I started thinking about those celeb pictures when a friend told me, according to photos in the window of a dry cleaners in London, Ronnie Wood, Kevin Keegan and David Blunkett go there. This, I'm sure, would make for some interesting chats when they collect their cleaning. Apparently there are three photos of David Blunkett but I'm not confident a blind MP is the best judge of dry cleaning services.
Restaurants are the worst/best for celeb photos and I hear Tayyabs in Whitechapel brags about Daniel Craig stopping there for dinner.
A Chinese restaurant near me still has a photo in the window of the time Princess Diana visited. She's been dead now for 14 years, by the way.
Of course there are those times when you don't get a photo but maybe work in a shop and have served a celebrity so I've done some research and have found a chap in a mobile phone shop who has served Graham Norton, Kate Silverton (yeah, I said "Who?" too) and Ross Noble whom he gave a discount on his upgrade in exchange for two tickets to his show.
One of my favourite 'celebs doing normal stuff' was the sighting of Tom Cruise in a Lake District Blockbuster video store and they wouldn't let him hire a video (yes, this was the old days) because he didn't have ID on him. But I bet they had Top Gun on the shelf.
Anyway, I was thinking, in this celeb-crazed world we live in, are you influenced by these celeb moments? Do you want to know where Britney Spears buys her toothpaste and are you more likely to shop there when you know? Do you want to know which Chinese restaurant Princess Di visited about 20 years ago? Well, I'm not telling.
I'd like to think these things don't matter to me. I don't buy Hello!-type glossy mags and don't read newspapers that sell more based on these stories but I do see myself stopping and checking signed celeb photos in shop windows so I'm probably more impressionable than I'd like to think I am. But what about you? Do celebs influence where you shop and dine?