On the other hand, they say that a criminal can always spot a policeman in disguise – that there’s something about a copper which sticks out a mile Is that true?”"Spot on,” he said “I’ll tell you a funny story about that. One of them even offered me money for it.”He laughed and sat down and we got talking, and he asked me what I did and I told him I was in the writing game, and he said, yes, I looked like a writer, and I said that wasn’t true because if I did really look like a writer, he wouldn’t have had to ask me in the first place, and he admitted that that was true.”Yes, you can’t always tell what a person does by what he looks like,” he said, which was where we came in “Take me, for example What do you think I do?”I looked at him. He was in his sixties, bushy silver hair, with rough but distinguished features. He could have been anything from a gamekeeper to a company director.”Retired policeman,” I said, at random.He went off into a paroxysm of coughing and laughing “That’s rich!” he said “I was involved in the law, but on the other side Know what I mean?”"Crime?” I said.”Crime and time,” he said “Done me crime, done me time I’m retired now But I don’t look like one, do I?”"No,” I said “But then I have no idea what a criminal looks like. “Several people laid hands on your copy of the Daily Mirror and I had a great deal of trouble persuading them to leave go. “Take me, for example.”
We had got talking when he had gone to the buffet for a cup of coffee and had asked me to look after his place.
When he came back, he said he saw I had had no trouble in his absence.”On the contrary,” I said. You can’t always tell what a person does by what he looks like,” said the elderly man in the train opposite me. “Take me, for example.”
You can’t always tell what a person does by what he looks like,” said the elderly man in the train opposite me. Ben Hillier, currently the coolest man in the world, who plays drums in my new supergroup Wigwam, produced Cathy’s record, so we all crammed into the old Merc and headed north to check her out. King’s Cross is great; you can park, and it has the up-all-night lawlessness Soho used to have Cathy was kicking it. Sometimes you get reminded why you do what you do; a really hip crowd, buzzing, a great new artist finding her feet and delivering a sweet smack in the face Check her out before she’s playing stadiums
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We thought we might as well go all the way while we were in the area, and booked ourselves into Le Gavroche for the full French dining experience It’s an exquisite glimpse of a world of impossible luxury You couldn’t eat like that every day; it takes hours. But, just occasionally, you have to take time out and put money aside to dine like that It makes you feel like the emperor of China. At a hundred quid a head I reckon it’s good value; cheaper than taking your wife to the football and pretending to be working class.Two days later, back in the real world, we were at the other end of the Monopoly board, at the Scala in King’s Cross Cathy Davey was supporting the 22-20s. All the usual places were full and my parents were looking after our son, so, naturally, we persuaded each other to stay at Claridge’s.Everyone should stay there one night a year I love almost everything about it.