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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

An Englishman abroad

The sad news of the death of Tony Wilson reaches me in my hammock in Brittany. Only about 18 months ago he and I spent the day driving around Manchester in a very expensive car filming an interview for the Audi Channel. I first met him in 1976 and he was never less than hugely entertaining company. On that day in Manchester we got a lot of mileage out of the fact that we were both born in the same year and as such we had, in pop music terms, the winning ticket in the lottery of life. And now he's gone. If the sun doesn't shine today I shall not be complaining.