Friday 22 September 2017

Difference between character and being 'a character'

We tend to revere the 'gas character' regardless of whether he is any good at what he does, writes Declan Lynch

HE WAS a "character", was Jimmy Savile. In fact he was such a "character", he set the bar at a new height for "characters" everywhere. He was the "character" that all the other "characters" called The Guvnor.

And usually, when people are talking about "characters", they are talking fondly about them, as if it is self-evidently a good thing to be a gas ticket, a larger than-life figure, a colourful type, always the first to start banging the drum and leading the conga.

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