Favourite Humans

I’ve been muttering a bit about ‘favourite humans’ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram a fair studio-boketto-you-are-my-favourite-human-bean-funny-valentines-card-foodie-card-pun-valentines-card-anniversary-card_grandebit the past few weeks, while at acupuncture tonight I thought I really ought to do a list for you. Here we go, in no particular order:

  • Stephen Fry – I have to start with him really don’t I?
  • Oprah – closely followed on the heels by another constant in my life. As Rosie O’Donnell said to her, ‘You’ve been huge in my life, you just never realised it’.
  • Ewan McGregor – I named my son for him.
  • Nathan Lane – wonderful, generous actor. Saw him in The Producers in London when he stepped in for Richard Dreyfuss. Being in the same room as him made me giddy with joy.
  • Dame Judy Dench – saw her in an RSC production of All’s Well That Ends Well, my favourite Shakespeare Comedy, started crying when she walked on stage.
  • Eddie Izzard – utter, utter god of sheer loveliness.
  • Brené Brown – her research and clarity of language around vulnerability is opening up and re-shaping the world.
  • Eckhart Tolle – “Enlightenment means saying ‘yes’ to what is”
  • Dr Wayne Dyer – his explanation of him as a child trying to find the tomatoes in the seeds being planted tells you all you need to know about potential.
  • Hibo Wardere – tireless Female Genital Mutilation campaigner.
  • Malala Yousafzai – “Extremists have shown what frightens them most. A girl with a book.”
  • Alan Rickman – always.
  • Dr Oliver Sacks – a wonderful writer who share his world so those who weren’t in it could understand it.
  • Osher Günsberg – so much more than the rose counting TV host.
  • JK Rowling – the only person to fall out the Times Rich list for donating so much money.
  • Bill and Melinda Gates – for throwing money against inequality, bringing education and healthcare to millions.
  • Alan Alda – for using improvisation and language to educate and break-down barriers so STEM students communicate clearly. Clear+Vivid is a great podcast, his books make me weep with laughter and of course, M*A*S*H.
  • Alexandra Heminsley – British journalist and author, Running Like A Girl is so reassuring when your legs on fire and you’re wondering why the hell you’re doing this…
  • Caitlin Moran – British journalist and author. Bluddy love this woman.
  • Sali Hughes – British journalist and author, In The Bathroom vlogs on YouTube are glorious. Co-founder of The Beauty Bank, collecting toiletries and sanitary products to pay them forward to people who’ve fled domestic abuse, are in poverty and can’t afford them.
  • Glennon Doyle Melton – Love Warrior, co-creator of #BlackFridays.
  • Carrie Fisher – who’s novels were the voice in my head when I couldn’t find or share the words.
  • The Honorable Julia Gillard, 27th Prime Minister of Australia, worked tirelessly to negotiate and manage Bills and Legislation to pass through the political system. And for this speech.
  • Christopher Hitchens – for all his foibles, his critical thinking was extraordinary.
  • Douglas Adams – do you know where your towel is?
  • Amanda Palmer – for giving me the courage to take the fucking donuts.
  • Neil Gaiman – for pointing me to his wife and for writing like Neil Gaiman.
  • Nancy Mitford – if only for Love In A Cold Climate.
  • Agatha Christie – if she’d only written Miss Marple, I’d be happy, but there’s so much more!
  • Dame AS Byatt – Possession, my favourite book and for that talk in Winchester where you gave so much of your time, as your husband took you out the door, you were still finishing off your sentence over your shoulder.
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