Mr Dale has tagged me to complete something called the "Twenty Firsts Meme" and since this seems like a chance to take a bit of a trip down memory lane, I'm happy to oblige.
Working behind the counter at the Barracuda fish and chip shop, Hitchin, on a Saturday. It was, as they say, a good way to meet people.
First Real Job
Trainee reporter on the Mansfield Chad 1986-8
First Role in Politics
Administration and Finance Officer of UCL Student Union 1983-84. The first, and only time, I have ever stood for elected office.
The Pushbike Song by The Mixtures. Look, I was nine, okay?
First Football Match
Arsenal v Leicester City at Highbury, with my late uncle Eric, sometime in the 1972-73 season.
Genesis at the NEC, 22 December 1981.
First Country Visited
Holland, on a school trip, in 1976. We had to go through Belgium to get there, of course.
First TV Appearance
Songs of Praise in 1978. St Mary's, Hitchin, was featured in the programme and I was in the choir.
First Political Speech
Probably in about 1981 or 1982 at the UCL students union, but I can't remember what it was about.
Her name began with J, but I am certainly not going to be any more specific than that on a public website.
First Encounter with a Famous Person
We were having a family meal at a Hertfordshire restaurant some time in 1971/72 when Eric Morecambe came and sat at the next table.
First Brush With Death
Nearly drowning in the sea off the south coast of France while on holiday there in 1984.
First House/Flat Owned
It was in Sycamore Avenue, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Notts. I moved in on what must have been the hottest day of 1987.
First Film Seen at a Cinema
The Jungle Book.
First Time on the Radio
Discussing the resignation of David Bookbinder as leader of Derbyshire County Council on GMR (Greater Manchester Radio) in 1992. I was the local government correspondent of the Derby Evening Telegraph at the time.
First Politician I Met
I think this was possibly Willie Whitelaw, during a campaign visit to Hitchin in the '79 general election.
First Book I Remember Reading
I don't remember!
First Visit to the London Palladium
Other than the student union election referred to above, I have never played an active role in any election of any kind.
I am supposed to tag five others, and although I don't believe there should be any compulsion attached to this, I gently and respectfully suggest the names of: Barnacle Bill, Little Man in a Toque, Mars Hill, Party Political Animal - either one - and View from the North.