Having just read the latest comment in the left hand column, I endorse the view that astronomer Patrick Moore was indeed a 'star' for meeting me. Thanks Paul, but I'll do the jokes here if you don't mind.
I am now almost exactly one third of the way through this project. If my celebrity meetings, both those carried out and those in the pipeline, carry on at a similar rate, I can hope to have achieved about 30 by the time this all ends on January 14th, and hopefully I will have amassed a right little Santa's stocking of items to be auctioned off for the RNIB, which makes me very happy to think about.
I have also finally received my first response from one of the females on my list.
Endemol kindly passed my letter on to the agent of BBC science and nature presenter Kate Humble, who Michael (the issuer of my bet and compiler of this list) is quite familiar with, since his waking-up time tends to co-incide with the daily airing of Animal Park (BBC1 mid-afternoon), where Kate and her male co-presenter Ben Fogle, catch up with the goings-on at Longleat Safari Park.
Well cutting to the chase, Kate's agent Katie regretted to inform me that a meeting would not be possible since her client had an incredibly busy schedule and would be filming abroad over the next few months.
And more importantly, as Michael predicted the other day, she had seen my photograph on this website and had baulked at the idea of coming into close proximity with me.
I include in this post two pictures, one of a snow leopard, an endagered species, which is meant to symbolise wildlife and the fragile nature and state of flux that exists in many of the precious ecosystems of our planet, and the other is of Scarlett Johansson, because she has a pretty mouth.