Sunday, 20 February 2011

My Imaginary Best Friend

When I worked in a bookshop we used to play a little game. It went something like this...

"If you had to pick one of these to be your mum, who would you pick: Delia Smith or Barbara Windsor?"

Followed by...

"If you had to pick someone to be your dad, would it be Tony Blair or John Major?"

It was a silly game prompted by boredom but it used to have us in stitches as one girl was very good at coming up with the most ridiculous selections.

For some reason I thought of this game the other day when I was talking about TV guilty pleasures with colleagues. While the other girls named the usual suspects like SATC and soaps, I came up with anything with Kirstie Allsopp in. If I were to pick an imaginary best friend at age 28, she would definitely be at the top of my list.


I don't know why I'm drawn to her, but I love anything with her in. I could easily spend an evening watching reruns of Location Location Location and just couldn't wait to buy her Homemade Home book.

I think she would be a fabulous friend - kind, funny, loyal and not afraid to tell you when she thought you'd stepped out of place. We'd rummage through car boot sales together and afterwards enjoy tea and cakes in a little cafe. She'd help you out if you needed her and always offer you the cast offs from her (lovely) wardrobe. Not to mention all the design and house tips she could offer.

One can but dream, and in the meantime enjoy all my wonderful real friends.

But if you had to choose, who would be your perfect imaginary best friend?

13 comments:

  1. Hmmm, I think I would choose Kirsty to. Shall we be each other's Kirsty's? I think I may have a bit of a girl crush on her. Totally non sexual. More like I want to be like her when I grow up, even though she's only a tad older than us... and I want her wardrobe... particularly that blue coat, she has with the over sized buttons :0)

    Other than that? Dolly Parton. She'd be ace at inspiring me to be a great person whilst always being up for a giggle and dispensing good advice.

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  2. I think she would be a lovely best friend too.

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  3. hmmmm... maybe Martha Stewart. I have read that she is very demanding, but it would be fun to get all of her hand-me-downs every time she redecorates her house!

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  4. Well if we're talking really imaginary, then I guess Soulemama maybe? She's so talented, it's out of this world! I love everything she does, and her family is so inspirational.

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  5. Oh I like Kirstie too!! Hmmm trying to think if I can come up with one of my own.... Holly Willoughby I think - she seems lovely and she is so pretty :)

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  6. Hmmm, she's a funny one Kirstie - she gets on my nerves a bit but after reading this I think it's just because I'm so jealous of her life and her wardrobe. Maybe I should stop with the hating and just admit I love her!

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    Thank you :) x

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  7. Congrats on the giveaway! I would like Claudia Winkleman to be my best friend please! I know I'm not alone here- initially I found her annoying, but I totally changed my mind after my sister told me I must watch her more. She's a little bit hilarious. I'd also like Kylie, Keira Knightly and Fern Cotton to be in my phonebook please! xxx

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  8. I do love Kirstie but I think she might just get a bit too bossy for me. However I wouldn't mind having Phil Spencer for a husband, is that leading the discussion in the wrong direction.

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  9. I too would love to have Kirsty around for her creativity, and wonderful bold use of colour, which I like.

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  10. It is great that there are all these fantastic women out there to inspire us! I also like the sound of your game! We were playing a ridiculous one at the weekend that went along the lines of someone saying something like ' You're a fish and you've just discovered that you're no longer in the water.' and then the person had to pull a face. It kept going on and on and getting more and more ridiculous! xxx

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  11. I've been thinking about this again in spare moments today, and I'm sure I'm going to realise there are many more, (brain isn't as quick as it once was!) I just had to add... Tamsin Greig :) xxx

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  12. I must say it has crossed my mind what it would be like to have Nigella Lawson as a best friend. x

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  13. I think I would be a little scared of Kirsty! I'd go for Sarah Beeney, although I would have to tell her to sort out her highlights!

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