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Friday, August 15, 2008

Why I Love Ben Ainslie

Ben Ainslie
... by someone who is now definitely over Alan Rickman

I LOVE Ben Ainslie.

I spent an hour alone with Ben in a room. Sadly it was for the purposes of interviewing him about his sailing career and finances, but I can say that I interviewed our Olympian gold medalist! Totally down-to-earth, self-effacing, quiet, modest - and totally gorgeous, er, I mean, totally worthy of respect... um...

You can read the profile wot I wrote here The beautiful Ben Ainslie

Or you can just look at his website and feel proud of our home-grown sailing hero! Our hero!

27 comments:

Gorilla Bananas said...

Ah, I bet he secretly wanted to invite you for a cruise on his yacht, Mermaid. You must have intimidated the shy fellow with all you wisecracks and banter. So are you working for JP Morgan now, S?

Mermaid of Moorgate said...

No I aint dear Gorilla, but I am in contract publishing which means I get to interview those celebs sponsored by folk such as the good people at JPMorgan. And I have to say that JPM has some cracking funds - as well as some cracking able seamen now working on their books... meow!

Lilith said...

Far OUT! You go girl. Is he married?

Mermaid of Moorgate said...

No, sadly, and if I were not a fishy troll I would swim right up to his boat, push him to victory, and bag him then and there.

idle said...

It is 2330 and I am off to my scratcher. I aim to rise at 7 tomorrow morning and watch Oor Ben bring home the golden bacon.

I was recommending the award of a mandate to those good boys at JPM to my ex-employer just recently. Good to know the management fees keep Ben in clean underwear and talcum powder.

idle said...

Well, that turned out to be a damp squib. Wasn't it handy that we had a squad of crack cyclists and rowers to take up the slack and provide the precious metal whilst Ben retires to his bunk and prepares for tomorrow by thinking of the Mermaid.

Lilith said...

Ha ha Merms! You inspired him to get that Gold! You like champagne, don't you? Get over there girly.

Trubes said...

Interesting article Mermsie...lucky you, interviewing such a 'dish'. I hope you surrepticiously slipped you phone number into his hand as you left!

BTW...Have you had time to look at your Carelesss Sigh Site recently ?
Also I've posted a little romantic anecdote on my trubes site, (it's a bit old now now, but I know you like a bit of mush).

Hope you are well and happy and have recovered from the'Phone Guy' episode

Di.xxx

idle said...

Apart from the scruffy bugger not shaving before getting his medal from the Princess Royal, a magnificent performance.

Mrs Idle has fallen in love with the RN officer Peter Reed who was one of the Men's Four gold medallists on the boating lake.

Press-up and sit-up regime being considered for next week. Only just got over the muscle spasms in the small of my back after last weekend's tennis.

brian said...

I love, I love him, I love him!

Scroblene said...

What's the opposite of the Jonah effect Merms?

You did it Gal!

Reluctant Blogger said...

Yeah I can see the appeal of him and he would make a great partner for you. I presume you will be inviting all your regular blog readers to the wedding? I'll start looking for a hat now.

john.g. said...

You could have swam faster than him!(Is swam a word?)

EmmaK said...

yeah, he may be smoking hot, but did you know I swim in the same pool as Michael Phelps and may actually have swallowed some of his dry flakes of skin? beat that

electro-kevin said...
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electro-kevin said...

I'd hate to think that you're not going to try because you don't think you're good enough.

You most certainly are.

Geoff The Red said...

Yeah, yeah, but will Ben Ainslie turn up with flowers and a song on your birthday? I think not. Geoff 1, Ben Ainslie 0.

fleetofworlds said...

Am I the only one who feels a bit sorry for Alan Rickman? There he was, object of Merms' adoration - probably consoled himself if he got a bad notice in a new play by thinking, "well, at least the Mermaid still loves me" - when suddenly he's unceremoniously kicked aside in favour of some slightly vulpine-looking blighter in a trailer sailor.

Poor old Alan.

alan rickman said...

fleetofworlds.

It's OK, they're much better suited. They met when she lured him onto some rocks.

fleetofworlds said...

Alan - I am assuming (and hoping) that that is some sort of euphemism...

BTW, I will never forgive you for betraying Emma Thompson with that rubber-lipped floozy in Love Actually.

alan rickman said...

fleetofworlds.

"Alan - I am assuming (and hoping) that that is some sort of euphemism..."

Unfortunately not, for all concerned.

BTW too, I am questioning your sanity in that you have implied that you have actually watched.....I can't bring myself to say it, so I'll just use the initials...LA. We knew it was a fuck up from day one, but Richard Curtis is such a puppy we didn't have the heart to tell him.

I can recommend someone in Harley Street.

fleetofworlds said...

I will take no lessons from a man who voluntarily (I assume) took a role in "Truly, Madly, Shitely", and is moreover willing to stand by with nary a protest while our gracious hostess, the divine Mermaid, splashes off over the horizon with some vulpine matelot.

Are you a man sir? Or a mouse?

Pah!

alan rickman said...

Alas as far as TMS is concerned you are correct, I should have known better. What with that and.....LA, no amount of my other "good" films will ever compensate. I once did an episode of Shelley,if that helps.

Gouda is spot on.

mutleythedog said...

So what does he actually do?

samantha said...

Win gold medals.

idle said...

Dear Mermaid,

I have a burning ambition to win Gold for Britain in 2012. It occurs to me that your interview-to-gold-medal success rate stands at 100%.

I am available for interview at short notice between now and the Olympic team trials in 2011.

Yrs,
Frustrated Armchair Olympian

Mermaid of Moorgate said...

Hello all!

Well it seems as if I have broken Alan Rickman's steely heart - I am so sorry. I know where you live.

Idle - I would be delighted to coach you for 2012. Perhaps the long jump or the hurdles - I am also very good at giving people tennis elbow.

Fleet - ah! You may be fleet, and you may be right about TMDeeply - but thankfully I eschew such romantic claptrap and laugh in the face of that awful film with bill nighy, who looks far too much like that peter townsend chap who was caught red-handed watching kiddy porn.

Emma - flakes of Phelps? YOu had best get tested for steroids!!!

Trubes - am off to portugal tomorrow with Paddy's Mum but on my return I shall bombard the blogosphere with merminal splashings ahoy!

John G - I have to stalk SOMEONE! I cant be COMPLETELY cured - it's been a year since my last restraining order... roll on Portugal!