Sam Smyth: Head of the cue: instinctive genius led to fame and pain
Alex Higgins brought the same unshakable self-confidence and instinctive flair to snooker that George Best displayed playing football. They could take your breath away with some astonishing feat of skill and imagination. And then make you doubt your eyes a few minutes later when they came up with another.
Both of them, like Van Morrison, were born and bred in Belfast and each was probably the best in the world at what they did through a couple of decades of the 20th Century.
Van Morrison is the sole survivor of those wee Belfast Prods, although it is unlikely that they ever met, never mind shared a beer.