My very own Eliminator

Posted on: February 19, 2009


My Gladiator Fact File A.K.A My Bible, I often look to this for guidance in my life.

My Gladiator Fact File A.K.A My Bible, I often use this for life guidance.


I have always been a BIG fan of the Gladiators. Every saturday night I’d be sat in-front of ITV wearing one of those huge, yellow sponge gloves, eagerly awaiting the classic theme tune to begin, ready to turn the volume up loud .“Do you feel the power of the Gladiators?!… Do you have the speed, the strength, the heart to be a winner?!”- I certainly did feel the power and wanted to be a winner!


I was scared senceless of Wolf, I wanted to be running up the travelator, wearing all in one lycra, beating people with those giant sized cotton bud things, I fancied the pants off of Hunter– my bedroom door was host to his life sized poster, the Scottish tones of John Anderson, Eurika Johnson in her hay day- in all, absolute brilliance!


I do enjoy the new Gladiators but I truly love the nostalgia of the old Gladiators.


So where are they now? I wanted to know. I wanted to get in touch with the past Gladiator legends. I felt like Justin Lee Collins in ‘Bring Back…’, bar the Channel 4 TV crew following me and their travel expenses as I searched the net high and low, sat on my bed trying to track them down.


I took on the challenge head first, like a contender to the Eliminator. It was extremely difficult but as soon as I started I couldn’t stop, I would not let it rest, using every Gladiator strength in my body to persue my mission until stupid o’clock in the morning. I did get a few email addresses and I did email them proposing interviews.


I checked my inbox like a nervous twitch even though I was aware that I may have set my standards a little high. But oh how you should never underestimate yourself, because low and behold I did get replies- Diane Youdale and Janie Omorogbe, who? Only Jet and Rio!! Who were both more than happy to help, score, bonus, winner!!


Well, I’m not sure how to explain how ecstatic I was, I felt pure excitement, a childhood dream had just come true. My screams sent my house mates running into my room thinking I was in extreme pain and one commented “I don’t think I’ve ever seen you this excited, I don’t think you’d be this happy if you told me you were getting married”- and she is probably right.


So there we have it, our first issue of Melonz will have Gladiator content! I’ve replied to Diane and Janie today with some questions and I cant wait for their replies to get started on the feature. 


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