On a lighter note: Space Insurance broker reveals his embarrassment on TV

by | Jan 11, 2018 | On a Lighter Note, Seradata News

While space insurance executives can be an all too serious bunch, every now and again one of them turns up on TV to amuse us all. Long-time space insurance broker Roger Bathurst, who recently left Willis Towers Watson and the business, appeared on the television dating show “Blind Date” during its glory days when it was fronted by the late and much missed singer and TV star, Cilla Black. Despite Roger’s famous personal confidence, he was not picked as the date.

That little appearance was decades ago, so who has been up on TV since? Well, space underwriter and former space engineer and lecturer, David Wade of Atrium, sometimes appears as a “talking expert” to analyse whichever space launch or space event had become flavour of the day.

Less serious was the recent appearance of Marsh space insurance broker Simon Davies on the red chair section at the end of BBC TV’s Graham Norton interview show (New Year edition). On it various members of the public recount funny stories. If Graham and his studio guests don’t think it makes the cut, they pull a lever to eject the storyteller backwards off the chair.

Graham Norton gets ready to pull the ejection lever on a female red chair confessor. Courtesy: BBC

While Simon Davies usually has quite a serious countenance, albeit with a dry sense of humour hidden underneath, it is a tribute to him that he was prepared to share so publically an amusing tale about himself. Certain humourless world leaders would never risk being made fun of in this way.

The story went like this: Simon was in hospital for a small operation. After the operation he was laid up in bed and unable to move. His friends came to visit him and, as a joke, they decided to take pictures out of a (very) pornographic magazine – femmes (et hommes?) sans culottes etc. – and put them around his bed, just out of his reach. Having done so, and just as they were leaving, they rang his bell to summon the nurse, leaving poor Simon to explain a very embarrassing situation.

Needless to say, Graham Norton and his guests were amused enough not to eject him from the chair.

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to www.seradata.com/spacetrak

Related Articles

SpaceX Starship chosen to launch Sky Perfect JSAT satellite in 2024

Japanese satellite operator Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation has selected SpaceX's Starship rocket to launch its Superbird-9 satellite. The launch to Read more

Analysis: USA falls back in great space race as China plans interim heavy lift rocket for quicker human lunar landings

Every August - the silly season when hard news is hard to come by - this column does its bit Read more

Synspective of Japan anticipates launch of its third SAR satellite by Rocket Lab in September

Synspective Inc., Japan, has announced that its first commercial unit, known as StriX-1, is expected to be launched in September. Read more

SpaceX launches 46 Starlink Group 3-3 satellites

SpaceX successfully launched 46 Starlink satellites onboard a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, at 2140 GMT on Read more

D-Orbit to launch 20 Astrocast nanosatellites on ION Satellite Carrier

Astrocast has ordered the launch of 20 nanosatellites from Italian new-space company D-Orbit. Through multiple missions over the course of Read more

SpaceX launches 52 Starlink Group 4-26 satellites

After a slight delay due to upper-level winds in the vicinity of the launch site, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successfully launched Read more

China launches 16 EO sats on a Long March 6 rocket

China launched a Long March 6 (CZ-6) rocket at 0450 GMT on 10 August from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Read more

Launch on 9 August: a Ceres-1 rocket flies successfully again on third flight

Galactic Energy of China launched the third Ceres-1 (aka Gushenxing-1) solid rocket four-stage launch vehicle successfully with its lift off Read more