Sometimes we like a bit of music in the offices here at The
Sleep Room, and sometimes we like a bit of Radio 4. Which means
that Desert Island Discs is always a bit of a favourite,
and we were all too excited when the notoriously publicity-shy
Morrissey made an appearance at the end of last year. But what we
weren't expecting was his choice of luxury. Veggie burgers?
Gladioli? Nope - a bed. "Desert island or not, what's the point in
anything without a decent bed?", he asked lovely Kirsty Young. Well
indeed. Who knew he loves beds as much
as we do?
Then we started thinking … he can't be the only one can he? And
we were right. Because the number of celebs who have chosen
luxury beds and bedding as their desert island indulgence
it quite staggering. Since Roy Plomley created the show in 1942,
the great and the good have been queuing up to choose their 8
tracks, favourite book - and a bed.
We will put Suggs to one side. In 2002 he chose to take a
nucleus of bees with him. And we like the fact that Kristin Scott
Thomas went for a pair of Louboutins. That really is a luxury. But
it's 2004 when the bed-fest kicks off. That year author Diana
Athill asked for her own bed, then by 2005 Jarvis Cocker wanted a
bed with a mosquito net, Ruby Wax was after a huge bed, and Mario
Testino kept it simple by requesting just his pillow.
In 2007 Oliver Postgate, creator of iconic children's' TV shows
such as The Clangers, Noggin the Nog and Bagpuss, selected a
'comfortable bed'. (We like to think he'd go with an upholstered
bed) and then a year later Diane Abbott went the whole hog with
a 'nice bed, comfortable mattress, sheets and a mosquito net'.
Quite right too.
We've spent some time trying to work out what our luxury would
be. While we're confident that we could never come up with
something as gorgeous as our Wiltshire-based craftsmen do, we're
pretty sure that everyone on the team could knock up a wooden bed if
pushed. So we'd choose a mattress. It's a mattress that has
smuggled all of our friends and family inside it though.