Two replies in two days, both agreeing to accept my challenge and coincidentally both from individuals I like very much - and I'm not just saying that.
An email yesterday from a fine young lady by the name of Nicola, mentioned that a former king of the celebrity jungle, Joe Pasquale, would be happy to meet me, and I shall be making my way to Birmingham in January whence the funnyman will be appearing on stage in a JM Barrie classic, albeit the pantomime version.
An email today from 'Coops' who looks after the affairs of Derren Brown, mind reader of huge talent and a man who doesn't need to sit in a glass box sucking glucose off a blanket in order to wow his audiences. Very excited about this one. Perhaps he might be able to look into the future and tell me whether I'm going to lose this bet that I have with my friend.
I actually spoke to the Cypriot Leviathan, otherwise known as my good mate Michael, just 5 minutes ago and told him of this latest progress.
"Dan Brown, eh? I don't remember putting the author of the Da Vinci Code on your list of 500." So good to know that he's aurally dyslexic as well.