Monday, November 10, 2014

25 years ago today: Bates on the wall

If yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the fall of The Berline Wall, that makes this morning the 25th anniversary of Simon Bates turning up in the city to do the Golden Hour from the midst of history.

This was most memorable because, arriving too late to get a good spot, Bates explained his position like a person who'd inadvertently booked a fortnight in Boppard rather than Cologne. The people you saw down at the Brandenburg Gate were just the sort of people who want to get on TV, revealed Bates, but here - further down the Wall - was where the real Germans were.

It sounds less and less convincing with each passing year, doesn't it?

1 comment:

Robin Carmody said...

I'm sure I've said this somewhere before, but a few weeks after the Wall fell, "Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache" turned up on Pick of the Pops, Alan Freeman made the connection, and it somehow wasn't embarrassing.

I think only he could really have pulled that off - imagine Bates trying to make that link ...

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