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Who is the The Perfect Dinner Guest

Which, personality, celebrity, general whoever would most people like to invite to their dinner party.
A survey just published in the UK reveals the Top Three guests that British people would most like at their dinner party

It’s a strange list and does, I think, make for a diverse result which goes some way to showing the UK population across the range

Here are the top three
1: Jeremy Clarkson
2: Barack Obama
3: Cheryl Cole

One thing it does show and that is the power of modern media saturation to mould thought as opposed to original thought.
Would Obama make the list in 6 months time ?
Would the Girls Aloud singer make the list had she not been on X Factor ?

Clarkson is an interesting addition and an understandable winner, he obviously aims to entertain and to be provocative but he also talks a great deal of straight forward commonsense that an awful lot of people tend agree with. Despite being mired in the idiocy of political correctness the British as a whole are completely against PC nonsense which accounts for a great deal of the Top gear presenters popularity as a writer as well as TV presenter

I suppose the natural next question would be who would you most want at your party ?

It’s quite tricky in my opinion, especially if you really think about it.
On reflection the famous person I think I’d go for is …
I know what the regulars are thinking :)
But you’re wrong

Stephen Fry would be my probable choice though depending on my mood it could be Paul Gilbert or if a big night out then Lemmy from Motorhead !

If you’ve an opinion or choices of your own then fell free to share them - presuming you can be bothered of course :)


  1. the dinosaur said,

    December 9, 2008 @ 7:50 pm

    Rod, it seems to me that the result of the survey shows people’s idea of a good conversation varies wildly and I suppose that’s inevitable, personally if I had the one off opportunity of anyone to invite to a dinner party why not go for biggest conversation topic of all, the meaning of life and the future of the world? I’m not a Buddhist but whenever I’ve heard the Dalai Lama interviewed he’s very interesting, he’s met every political leader throughout his lifetime without being political himself, he doesn’t push his own beliefs in a dogmatic and tedious manner, what is more he has a lively sense of humour.

  2. Little Brother said,

    December 9, 2008 @ 10:55 pm

    I’d be inclined to invite legendary American chef Thomas Kellar so I could cook him a meal and prove to him that the recipe/method he gives for beef jus doesn’t work!
    Failing that my guests would have to be raised from the dead first because there aren’t any interesting celebrities out there anymore-hence the death of the chat show.
    Obviously Stephen Fry is an exception.


  3. Rod said,

    December 10, 2008 @ 8:51 am

    I suppose ‘good conversation’ is a broad church. I love ‘proper’ conversation as opposed to people simply talking. But then we all have our interests which may bore others.

    The meaning of life strikes me as being further away from an answer than ever nowadays !

  4. Rod said,

    December 10, 2008 @ 8:52 am

    good choice but what about Gordon Ramsay, I’m sure he’d relish the chance to get out of the house :)

  5. Witches of Eastwick said,

    December 10, 2008 @ 6:46 pm


    We’d invite Daniel Craig regardless of conversation :) but if good varied banter was required then we’d invite you…. are you famous enough though?


  6. Rod said,

    December 10, 2008 @ 6:56 pm

    We’d invite Daniel Craig regardless of conversation
    That’s because you’re shallow :) :)
    Sadly my fame seems not to be spreading, the few that do know me are also sensible enough not to invite me to functions :)

  7. Annie Flinn said,

    December 11, 2008 @ 6:48 pm

    If you will open the list of guests to people we could call back from the grave, I’d like to invite Di Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Elizabeth I. Anyone else have some historical guests to add to the list?

  8. Rod said,

    December 11, 2008 @ 7:49 pm

    great idea !
    I’d go for people like Sir Walter Raleigh or James Cook - the idea of hearing about their adventures first hand or hearing what it must be like to discover new lands - unimaginable today - but what a feeling.

    Also how about The Venerable Bede or Marcus Aurelius, Wellington ?

    How about fictional characters even ?
    I’ll go for Sherlock Holmes and Richard Sharpe

  9. Witches of Eastwick said,

    December 11, 2008 @ 8:56 pm


    ….. Paul Newman sounds like a good idea and he’d bring his own sauce :) Could we have Shakespeare too and the rest of the cast, they might entertain us while we eat. Perhaps not surprisingly we’d also like the Witches from the hand of Terry Pratchett.


    p.s. explorers and eccentrics are an excellent choice, trouble is their conversation tends to get a bit repetative after a few decades if you’re not careful….. still we’ll send a couple round if you’re stuck :)

  10. Lucy said,

    December 12, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

    I think it’d be a lot of fun to bring back anyone (famous, like Henry VIII even better) from the past and generally just freak them out with all our gadgets and time-accumulated superior knowledge…imagine all those witch-burners seeing our microwaves and tellys etc..they’d think we were all witches and not just WoE

  11. Rod said,

    December 12, 2008 @ 7:18 pm

    Hi Lucy
    good idea - there’s a post in itself there !
    I find some of the changes I’ve witnessed amazing enough so what on earth would somebody from a few 100 years back think ?

    I wonder what they would approve of and disaprove of …
    Lucy, this is worth its own post, thanks for the idea - really appreciated
    Enjoy the weekend
    All the best

  12. Annie Flinn said,

    December 18, 2008 @ 6:19 pm

    Let’s consider for a moment, inviting guests based on certain categories. Such categories might include: famous inventors, spies (if they will come out of the shadows), authors, notable journalists, leaders, artists, and of course, playboys of the western world (now guess who would be first on the list), or courtesans (think of the gossip they could share). Now who would you invite?

  13. Rod said,

    December 18, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

    I’d go for

    Spy: Harry Palmer
    Journalist: Jeremy Clarkson
    Author: PG Wodehouse
    Playboy: Hugh Heffner
    Leader: Che Guevara

    That’s a dinner table !
    All the best

  14. Witches of Eastwick said,

    December 18, 2008 @ 7:08 pm


    Now you mention it, all those characters sound like Rod…. he’d be eating alone :)


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