Tuesday, February 01, 2005

FROM DESPAIR TO... WHERE?: There are probably few music fans of a certain age who aren't going to stop and have a quiet thought about Richey Edwards, who disappeared ten years ago today. BBC News are collecting memories.

Although we didn't realise it at the time, we heard the news in a sideways fashion. In an event which makes my life a decade ago sound much more exciting than it actually was, I'd just arrived in Prague and was being shown around the city by a presenter from that city's Radio One - this would have been February 13th, I think - when I noticed that the city was swathed in posters for a Manics gig the previous evening. "Did you go?" I asked my guide, Jan, and he shook his head: "No, no... they didn't come. Apparently one of them... Richey?... was ill so they cancelled." It wasn't until I got back to England a couple of days later that the chance remark took on a more sinsiter and sad aspect.