Apologies for the heading – I think I must be turning into a “Red-top” tabloid newspaper editor! Is this what writing does to you?
Viewers of the news in the UK (and all over the world, for all I know) cannot have failed to notice that on 14th September, George Michael the singer, formerly one-half of the group “Wham!” in the 1980s, was jailed for 8 weeks after being found guilty of crashing his Range Rover while high on Cannabis. He will serve only half of it in “stir” and the rest out on licence.
While I cannot, of course, stress strongly enough that this is a matter of the utmost seriousness, there were a couple of amusing aspects to it.
Firstly, he crashed his vehicle into a shop called “Snappy Snaps” which led me to wonder whether the Police case was, at least partially based on photographic evidence!
Secondly, the TV report went to great length to show the panelling on the shop front in question where some wit with a marker pen had drawn an arrow to the worst of the damage and had added the word “WHAM!”
Finally, I would like to know just who it was that came up with the idea that banging him up (if you’ll pardon the expression) in a prison full of desperate and deprived MEN would count as a punishment!
Given George’s known preferences I would have thought he would have been dreading four weeks in Holloway!
One way or another there’ll be a few bars of soap dropped in THOSE showers over the next month!
The only newspaper headlines I’ve seen about it are the dreadful and predictable alterations to Wham! and GM song lyrics:
“Lock me up before you go go”
And various references to “Freedom”.
But the best one I’ve heard was from my elder daughter as we watched the news on TV – a simple change to the first line of “Outside” – one of his solo hits:
“Let’s go inside!”
Perhaps she should be the tabloid journalist!