Sunday, April 08, 2007


What is it about Pop Groups that, when they reach the position of Global super-stardom, they suddenly turn themselves, Francis of Assisi-like, from Angry Young Men, doing the most unmentionable things to as many people as possible in the shortest possible time, to a cross between Mother Teresa and the Angel Gabriel.

We hear last week of the accession to an honorary knighthood of U2’s Bono, for “services to humanity”.

To put this into proper perspective, there is a lovely letter in “The Sunday Times” today from a gentleman whose name in the paper, believe it, or not is recorded as Sandy Pratt from Bromley, Kent. It reads –

Sir, The award of an honorary knighthood to Bono for services to humanity reminds me of an incident when his band U2 were giving a concert in Glasgow. He asked the audience for complete silence and started clapping his hands every few seconds before saying “Every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies”. A Scots voice boomed out: “Well, stop doing it then.”


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