Bravo, Mute Loaf !

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MEAT Loaf is plan­ning a new world tour – on which he won’t ac­tu­ally be sing­ing. The 70-year-old will save his voice by em­ploy­ing a young singer to run through his en­er­getic reper­toire, while the af­fa­ble star, right, will re­strict him­self to anec­dotes be­tween the songs. Some fans are said to be dis­ap­pointed, though to be hon­est, there’s a whole lot of other creaking – and croak­ing – sta­dium acts out there who, for all our sakes, might con­sider fol­low­ing his lead. ONE of the most in­spir­ing scenes at last week­end’s Pride was the Ir­ish Army march­ing hap­pily in the pa­rade in the na­tional uni­form with the ad­di­tion of tin­selly fairy wings. When you con­sider how ho­mo­pho­bic the Amer­i­can mil­i­tary set-up still is, it just goes to show – again – quite how far our lit­tle coun­try has come. PEO­PLE in Montreal want to name the city’s new light rail net­work sta­tion the Sta­tion des Ir­landais af­ter the strong Ir­ish com­mu­nity in the city. Given how we con­tinue to strug­gle with public trans­port in this coun­try, can I sug­gest that nam­ing it thus might just be a short­cut to de­lays and chaos? SO farewell then Alan Long­muir, the Bay City Rollers founder, who has died at 70. When I was ten, they were my whole world – so much so that, reading about Alan’s death at an Ed­in­burgh hospi­tal, I re­alised I still know the names of all the ma­ter­nity hos­pi­tals where the band mem­bers were born. Many mid­dle-aged women might be hum­ming their hits this week – but for the tar­tan army around these parts, the song on ev­ery­one’s lips will al­ways be Even Though They Live Far, They Came To The Crum­lin Star. Good times.

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