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Bumped into Billy Connolly last week

I don’t pay that much attention, but suspect the artwork noted below was created in the days before Billy Connolly gained a ‘Sir’ added to his name.

While the giant murals were created around the time of that award, I think this pic is somewhat earlier than his 75th ‘presents’.

I was surprised to see his face looking back at me, across Queen Street, as I wandered along the side of GoMA (Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art).

I’d like to finish the job, but couldn’t find any more info about it on the seller’s web site, nor was the artist listed in their stable.

As appears to be the custom, there was no obvious price (if you have to ask, you can’t…), but typical prices there are in the 4-figure bracket, and 5 are by no means rare.

Billy Connolly Pic

Billy Connolly Pic

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December 26, 2017 Posted by | photography | , , | Leave a comment

(Sir) Billy Connolly bites Trump’s bum

Well THAT hit the spot!

The Big Yin called it RIGHT way back in 2011.

From Billy Connolly’s Route 66 – Episode 1:

Connolly On Trump

Connolly On Trump

Small set of grabs from this section: https://imgur.com/gallery/ZkYr6

I’ll just leave this here…

A Man Walks Into A Bar

A Man Walks Into A Bar

December 10, 2017 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sir Billy Connolly – honourable mention

Although I managed to grab some pics of his birthday murals in Glasgow, I didn’t get a chance to watch the BBC documentary Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime about their creation, or of the stories behind their artwork until last night.

It also means a trip to the People’s Palace is in order, as the originals are on show there.

And while it may not have been the subject of the programme, my lasting memory of will be a clip from one of is recent stage shows:

I’ve got Parkinson’s Disease. I wish he’d fuckin’ kept it!

Now it’s Sir Billy Connolly

I’m not a great follower of the news these days, populated as it is by too many people trying to get noticed, or absurd opportunist politicians trying to score some sort of points over their opponents – frankly, my Bullshit Detector can’t handle it all, so I just don’t bother.

Bull Det MkII

Bull Det MkII

But I do watch the ‘Bullet Point’ headlines, and the first one I saw this morning was:

‘Hairy rebel’ pleased to be Sir Billy Connolly

Scottish comedian Billy Connolly said he was “pleased and a little embarrassed” to get a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The 74-year-old Glaswegian said he did not know much about what it would mean.

The star told BBC Scotland: “It won’t really dawn on me until Glasgow people start calling me ‘Sir Billy’ or whatever they come up with.”

He said it felt strange to be welcomed into the establishment as he still thought of himself as a “hairy rebel”.

Unlike some (who are thankfully long forgotten) he didn’t make a great fuss, or protest his hatred of ‘The Establishment’, but simply said:

It’s an honour and I’ll accept it honourably.

The only problem I might possibly see with receiving such an honour these days… is some of the rubbish you have to share it with. there’s some real dross in there this year.

But, forgetting them, it’s really nice to see Sir Billy, who earned hos honour over the years.

Also, I’m not sure who was first, or if they both have ‘Imaginative and original’ writers on their staff (or perhaps neither do), but I saw the appearance of a pair of similarly ‘Inspired’ (Ha!) headlines later in the day:

Arise, Sir Billy: Big Yin gets knighthood in honours list (STV)

Arise Sir Big Yin as Scottish comic icon Billy Connolly awarded knighthood (Daily Record)

June 17, 2017 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

   

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