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Mass Lysteria

  • Stuart Bailie
  • 22 Jan 08, 08:20 PM

Stuart Bailie.jpgIn your younger days, you wanted to be Billy Bremner, scoring against Chelsea in the cup final after extra time. You could do all the moves, all the faces. Then you discovered youth culture and decided that you’d rather be Joe Strummer, saving the world against evil capitalists and Jeff Lynne fans. You even dabbled with a bit of James Dean and Eddie Cochran, trying to get the hair and the pose right.

egg250.jpgLater, you were pleased enough if someone reckoned you looked like Van Heflin, or even Gene Hackman. So long as they didn’t mention Clive James. By now, your ego is busted, your expectations are supine in the looks department. And then one of your kids improvises a portrait of the father, using an upturned, empty egg shell. There it is, jeering at you from the kitchen table.

Life: is this all it’s cracked up to be?

Stu Bailie presents The Late show on Radio Ulster, every Friday from 10pm until midnight. See his playlist here.

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  • 1.
  • At 05:07 PM on 25 Jan 2008,
  • Chris wrote:

That is a surprisingly good likeness Stuart. Although I'm not sure why there is a focus on the emptiness of said canvas.

But it does beg the question, what came first?

  • 2.
  • At 09:21 PM on 27 Jan 2008,
  • Stuart Bailie wrote:

The canvas is not merely empty. That is an existential statement.

  • 3.
  • At 09:49 AM on 29 Jan 2008,
  • Vivien Gleason wrote:

Was the guy from British sea Power the sme one who dived into the audience in another venue and ended up with a broken toothh and knocking himself out? What an eejit!!!! Viv

  • 4.
  • At 11:05 PM on 04 Feb 2008,
  • Vivien Gleason wrote:

My husband Gerry was talking to his mate Stevie Shaw the other week about the ol days round in the Pound on a Saturday afternoons. Jim Armstrong, Kenny McDowell, Who will ever forget Brian Rossi! they could hear a record one week and play it the next! Imagine my surprise when I opened the Telegraph to see an advert for this Sat. Auntie Annies Satuurday "Pound Club" featuring Rab McCullough! Great to have snething other tan Jazz to listen to! Viv

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