Flight drama for Focus
I am off to Barcelona and Milan this week to do a spot of filming in the company of some very important people.
After spending a few hours with Barca president Joan Laporta and interviewing a few players, I fly to Milan for Clarence Seedorf's charity bash, where I will hopefully grab a word with some significant football faces.
I think this might qualify as the most showbiz week of my life, eclipsing the time I interviewed Dannii Minogue and The Chuckle Brothers in the space of three days.
Luton Airport - the scene of potential problems for Alan Hansen
I hope our European adventure will make an interesting blog for next week but I thought I would give you a bit of an insight into last week's programme in the meantime.
If you've watched Focus for a while, you'll know Alan Hansen makes one appearance on the sofa for us toward the end of each season. Last Saturday was that day, but it almost didn't happen.
"I've been re-directed to Luton," came the quite worrying text from the nation's favourite pundit at about 0915 BST on the morning of the show.
A quick check on the wonder web revealed that his budget flight would need refuelling before flying on to Heathrow - way too late to make it for Focus.
"You've got to get off that plane," is a text message I've wanted to send since watching Die Hard 2.
We had visions of Hansen removing ceiling panels in the toilets, shuffling through luggage and finally shinning his way down a refuelling pipe.
Sadly, it was a lot duller than that. He told a steward from BA that he needed to get off and the bloke opened the door.
Hansen still arrived much later than normal, and it wasn't until 1203 (I remember because there was a crème egg next to the clock) that editor Mark Cole and I were able to run him, and Lee Dixon, through our plans for the programme.
I could tell they were both in a rather mischievous mood.
From the minute we sat down, Hansen was ribbing Dixon about taking a sheet of paper in with him on which were written the remaining games of both Burnley and West Ham.
Hansen is of the opinion that if you can't remember something, it's not worth it. Lee is more of a "fail to prepare, prepare to fail" type of human.
I introduced them at the top of the show by saying they had 12 league titles between them.
Hansen did not waste little time jumping in. "How did you get to 12?" he asked on air. "I've got nine." "And I've got five!' added Dixon.
What followed was some furious fact checking while the pundits mumbled about dropping standards at the BBC.
We were then scheduled to talk about the upcoming Manchester United-Chelsea game for the next three minutes.
Chelsea's game against Manchester United was among the topics up for discussion
I was still trying to get a prediction out of Alan well into minute number four. "Time to move on," said the editor in my ear. I pressed Hansen again... "I'll tell you before the end of the programme," was his response.
The second chat was just as lengthy but it was good stuff.
When I asked Hansen if he thought Martin O'Neill would leave Villa in the summer, given all the midweek speculation that had gone on, he gave me the "Scottish look".
It's the same one that Gordon Strachan has spent years perfecting and David Moyes uses in almost every post-match interview.
Hansen then had another go at me for not knowing how many titles either he or Dixon had won. "Where's your research?" he growled.
I stuck to my guns before he finally declared that he was just messing about and he had in fact won eight league titles while Dixon had picked up four. I think that is the closest I have ever come to dressing-room banter with two professional footballers.
When I go in next week, they'll have probably tied my shoelaces together and urinated in my gym bag.
By this point, valuable seconds were being shaved off everywhere to make sure we hit our 1300 deadline.
"Ten seconds to closing link," said production assistant Rachel Paterson in my ear as Hansen began telling us why Alex McLeish should win the manager of the year award.
Like the professional he is, Hansen made his point perfectly and we said "goodbye" just as we were told to "stop talking".
"I enjoyed that," announced Hansen as he removed his microphone and strolled towards the office to watch the rest of the Manchester United - Chelsea game with his Match Of The Day brothers - Gary Lineker and Mark Lawrenson.
On the subject of Hansen, I was alerted via Twitter recently about Hansen's sporting prowess as a youngster. Apparently, he played both volleyball and squash for Scotland.
It got me thinking. A few blogs ago, we discussed our greatest sporting moments. So this week let's do those sporting incidents you wouldn't mind disappearing without a trace.
I once took the British number two to three games in table tennis. It sounds impressive until I tell you that she was six and I was in my prime at 21!
Feel free to fill the coffin with your own aberrations.
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