Genghis Khan was a 13th-century Mongol ruler who came to power through a relentlessly savage military campaign spanning 3 decades.
His name is synonymous with destruction on a massive scale, although he is also credited with bringing a new order to the Silk Road and (with his grandson Kublai Khan) re-uniting China under the Yuan dynasty.
The River Café is a Michelin-starred restaurant in Hammersmith, London. It specialises in Italian food, and its recipe books have been highly popular for many years.
Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall both started their careers at the River Café.
In these days of satnav, that achievement seems less extraordinary, but at the time it was impressive enough to justify Bridget's hyperbole.
Barbara Cartland was an English romantic novelist with an unrelenting love of pink attire and a startling approach to make-up. Her enthusiastic applications of vivid blue eyeshadow, fake lashes and several coats of lipstick earned her as much notoriety as her books.