Without arts programmes there's only reality TV, and reality TV needs the arts to show it what reality is. Gerry Rafferty was a hugely talented songwriter and singer who will be greatly missed.
I was privileged to have spent my formative years working with Gerry and there remained a strong bond of friendship between us that lasted until his untimely death. Gerry had extraordinary gifts and his premature passing deprives the world of a true genius. There comes a point when you don't give a shit what anybody thinks. It doesn't happen all at once, but it's lovely when it does.
Criticism used to worry me before, but I can suddenly write it off. It's too late. I don't have the time to spend thinking about it anymore. I need that time to live with. I fucking hate going on holiday anywhere but in my own home. And it fucking terrifies me to be somewhere where Pamela Stephenson's going to be lurking about waiting to guilt-trip me into going on a walk to Japanese gardens, sampling vanilla tea or trying to stay upright on a contraption that doesn't know if it's a kite or a surfboard.
Wild horses couldn't persuade me. If she'd had her way, we'd start the day with an hour of power yoga on the shore, followed by a gluten-free breakfast, a scuba dive to see enormous, bitey things, then a tanning session on the beach where the combination of sunscreen and sand turns you into a giant schnitzel.
After lunch there'd be kayaking to a deserted island, then a candlelit dinner in some exotic outdoor location where small bitey things make you even more miserable than the big ones.
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I wish people wouldn't be very big for five minutes and rotten for twenty years. Just keep your 'big' and keep your 'rotten' and get out of my life, because, quite frankly, I would rather have gone to a children's home and be with a lot of other kids being treated the same. To this day, I'm still working on the things she did to me. Connolly credits one of John Bradshaw 's publications with helping him deal with his past demons. And what you have to do is carry that five- or six-year-old around with you and try and emotionally help that other part of you.
It sounds a bit airy-fairy, but I think he's something of a genius, Mr. Connolly, Sr. He never spoke to them about their mother's departure. It was fabulous. Just like real flying, except you didn't get a cup of tea or a safety belt or anything. He was presented as a brother to Billy and Flo, and nobody questioned it. Connolly's bedroom had double windows, which directly faced St Peter's Primary School across the street.
At first, in the infant school, the nuns were very violent. And then over here at St Peter's, they were just strapping you all the time. There was a guy with glasses in my class and she called him "four eyes", and she was a teacher! At St. Peter's, Connolly decided that he wanted to make people laugh. I would have been 7 or 8. And I was sitting in a puddle and people were laughing. I had fallen in it and people found it funny.
And it wasn't all that uncomfortable, so I stayed in it longer than I normally would because I really enjoyed the laughing. My life was very unhappy at the time, and laughter wasn't something I heard all the time, so it was a joy. And I realised quickly that if you can have an audience this way, life was rather pleasant. His arch-enemy was Geordie Sinclair, who lived around the corner.
He revisits the site of one field trip, Auchengillan scout camp, during his World Tour of Scotland. Also at that age, he joined an organisation called The Children of Mary. The group would visit people and say the Rosary , with a statue of the Lady of Lourdes in a shoebox. In the s, Glasgow's sandstone tenements fell out of favour with the planners , which resulted in new houses being built on the fields and farmlands in the outskirts of the city.
Between the ages of fourteen and twenty, Connolly was brought up on a now-demolished council estate on Kinfauns Drive in the Drumchapel district of Glasgow, and would make the daily journey to St. He rode the bus to Partick, crossed the water by ferry and walked to 80 Vicarfield Street.
Well, it's in Glasgow, but just outside civilisation," he has joked. We had rabbits and pheasants, and I really quite liked it. I just started to dislike it when I got older, into my teens and things. In my late teens, when I was stuck out there, it cost me a lot of money to go anyplace.
It was a kind of cowboy town, but I liked that aspect of it, buying stuff out of vans, a ragman coming in a wee green van. This dreadful atmosphere came about the place. It's like Siberia. And once you're out here, there's no getting out of it. You have to buy your way out, or some kind of talent has to take you out, or you have to be very bright and move away to university.
At fifteen, he left school with two engineering qualifications, one collected by mistake which belonged to a boy named Connell. Connolly was a year too young to work in the shipyards. He became a delivery-van driver with Bilslands' Bakery until he was sixteen, when he was deemed overqualified due to his J1 and J2 certificates to become an engineer.
From age 16 to I started my apprenticeship at 16 and finished when I was Stayed till I was 22, and moved along. I finished welding when I was When I came here, as an apprentice, there was six ships being built, right where I'm standing.
It was an extraordinary place. A hive of activity. Welders, caulkers, platers, burners, joiners, engineers, electricians. I learned how men talked to one another, and how merciless Glasgow humour can be. It has made an indelible mark on me. Jimmy was one of Billy's trainers in the yard who helped him to hone his skills as a welder and a comedian.
He later commemorated his experiences in the song "Weekend Soldier". Connolly's nickname The Big Yin was first used during his adolescent years to differentiate between himself and his father.
Broad and strong. Huge, like a bull. And then I got bigger than him, and the whole thing got out of control. So, we'd go into the pub and someone would say, 'Billy Connolly was in. Big Billy or Wee Billy? In the early s, Connolly attended the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time.
After spending time on the city's Rose Street, patronising the various drinking establishments, he became enamoured by some long-haired musicians and decided to model himself on them.
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