Anarchist, My Arse
Still on the theme of our so-called 'quality' newspapers' failure to check facts, a profile of Bill Oddie in The Observer says he was "one of very few celebrities to refuse the red book treatment on This Is Your Life." Not true. He gave Michael Aspel a severe ear-bashing but then did the show with bad grace, which was much worse than not doing it all.
Anne Kirkbride from Coronation Street did This Is Your Life in the depths of clinical depression. She claims to have been so heavily medicated that she doesn't remember it. Yet you'd never have known it when watching.
That's one reason why I don't much like Bill Oddie. His voice may be another factor but if it is then I'm ashamed of myself. In any event it means that Germaine Greer's statement that "everybody loves Bill" is also factually incorrect, even if I'm the only person in Britain who doesn't.
The Observer profile also contained one of the funniest sentences I've read this week: "today Oddie is still a scruffy anarchist.......while grudgingly accepting a real OBE for his conservational work."
Yeah, right. It must be a real pisser when you're an anarchist and you're forced to get suited and booted and go schlepping down to Buck House to get the Order of the British Empire and bow to the Queen and make small talk over the champagne.
"As Proudhon said, Ma'am, property is theft. Nice gardens, though. Was that a shag I saw down by your lake?"
"I'm so sorry. I've told Harry to be more discreet. The Mayor of Tunbridge Wells slipped on a condom at one's last Garden Party."