Paul Nachman - AKA 'Nasher' - was a familiar figure in the Walcot area of Bath some years ago, and an even more familiar figure at the Boring Bastards corner of the pub, where he spent most nights.
He went to live in Brazil, where he continued a series of disastrous attempts at making money, usually by spending other people's. He died a few days ago, and all the social media sites are flooded with tributes and memories from people who hardly knew him. Fund-raising is now in progress to repatriate his body, and this could be the last fund-raising event associated with Nasher, but somehow I doubt it.
There is a young woman who has been going into the pub since she could walk, and she walked in a couple of days ago to be informed of Nasher's death. She was fairly drunk, apparently, and when she heard the words, 'Nasher is dead', she was utterly shocked and distraught. Her emotional state was probably exacerbated by booze.
There is a young man who goes in the place and sometimes works there too, called 'Pasha'. He is - I guess - about 23, and Nasher was 61.
After Izzy had composed herself a little, she got on her phone and sent a blanket text to all her friends informing them of the death of Pasha by heart-attack. For a short while, a lot of people were in a state of shock at the news.
Then she phoned Pasha's ex girlfriend. "I am so sorry to have to tell you that Pasha has died," she sobbed down the line.
I saw Pasha last night and said it was good to see him looking so healthy. He said that he had to phone his ex very quickly to explain the misunderstanding. Let's hope she now appreciates him more than she did before, and keeps it up for a good number of years to follow.
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