For my fiftieth birthday my wife gave me a trip to the Carpathian mountains in Transylvania.
We were staying with a real Hungarian Count, Count Tibor Kalnoky. He looked just like Bella Lugosi and had his own castle. He rented out rooms and the beds had garlic hung over them.
The other guests included a Prussian Prince, two ladies from Clarence House looking at property for the Prince of Wales and two musicians. They were busking their way from Budapest to London blagging food and shelter for a programme for BBC Radio 4.
We were all sitting together around a long table in the basement, eating chocolate cake and drinking caraway brandy, when the musicians started playing their double bass and electric guitar and everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to me. Amazing.
I got the pleasure of reliving the moment when the programme was broadcast.”
Photo: Cleadon, South Tyneside