Firstly, I'll start with yesterday.
As parent in charge of daughter's cultural education I had booked tickets to take her to the Bridgewater Hall for a concert for the Olympics by the wonderful BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
She didn't want to go.
After a very busy term she just wanted to stay in her room and play with her horses and who can blame her? I felt a bit the same myself.
Anyway, after much pursuasion and bribery (I agreed to buy her some flip flops which she'd been mithering for for ages) she came into Manchester with me.
When we got to the Bridgewater Hall everything changed.
It turned out that the concert was being recorded for Blue Peter and the presenter of the concert was none other than Izzy's favourite CBBC and Blue Peter presenter, Barney Harwood!
She was beside herself with excitement!
The concert was fantastic and just perfect for children; an hour and a quarter with no interval and a great mix of music including Also Sprach Zarathustra (or "2001 A Space Odyssey" as I had to describe it to hubby), Chariots of Fire, various sporting TV themes (Grandstand took me back!) and even Titanium by David Guetta.
After the concert we were waiting by the craft tables when I spotted Barney himself who'd come out to meet the audience. I passed Izzy our programme and said to her:
"There's Barney, go and ask him to sign your programme"
"Can I?" she asked, wide eyed with excitement.
"Course you can"
Barney was really lovely with the children and had a little chat with them before signing autographs. He even wrote "So nice to meet you!" on her programme.
As we left the hall Izzy said to me
"Did I dream that, or did I just meet Barney Harwood?"
A good outcome I think!