Meeting David Cameron
Article written in May 2012.
On Wednesday 9th May 2012, when I was 12, I went down to London because I was invited to … the Prime Minister’s den, TEN DOWNING STREET for a cocktail party! And, not only that, but I also met him and talked to him.
He somehow seemed to know all about me and we talked about my aspirations for the future and about the various languages I spoke and those I was learning. I must admit though that during the course of our conversation, I had to disagree with him on one point and told him so. When he said to me, ‘surely Japanese is more difficult than Chinese’, I had to correct him and inform him that it was the other way round due to the tones in Chinese.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, he was very approachable and pleasant to talk to. I also met many other celebrities, including Tana and Gordon Ramsay, the British pop couple Rochelle Wiseman and Marvin Humes, Lorraine Pascale, Melvin Odoom and the boys’ pop music group JLS. As for the latter, when I was asked if I wanted to meet the boys from JLS, I had to turn down the offer as I’m afraid I don’t do pop music at all and I was concerned classical music might not have been their cup of tea. I wanted to spare all of us any embarrassment. As for Gordon Ramsay, we had a nice chat, half in English and half in French as he spoke reasonable French and he was dead keen to try it on me! The highlight of the evening and the cutest thing of all, in my opinion, was that we saw David Cameron’s children. They had just come out of their baths, their hair was wet, and they were wearing their pyjamas, which, I hasten to add, were NOT made of silk. As for the food, caviar and other strange delicacies, these are not my favourite nibbles and I ended up eating only two chocolate strawberries during the course of the evening.
All in all, it was a very interesting, exciting but exhausting evening.
The trip was also picked up by the Cambridge Evening News, click on this link.