My Husband recently posed the question “Which five people, dead or alive, would you invite to your ultimate dinner party?”. I came up with a few people there and then who, upon reflection were great, but not great enough to be chosen out of every person, dead or alive! So, I’ve had a chance to think, and here are my five guests:

Sigmund Freud

As a psychology student, I don’t think I could pass up the opportunity to meet the great Dr. Freud. The chance to question the father of psychoanalysis on some of his theories and methods would be incredible.  Not only would he be an amazing fount of knowledge, but he’d be able to psychoanalyse all of my other guests, which could make for some extremely interesting dinner conversation! (Plus, I might be able to convince him to help me with my coursework…I wonder how my OU tutor would mark an essay written by Freud?!)

Marilyn Monroe

Tell me this, who would not want to the most beautiful woman who ever lived at their dinner table?  She lived an interesting life, and she met and socialized with some of the most fascinating people in history, so I bet she’d have a lot of good stories to tell. Not to mention the amount of secrets that woman knew, not least of all, the reason for her demise. Plus, I bet she’d be nice enough to lend you her shoes, too!

Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks was a genius. Fact. There’s no two ways about it. Any man who can make relevant, on-the-money political and social observations, whilst being piss-yourself-funny, and holding a microphone in one hand and a fag in the other, is a must-have guest at any dinner party. I’m fairly certain he’d have us all in stitches for most of the night (or would spend the night trying to get into Miss Monroe’s knickers) either way, it’d be entertaining!

Baroness Daphne Park

If Marilyn is at the top of the pile in terms of beauty, then Daphne Park is at the top of the list of kick arse, inspirational women. A bachelor of languages who was educated at both Oxford and Cambridge, Miss Park was a clandestine senior controller for MI6, worked for both the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and the Allied Commission at the end of WWII, and spent decades on various attachments for the Foreign Office, which led to her appointment as Controller Western Hemisphere, the highest post ever occupied by a woman. If there was ever a woman who I would be happy for my daughter to look up to, Daphne Park is she. I bet she’d have some amazing stories to tell, and could keep the other guests in check if the debates got too heated!

Stephen Fry

Mr. Fry is by no means an original choice, I think he’s probably on the guest list of millions of people, worldwide, but there’s a reason for that. The man is amazing, funny, intelligent and overall just seems like a thoroughly nice chap. I’m an enormous fan, having read all of his books, and generally consuming any media which has his name on it, and the chance to spend a couple of hours in his company would be a privilege. I think he’s one of the few living people who would get me starstruck to the point of becoming mute!

So there you go, the five people I would most like to eat a meal and spin the proverbial shit with. Now it’s your turn…who would you choose?