I have been rumbled. My guilty secret is out.
Having recently returned from a Barry Manilow concert at the O 2 (and reviewed it - see The Guide), I've noticed colleagues looking at me differently.
Not that they saw me BM (Before Manilow) as a street-wise older rock chick - but to confess to liking the King of Cheese?
'Per-leese' their eyes seem to say as their lips tremble oh so slightly at the edges. 'You cannot be serious.'
No-one,it seems, can hide their amusement that my secret pleasure has been outed and revealed to the world well, to this borough anyway.
Vengeance,I decided, was the only way forward. So this week, I will expose the guilty,and until now hidden, pleasures of some of my colleagues at the Gazette.
Many of you will have met our senior photographer,Toby Vandevelde, but did you know in his spare times he is ... a Morris dancer? When you next see him advancing with his camera, ask him to demonstrate a few nifty steps.
Uxbridge reporter Libby Jones has two secret loves: George Michael and tinned spaghetti (though not necessarily together) while Charlene Mitchell, reporter for Ruislip and Northwood, admits that after dark she does 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles and eats bags of cheeselets even though, she said, 'everyone tells me they smell like cat sick'.
News editor Chris Longhurst freely admits he's constantly ribbed about his love of Bournemouth and being a fan of singer Bryan Adams. Dan Coombs, who also covers Uxbridge, confesses to a barbecue sauce addiction. He eats it with everything and can even get through a whole bottle in a day.
Now you know what an odd lot we are (I'm still working on other Gazette staff) perhaps you would like to share your own guilty pleasures with us? We'd love to hear!
Finally, how weird is this? Last week, delivering Christmas presents near Andover, Mr F and I pulled in for coffee at a Little Chef,without knowing this was the LC being experimented with by posh cook Heston Blumenthal before his ideas are filtered through to others in the chain.
Having written about the proposed changes in Bm@il that very week, it was so odd to have found the seat of his experiment by chance. And, I know you're dying to ask ... can you still get a toasted teacake?