However, being a massive fan of his, and hearing that he is working flat out for the next 5 months, I can't wait to see all of the new shows that he's working on.
I am also mulling over the possibility of throwing myself upon the mercy of Michael and asking whether I might shift the goalposts of my challenge a little. I think that if I am to bump into any of the 500 listed individuals out of the blue (not allowed under terms of our bet) and have a photo taken with them, presumably on my mobile phone, then this should count towards my total. I only say this because I saw Nicholas Parsons eating dinner in a Tapas Bar on Haverstock Hill the other evening although on this occasion I opted not to approach. I didn't want to make the poor man choke on his battered squid and besides, trying to explain the background of my challenge in less than 15 minutes is something that I've still yet to master.