Opinion: ‘No More Heroes any more’, no longer
- Credit: PA Archive/PA Images
Shortly before the world turned upside down, I was lucky enough to be at BBC 6 Music event in Camden, where Tony Visconti, the great producer behind David Bowie’s Berlin-period albums, and The Stranglers’ JJ Burnel were interviewed by Liz Kershaw.
A mischievous Burnel claimed that in writing No More Heroes, his band were telling David Bowie “he was wrong”.
I think Bowie won that one, as we’ve seen over the last month.
In the coming weeks we’ll be profiling some of the local heroes doing great things in our community.
Since this the pandemic hit these shores, it has been heartening to see people coming together, often putting aside their differences.
You may also want to watch:
Among the lovely stories we’ve come across is that of a 16-year-old “saint” delivering food and medicines to the vulnerable and elderly.
This really cheered me up.
- 1 All Camden care home residents given Covid jab
- 2 Crouch End's 'Paul the Paper' bids farewell to Broadway stall
- 3 Apology to Barnet mother for 'embarrassing' food parcel
- 4 'People are scared to come out', say Hampstead coffee shops
- 5 Hampstead vaccination centre shoots for 1,000 daily Covid jabs
- 6 Lord's Cricket Ground used as Covid-19 vaccination centre
- 7 Arsenal agree to terminate contract of defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos
- 8 Maida Vale florist starts weekly subscription to brighten lockdown
- 9 Hampstead Heath guru Diane is 'a lifeline' for women's walking group
- 10 Free Nazanin: Calls for clarity as West Hampstead mum's sentence draws to a close
When I was 16 I was mainly focused on beer, finding the courage to speak to girls and becoming more like Bowie.
Tell us about your own Local Heroes so we can tell readers.
As many people will have experienced, it can take a coronavirus to get old school friends back in the same room together, virtually.
Video technology has advanced so much since I last checked. I can only assume that if the pavements melt, our hoverboards will be ready for us.
While lives may have taken different directions, there’s comfort in a shared history. It’s nice to know a chemistry remains.
We shared festival memories, and bemoaned this year’s cancellations (Iggy Pop and Kraftwerk are the big ones for me); and geeked out over tv and movies.
We discovered a shared disgust at people who fail to respect social distancing. That’s a new one since our school days.