Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player


Friday, 6 December 2013

  I’m on QI tonight at 10pm on BBC Two. No mad dreams of hares tonight, but a fun show and my fellow guests are the phenomenal Sue Perkins and Richard Coles Who Knows Everything (alongside, of course, the ever-brilliant Alan Davies and Stephen Fry).

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Paul Smith at 10:10 pm on December 7th, 2013

It’s a rare honour to be the first to comment on a blog post on the internet, as I’m usually way too slow, lazy or disinterested (or do I mean uninterested) in the topic at hand to make the effort. However, that “0 Posts” was staring at me and I couldn’t help myself tonight. It’s a weakness of sorts, I suppose. I also give people litter they’ve dropped and silently roll my eyes when a lady wears shoes she’s not removed the size/construction info sticker from. Anyway, this has been fun. I must do it more often. Have a lovely holiday season everyone, and thanks for the update Victoria. I’m just watching the XL version of QI - you seem to be having fun talking about The Black Knight.

mike at 11:02 am on December 8th, 2013

Thanks for writing todays Observer column about John Diamond. I’ve also had that same experience which society would probably frown on and shun. It’s called living.

Pam Sheldon at 12:58 pm on December 8th, 2013

the first time I have commented in the media - ever - but just wanted to thank you for the article in the Observer today. I was very moved by your writing and descriptions of John- such a fabulous man. Nigella will triumph.

Boris Stock at 3:33 pm on December 8th, 2013

I too am here to praise your deeply moving article about John Diamond   in the Observer.  Excellent work Victoria !  (You were fun on QI , hope they’ll have you on again soon).

Mark at 4:12 pm on December 8th, 2013

Thank you so much for the piece on John Diamond in today’s Observer
I hope Nigella Lawson finds it as rewarding as me

Lou Fioravanti at 8:41 pm on December 8th, 2013

I always though you were the ‘coolest chick in town’, and I always suspected a great heart behind the irony. It’s so silly to imagine that of people you don’t know, or know only through appearances on HIGNFY, or QI. After reading your Observer column just now, I am glad to say that I feel a little less silly!
With my admiration xxx

Robert at 5:50 am on December 9th, 2013

Arghh - I took all this time to track you down and say how much I admired the John Diamond piece hoping you would sigh and imagine us laughing, hand in hand, discovering India together or something, and I find those smarmy toadies Mike, Pam, Boris, Mark and Lou have beaten me to the punch. Well, I’m sure you’ll all have a great life together.

In the meantime, wow - what a lovely and powerful piece of journalism. I hope it hits other people as squarely in their engorged prejudices as it hit me in mine. Ouch - off to nurse my prejudices.

Victoria Coren at 3:20 pm on December 9th, 2013

Thank you all for these lovely messages, I’m really touched.

Jules at 7:33 pm on December 9th, 2013

Pinned at the top of our family noticeboard there’s a yellowed newspaper headline, Reasons To Be Cheerful ... John Diamond’s last article.  Neither I or my husband ever met John Diamond but his last article struck a chord with us and it’s remained there as a family motto and inspiration ever since.
It’s about loving, being loved, doing the right thing and one day being missed.

My husband left your Observer article out on the side for me to read ... it made us both smile and I thought as someone who knew him so well, you might like to know that his influence lives on.  It was lovely to see the balance for Nigella redressed. Lovely lovely article. Thank you.

Michael at 12:53 am on December 11th, 2013

I wish to add to the praise for your column on John Diamond.  I got to “know” him through the Cix conferencing system which is still going strong and which I joined the day Cosima was born (happy birthday,  Mimi). Through it John got us cixen to write one of his weekly columns in The Times magazine. I’m an oncologist and he kindly forwarded me an article about her family history that Nigella had written. -raiding her computer to do so. During his illness we corresponded by email. It was made all the more poignant by his being one day younger than me.

John Hand at 5:36 pm on December 19th, 2013

Looks like I’m not the first to find my way here to thank you for your excellent piece about John Diamond. It truly captured the presence of a great man who had a very good taste in friends.

Victoria Coren

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