Do you remember the film, 'Cabaret?' That was when Liza Minelli first etched herself onto my consciousness, in her bowler hat and fishnet tights. And I've never forgotten her clever mnemonic of the correct way to pronounce her name.
‘It’s Liza with a ‘zee’, not Lisa with an ‘s’
Cos Liza with a ‘zee’ goes ‘zzz’, not ‘sss’
Liza told me that's how she pronounced her name too, when we first met in July 2011, and I knew I'd remember, so I didn't make a note to remind myself.
Fast forward a year, and I wonder if you can imagine how big a fool I felt when - right at the start of her marriage to Paul at the converted Mill at the heart of the historic conservation village of New Lanark - I called her Lisa?
Yes, that big.
Luckily for me, she and Paul took it in their stride, as you can see from the lovely letter they sent me today.