So last month, while swanning around at the Sydney Writer's Festival I found myself going on stage for the school days immediately before UK writer Charlie Higson, who does a very nice line in young secret agent books, but has more recently tangled with Zombies.
Now, despite me giving him possibly the nastiest introduction ever on our first day, he was a very nice bloke, and a good deal of fun to listen to. He also had a finely nuanced appreciation for the more confronting aspects of zombie-ism, so much so that at one point during his talk, one entire row of year nine girls in the audience were holding their fingers in their ears so as not to hear the gory details during Charlie's reading.
But most of this is beside the point, really.
My point is this:
According to Charlie's Wikipedia Page (So it must be true), in a previous life he worked as a plasterer, (as in he put plaster on houses, not got plastered...) in which capacity he plastered, among other houses, the home of then flatmates Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie (you might be beginning to see where I'm leading with this - steps one and two as below...)
Charlie Higson (above) and Hugh Laurie (below, as House M.D on a bad day...)
Laurie, in 2009, voiced over the role of Doctor Cockroach PhD in Monsters VS Aliens, which also featured, in a role sadly overlooked by the academy that year, Renee Zellweger (that would be step three)
And Renee, also in 2009, starred in My One and Only (I'll be honest and admit that I had to look that one up) with ...
See, four degrees from Kevin Bacon! I always knew I'd amount to something one day...