Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
And on the accordion...
I've just been listening to live coverage of Nelson Mandela's memorial service from a gigantic sports stadium in Johannesburg. It is starting to sound like that record by the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band - "President De Gaulle on the accordion - nice one, Mr President".
John Humphrys has had a busy year, what with spending an entire weekend reporting from a tent at the Glastonbury festival of 2013. Having spent a few years working in South Africa, he is now back there again as a witness to the noisiest memorial service ever seen - or heard - in history.
President Castro is due to turn up, but I can only think that they mean Raoul, and not his older brother Fidel. A huge roar came from the crowd when yet another dignitary arrived to be greeted by the crowd.
Humphrys was told that His Holiness The Pope had actually walked into the stadium, as he handed back to his colleague in London, with a slightly incredulous air to his voice.
When we got back to South Africa, it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. 'The Pope' turned out to be a Cardinal from Ghana.
I suppose Ghana must have a white Cardinal... surely?